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  Gallaudet official blasts school, hints at lawsuit

Gallaudet official blasts school, hints at lawsuit

Lesbian faculty members named as ‘instigators’ for placing McCaskill on leave

She identified the faculty members as Martina “MJ” Bienvenu and Kendra Smith, saying the two are partners and wrote a joint letter to Hurwitz asking that she be reprimanded. Bienvenu and Smith couldn’t be immediately reached for comment. “I was shocked, hurt, insulted. I was humiliated,” McCaskill said, adding that Hurwitz sought to punish her for merely exercising her private right as a Maryland resident to sign a petition to allow voters to make the final decision on whether the same-sex marriage law should be retained or overturned. “They have attempted to intimidate me and tarnish my reputation,” she said. McCaskill, speaking in sign language, delivered her comments through an interpreter. She declined to disclose her position on same-sex marriage or whether she will vote for or against the marriage equality law in the Nov. 6 referendum. McCaskill’s news conference came hours after the

By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gallaudet University’s chief diversity officer said her reputation was unfairly “tarnished” last week when the university placed her on paid administrative leave for signing a petition in July to place Maryland’s same-sex marriage law on the ballot in a voter referendum. At a news conference outside the Maryland State Capitol Building in Annapolis, Angela McCaskill, who served as Gallaudet’s Associate Provost of Diversity and Inclusion, identified two out lesbian faculty members as the ones she

claims persuaded Gallaudet President T. Alan Hurwitz to suspend her from her job.

Gallaudet University chief diversity officer ANGELA MCCASKILL this week denounced a decision by the school to put her on leave after she signed an anti-gay petition in Maryland.

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Fight Heats Up NAACP president talks marriage support; opponent in Md. has history of IRS
Fight Heats Up
NAACP president talks
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opponent in Md. has
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LGBT issues absent from prez debate

Invigorated Obama takes on Romney in spirited town hall

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney brought up his belief in marriage as a means to reduce the culture of

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Gay biographer William
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violence in response to a question about banning assault weapons, saying “we need moms and dads helping raise kids” and espousing “the benefit of having two

The town hall presidential debate on Tuesday night included references to social issues, such as women’s rights, immigration and gun violence but as in the previous debate, there was no explicit mention of LGBT issues. During the debate at Hofstra University,

parents in the home.” “A lot of great single moms, single dads,” Romney said. “But gosh, to tell our kids that before they have babies, they ought to think about getting married to someone — that’s a great idea because if there’s a two-parent family, the prospect of

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D.C. gays mobilize to re-elect Obama

Supporters traveling to help campaign in Colorado, Virginia, Ohio

By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com

With only a few weeks remaining before Election Day, several members of D.C.’s LGBT community are literally going to great lengths to ensure President Obama wins another four years in the White House. Opportunities to help push Obama over the edge in battleground states are driving local LGBT supporters to travel to far off places — including Colorado and Ohio — where the results on Nov. 6 could decide the election. Crosby Burns, 25, a gay D.C. resident, said he agreed to travel to Colorado to help the Obama campaign — an expedition he made during Obama’s first campaign in 2008 — after looking at polls showing a tightening race between Obama and Mitt Romney. “A couple of weeks ago, I was just looking at polls and seeing Mitt Romney speak, and I was just thinking the president needs us more than ever,” Burns said. “That’s what I did back in 2008, I’m going to do the exact same thing, if not more, to ensure that the president is re-elected and that Colorado stays ‘blue’ for him in 2012.” Burns, a research associate on LGBT issues at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, said the Obama campaign is sending him Monday to West

Denver, Colo. — a predominately Latino area — where he intends to employ his Spanish-speaking skills to help with get- out-the-vote efforts. “I’m going to be going door-to-door using my Spanish skills and talking with people about the election and making sure they know where their polling place is and making sure they support the president,” Burns said. Collin Burton, 32, a gay D.C. resident, said he’s taking personal leave from his job to make a similar trip to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, on Monday to help manage out-of- state volunteers coming into the battleground state to campaign for Obama. “As we get closer to Election Day, we’ll be running some GOTV operations and helping out with the regional work, so it’ll be good,” Burton said. “We will hopefully get a lot of people through and get a lot of voters contacted, make sure that they know they need to turn out.” Burton, who handles government relations as an appointee to the Corporation for National & Community Service, estimated that he would manage between 20 and 100 Obama supporters coming into the state from more assuredly Democratic parts of the country, such as D.C., New York and Eastern Pennsylvania. It’s not the first time Burton has helped with Democratic Party efforts. In 2010 for the mid-term elections, he was designated the LGBT caucus director for the Ohio Democratic Party. But Burton said he hopes the outcome is different this time around as opposed to the mid-term election, when an

Black Pride group changes name, expands mission

The D.C.-based International Federation of Black Prides announced on Oct. 11 that it has changed its name to the Center for Black Equity. At a news briefing at the D.C. headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, officials said the organization’s board of directors approved the name change in July to better reflect its role in advocating for LGBT people of African descent in addition to assisting groups that organize black LGBT Pride festivals in the U.S. and abroad. “The new name, Center for Black Equity (CBE), refocuses and elevates the deep commitment to our mission of achieving equality and justice for Black LGBT communities through expansive platforms focused on Health Equity, Economic Equity, and Social Equity,” according to a statement on the group’s website, centerforblackequity.org. Earl D. Fowlkes Jr., who founded the International Federation of Black Prides in D.C. in 1999, will continue to serve as the organization’s president and CEO under the new name. Fowlkes told the Blade that as of this year, the Center for Black Equity has among its members more than 30 black LGBT pride organizations in cities across the U.S. as well as in Toronto, London and South Africa. He said the group has a staff of four full-time employees. He said the expanded programs and projects involving health, economic, and social issues related to black LGBT people will not duplicate or intrude on the work of the National Black Justice Coalition, a D.C.-based LGBT political organization that lobbies Congress and advocates for the civil rights of black LGBT people. “Our focus is on the people participating in the Pride events,” Fowlkes said. “There is plenty of work for all of us to do.” LOU CHIBBARO JR.

is plenty of work for all of us to do.” LOU CHIBBARO JR. CROSBY BURNS will
is plenty of work for all of us to do.” LOU CHIBBARO JR. CROSBY BURNS will

CROSBY BURNS will travel to Colorado next week to campaign for President Obama.

anti-incumbent wave swept a sea of Republicans into office, including in Ohio. “I hope it’s a hell of a lot better, I’ll be honest, because the outcome in 2010 in Ohio was pretty bad,” Burton said. “It went from a wonderfully “blue” state to an incredibly red state. I’m confident that it will [be better this time]. I’m certain that the Obama ground game is up and running and will be rocking it for Ohio.” Some LGBT Obama supporters in D.C. are taking advantage of opportunities within the area to campaign for the president, especially because the battleground state of Virginia is just across the Potomac River. Clarence Fluker, 33 and a gay D.C. resident, said he’s been participating in LGBT phone banking each Thursday night at the Democratic National Committee to talk with potential voters — mainly in Virginia — and educate them about Obama’s record. “Sometimes people say that they’re undecided, but we talk to them and log all of the information from the calls and send it over at the end of the night to the person who’s running the phone bank,” Fluker said. Fluker, who works for the D.C. Commission on National and Community Service, said he also plans to make a trip during an upcoming weekend to Virginia to knock on doors and talk about Obama personally with voters. “I think it’s helpful because this

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campaign is really going to be won on the ground, and it’s going to be won by reaching out to everyday Americans and asking for their support, educating them about all the wonderful things the Obama administration has done and all the things that we know that they’re going to do in the second term,” Fluker said. Clo Ewing, an Obama campaign spokesperson, said Obama’s LGBT supporters recognize the president “has done more to advance gay rights than any other president” — citing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal, mandating hospital visitation rights and calling for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act as among his accomplishments. “That record stands in stark contrast to Mitt Romney’s, who promised to be to the left of Sen. [Ted] Kennedy on gay rights and then made clear he would have left ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in place and is working to enshrine discrimination into the Constitution by passing a federal marriage amendment,” Ewing said. “From grassroots organizing to phone banking to registering voters, LGBT supporters are working hard because there’s too much at stake to sit on the sidelines.” The Washington Blade was unable to find local LGBT supporters of Mitt Romney’s campaign who are undertaking efforts to help the Republican nominee win the White House.

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LOCAL NEWS

3 indicted on hate crime charges in June stabbing

16-year-old male attacked outside Howard Theatre

By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com

A D.C. Superior Court Grand Jury

has indicted two men and a woman on hate crime charges in connection with the June stabbing of a 16-year-old male outside D.C.’s Howard Theatre whom the defendants believed to be gay. News of the indictments surfaced at an Oct. 9 arraignment in Superior Court for

defendants Ali Jackson, 19, his sister Alvonica Jackson, 25, and Desmond Campbell, 33. The indictment charges Ali Jackson and Campbell with bias-related assault with intent to kill while armed. It charges Alvonica Jackson with bias-related assault with a dangerous weapon. All three defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges. “On or about June 26, 2012, within the District of Columbia, Ali M. Jackson and Desmond R. Campbell, while armed with

a knife, assaulted [the victim] with intent to kill him because of prejudice based on the actual or perceived sexual orientation of [the victim],” the indictment says. “On or about June 26, 2012, within the District of Columbia, Alvonica S. Jackson assaulted [the victim] with a dangerous weapon, that is, [a] knife, because of prejudice based on the actual or perceived sexual orientation of [the victim],” the

indictment says. At a July 10 preliminary hearing, a D.C. police detective testified that a witness saw Ali Jackson stab the victim in the left bicep, lower back, and left leg after shouting names at him outside the Howard Theatre at 6th and T streets, N.W. Det. Kenneth Arrington testified at the hearing that the stabbing took place after

Campbell grabbed the victim from behind and held him in a headlock and Alvonica Jackson assisted Campbell by preventing the victim from defending himself by holding his arms. “I’m going to poke your faggy ass,” Arrington said the witness quoted Ali Jackson as saying while pointing a knife at the victim. According to a police arrest affidavit, the three defendants each referred to the victim as “faggy” at the time they were stopped and detained by police. Under the city’s criminal code, someone who assists in a shooting or stabbing assault can be charged with committing such an assault even if they didn’t fire a gun or personally stab the victim.

A trial for the case set by Superior Court

Judge Patricia Broderick is scheduled to begin Jan. 9, 2013. Ali Jackson has been held without bond since the time of his arrest on the night of the incident in June. Alvonica Jackson and Campbell were released at that time while they await trial. At the July hearing the three defendants rejected a plea bargain offer by

the three defendants rejected a plea bargain offer by A grand jury indicted two men and

A grand jury indicted two men and a woman on hate crime charges in connection with the June stabbing of a 16-year-old male outside D.C.’s Howard Theatre.

prosecutors that would have dropped the hate crime designation to the respective assault charges against Alvonica Jackson and Campbell. The offer called for retaining the hate crime designation for the charge against Ali Jackson. A hate crime designation to a felony charge, such as assault with a dangerous weapon, carries a longer prison term than for a similar offense without a hate-related designation.

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William Miller, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office, which is prosecuting the case, said a conviction against Ali Jackson and Campbell for a hate-related assault with intent to kill while armed could result in a sentence of up to 45 years in prison. A conviction against Alvonica Jackson for a hate-related assault with a dangerous weapon could bring a prison sentence of up to 15 years.

Mendelson wins top GLAA rating for D.C. Council

Grosso, Brown take high scores for at-large Council contest

By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson

(D-At-Large) received a +10 rating from the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, the highest possible score, in his race for the position of City Council Chair. Mendelson, a long-time supporter of LGBT rights who played the lead role in shepherding the city’s same-sex marriage law though the Council, is considered the strong favorite to beat Democratic challenger Calvin Gurley in a Nov. 6 special election. GLAA rates candidates on a scale of -10, the worst possible rating, to +10, the highest score.

In the general election race for two

at-large Council seats, GLAA gave challenger David Grosso, an independent,

a

+9 rating compared to a +7.5 rating for

incumbent Michael A. Brown, who’s also an independent. In a statement announcing its ratings, GLAA, a non-partisan LGBT advocacy organization, said Grosso and Brown are equally supportive on the issues deemed important by GLAA and both have strong records of support on those issues. The statement says Grosso received the higher score based on the “substance” of his answers to a GLAA questionnaire,

which asks candidates to provide detailed responses to a wide range of LGBT-related issues as well as a few non-LGBT specific issues.

