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LGBT groups vow to ght

religious freedom EO


In the wake of a media report that

President Trump was preparing to sign
a religious freedom executive order on
Thursday, LGBT groups are making plans
to ght the measure on the assumption it
will enable anti-LGBT discrimination. (The
action was slated to come after Blade
press time; visit
for updates.)
The Human Rights Campaign staged
a rally and news conference Wednesday
at Lafayette Square outside of the White
House to raise awareness about a
directive that the organization says
Sen. JEFF MERKLEY (D-Oregon) was among speakers at a Wednesday protest organized by HRC at the White House.

No Justice No Pride Members of No Justice No Pride, who describe themselves

as a local coalition of LGBT activists and organizations, have
to air grievances at released a list of demands that include calling on Capital
May 8 board meeting Pride to eliminate corporate sponsorship of the Pride events
and ban corporations and D.C. police from participating in
the parade and festival set for June 10-11.
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. The Capital Pride board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 8, at National City Christian Church at 5
Thomas Circle.
A dissident group that is calling for radical changes in the Longtime lesbian activist Cathy Renna, who is serving
way D.C.s Capital Pride Parade and Festival are carried out as a communications consultant for Capital Pride, said the
Capital Pride Board President BERNIE DELIA
this year is calling on its supporters to pack the Capital 17-member Capital Pride Alliance board is looking forward has said that the organization will not agree
Pride Alliances May 8 board of directors meeting to voice to the demands by No Justice No Pride to
ban police and corporate sponsors.
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Comings & Goings

Penchina joins Voices for Progress


The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our commu-
nity. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining
boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at

Congratulations to Daniel Penchina, who has

been named president of Voices for Progress
and Voices for Progress Education Fund. Voices
for Progress is a unique organization made up of
inuential people advocating for the public interest. Thousands of immigrants and workers rights advocates marched from Dupont Circle to
Lafayette Square on May 1.
Voices for Progress Education Fund (V4PEF), and its WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
sister organization, Voices for Progress (V4P), are
progressive national advocacy organizations building
a counterweight to the campaign contributors and
corporations that seek policies serving their own DANIEL PENCHINA Immigrant, workers rights
advocates march to White House
narrow nancial self-interest. A 501(c)(3) project of
the Tides Center, V4PEF, and V4P, a 501(c)(4) project
of The Advocacy Fund, have enlisted hundreds
of philanthropists, political donors and business
leaders nationwide as members. Members and sta HRC, National LGBTQ administration, she told the Blade. We
advocate to elected ocials to ght against climate really care about people and the fact that
change and economic inequality; to strengthen
Task Force staers theyre not being treated with their full
democracy through campaign nance reform and among participants dignity and respect.
voting protections; and on other social justice issues Trump on Jan. 25 signed two executive
Penchina has 15 years of experience navigating By MICHAEL K. LAVERS orders that spur construction of a wall
the intersection of policymaking and politics. He PHOTO COURTESY OF SCHWARTZ along the U.S.-Mexico border and the
was a principal at The Raben Group, a progressive reduction in federal funding to so-
public aairs rm based in D.C. where he designed Thousands of people marched to the called sanctuary cities that protect
and managed issue and advocacy campaigns including developing legislative White House on Monday in support of undocumented immigration.
strategy, communications plans, coalitions and tools for grassroots organizing immigrant and workers rights. The president two days later signed
for dozens of national nonprots, foundations, and companies. Prior to that, Democratic National Committee Chair another executive order that suspended
he worked as a senior adviser and strategist for several members of Congress, Tom Perez and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez the issuance of visas to people from seven
including as legislative director to Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). He has served (D-Ill.) are among those who sharply predominantly Muslim countries Syria,
as a member of the board of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, and of SMYAL. criticized President Trumps immigration Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya
Penchina is a past president of Q Street, an association of LGBT lobbyists and policies during a rally that took place in for 90 days and ends the U.S. Refugee
advocates. He has a BFA with honors in cinema studies from New York University. Lafayette Square. Admissions Program for 120 days. The
Congratulations also to Jordan Schwartz, who was promoted to National Staers from the Human Rights mandate also indenitely banned Syrian
Development Associate at A Wider Bridge (AWB). Schwartz previously served as Campaign and the National LGBTQ Task refugees from entering the U.S.
Regional Development Associate for the Mid Atlantic. He will now assist with Force are among those who attended A revised travel ban that Trump issued
AWBs national fundraising eorts. the event that CASA de Maryland and in March does not include Iraq. The
A Wider Bridge was founded by Arthur Slepian in 2010 to provide opportunities the Service Employees International executive order has not taken eect
for LGBTQ people in North America to build meaningful relationships with Israel Union co-organized. Casa Ruby CEO Ruby because it remains under court order.
and LGBTQ Israelis. From its outset, AWB has provided LGBTQ people with the Corado, who immigrated to the U.S. from Federal agents in February deported
opportunity to engage with Israel in ways that matter to them personally, and El Salvador in the 1980s, joined hundreds Juan Manuel Montes, a 23-year-old man
to demonstrate they have a stake in Israel and its future. In seven years, it has of people who marched from Mount from Mexico who arrived in the U.S. when
sponsored dozens of Israeli LGBTQ delegations to North America. It has also Pleasant to the White House. he was a child. Montes is a Dreamer
given more than 200 North American LGBTQ leaders the opportunity to visit The rally is among the more than 100 who was protected under the Deferred
Israel and engage with LGBTQ Israeli leaders and NGOs on the ground. such events that took place across the Action for Childhood Arrivals program
Prior to working with AWB, Schwartz founded Tappan Street Productions, U.S. on May Day. that President Obama created in 2012.
Brookline, MA where he produced a 15-minute documentary that screened in Stacey Long Simmons, director of The arrest of an undocumented
the Boston area for Joe Kennedy for Congress. He is also the youngest tutor advocacy and action at the National transgender woman inside a courthouse
hired by Advantage Testing trained in and certied to teach LSAT, GRE, GMAT, LGBTQ Task Force, and a handful of her in El Paso, Texas, in February after she
and numerous academic subjects. Jordan has a bachelors in political science colleagues marched from Dupont Circle received a protective order against her
with a minor in business from Brandeis University. to Lafayette Square. ex-boyfriend sparked outrage among
Congratulations also to those elected to the board of Brother, Help Thyself. She pointed out to the Washington Blade immigrant rights advocates and their
Jim Slattery was re-elected to his fth term as president of BHT. He is joined by that a quarter of a million LGBT people in supporters.
Andrew McCarty as vice president, Mark Clark as the boards treasurer and the U.S. are undocumented. Simmons Donald Trump is someone who
Mike Lentz as assistant treasurer. In addition, elected to the board of directors also accused the Trump administration of really, clearly does not care about the
were Mario Ward, Jose Gutierrez and Julius Agers. Brother, Help Thyself advancing a racist agenda of hate that vulnerable, Simmons told the Blade.
Inc. is a community-based organization providing nancial and other support includes anti-LGBT policies. Were here because we want to demand
to non-prot organizations serving the GLBTQ and HIV/AIDS community in the We are really fed up with the amount accountability from this administration.
Baltimore/Washington, D.C. metro area. of discrimination thats been pouring Were not going to stop marching until we
out of this White House and this get justice for everyone.
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Trump exec order could jeopardize Stonewall Monument