In a development likely to raise concern

among some LGBT Democrats, GLAA gave incumbent Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-Large) a +0.5 rating, saying Orange disagrees with GLAA on a number of issues and “showed no understanding of the issues in his questionnaire” responses. The GLAA ratings came out on Oct. 10, the same day that the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the city’s largest LGBT political group, voted to endorse Orange’s re-election bid. His supporters among

club members say he has shown overall support on most LGBT issues. Most political observers believe Orange and Brown remain the strong favorites to win re-election, with Grosso considered the challenger with the best shot at pulling off an upset victory by winning one of the two seats. Others running for the at-large seats who were rated by GLAA are independent A.J. Cooper (+4); Leon Swain Jr. (+4), Statehood Green Party candidate Ann Wilcox (0); and Republican Mary Brooks Beatty (0). GLAA said Wilcox and Beatty failed to return the questionnaire, resulting in an automatic 0 rating absent credible information about their records or positions on LGBT issues. The Log Cabin Republicans of D.C. endorsed Beatty. In other Council races, GLAA gave a -3.5 rating to incumbent Council members Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) and Marion Barry (D-Ward 8). Both voted against the same-sex marriage law when it came up for a vote in the Council in 2009. GLAA says Barry lost additional points for speaking at an anti-gay rally calling for the Council to

defeat the marriage equality law. The group says Alexander lost additional points for introducing an amendment to the same-sex marriage bill that would have “effectively removed protections of the D.C. Human Rights Act on the basis of sexual orientation.” The amendment died in committee. GLAA gave Alexander’s Republican challenger, Ron Moten, a +1.5 rating and Barry’s independent challenger Jauhar Abraham a 0 rating. Both failed to return the questionnaire, but GLAA said Moten scored points for his record of providing services to LGBT youth through his organization Peaceoholics. In the remaining two Council races, LGBT supportive incumbents Jack Evans (D-Ward 3) and Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) are running unopposed. GLAA gave Evans a +8.5 rating and Bowser a +6.5. In the at-large race, LGBT activists appear to be dividing their support between Orange, Brown and Grosso, who has been aggressively courting the gay vote, according to some observers.

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Leader of anti-gay group has history of tax liens

Md. marriage debate enters final weeks; advocates raise $3.2 million

By MICHAEL K. LAVERS mlavers@washblade.com

The Washington Blade has learned that

the Internal Revenue Service in 2011 filed

a lien against the executive director of

the group challenging Maryland’s same- sex marriage law for more than $32,000 in unpaid taxes.

A federal tax lien notice that the

Internal Revenue Service filed in Prince

George’s County Circuit Court on March

23, 2011, indicates that Derek A. McCoy of Seabrook owed $32,586.39 in back taxes. The filing notes he had an unpaid balance

of $22,940.32 for the tax period that ended

on Dec. 31, 2002. The document further indicates that McCoy had an unpaid balance of $9,646.07 for the tax period that ended on Dec. 31, 2003.

“As provided by section 6321, 6322 and 6323 of the Internal Revenue Code, we are giving a notice that taxes (including interest and penalties) have been assessed against the following- named taxpayer,” reads the notice that was prepared and signed in Baltimore on March 9, 2011. “We have made a demand

for payment of this liability, but it remains unpaid. Therefore, there is a lien in favor

of the United States on all property and

rights to property belonging to this taxpayer for the amount of these taxes, and additional penalties, interest and costs that may accrue.”

The document indicates that the IRS’ Small Business/Self-Employed Division filed the tax lien. A Los Angeles Times database notes that McCoy, who listed TMG Consulting of Seabrook as his employer, donated $100 to the campaign in support

of California’s voter-approved Proposition 8

that banned marriage for same-sex couples

in

helped organize black clergy across the

state to support the ballot measure ahead

of the Nov. 2008 vote.

Corridor, Inc., a business and political newsmagazine that covers the Baltimore

and D.C. metropolitan areas, identifies McCoy as a pastor from Seabrook in a picture it published of him and others attending the Pregnancy Clinic of Bowie Crofton and Severna Park’s 30th anniversary banquet at the Marriott BWI Airport Hotel last October. McCoy, who is executive director of the Maryland

Marriage Alliance, is an associate pastor

at Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, the

the Golden State. He is among those who

same congregation headed by Bishop Harry Jackson who claimed late last month he placed a “curse” on the Blade two

months before the newspaper’s parent

company’s Nov. 2009 bankruptcy forced it

to temporarily shut down. Neither McCoy nor the Maryland

Marriage Alliance returned the Blade’s repeated requests for comment. It remains unclear as to whether the tax lien has been settled.

remains unclear as to whether the tax lien has been settled. Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign

Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign director JOSH LEVIN

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Marriage group raises $3.2 million

In related news, the group defending Maryland’s same-sex marriage law reported last week that it has raised $3.2 million. Marylanders for Marriage Equality’s campaign finance report notes total expenditures of slightly more than $2 million, with roughly $1.2 million cash on- hand. It indicates just short of $400,000 of in-kind donations from the Human Rights Campaign and other organizations. The report also includes more than 950 pages of donors and contributions. “We truly appreciate the generous support of all those who believe in fairness and equality – particularly the thousands of grassroots supporters all over the state,” Josh Levin, campaign manager of Marylanders for Equality, told the Washington Blade. Marylanders for Marriage Equality has held a number of high-profile fundraisers with Gov. Martin O’Malley, gay former Republican National Committee Chair Ken Mehlman, Ravens linebacker Brendan Ayanbadejo and others over the last several months. Former National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and his wife Chan announced a $100,000 donation to the campaign during an Oct. 2 fundraiser at gay Democratic lobbyist Steve Elmendorf’s Logan Circle home that O’Malley; D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray; Chip DiPaula, former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich, Jr.,’s chief-of- staff and others attended. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, announced Friday that he had donated $250,000 to Marylanders for Marriage Equality. This donation is the largest single contribution listed on the campaign’s report.

It further notes $1.6 million in media buys on local television stations through Nov. 6 — the first Marylanders for Marriage Equality ads that feature Rev. Donté Hickman of Southern Baptist Church in Baltimore and Rev. Delman Coates of Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton in Prince George’s County aired on WBAL in Baltimore on Tuesday. The first ad from the Maryland Marriage Alliance, the group opposing Question 6, began running on the same television on Monday — they have also begun to air on News 4 in D.C. Levin told the Blade in June he was confident that he could run what he described as a “winning campaign” with between $5 and $7 million. O’Malley told LGBT journalists and bloggers on a Sept. 24 teleconference call that the campaign needed to raise another $2 million ahead of the Nov. 6 referendum. “I would say we are far along to our goal,” he said in response to the Blade’s question about specific fundraising figures during the briefing. “We are beyond the 50-yard line and we continue to move forward, not back.” O’Malley said during the Oct. 2 fundraiser in D.C. that Marylanders for Marriage Equality needed to raise another $1 million before Election Day. The Human Rights Campaign on Monday announced it has pledged an additional $300,000 to the campaign defending Maryland’s same-sex marriage law. “It is clear 2012 is the year for marriage equality in the Maryland,” said Chad Griffin, the group’s president. “Our movement is about loving and committed families who deserve nothing less than full equality under the law. HRC is proud of our many volunteers and donors who have raised and donated additional resources to fuel this fight.” This latest contribution includes $150,000 to Marylanders for Marriage Equality and another $150,000 to the NAACP Maryland Marriage PAC as part of the $1 million the organization gave to the four statewide marriage campaigns. HRC has given $1.53 million in cash and in-kind donations to the pro-Question 6 campaign — and a total of $7.3 million to efforts to defend same-sex marriage laws at the ballot in Maryland, Maine and Washington and defeat a proposed state constitutional amendment in Minnesota that would define marriage as between a man and a woman on Election Day. “Our adversaries have bragged that marriage equality has never won at the ballot box. This November, we will take that talking point away once and for all,” said Griffin. HRC announced its latest Maryland contribution on the same day Marylanders for Marriage Equality announced Paul Singer, a Republican who has given more than $10 million to same-sex marriage efforts across the country, donated $250,000 to the pro-Question 6 campaign.

country, donated $250,000 to the pro-Question 6 campaign. NAACP President BENJAMIN JEALOUS WASHINGTON BLADE FILE

NAACP President BENJAMIN JEALOUS

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Jealous on religious freedom

Also this week, the head of the NAACP stressed that Maryland’s same- sex marriage law guarantees religious freedom. “We’re pleased that Question 6 is very clear: This is about civil marriage,” said Benjamin Jealous during a press conference at his organization’s Baltimore headquarters. “Question 6 goes on to be very clear that every church, every house of worship, every synagogue in the state can have faith that everything will be respected and protected not only by the U.S. Constitution but by Question 6 itself.” Jealous, whose parents traveled from Baltimore to D.C. to get married in 1966 because Maryland did not allow interracial marriages, reaffirmed his support of Question 6 on the same day a Marylanders for Marriage Equality television ad that features NAACP Chair Emeritus Julian Bond began airing in the D.C. media market. “I know a little something about fighting for what is right and just. Maryland’s gay and lesbian families share the same values and they should share in the right to marry,” says Bond. “I believe people of faith understand this isn’t about any one religious belief. It’s about protecting the civil right to make a lifelong commitment to the person you love. Join me in supporting Question 6. It’s the right thing to do.” Rev. Dr. Todd Yeary of Douglass Memorial Community Church in Baltimore echoed Bond. “I affirm the NAACP’s position that civil marriage is indeed a civil right,” he said. “This really is not a religious issue. The wording of Question 6 is very specific in accepting religious protections. All persons can honor their own personal convictions without imposing them on anyone else.”

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washingtonblade.com NATIONAL NEWS OCTOBER 19, 2012 • 15 Former Sen. ARLEN SPECTER died Sunday at age

Former Sen. ARLEN SPECTER died Sunday at age 82.

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Specter remembered as pro-gay moderate

Former Republican switched parties, view on DOMA

By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com

LGBT groups hailed former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) for his support of LGBT rights upon his death on Sunday. Media outlets reported Specter died of complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 82 in his home in Philadelphia. In 2005, Specter announced he was suffering from the disease, but continued serving as he underwent chemotherapy. Specter for most of his career as a senator was a Republican and was known as a moderate voice within his party. In 1996, Specter was among the Republicans who voted in favor of a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, but also voted for the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. In 2004, Specter voted for a U.S. constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage throughout the country, but when the measure came before the Senate again in 2006, Specter — along with Sen. Judd Gregg — reversed his position and voted “no.” As his re-election approached in 2010, Specter announced he could no longer be part of a party that he said was too conservative and switched his affiliation to Democrat. At the time, he also adopted a uniformly pro-LGBT voting record, not only voting for hate crimes protection legislation and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal, but calling for DOMA repeal. In a piece in The Huffington Post, Specter called DOMA a “relic of a more tradition-bound time and culture.” However, after changing parties, Specter ultimately lost the Democratic nomination in his bid for re-election to former Rep. Joe Sestak, who lost in the general election to current Sen. Pat Toomey. Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement Specter’s support for hate crimes protections and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal “was critical” as was his decision

to change his position on the Federal Marriage Amendment. “While we disagreed with his support for some conservative judicial nominees which will leave a lasting negative impact on our community, he was willing to work across party lines to get things done,” Griffin said. Griffin added he had the opportunity to host Specter in Los Angeles while working with him to raise funds for stem cell research “at a time when it was difficult for a Republican senator to speak out.” LGBT political groups had kind words for Specter while refraining from commenting about his change in party affiliation toward the end of his career. R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, commended Specter for his work and his partnership with his organization, but also recalled a personal experience with the late senator. “Sen. Specter was a longtime ally of Log Cabin Republicans and a public servant committed to the rule of law,” Cooper said. “I remember traveling with him during the Bush administration and his keen interest in the U.S. support of civil society organizations abroad.” Jerame Davis, executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats, said Specter was an important moderate voice as a Republican, but needed to become a Democrat to continue to serve as the voice of reason. “As a Republican, Arlen Specter was a moderate and often stood with Democrats on LGBT issues,” Davis said. “In 2009, he realized he was the last of a dying breed of reasonable Republicans in the GOP and joined the Democratic Party.” Malcolm Lazin, executive director of the Philadelphia-based Equality Forum, had kind words for the late senator. “He was a poor Jewish boy from Kansas,” Lazin said. “Whatever he made in the world, really was as a result of his remarkable intelligence and work ethic.” Over his course of his career as a federal prosecutor in Philadelphia in the 1970s, Lazin said he knew Specter on a personal level. The not-yet senator was an honorary campaign chair for Lazin and would advise him in meetings that took place about once a week.

Chaz Bono, Grenell host fundraiser for Bono Mack

LOS ANGELES — On Sunday, transgender advocate Chaz Bono and former Mitt Romney foreign policy spokesman Richard Grenell hosted a fundraiser at the home of Republican former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan benefiting Bono’s stepmother, Rep. Mary Bono Mack — a Republican lawmaker from California known for having a supportive record on LGBT rights. Bono Mack voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and 2006, voted for hate crimes protections and a version of the Employment Non- Discrimination Act. Bono Mack voted against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal when it first came to the House floor in May 2010, but ultimately voted in favor of repeal. In the current Congress, she’s voted against amendments on the House floor reaffirming the Defense of Marriage Act. Bono is the only child of Cher and the late Rep. Sonny Bono. A flier advertising the event praises Bono Mack, as “the only Republican woman representing California in the Nation’s Capitol.” CHRIS JOHNSON

Gay group’s ad features ambassador’s corpse

FORT LAUDERDALE — A South Florida gay Republican group’s newspaper ad that features an image of a U.S. ambassador’s corpse has sparked outrage. The Broward Log Cabin Republican Club of Florida ad that ran in the Florida Agenda’s Oct. 10 edition contains an image of Christopher Stevens’ body being carried through the streets of Benghazi, Libya, after he and three other Americans died during an attack on a U.S. consulate on Sept. 11. “If the Obama administration isn’t going to protect Gay/Gay-friendly American citizens from the terror of Islamic radicalism, what makes you think they will protect us from Shariah law… ANYWHERE?” reads the ad above the image. While the national organization of Log Cabin Republicans distanced themselves from the ad, the executive director of gay Republican group, GOProud, defended the ad, calling radical Islam “the greatest threat to gay people in the world.” MICHAEL K. LAVERS

New push for LGBT inclusion in Census

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Census Bureau announced on Friday it has established a new advisory committee to ensure its programs and surveys — including the once-a-decade census – accurately reflect minority populations within the country. The National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic & Other Populations is comprised of 31 experts in topics ranging from housing, children, youth, poverty, privacy, race and ethnicity to LGBT populations. Among the committee members are experts on LGBT issues: Charlotte Patterson, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia who has researched child-rearing in LGBT households, and Shane Snowdon, head of the LGBT health and aging at the Human Rights Campaign.

Media outlets go purple for ‘Spirit Day’

WASHINGTON — The Washington Blade will join sports teams, New York and Las Vegas landmarks, and dozens of major media organizations in turning our logos purple across platforms to raise awareness of anti-gay bullying. Joining the cause are the hosts of “Good Morning America,” “Extra,” and “E! News” who will wear purple on air, as well as celebrities including TV icon George Takei, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, “Glee” star Dianna Agron, star of ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” Shay Mitchell, Wendy Williams, Chelsea Handler, Chaz Bono, Fran Drescher, the band Fun, Paris Hilton, Sir Ian McKellen, and Joel McHale. Watch the Washington Blade’s Facebook page for more information about bullying Friday, Saturday and Sunday. http://facebook.com/washingtonblade

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living in poverty goes down dramatically. The opportunities that the child will — will be able to achieve increase dramatically.” Romney never explicitly said he was excluding opposite-sex couples when touting the importance of a “two-parent family” as the correct way to raise children, but didn’t take the opportunity to say that marriage should be between one man, one woman. He has previously stated that gay couples shouldn’t be allowed to marry and supports a U.S. constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage throughout the country. The Romney campaign didn’t immediately respond to the Washington Blade’s request to clarify the marriage remarks, but LGBT rights groups on both sides of the aisle had differing interpretations of the candidate’s intended meaning. Jerame Davis, executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats, said even though Romney didn’t mention same-sex couples in his remarks, the candidate’s

past hostility toward LGBT people speaks for itself. “Whether or not it was intentional, Mitt Romney has absolutely no respect for LGBT families,” Davis said. “His opposition to marriage equality and even civil unions makes clear that he really doesn’t believe our families are equal or deserving of the same status as other families.” R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, said he didn’t believe Romney’s remarks were exclusionary based on comments he’s made at other times. “I don’t think that was intended to be an exclusionary statement because he has made comments in support on [same-sex parent] adoption, and later in his closing comments, he made a reference to all of us being children of God,” Cooper said. Romney once articulated that same- sex parent adoption was a “right” over the course of the presidential campaign, but later clarified his position in May to state he merely acknowledges the right of states to enable adoption by same-sex parents if they choose. President Obama made a reference

Biden, Ryan offer contrast on role of faith

The vice presidential candidates sparred during a debate last week over issues ranging from foreign affairs to the economy, and took very different views on the role their faith plays in their duties as public officials. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said his Catholic faith is inseparable from the decisions he makes while in office under questioning from moderator Martha Raddatz on how his religion guides his pro-life views. “I don’t see how a person can separate their public life from their private life or from their faith,” Ryan said. “Our faith informs us in everything we do. My faith informs me about how to take care of the vulnerable, about how to make sure that people have a chance in life. Vice President Joseph Biden similarly talked about the importance of religion in his life — saying he’s been a practicing Catholic all his life and his religion has informed his social views — but he went on to say he’s pro-choice and wouldn’t impose his religion on others who may not share his views. “But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews and — I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the congressman,” Biden said. It’s these views on religion that could help explain why they hold opposing views on same-sex marriage, which is opposed by the Catholic Church. Biden came out for marriage equality in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” while Ryan opposes same-sex marriage and voted twice for a U.S. constitutional amendment that would ban it throughout the country. Adam Bink, who’s gay and director of online programs for the Courage Campaign, said the candidate’s opposing views on the way religion affects their public duties should concern LGBT Americans — particularly with several cases related to marriage pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. “For anyone concerned about LGBT equality, the bottom line was Rep. Ryan saying he can’t separate his faith from the way he serves in public office, and Vice President Biden saying ‘I accept the church’s doctrine in my personal life, but I refuse to impose that on others,’” Bink said. “With the Supreme Court considering whether to take cases on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, I know who I want advising the next president on judicial nominees.” But no explicit mention of LGBT issues was made during the 90-minute debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., where the terrorism attacks in Benghazi, Libya, the best way to end the war in Afghanistan and managing the fiscal affairs of the U.S. government took up large portions of the evening. CHRIS JOHNSON

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to opposing discrimination during the presidential debate in response to a

question on pay equity for women, though he said nothing explicit on LGBT issues. “And we’ve also got to make sure that

in every walk of life, we do not tolerate

discrimination,” Obama said. “That’s been one of the hallmarks of my administration. I’m going to continue to push on this issue for the next four years.” Obama supports marriage equality and pushed for repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as president — although he hasn’t spelled out what he would do to further advance LGBT rights if re-elected. But these were the only times that any discussion remotely related to LGBT issues took place at the debate in Hempstead,

N.Y. It’s unlikely LGBT issues will come up during the final debate next week because it’ll focus on foreign policy. But other social issues emerged during the debate. On immigration, Romney said he doesn’t support amnesty for undocumented immigrants or offering them legal driver’s licenses, but took Obama to task for not accomplishing immigration reform over the course of his first term. Obama criticized Romney for his hard-line views on the issue, noting the GOP candidate has said he’d veto the DREAM Act. Speaking about the inclusion of women in his administration, Romney made

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a remedy for gun violence and workplace equality to women in a binder, it was hard for LGBT folks to see ourselves as part of a substantive and robust political conversation,” Cronk said. “The partisan folks will surely come out of the woodwork

over the next few days to claim victory for one side or the other, but we still haven’t seen either candidate describe a path to victory for LGBT Americans — to be fully equal under the law.” Most observers said Obama needed a win during the debate to come back after what was deemed a listless performance during the previous debate that preceded

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university released a statement saying it wants to talk to McCaskill about reaching an agreement that could lead to her reinstatement. Her attorney, J. Wyndal Gordon, told the news conference McCaskill suffered damages by the university’s action and she would seek compensation for the damages. He declined to say whether McCaskill planned to file a lawsuit and seek monetary compensation. “We will gladly meet with them,” he said of the university offer to discuss ways to reinstate McCaskill. Gordon stated repeatedly that McCaskill remains neutral on the gay marriage ballot referendum. He said her decision to sign the petition to place the marriage question on the ballot was based on her strong belief that all controversial issues should be put before voters in Maryland. “I fully support the members of the LGBT community as I support all groups across Gallaudet and its community,” McCaskill told the news conference. “When I assumed my position we had an LGBTQA Resource Center that had been formed without funding,” she said. “It was simply an office. I relocated resources to provide support for the center because I believe that members of the LGBTQA community deserve more.” McCaskill, 54, said she has worked at Gallaudet for 24 years. Her biography on the university website says she is the first deaf African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. from Gallaudet. Tuesday’s news conference marked the first time McCaskill has spoken publicly about her suspension since the university community first learned about it on Oct. 10 through a statement released by Hurwitz. “It recently came to my attention that Dr. McCaskill has participated in a legislative initiative that some feel is inappropriate for an individual serving as Chief Diversity Officer; however, other individuals feel

differently,” Hurwitz said. “I will use the extended time while she is on administrative leave to determine the appropriate next steps taking into consideration the duties of this position at the university,” he said. “In the meantime an interim Chief Diversity Officer will be announced in the near future.” Since making that announcement, Hurwitz has come under fire from both supporters and opponents of the Maryland marriage equality law. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a strong supporter of the same- sex marriage law, and Josh Levin, chair of Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the lead group campaigning to retain the same-sex marriage law, have called on Gallaudet to immediately reinstate McCaskill. The anti-gay Family Research Council and the Maryland Marriage Alliance, two groups urging voters to overturn the marriage equality law in the November referendum, have cited McCaskill’s suspension as a predictor of what will happen if the law is upheld and takes effect in January. “Homosexual activists continue to cry that individual and religious liberties are not at risk,” said Maryland Marriage Alliance Chair Derek McCoy in a statement released on Tuesday. “The suspension of Dr. McCaskill is proof of the disingenuous and untruthful nature of that argument.” In a full-page ad published Tuesday in the Annapolis daily newspaper The Capital, Marylanders for Marriage Equality disputed McCoy’s assertion. “Unfortunately, opponents of marriage equality are trying to make what happened to Dr. McCaskill about Question 6, the November ballot measure that will allow gay and lesbian couples to get a civil marriage license and protects religious freedom,” the ad states. “But her suspension from a D.C. university has nothing to do with Question 6 in Maryland,” the ad says. “It does however have everything to do with being able to express one’s opinions, freely, and participate in the political

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process…Question 6 is about fairness and equality under the law, and it’s only fair Dr. McCaskill get her job back.” McCaskill’s decision to sign the referendum petition was first reported by the blog Planet DeafQueer, which is widely read nationally in the LGBT deaf community. The blog reported that an unidentified faculty member reportedly found McCaskill’s name on a database list of all signers of the petition that was released by the Maryland board of elections and published by the Washington Blade. At Tuesday’s news conference in Annapolis, neither McCaskill nor Gordon, her attorney, identified Bienvenu or Smith as the faculty members who discovered McCaskill’s name on the database of petition signers. But McCaskill told of how the two faculty members played a key role in what she described as a “tremendously horrific” two-week period in which her 24- year career at the university was shaken. “This nightmare began two weeks ago on Wednesday, Oct. 3, when I was

approached by a faculty member of Gallaudet University whose name is Martina Bienvenu,” McCaskill said.

“She asked if I had signed a petition to put the question of same-sex marriage

on the ballot as a referendum,” McCaskill

continued. “I responded that I had, that I

did sign such a petition. In this very moment,

she determined that the signature meant

that I was anti-gay. No one has the right

to decide what my signature meant,” she

said. “Only I can do that.” Added McCaskill, “MJ, Dr. Bienvenu and her partner, Kendra Smith, wrote a

letter to the president of the university asking that I be reprimanded.” The Blade has sent e-mails to Bienvenu and Smith seeking their version of what role they may have played in McCaskill’s suspension. The two had not responded

as of early Wednesday. Their biographies posted on the

Gallaudet website state that both hold

a Ph.D., with Bienvenu serving as a

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academic-related projects involving LGBT deaf people, according to the biographies. Planet DeafQueer reported in an Oct. 8 posting that LGBT students, who considered McCaskill a friend and ally

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shocked when they learned she had signed a petition to place the marriage equality law on the ballot in a referendum. The blog posting said LGBT students and faculty believed it was inappropriate for the school’s diversity officer to take such an action, which they viewed as an endorsement of the campaign to defeat the marriage equality law. LGBT activists in Maryland have pointed out that the signature gathering effort to place the marriage equality law on the ballot was organized and carried out by people who oppose same-sex marriage.

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Trans student suspended after fight

A 15-year-old transgender student at Patapsco Senior High School identified as Dee was suspended following a fight with another student, according to school officials. The attack occurred on Oct. 11 at the Dundalk-area school. Dee was allegedly assaulted and had her hair pulled by a female student. She fought back, and during the altercation, the attacker allegedly called Dee a “tranny faggot.”

Fighting is a Category I offense in the Baltimore County Public Schools Code of Conduct, and suspension is one of the disciplinary options for the offense. Both students were immediately suspended in compliance with the policy. The dispute stemmed from a drink- throwing incident in the cafeteria the day before in which, according to a source, Dee was defending a gay friend from ridicule. Dee identified as a gay male named David while attending Golden Ring Middle School where he had been bullied constantly for being gay. During the summer before

ninth grade, Dee came out as transgender, according to a county social worker. Although there was a degree of acceptance, Dee always believed that she was viewed as “different” and that the attack resulted, in part, from that perspective, according to Cathi Coulson, a Towson- based licensed clinical social worker for 22 years who specializes in adolescents and has worked for years with Dee and her family. “I am amazed by her strength and courage to be true to herself,” Coulson said. Charles Herndon, a spokesperson for Baltimore County Public Schools confirmed

spokesperson for Baltimore County Public Schools confirmed there was a fight involving Dee. “The school investigated

there was a fight involving Dee. “The school investigated the incident thoroughly and it appeared that sexual orientation did not provoke this incident,” he told the Blade. A hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 19 to determine if the suspension should be extended and if expulsion will be considered as a result of Dee’s actions during the fight.

Bloomberg donates to Md. marriage effort

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, donated $250,000 to Marylanders for Marriage Equality. Along with his contribution, Bloomberg sent a message to Marylanders. “Maryland will always hold a special place in my heart. I went to college at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, and have remained active in the Hopkins community. So when Governor O’Malley asked me to support Question 6, I didn’t hesitate.” Two years ago, marriage equality was passed in the State of New York with bi- partisan support. The victory “resulted in one of our state’s great civil rights victories,” Bloomberg said.

GLCCB offers Trans 101 tutorial

The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore will offer a Trans 101 tutorial so that interested parties, friends and allies may learn about trans people and what challenges trans people face in both the LGBTQ community and the community at large. According to GLCCB Board Member Sharon Brackett, who will present the tutorial and lead the discussion, “Our gender identity is how we see ourselves. Some of us see ourselves as women, some as men, some as a combination of both, some as neither. Some of us have complex identities that may even be fluid and change over time. Everyone has a gender identity. And everyone expresses their gender identity.” It will take place Oct. 23 at the GLCCB,

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In an attempt to educate the public about issues impacting LGBT undocumented immigrant students, the GLCCB and Equality Maryland are hosting a free screening of “Papers:

Stories of Undocumented Youth” (www. PapersTheMovie.com). It will be followed by a discussion with the film’s director Anne Galisky, Equality Maryland Executive Director Carrie Evans, and Maryland LGBT undocumented immigrant students. The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Charles Theater, 1711 N. Charles St., Baltimore. RSVP is necessary to attend the free screening at: equalitymaryland.org/ events/papers.

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The Grammy-winning duo Indigo Girls perform at Rams Head Live (20 Market Place, Baltimore) Saturday night at 8. Playing together since high school, Indigo Girls combine storytelling with modern-world worries. The two performers won a Grammy in 1990 for the Best Contemporary Folk Recording for their first hit “Closer to Fine.” Tickets are $35. For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com.

O’Malley joins chefs at Equality event

Governor Martin O’Malley is the guest of honor at the Chefs for Equality event at Washington’s Ritz Carlton on Wednesday at 8 p.m. The event allows guests to taste selections from 25 area restaurants. Attendees can also bid online to eat a number of chef tables. O’Malley is the guest of honor because of his support for gay marriage in Maryland. Tickets are $300 for general admission $50 for the after party. For more information, visit chefsforequality.org.

Gay bingo:

Halloween edition

Club Hippo (1 W. Eager St.) holds a special Halloween edition of its weekly Gay Bingo night on Wednesday starting at 8:30 p.m. to benefit the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore. Following bingo is its annual Halloween costume party at 10 p.m. The night includes progressive jackpots and drinks specials all night. The Center promotes equality and understanding of Baltimore’s LGBT community while also providing them with services such as support groups and different events. The costume party involves $500 cash prize to the person with the best costume. Smaller cash prizes will be given to best look-a-like and best group. There are $3 drink specials during bingo. It is $10 for admission at 10 p.m. For more information, visit clubhippo.com.

Frontrunners gear up for Saturday morning meet

Baltimore Frontrunners and Walkers run on Saturday morning at 8:45 starting at Panera (3600 Boston St.). The organization is a running and walking club for LGBTs and their friends. They welcome runners and walkers of all levels, including any four-legged friends who would like to join the run. The route for the run will include going to the Inner Harbor World Trade Center or the Maryland Science Center. Afterward, the group reassembles for brunch at 10. This event is free. If attendees have more questions, they can email baltimorefrs@ yahoo.com or call 410-662-2887. For more information, visit baltimorefrontrunners.org.

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The LGBT love affair with ‘hate’

Reaction by some to Gallaudet controversy is indefensible

Reaction by some to Gallaudet controversy is indefensible Mark Lee is a local small business manager

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

For many in the LGBT community the word “hate” is no longer a noun or a verb. It’s simply an overused adjective with which some have fallen in love. Following the controversial decision last week by Gallaudet University to place Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Angela McCaskill on paid administrative leave in response to her having signed a ballot petition in her residential locale in Mary- land to qualify a voter referendum on the state’s pending same-sex marriage law, consternation and condemnation was the overwhelming reaction. McCaskill, a 23-year employee at the D.C. campus of the nation’s leading univer- sity for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, is the first deaf African-American female to earn her Ph.D. from Gallaudet. She was suspended by President Alan Hurwitz fol- lowing a complaint by a faculty colleague, reportedly an out lesbian, who had discov- ered McCaskill’s name on the list of signa- tories published by the Washington Blade. In announcing the decision, Hurwitz indicated that McCaskill’s petition sign- ing had caused members of the university to be “concerned and confused” – terms

more aptly self-applied. Gallaudet proved more than a tad bit ironic in demonstrating an inability to tol- erate a diversity of opinion by its own di- versity officer. Although irrelevant, it soon became known that McCaskill had not signed the ballot petition as a result of any anti-gay animus, instead considering it a legislative issue best decided by the democratic process. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, other same-sex marriage supporters and Mary- landers for Marriage Equality quickly criti- cized the university’s decision to punish McCaskill and called for her immediate reinstatement. “We strongly disagree with the decision,” Josh Levin, campaign man- ager for the organization supporting ap- proval of Question 6, said in a statement. The group also placed an ad in The Capital newspaper condemning the suspension, noting that the issue was “being able to ex- press one’s opinions, freely, and participate in the political process.” The Washington Post editorialized against the university action, pointing out “there is no evidence that her views on gay marriage, whatever they are, affected her performance at work. To the contrary, until now she was known for supporting a new resource center for gay students on cam- pus. Firing, or threatening to fire, a diver- sity officer for off-campus political activity strikes us as inconsistent with ‘open sharing of thoughts and ideas.’” Maryland State Rep. Aisha Braveboy, chair of the legislature’s Black Caucus joined McCaskill at a press conference out- side the State Capitol Building in Annapolis this week, indicating that the Caucus was “highly troubled” that Gallaudet would punish its Associate Provost of Diversity and Inclusion. Also troubling was the frequently vitriol- ic comments posted online at mainstream

media news reports and on both LGBT and general audience blogs supporting the in- stitution’s indefensible actions. Worse, a number of the commentaries introduced a new term into the vernacular:

“Hate voting.” This outrageous epithet is presumably reserved for those with opposing politi- cal views. A companion expression to the milder “hate chicken,” recently espoused regarding Chick-fil-A. Is alleged “hate voting” a “hate crime”? Friends and relatives reportedly de- scribed McCaskill encountering “why do you hate me?” inquiries. Voter petitions are available for public inspection, including for the purpose of verifying ballot qualification. Technology allows easy dissemination of names and addresses. Although access to such information is

a little creepy and can lead to abuse, that genie now roams outside the bottle. How- ever, the notion that identifying neighbors and coworkers with differing political views will result in Kumbaya doorstep dialogue is disingenuous. It will garner further public process disengagement and make petition signature gathering more difficult. Hurwitz announced on Tuesday the option for McCaskill to return to her job, likely fearing a lawsuit and ongoing blow- back. However, he indicated there were unspecified hoops through which she needed to jump.

A public apology is what is called for,

Mr. Hurwitz, plus maybe a few extra credit

courses in constitutional law. Maryland voters will soon decide the fate of marriage equality. Let’s hope they overlook Gallaudet University’s bonehead- ed actions against a fellow citizen and the “hate reaction” by some members and supporters of the LGBT community.

All we can hope is that they not hate us.

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Confronting bigotry isn’t easy, but it’s worth it

Party guest’s use of ‘faggot’ prompts awkward but rewarding moment

By HEATHER FITZ

At a party last weekend, I had an en- counter that made me angry, sad and kind of proud of myself. My partner of seven years, April, and I attended the housewarming party of Linda, the amaz- ing woman who is renting our house downtown. The backyard was lit up, a fire pit burned and a talented guitarist played on the porch. When we arrived, none of our friends were there yet, so I did what I always do and struck up a conversation with someone I didn’t know, a guy who passed by me to get a beer out of the cooler. As soon as he picked it up, I joked, “Hey! I was gonna drink that one next!” He laughed, turned and introduced himself, “I’m Adam.” “I’m Heather. Nice to meet you.” Adam, I realized very quickly, was D- R-U-N-K. But it was a party, and I didn’t care. I learned he was a friend of a friend who didn’t know Linda, but was invited to come along to the party.

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We talked football and disagreed on our feelings about Michael Vick and his dog scandal. As I was trying to figure out my exit strategy, he asked me about

college football. I told him I was an FSU graduate and Seminoles fan. “Ugh,” he said. “I hate Seminole fans. Worst fucking fans in the world! Worse than Alabama, Georgia and Miami!” “Why do you say that,” I asked. He proceeded to tell me a story about attending an FSU/Virginia Tech game once where he witnessed three drunk guys harass a man and his daughter after the game. It sounded like a bad scene, so

I said: “You know, that was terrible. But

every school has rowdy, obnoxious fans.

I don’t agree with what they did, but you

can’t attribute their behavior to the entire

Seminole fan base.” He replied, “They were fucking ass- holes. Seriously, a bunch of goddamn FAGGOTS.” I felt the earth move under my feet and my expression froze. He read my reaction correctly, and said, laughing: “I probably shouldn’t say that word too loudly.” “No, no you shouldn’t. You should never say it — especially when you are talking to someone who is gay.” The look of shock and surprise on his

face was unmistakable. I’ve been told that most people would not peg me as gay and clearly he had no idea. He fumbled around for words for a few seconds and then said, “It’s just a word. I mean, do you know its origin? I was a his- tory major, so I can tell you.” “It’s not just a word. You used it to describe people who you just finished saying were degenerates, losers and ass- holes.” He stumbled away and I found myself incredulous at the slur. Yes, he was drunk, but frankly, drunk people say more freely what they really feel and believe. But lots of sober people throw the word around too, to describe people they don’t like, would like to do harm to, want to make fun of, etc. It’s a slur. It hurts and it is not acceptable. I was proud of myself for confronting him and even prouder of Linda and her boyfriend — when upon hearing about the incident (I didn’t tell them, someone else who overheard it did) — asked Adam to leave given his disrespect of their gay friends. I’ve given it a lot of thought and be- lieve we need to continue to stand up and say something when we hear “fag-

got” or “queer” thrown around. Young gay kids are hanging themselves because elementary school kids want to play “Smear the Queer” or because they like theater instead of football. As gay adults, sometimes it feels eas- ier to ignore the comments rather than confront them. We need to. And more importantly, if you aren’t gay, but hear the slur, I would hope you too would say something. Because if you love me, you know my heart and that when someone uses the slur, they are inferring gay peo- ple are all the things Adam spoke of. Imagine the impact if straight people who overheard such slurs stood up and said: “I have a sister, mother, brother, niece, nephew, friend, cousin who is gay and when you use that word, you offend not only them, but me, because s/he is an amazing person. I hear you say that the person you are talking about is not a person of quality, but you can make that point without using the slur.” I know it’s not comfortable, but it’s worth it.

Heather Fitz is a self-employed marketing consultant based in Fredericksburg, Va. Reach her at sprout_ ideas@yahoo.com.

Vote for real change in the nation’s capital

D.C. is a 21st century city stuck with 20th century leadership

By MARY BROOKS BEATTY

Though social issues like marriage equality still divide the major political parties on the national level, in D.C., both Republicans and Democrats are for- tunately united in support of equal rights for gay and lesbian couples. Another place where we may find com- mon ground between political parties in the nation’s capital is in a belief that the District currently lacks strong and account- able leaders with a bold vision for the fu- ture. The city deserves better than a medi- ocre and ethically challenged status quo. That’s why I’m running for City Council. Washington is a 21st century city stuck with 20th century leadership. The “pay to play” schemes that used to plague big city governments—where public dollars flow to politicians’ friends rather than quali- fied bidders—are regrettably still standard

than quali- fied bidders—are regrettably still standard We can’t afford another four years of failed leadership
than quali- fied bidders—are regrettably still standard We can’t afford another four years of failed leadership

We can’t afford another four years of failed leadership from Council members who act in their own best interests instead of ours.

practice in the District of Columbia. One- party political rule has left no one in charge of holding the Council accountable and ethical standards have suffered as a result. Take Council member Michael A. Brown’s stealthy approach to legalizing online gambling (executed while working for a firm that would have benefited from the gambling contract.) Or consider Council Chair Kwame Brown’s resignation earlier this year after he was charged with bank fraud. These are examples (by no means isolated) of elected representatives more interested in helping themselves than helping the people of the District. I would be a different kind of Council member, and I have a record to prove it.

I served for six years as commissioner of an Advisory Neighborhood Commission

(ANC) in northeast Capitol Hill, a neighbor- hood I’ve lived in for nearly 15 years. The ANC I chaired included the H Street corri- dor, which at the time I took office in 2004 was a “hot spot” for drug dealing and street drinking. I initiated and led an effort to ban the sale of single containers of alcohol along the H Street corridor. This seemingly small change made this historic street pedestrian- friendly again, and opened up the door for explosive retail and restaurant growth. Listening to the concerns of your peers, and working together with them to solve problems—it’s this attitude, rather than the “what’s in it for me” mentality, that we need more of on the D.C. City Council. Ethics reform of this magnitude might seem like a daunting task, but the 25+ years I spent working in state legislatures has taught me

how to identify the root cause of a prob- lem, build consensus among stakeholders, and take positive action. Washington, D.C., is changing before our eyes: Census data show that many of the city’s neighborhoods are becoming younger and more diverse as young profes- sionals continue to flock here for opportuni- ties. At the same time, the Census Bureau has also reported that more than 100,000 of the city’s residents remain below the poverty line. Both groups need and demand effec- tive government. That means keeping crime low so that people feel safe; providing ef- ficient city services at an equitable tax rate; supporting laws that protect the city’s most vulnerable residents; and continuing the march toward better public schools. We can’t afford another four years of failed leadership from Council members who act in their own best interests instead of ours. We need real, honest-to-good- ness change in the nation’s capital—and that’s exactly what I promise to work for when I take office on Jan. 1, 2013.

Mary Brooks Beatty is the Republican candidate for the At-Large D.C. Council seat. Reach her via marybrooksbeatty.com.

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By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO joeyd@washblade.com

It’s an interesting time for Barbra Streisand fans. She’s on tour and played New York last weekend (no D.C. dates scheduled). A (sort of) new album dropped Oct. 9 called “Release Me” that collects 11 previously unreleased outtakes from various album projects going back to the beginning of her career in the early ‘60s But just as interesting is the new book “Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand,” also released this month from gay author William J. Mann, who, in addition to several novels, has penned well-received bios on William Haines, John Schlesinger, Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. Mann, an iconoclast who doesn’t smash his subjects but delights in deconstructing widely parsed anecdotes of show biz folklore, zeroes in on Streisand’s early years from early 1960 (when she was 17) to the spring of ’64 by which time she had opened in the long-delayed “Funny Girl” on Broadway and recorded three platinum- selling albums for Columbia. Mann focuses on her early years

because he says “everything we think we know about her can be traced back to this seminal period … She arrived in New York

in 1959 as a penniless teenager without any

connections or experience. Less than five years later she was the top-selling female recording artist in the country and the star

of one of Broadway’s biggest smash hits. Going in as close as I have in this book has allowed me to really shed light on how she accomplished such a feat.” Mann’s in Washington Wednesday on his book tour at the D.C. Jewish Community Center for a 7 p.m. Streisand presentation after which he’ll sign copies of the book. During two phone chats this week, the 49-year-old author talked about the process

of bringing the book — he wasn’t particularly

a Streisand fan before — to fruition and

how writing it compared to his mammoth Hepburn and Taylor tomes. Mann says focusing on Streisand’s early years turned out to be an unexpected advantage. Because few of the key players are still in touch with the notoriously private and exacting legend, they felt freer, Mann says, to cooperate. He wasn’t on a mission to bash Streisand, but he did want an honest and fresh take.

“These very, very famous people really live in a bubble,” he says. “It becomes virtually impossible to get an unvarnished opinion because any colleague you talk to is going to have nothing but superlatives and that becomes very difficult. … About 90 percent of the people I spoke to didn’t continue on with her. … so they could be candid. They didn’t have to think, ‘Gee, is Barbra gonna be pissed at me, I have to work with her next month.’” Despite calling the book “notable for its breadth of detail and fair mindedness,” biographer James Gavin writing for the New York Times said “little” of the book is new, a point Mann counters with his biggest coup — being granted the right to delve into the Jerome Robbins (the Broadway legend who worked on “Funny Girl”) papers at the New York Public Library, which had not previously been plumbed for any Streisand book and are not available to researchers (Mann got an exception through the Robbins estate). And even though Streisand’s first boyfriend, Barry Dennen has written an entire book (1997’s “My Life with Barbra”) on their relationship, Mann says he got fresh material from the gay actor for “Gorgeous.”

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One of Mann’s favorite experiences was visiting Phyllis Diller, who became a pal and mentor of the young Streisand during their time performing at seedy New York nightclub the Bon Soir in the early ‘60s. (Diller died in August.) “She was such a hoot,” Mann says with

a laugh. “That interview was probably the most enjoyable of the process. I got to

go to her house and she was flirting and laughing. I asked her if she’d give me one of her trademark laughs and she did. I just sat there thinking, ‘I love my job.’” Other “gets” weren’t so splashy but proved equally invaluable. Though scads of Streisand material has been released and is on YouTube, Mann says the Streisand aficionados — almost all gay — were helpful. He thinks his track record on the Hepburn and Taylor books helped open doors on several fronts. The book is off to a strong start — according to Nielsen BookScan, it’s sold about 2,000 copies already. “There’s one fan, and of course he’s made me promise never to reveal who he

is, who had some really amazing stuff. There

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QUEERY: 20 QUESTIONS FOR ABDUR-RAHIM BRIGGS

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By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO joeyd@washblade.com

Abdur-Rahim Briggs is the founder and president of Al Sura, Inc. (alsura.org),

a social marketing and fundraising non-profit that provides mini grants and leadership training to individuals and organizations providing health care and

HIV/AIDS support to people of color. On Saturday, the organization has its Homecoming Fall Fundraiser Reception for Howard University alumni and any former D.C. resident. It runs from 7 to 11 p.m. For location and other details, RSVP to hdavis@alsura.org. A $10 door donation is requested that will go to the organization to help it in its mission of erasing health disparities among people of color in the District. Organizers also hope to sign up people for volunteer opportunities with youth mentoring, voter registration and the Whitman-Walker AIDS Walk events (the AIDS Walk

is Oct. 27).

Briggs, a 44-year-old Los Angeles native, came to Washington in 1994 and continued his community involvement work. He credits the late Roy Roberts, former executive director of the Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club, with inspiring his work. He has won several awards for his work, including being honored at a recent Alston House benefit and reception last month. Briggs lives in Congress Heights in Southeast Washington. He’s single and enjoys weight training, reading, meditating and socializing. He also likes movies, watching HGTV and listening to smooth jazz.

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OUT AND WHO WAS THE HARDEST PERSON TO TELL? Well actually, I am “out to myself.” I tend to keep my personal life personal. However, I am out to my parents. The hardest person to tell was a straight guy I once had a crush on. We’re still friends today.

WHO’S YOUR LGBT HERO? The late Wanda L. Alston.

WHAT’S WASHINGTON’S BEST NIGHTSPOT, PAST OR PRESENT? Presently, it would be a bi-monthly party called Dark Fantasy hosted by The Kings Entertainment Group held every first and third Saturdays at the Warehouse Lofts. Hot brothers all over the place!

DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WEDDING. That’s a tough one! My dream wedding would be a ceremony overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. I’m a big fan of scenic weddings.

WHAT NON-LGBT ISSUE ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT? The empowerment and providing positive mentorship for today’s urban youth. Many young people do not have positive role models to look to. That concerns me a great deal.

WHAT HISTORICAL OUTCOME WOULD YOU CHANGE? The assassination of Malcolm X. He was killed at the age of 44, although he and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had philosophical differences, they both were profound visionaries and leveraged their religious faiths to move and inspire the African-American community during the Civil Rights Movement. It just would have been interesting to see what more Malcolm X could have accomplished if he had more time. He’s truly my hero.

WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST MEMORABLE POP CULTURE MOMENT OF YOUR LIFETIME? Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” He will forever be the greatest musical artist ever to walk the planet. I love you Michael!

ON WHAT DO YOU INSIST? Erasing healthcare disparities and increasing HIV awareness among minority communities, which is exactly why I founded Al Sura Inc.

WHAT WAS YOUR LAST FACEBOOK POST OR TWEET? My last Facebook post was Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. I was promoting an upcoming event. I have to admit it, I am a Facebook junkie.

IF YOUR LIFE WERE A BOOK, WHAT WOULD THE TITLE BE?

“You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader”

IF SCIENCE DISCOVERED A WAY TO CHANGE SEXUAL ORIENTATION, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? You got me on that one! I would not change a thing about me. I love and accept who I am. I would not change a thing.

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN BEYOND THE PHYSICAL WORLD? I believe Allah has prepared a wonderful after-life for those who spread great deeds on this earth. Our time is limited.

WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR LGBT MOVEMENT LEADERS? Follow and trust what Allah has called you to do. If you are called to serve, do it and forget the haters. Follow your journey and leave a legacy behind so that when you are gone, your legacy will live on like my LGBT hero Wanda L. Alston.

WHAT WOULD YOU WALK ACROSS HOT COALS FOR?

I would walk across hot coals for truth, honesty and integrity.

WHAT LGBT STEREOTYPE ANNOYS YOU MOST? That we are morally and spiritually bankrupt when in fact we actually pray to Allah (God) more than heterosexuals do. Another pet peeve I dislike is when people equate our sexuality with promiscuity.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LGBT MOVIE?

“Mommie Dearest”

WHAT’S THE MOST OVERRATED SOCIAL CUSTOM? Being politically correct.

WHAT TROPHY OR PRIZE DO YOU MOST COVET?

An Oscar!

WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN AT 18?

I wish I’d known that it is OK to be and love myself.

WHY WASHINGTON? It’s the perfect place to become politically active and engaged through heightened community service and aggressive activism. This is the work that I and seven other board members currently do with Al Sura Inc. In fact our organization has a mini-grant program that assists D.C.-based LGBT and black-focused community non-profits in achieving their missions. Look for our other events next year — “Al Sura in Black” on Feb. 23 and the White Attire Affair on July 20.

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Saturday October 27, 2012

I’m walking

Saturday October 27, 2012 I’m walking to help nd a cure and remind the community that
to help nd a cure and remind the community that HIV is still deadly! ~Tonie
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OUT & ABOUT

PHOTO COURTESY OF OUT & EQUAL
PHOTO COURTESY OF OUT & EQUAL

Last year’s Out & Equal Conference was held in Dallas. It’s in Baltimore this year.

Out&Equal comes to Baltimore

LGBT workplace advocacy group has array of events planned

By SANTIAGO MELLI-HUBER

Many U.S. residents — even in the LGBT world — forget there are 29 states where it’s perfectly legal to fire an employee based solely on his or her perceived sexual orientation. For those at Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, that’s a major concern. Issues of workplace equality for gays are again on the table at this year’s Out & Equal Workplace Summit, an annual event that comes this year to Baltimore from Oct. 29-Nov. 1. The purpose of the Summit, organizers say, is to draw thousands of professionals from across the country and around the world to discuss strategies to create workplace equality. From there, attendees are encouraged to take what they learned and improve the working conditions for LGBT employees of their respective companies. “The Summit is an opportunity to learn, teach, network and have fun with kindred spirits,” lesbian Selisse Berry, Out & Equal’s founding executive director, said in a statement. “Together, we will move out from Baltimore, creating the ripples that will build respectful and inclusive workplaces around the globe.” The Summit, which started in 1999, will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center. Registration is available onsite (online registration was available but is now closed). Registration includes a welcome reception, six workshop sessions featuring about 120 program options, leadership seminars, a ticket to the Gala Awards Plenary Reception and Dinner with Sister Sledge member Kathy Sledge, and access to the “Night Out!” events on Oct. 31. About 2,600 attended last year’s conference in Dallas. Onsite non-sponsor rates start at $1,350 for the full conference but day rates, student discounts and other packages are available in different price brackets.

The “Night Out!” event options include a screening of the film “Codebreaker,” based on the tragic life of gay computer scientist Alan Turing, and a Halloween party in Baltimore’s Power Plant Live. Speakers at the Summit include Judy Shepard, mother of the late Matthew Shepard, and Zach Wahls, whose speech before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in favor of marriage equality became an internet sensation and who recently spoke at the Democratic National Convention. Beth Brooke, global vice chair of public policy at Ernst & Young, is the keynote speaker. The Summit also features the presentation of the “Outie Awards.” Out & Equal gives the awards annually to individuals and corporations who are leaders in promoting workplace equality for the LGBT community around the world. Categories include outstanding work done by both members of the LGBT community as well as allies. Finalists for the corporate award include, among others, Google and Whirlpool. In addition to looking for an opportunity to bring the conference to the East Coast and to acknowledge the progress being made for the LGBT community in downtown Baltimore, Kevin Jones, deputy director of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, is excited about the Summit’s location, as Maryland is fighting for same- sex marriage rights this November. While Out & Equal Workplace Advocates worksyear-roundtocreatesafeandequitable environments for LGBT professionals, the Summit is the organization’s most influential event. Jones, who is gay, stresses the importance of the event in relation to the function of the organization. “The Summit is the single largest program that we do and also the source of almost 90 percent of the resources that run Out & Equal and our other programs — training, consulting, regional affiliate activities — throughout the course of the year.” According to Jones, a major focus of the 2012 Summit includes federal employees, given the Summit’s proximity to Washington. The Summit is recognized as officially approved training for federal employees.

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Not all pizza is created equal. D.C. has some great options, but searching for authentic New York- style pizza can be frustratingly elusive.

The perfect slice?

Friday night pizza tradition hard to replicate outside NYC

By JONATHAN HOWARD

guys put together a menu that consists

of pizza, calzones and sandwiches made

completely with ingredients sourced from

the Campania region of Italy. The beer list

is clever and constantly rotating with both

bottles and drafts available for patrons. The accommodating staff offered us

 

a

couple of seating options upon our

Growing up in New York, every Friday night was pizza night with my family. Each week, a perfect New York-style

arrival, since seven of us had arrived and the adorable 38-seat restaurant can sit a party of six maximum. However, a cozy

with the Formaggi Della Casa that had

pizza pie made its way to the kitchen table. Pizza that had the perfect crust; not too thin and not too thick; the right sauce- to-cheese ratio and not swimming in oil. I loved those Friday nights with my family

I

moved to Boston. My first Friday night

option in the back corner allowed us all to enjoy our meal together. We started

three artisan cheeses, dried fruit, nuts, honey and delicious pizza crust to serve it

and I still love pizza.

all

on. I devoured the cheeses in minutes

I thought all pizza was perfect, just like the ones that sat in front of me in my youth. The rude awakening arrived when

leaving very little for the rest of the table, including a “moldy” blue cheese that was exquisite, and I don’t generally like “moldy” cheese.

alone I called the local pizza parlor and

For the meal I had the Buongustaio

ordered a large pie. “We don’t sell pie,” said the man on the

Pannuozzo wood fired sandwich with sausage, prosciutto de parma and buffalo

other end of the line with a chuckle, “We sell pizza.” Before the man could hang up

mozzarella. The name means tasty sandwich and it was exactly that. The pizzas we tried

I

asked for a large cheese pizza pie, but

included the margherita (sometimes the

what eventually arrived at my dorm room

best way to judge a place is with its simplest

didn’t even come close to the perfection

dish); the Diavola, which has spicy salami and

was used to. That’s where my quest for

the perfect pizza began, and after 10 years in Boston I never found pizza that met my snobby New York pizza standards. Now my quest continues in Washington

I

red peppers on top of the buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes; and the Capricciosa, which is mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, fresh garlic, salami, artichokes and black olives. We also tried the interesting Patata, which

and the perfect pie is still eluding me.

is

cream of potato, sausage, black olives,

Not a single jumbo slice comes close, but they aren’t supposed to; they fill a

mozzarella and fresh basil. All of these items are cooked in the wood burning pizza oven

different pizza niche. Manny and Olga’s on 14th Street serves up a solid pizza, but

that Rusciano brought to the U.S. This oven cooks the pizzas at 900 degrees and is one

not perfection. Places like Pi, Pizza No. 17,

of

the largest on the East Coast. It also kind

Pizzeria Paradiso and Matchbox all offer

of

looks like a cool spaceship, at least to me.

great gourmet pizza options but none are New York-style pizza. So when a coworker said he had some of the best pizza of his life at Menomale Pizza Napoletana (2711

Each of these pizzas is made with high quality, fresh ingredients. The flavor profiles are all interesting and the pies all come to the table piping hot and delicious. Menomale

12 Street N.E.), I assembled a group of people and we descended on the Brookland pizza spot on a Friday evening. Menomale, which means “thank goodness” in Italian, opened this past May and is owned by Italian-born pizza-master Ettore Rusciano and self- proclaimed beer nerd Leland Estes. These

makes gourmet pizzas that are on an equal playing field, if not better than some of the establishments mentioned earlier. Sure, I will still be looking for my perfect New York- style pizza (and bagels, and black and white cookies, and deli sandwiches), but I will still return to Menomale for some gourmet pies every now and again.

and white cookies, and deli sandwiches), but I will still return to Menomale for some gourmet
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OUT & ABOUT

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KENNEDY CENTER It’s been a big award year for ELLEN —
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KENNEDY CENTER
It’s been a big award year for ELLEN — in addition to getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame, she picks up the Mark Twain Prize in Washington next week.

Ellen to get the Twain Prize

A huge lineup of top entertainers perform at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (2700 F St., NW) in honor of the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize recipient Ellen Degeneres on Monday night at 8:30. Kristen Chenoweth, Steve Harvey, Sean Hayes, Jimmy Kimmel, John Krasinski, Jason Mraz, Lily Tomlin and several others will salute DeGeneres for her humor and accomplishments. DeGeneres’ eponymous talk show has won 38 Daytime Emmy Awards. Tickets are $1,000. Special event packages are also available for $5,000-$50,000. For more information, visit kennedy-center.org.

For more information, visit kennedy-center.org. Latino LGBT group honors activists Celebrate 25 years of

Latino LGBT group honors activists

Celebrate 25 years of Latino LGBT activism tonight at 7 at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum (1640 Rhode Islande Ave., NW). The event celebrates the history of LGBT activism since the 1987 Gay and Lesbian March on Washington. It is also an opportunity to support the Latino GLBT History Project’s programs. During the evening, the Project will reveal “25 Anos del Activismo,” a digital photo exhibit that captures moments of the Latino LGBT movement since 1987. Attendees are asked to make a donation of $25. For more information, visit latinoglbhistory.org.

Sedaris at the Strathmore

Comic writer David Sedaris comes to the Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda) on Tuesday night 8 p.m. Sedaris, who’s openly gay, has sold more than 7 million copies of his books “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim” and “When You Are Engulfed in Flames.” Sedaris’ style is marked by his meandering tales that capture the eccentricities of the world. Tickets range from $48-$58. For more information, visit strathmore.org.

‘Raven’s Night’ Halloween show at the Birchmere

Belladonna presents “Raven’s Night” at the Birchmere Music Hall (3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria) Saturday. The show features an adult-themed carnival to welcome Halloween celebrations at 5 p.m. Gypsy Punk music of Wasted Wine performs in a concert at 6:30 and then the main event “Cabaret Melancholia” begins at 7:30. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit ravensnight.com.

are $25. For more information, visit ravensnight.com. studiotheatre.org 202.332.3300 World PreMiere! tickets

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St. Mark’S PlayerS Auditions for William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” Monday, October 22, 2012
St. Mark’S PlayerS Auditions for William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” Monday, October 22, 2012

St. Mark’S PlayerS

Auditions

for William Shakespeare’s

“As You Like It”

Monday, October 22, 2012 7:30-10 pm Tuesday, October 23, 2012 7:30-10 pm

Please prepare one 1-2 minute classical monologue.

The St. Mark’s Players are an all volunteer organization.

www.stmarksplayers .org

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FITNESS

The benefits of wellness coaching

Sometimes it takes a holistic approach to get at the root of a health issue

a holistic approach to get at the root of a health issue Kevin M. Norris is

Kevin M. Norris is a health and fitness columnist for the Blade and owner of Mind our Own Body, LLC. Personal Training. Reach him at kevinmnorris@aol.com.

Holistic is a buzz word that’s used a lot these days but the concept extends to the coaching world as well — certified wellness coaches are trained to assess and guide your overall health and well being. Wellness coaching is a relatively new trend in life coaching that addresses the entire person and focuses on his or her overall life style rather than some of its elements. In particular, there is a more directed focus on eating strategies, fitness, exercise and the integration of healthy habits into daily lives. The American College of Sports Medicine, the gold standard certifying agency in the fitness industry, stands by wellness coaching and now endorses a coaching certification program. There are several other wellness coaching certifications that are gaining respect as well. Some of the more reputable personal training certifications are integrating the wellness coaching paradigm into their certification programs. Some physicians started referring their patients as they recognize they deal with physical and emotional manifestations of the impact unbalanced lives have on their patients. Stressors we have to deal with on a daily basis and might lead to all kinds of ailments require changing our attitude, life style, replacing bad habits with good ones, etc. It is very hard to do on our own, just as it’s hard to bring our physical fitness to the desired level without a personal trainer if we want long-lasting results. Wellness coaching brings together several wellness disciplines together such as nutrition, physical training, yoga, meditation and spirituality. Some wellness coaches might be experts in any of those disciplines or none. What they are certainly experts in is helping clients develop a vision for a healthy life style where those elements are present and are part of the strategy for overall wellness. It might be one or two, or all of these elements depending on the client’s needs and goals. Coaches have a

comprehensive tool kit and extensive knowledge they acquired through their training that is designed to assess the client’s “current state of affairs,” set up goals, develop vision and a sound strategy to achieve those goals. Just as a physician might refer a patient to a wellness coach, a coach might refer a client to a personal trainer, a nutritionist, a yoga instructor, etc. The difference between doing it on our own and as part of wellness coaching is that the coach will keep us accountable on incorporating these elements in our daily/weekly/monthly activities in the context of our whole life while keeping us focused on our short term and long term realistic goals. How many of us fail at New Year’s resolutions? How many diets fail in the long term? Just as the Japanese proverb says, “Vision without action remains just a dream; action without a vision is a nightmare,” we tend to stop at either

having our vision of our life in a distant future or frantically trying to do this and that just because we saw it in a magazine or on TV having no idea how it applies to each of us individually. We might be pretty good at vision but then we fail at acting consistently toward making our vision our reality. Or, we grab

a trendy diet and rigorously follow it while

ignoring daily stress, lack of exercise, dissatisfaction at work place, in the family,

giving up on our passion and just being kind and nurturing to ourselves. In a results-driven culture of high stress, wellness coaching is especially popular among those who woke up to the fact

and realize that there is more to life than

a hefty bank account, a promotion or a 10-

hour work day. The realization is that there

is something missing or I am missing out on something. How often is it pondered that a 10-hour work day can be utterly fulfilling if our work is our passion and not an obligation. If we get to change that one element our life can change completely. But those of us who are stuck at doing it need to realize that while we

are thinking we are providing our needs, those needs are not met anyway due to lack of time, poor health, low energy level, bad relationships, etc. I like to think of wellness coaching as a new awareness that can bring both peace and passion into our life while staying fit and healthy. It may seem like a lot of work

if you have never worked with a coach, a

nutritionist, a personal trainer, a spiritual advisor, yoga instructor, etc. Nonetheless, we are priceless commodities and wellness coaching can be one of the most effective

investments you can make toward your overall health and well being.

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AUTOS

OCTOBER 19, 2012 • 39

Remodeled

crossovers

Stylish makeovers turn these cars into design stars

By JOE PHILLIPS

Brrrrrr. Is that a chill in the air? Well, yes, but it’s not the weather. Instead, my partner and I — in the midst

of the renovation from hell — are arguing,

er, discussing who is going to make the next run to Home Depot. Luckily, the test vehicle in the driveway is a crossover, making it easy to haul everything from finishing nails to fertilizer. To keep up with overwhelming demand, automakers are making crossovers more stylish and comfortable than ever. Below are three of the best.

and comfortable than ever. Below are three of the best. INFINITI FX37 $45,000 Mpg: 17 city/24

INFINITI FX37

$45,000

Mpg: 17 city/24 highway 0-to-60 mph: 6.8 seconds Cargo space: 25 cu. ft.

Like David Bromstad, that hunky designer on HGTV, the FX37 is muscular yet modish. With bulging side panels, oversize alloy wheels and a re-sculpted front end, there’s no mistaking this beefy crossover for a station wagon. Or — horrors — a dowdy minivan. Ditto the dashing interior, with lots of luxe touches: firm yet supple seats, rich wood trim and a classy analog clock like something from Tiffany. But there is at least one form- over-function faux pas: the sloped back-end

reduces rear-window visibility (luckily, there’s

a backup camera). Choice of two engines:

a new, more powerful V6 or, in the high-test

FX50 model, a stellar 390-hp V8 (though it costs $15,000 more than the base model). There’s plenty of legroom up front, but not much for rear-seat passengers. Cargo

space is also a bit sparse, compared with the competition. Still, the FX is fun to drive with handling that’s almost as butt-jarringly taut as

a Nissan Z sportster. But then, anyone driving the FX isn’t looking for a cushy land yacht.

driving the FX isn’t looking for a cushy land yacht. LEXUS RX 450H $46,000 Mpg: 32

LEXUS RX 450H

$46,000

Mpg: 32 city/28 highway 0-to-60 mph: 7.5 seconds Cargo space: 40 cu. ft.

Along with a facelift including snazzy new grille, headlights and tail-lights, the RX 450h gets cosmetic changes inside: a redesigned steering wheel and space-age center console, along with contrast stitching on the seats. This isn’t a macho-mobile, but then the RX has always been more button-down chic. Same goes for the smooth ride, with a solid suspension that turns potholes into minor blips. The cabin is quiet, too — a good reason to upgrade to the 12-speaker audio with HD radio and iTunes song- tagging. There are lots of other add-ons, including 10-way power seats, heated steering wheel and smog-sensing air filter. And the latest safety gear offers a pre- collision warning system, emergency- assist button and stolen-vehicle locator (braking, though, is slower than the Infiniti M37). The hybrid technology is flawless, with the RX 450h performing just like the regular (and cheaper) RX 350. Ponying up the extra $6,000 for this hybrid may take almost nine years to recoup in gas savings, but your eco cred will be golden.

VW TIGUAN

$23,000

Mpg: 22 city/27 highway 0-to-60 mph: 8.4 seconds Cargo space: 24 cu. ft.

From golden to, well, Goldilocks. That’s the best way to describe the refreshed Tiguan, which is not too frumpy but not too glitzy. The ride is softer than the Infiniti FX37 but sportier than the Lexus RX 450h. Fuel- efficiency, sound insulation and legroom are likewise in-between the Infiniti and the Lexus. And while the FX37 and RX 450h are midsizers, the compact Tiguan has almost as much cargo space as the FX37. There are some downsides: the Tiguan’s four-cylinder is sluggish, especially on the base model, and the premium eight- speaker stereo sounds tinny at times. Still, the panoramic sunroof is huge and the leatherette vinyl upholstery is comfortable and easy to clean. Oh, and the Tiguan is half the price of the FX37 or the RX 450h — a bargain when saving for the next renovation.

Ghosts & Goblets soirée A Gruesome Benefit for Historic Congressional Cemetery Saturday, October 27, 6-8:30pm
Ghosts &
Goblets soirée
A Gruesome Benefit for
Historic Congressional Cemetery
Saturday, October 27, 6-8:30pm
Enjoy torchlight graveyard tours, organ
music, hauntings, and visits from some of
our 55,000 “residents”
Casual or Costume Attire
Chapel & Grounds of Congressional Cemetery
1801 E Street SE · Washington, DC
$75 per person · Buy Tickets in Advance at
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THE GUIDE TO ARTS & CULTURE

HOT HITS & HIDDEN JEWELS

FROM CULTURECAPITAL.COM

CULTURE HOT HITS & HIDDEN JEWELS FROM CULTURECAPITAL.COM A NIGHT WITH DAVID SEDARIS TUE, OCT 23

A NIGHT WITH DAVID SEDARIS TUE, OCT 23 STRATHMORE. 301-581-5100. STRATHMORE.ORG. Even at his most incisive and sardonic, there’s a gentleness about David Sedaris’s wit: he’s laughing with us, not at us (or at least he’s laughing at himself as he laughs at us). The skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness is breathtaking, revealed in innocent-seeming stories about his childhood or a recent outing.

CIRQUE CHINOIS: DIRECT FROM BEIJING, THE NATIONAL CIRCUS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, FRI, OCT 19 & SAT, OCT 20 GMU CENTER FOR THE ARTS. 703-993-2787. CFA.GMU.EDU. Gasp and cheer at the jaw-dropping feats of these highly skilled artists. Renowned the world over for their signature acts, such as the Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, and Group Contortion, these performers have received numerous international awards and worldwide acclaim. Come enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience filled with juggling, flying trapeze, contortions, and more that will mesmerize and astound audiences of all ages!

WILLIAM MANN DISCUSSES: HELLO GORGEOUS:

BECOMING BARBRA STREISAND WED, OCT 24 DC JCC LITERARY FILM FESTIVAL. 202-777-3251. WASHINGTNDCJCC.ORG. Reading and book signing. William Mann chronicles Barbra Streisand’s rise to fame, showcasing the electrifying story of how she broke all the showbiz rules to transform herself into the greatest superstar of her era.

ARABIAN SIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL THU, OCT 25 - SUN, NOV 4 PRESENTED BY FILMFEST DC, FILMS AT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. 410-982-0799. FILMFESTDC.ORG. Ten new and innovative films from today’s Arab world! This year’s festival features a captivating selection of films from countries including Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and more. This year’s festival will take place in collaboration with the National Geographic Museum, currently hosting 1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization, an award-winning exhibition showcasing the scientific and cultural achievements from Muslim civilization from the 7th century onward.

Image supplied by Strathmore

Plan Your Season of Fall Theatre with DC’s best dramas, comedies, musicals & classical theatre
Plan Your Season of Fall
Theatre with DC’s best
dramas, comedies, musicals
& classical theatre at
CultureCapital.com.
YOUR LINK TO THE ARTS IN METRO DC

OPENINGS

SUN, OCT 21

The Papercut Art of Craig Tinsky, JCC Greater Washington. 202-777-3251. jccgw.org.

TUE, OCT 23

War Horse, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.

WED, OCT 24

Dracula, The Washington Ballet, Kennedy Center. 202-362-3606. washingtonballet.org.

THU, OCT 25

Letters from the Swallows [Cartas de las Golondrinas], Teatro de la Luna, Gunston Theatre Two. 703-548-3092. teatrodelaluna.org. NSO Pops: Roberta Flack, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org. Pygmalion, Washington Stage Guild, Undercroft Theatre. 240-582-0050. stageguild.org.

LAST CHANCE

SAT, OCT 20

Jesus Christ [Jesucristo], Teatro de la Luna, Gunston Theatre Two. 703-548-3092. teatrodelaluna.org.

SUN, OCT 21

Fly, Ford’s Theatre. 800-982-2787. fords.org. Invisible Man, The Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org. Jekyll and Hyde, Synetic Theater. 800-494-8497. synetictheater.org. Over the Tavern, Olney Theatre Center. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

OCT 19 – OCT 21

Mariinsky Ballet, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.

ONE NIGHT ONLY

FRI, OCT 19

A State of the Union Conversation: Fran Lebowitz and Frank Rich, Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org.

SAT, OCT 20

DruidMurphy Full Cycle: Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark, Famine, Kennedy Center. 800-444-1324. kennedy-center.org. Amanda McBroom, Barns. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.

SUN, OCT 21

The Glory of France, Cathedral Choral Society, Washington National Cathedral. 202-537-6200. cathedralchoralsociety.org.

MON, OCT 22

Latest from the Da-Da-R (Letztes aus der DaDaeR), Goethe-Institut. 202-289-1200. goethe.de. My Name is Asher Lev, JCCNV. 703-537-3000. jccnvarts.org.

WED, OCT 24

Art on the Rocks, The Art League. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org.

THU, OCT 25

After-work Jazz + Mixer: Lyle Link, Artisphere. 703-683-1780. artisphere.com. The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 800-444-1324. kennedy-center.org.

ONGOING-STAGE

I Love to Eat, Round House Theatre Bethesda. 240-644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org. Dirt, The Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org. Our Class, Theater J. 202-777-3210. washingtondcjcc.org. Platero y yo, GALA Hispanic Theatre. 202-234-7174. galatheatre.org. Reckless, Spooky Action Theater, Universalist National Memorial Church. 202-248-0301. spookyaction.org. Trespassing, Ambassador Theater, Flashpoint. 703-475-4036. aticc.org. POTUS Among Us, WIT, Source Theatre. 202-204-7770. washingtonimprovtheater.com.

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

Corcoran Gallery of Art. On the Campaign Trail. 202-639-1700. corcoran.edu. Kreeger Museum. Dan Steinhilber:

Marlin Underground, Sculpture on The Grounds, 2011 Invitational. 202-337-3050. kreegermuseum.org. National Gallery of Art. Roy Lichtenstein:

A Retrospective, Shock of the News, Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700–1830. 202-737-4215. nga.gov. National Geographic. 1001 Inventions:

Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization. 202-857-7588. ngmuseum.org. Museum of Women in the Arts. Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power 202- 783-5000. nmwa.org.

ONGOING GALLERIES

Artisphere. Beyond The Parking Lot:

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Inspirations from Berlin for Washington’s Dupont Underground. 202-289-1200. goethe.de. Honfleur Gallery. Love and Rage - Ari Mandelbaum’s. 202-536-8994. honfleurgallery.com. Strathmore. Skin. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org. The Art League. Color Sphere, Juan E. Hernandez G.: Tierra y Memoria. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org. Washington Printmakers Gallery. Both Sides of the Brain, Old World and New:

Apart, though still a part. 301-273-3660. washingtonprintmakers.com.

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TODAY

Today is “Spirit Day,” a day for people to take a stand against bullying by wearing purple. For events or a way to pledge against bullying, visit glaad.org. Kathy Griffin performs tonight at DAR Constitution Hall (8th and C St., NW) at 8. The double Emmy-winning comedian has been doing years of celebrity-skewering standup along with supplying voices to shows such as “Dilbert” and “Shrek Forever After.” Tickets range from $65-$75. For more information, visit kathygriffin.net Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Bear Happy Hour tonight from 6-11 p.m. This event is for men 21 and older. There is no cover charge. For details, visit towndc.com. Phase 1 (528 8th St. SE) has its weekly dance party with DJ Jay Von Teese tonight starting at 7:30. Cover is $10. For more information, visit phase1dc.com. The Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) is having its happy hour this evening starting at 5 p.m. All drinks are half off until 7:30 p.m. After 9 p.m., admission is $10. The dance floor opens at 11 p.m. with DJ Tim-Nice and DJ Cameron. For details, visit thebachelorsmill.com. Burgundy Crescent volunteers for the 25th anniversary year of the Miss Adams Morgan Pageant at the Hilton Washington & Towers (1919 Connecticut Ave, NW) today at 5 p.m. for loading and unloading equipment. For more information, visit burgundycrescent.org. Whitman-Walker Health holds HIV Testing at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. For more information, visit whitman-walker.org. Fort Fridge (607 New York Ave., NW) presents the “Hemispheric Dysfunctionalism and the Cortical Titanic” tonight at 8. Though the play takes place on the Titanic, it is not actually about the majestic ship. The play explores how people receive information and use the information in a rapidly changing world. The play runs Thursday-Sunday until Oct. 28. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit capitalfringe.com.

Prudential Gallo Realtors (37230 Rehoboth Avenue Ext, Rehoboth Beach) hosts 10 artists whose artwork features individuality and creativity tonight at 6. The exhibition will be up until Nov. 19. This event is free. For more information, contact Andrew Ratner at 302-227-6101. Touchstone Gallery (901 New York Ave., NW) features the exhibitions “To Plant Flowers While Waiting” by Ai-Wen Wu Kratz and “Anything but Straight” by Rhona LK Schonwald tonight at 6. The exhibitions run through Oct. 28. For more information, visit touchstonegallery.com.

SATURDAY, OCT. 20

Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, volunteers today for the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation at Falls Church PetSmart (6100 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, Va.) from 11:45 am-3 pm. For more information, visit burgundycrescent.org. D.C. Meet Market, a community gathering with food, music and vendors where “culture and neighbors collide,” has its penultimate event of the season today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the area around 15th and P streets N.W. in Logan Circle. If it rains, it will be held Oct. 29. Visit dcmeetmarket.com for details.

SUNDAY, OCT. 21

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) holds its weekly Martini Sundays and Homowood Karaoke. Karaoke starts at 10 p.m. and there is no charge for admission. For details, visit cobaltdc.com.

MONDAY, OCT. 22

Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., NW) holds its HIV+ Newly Diagnosed Support Group tonight at 7. It is a confidential support group for anyone recently diagnosed with HIV and the group welcomes all genders and sexual orientations. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.

TUESDAY, OCT. 23

Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.) hosts its Safer Sex Kit-packing program tonight from 7-10:30. The packing program is looking for more volunteers to help produce the kits because they say they are barely keeping up with demand. Admission is free and volunteers can

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just show up. For more information, visit thedccenter.org. Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W) hosts its Flashback dance night with DJ Jason Royce starting at 10 p.m. There is no cover charge. For more details, visit cobaltdc.com.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24

Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., NW) holds its HIV+ Newly Diagnosed Support Group tonight at 7. It is a confidential support group for anyone recently diagnosed with HIV and the group welcomes all genders and sexual orientations. For details, visit whitman-walker.org. Lambda Bridge Club meets tonight at 7:30 at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., SE) for duplicate bridge. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, visit lambdabridge.com.

THURSDAY, OCT. 25

Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., NW) holds its gay men over 50 support group this evening at 6:30 p.m. The group is for gay men entering a new phase of life. Registration is required to attend. For more information, visit whitman-walker.org. Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W) is hosting its weekly Best Package Contest tonight at 9 p.m. There is a $3 cover and there

are $2 vodka drinks. Participants in the contest can win $200 in cash prizes. The event is hosted by Lena Lett and music by DJ Chord, DJ Madscience, and DJ Sean Morris. For details, visit cobaltdc.com. Whitman-Walker provides free HIV testing at Glorious Health Club (2120 West Virginia Ave., NE) tonight at 10 p.m. For more information, visit whitman-walker.org. Lambda Sci-Fi book group meets tonight at 7 at 1425 S. Street, NW. Registration not required. For more information, visit lambdascifi.org. Washington Blade hosts “2012 Best of Gay D.C. Party” at Capitale (1301 K St. NW) tonight at 6. Winners of the Blade’s annual reader’s poll will be announced at the party which runs until 9 p.m. Kimpton’s Helix Lounge (1430 Rhode Island Ave., NW) holds its eighth annual Pumpkin Carving Contest and Happy Hour tonight from 6-9 p.m. Thirty pre- scooped pumpkins will be provided along with carving tools. Drink specials such as Pumpkin Martini and Starr Hill Pumpkin Porter will be available. There are prizes for “Most Ghoulish Gourd” and a special category has been added for the upcoming elections, “Most Political Pumpkin.” For more information, visit helixlounge.com.

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Welcome to the jungle

Witty author shares retail experiences in new book

jungle Witty author shares retail experiences in new book Terri Schlichenmeyer has been reading since she

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

The holidays are coming. That means you’ll need a little extra. Extra time to go gift shopping, for sure, and extra closet space in which to hide packages. More importantly, you’ll need extra money for all that buying, which means you’re looking for an extra job. There are a lot of openings at the mall, but be careful what you ask for. According to Freeman Hall in his new book “Return to The Big Fancy,” that part-time gig you’ll grab might just be extra irritation. Freeman Hall figured he’d done his time at The Big Fancy, an upscale department store chain with a Burbank location. Hall worked the “Handbag Jungle,” where he dealt with nasty “custys,” greedy co-workers and a store manager he called Suzy Satan. He put up with them all while bringing home an insultingly small paycheck so when he got the chance, he escaped to pursue his dream of being a screenwriter. But screenwriting didn’t pay the bills. Working at The Big Fancy did. Shortly after leaving, it was back to retail hell at Hall. The new department manager of Handbag (never “purse”) Jungle was a wonderful woman Hall calls Maude and, since she knew about his past at The Big Fancy, she was happy to hire him. As a former handbag manager, Hall brought experience to the Jungle. He also brought back his best customers.

As for Hall, everything was familiar and depressing from the start. Forbidden to use an elevator or mall entrance, employees were forced to climb

several flights of stairs to get to work. Every day began with ear-splitting announcements and admonishments over the PA system from Suzy Satan to rally (or annoy) the troops. Since The Big Fancy paid its sales associates in commissions, “sharking” (stealing customers) was common and destroyed any sense of teamwork. Rules were loose (unless you broke them) and commissions could be retroactively withdrawn, even years later. The pressure on managers and associates was intense. Adding to it was that customers were always right — even when they weren’t

and discount rats always got their way. It was frustrating. It was irritating. And

it

might’ve meant a completely horrible

year for Hall, if it wasn’t for The Big Fancy christmas miracle. So you plan on picking up some hours

at the mall this fall. You might want to pick

up “Return to The Big Fancy” first, while there’s still time to run. Author Freeman Hill is both profound and profane in this book (although not as

much of the latter as he was in his first book). His observations and his propensity for nickname-giving are both hilarious, but such snarkiness isn’t all you’ll find here: there are a few genuinely wonderful moments at the store and Hall shares them, too. While retail-working readers will surely identify with this book, it will also give non-retailers a taste of what’s behind the counter. Either way, if you’re getting malled this holiday season, you’ll need

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was a DVD (Streisand) was planning to put

out maybe five, six years ago of all her old TV appearances but for whatever reason,

it never came out. This guy had a bootleg

copy of it, which was extraordinarily helpful.

Another fan had some of her original contracts, which is crazy. Who knows how they get this stuff. You’d think she’d have those herself, but somehow they had them and those were very helpful as well. And of course once you get in those fan circles, one thing leads to another and another. I didn’t write it for the fans, because then you’d end up censoring it to please them, but they were a great help.” Early signs are good. A glowing USA Today review said Mann’s “meticulous research and insightful analysis go deeper than any previous (Streisand)

biography.” Liz Smith called it “excellent.” Amazon reader feedback has been highly positive and perhaps the surest sign that the writer did his homework, there’s been nary

a peep, at least so far, from the Streisand

camp (she devotes a whole section of her official website to debunking what’s written about her — check out the juicy reads on her tangles with Larry Kramer over a never- made film adaptation of “The Normal Heart” she wanted to do). At more than 500 pages, “Gorgeous” makes for a lengthy yet brisk read. Mann, who splits his time between New York and Provincetown (where he does most of his writing), is happy to engage a few

questions the book inspires, one common enough that he’s written a Huffington Post piece on the topic: that is, surely it’s no coincidence that Streisand, who had several key gay men in her life very early on

in her career, ended up one of the biggest

gay entertainment icons of all time, right? “It’s not a coincidence at all,” he says.

“She was shaped by so many gay influences

… in various ways. The way she dressed,

the way she put a song across, the way she styled her songs, they way she interacted

with an audience, it’s so obvious all her early mentors were gay and I believe that when those early audiences went to see her, they responded to something familiar. The way she laughed, the way she moved, her campy humor. There was something there gay men recognized and thought, ‘Oh, we can relate to this chick.’ And she was not the first one to have this happen either. It goes all the way back to Mae West and the drag queens she worked with in New York. You see it with Judy (Garland) with Roger Edens, with Joan Crawford and Billy Haines

… with Madonna it was the same thing.” And since Mann, with the Taylor and Streisand books especially, has focused on the nature of fame and how it was achieved — a dissection of the lucky breaks versus the raw material — another question occurs: Given Streisand’s undeniable talent and famous drive, was her legend and success inevitable? Mann says no. “She would like us to think that, but no, I don’t think it was at all. I think she benefited form some really shrewd salesmanship and a degree of luck. Just the fact that there were some major parts with ‘I Can Get it For You Wholesale’ and ‘Funny Girl’ for unusual looking Jewish girls, she was lucky that she was there for those parts at the time they came along. Of course she’s brilliantly talented but there are lots of people who were. You hear some of these other singers from the nightclub era like Blossom Dearie or Joanna Beretta and you’re like, ‘Wow, they’re every bit as good as Barbra,’ but they lacked something — either a very shrewd publicity campaign on their behalf or perhaps their own ambition … it took a terrific amount of PR to make it happen.”

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By DAVID BEDIZ

As Halloween and Thanksgiving ap- proach, we usually start bundling up and getting ready for winter. But in real estate, we’re getting out our sunscreen, because it’s a scorcher. Market conditions have combined in such a way that we are seeing activity reminiscent of 2005 and 2008, with almost every property we list getting multiple of- fers, and every buyer adding escalation clauses to their offers in order to win. What’s causing all this frenzy, just as we emerge from a recession caused in large part by a real estate bubble? In addition to the lowest interest rates ever seen, the same market forces are at play: simple supply and demand. The difference is that the speculators and under-qualified buy- ers are less of a factor in today’s market, so the activity is hot but not out of control. Active listings are at five-year-lows after a steady and marked decline from 2008. Meanwhile, new listings, which bounce up and down seasonally, are at normal levels. That means that, while houses are being listed just as consistently as they have in the past, there are far fewer homes staying on the market than before. Data from the Case-Shiller index for both the region and the nation reflect the result of these market dynamics: higher home values. For both the Washington region and the country, home values are higher than they were both six months ago and in 2003. In Washington, how-

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE SuPERIOR COuRT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLuMBIA Probate Divison Washington, DC 20001-2131 Foreign No. 2007-98 Date of Death 04 24 07

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