Interior Secy to assess
whether monuments
are public burden


The designation last year of the

Stonewall Inn gay bar in New Yorks
Greenwich Village as a U.S. National
Monument could be jeopardized by
an executive order issued last week by
President Donald Trump calling for a
review and reassessment of national
monuments named since 1996, according
to the head of a New York historic
preservation group.
Andrew Berman, executive director of
the Greenwich Village Society for Historic
Preservation, said supporters of the
Stonewall designation are worried about
a little-noticed provision in the Trump
order that covers nearly all national
monuments, not just those consisting of
100,000 acres or more of federal lands.
The order directs the Secretary of the
Interior to review national monuments
designated or expanded by Presidents President Obama designated as a national monument the area around the Stonewall Inn last year.
Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack
Obama where the designation covers
more than 100,000 acres and where the the executive order is to review National for its earlier designation as a National Antiquities Act, which gives presidents the
designation after expansion covers more Monument designations consisting of Historic Landmark. He said the proposed power to designate National Monuments,
than 100,000 acres. 100,000 or more acres of land. National Monument designation received has no provision for rescinding a National
But the order also directs the Interior If youre getting hung up on the widespread support. Monument designation.
Secretary to conduct a review of national adequate outreach portion of the order, Obviously we would argue that there He noted that no National Monument
monument designations where the the Obama administration did ample was extensive consultation that went on has ever been reversed and any attempt
Secretary determines that the designation outreach on the matter of the Stonewall here, he said. But you take nothing for to do so now would likely face a lengthy
or expansion was made without adequate National Monument, Angelo told the granted with this administration. court challenge.
public outreach and coordination with Blade in an email. A White House spokesperson couldnt In summary, it is highly unlikely the
relevant stakeholders. He noted that Log Cabin submitted a letter immediately be reached to determine attempt would be made and even less
Among the factors Interior Secretary in support of the Stonewall designation, whether the president or Interior Secretary likely that it would succeed, Meinke
Ryan Zinke is directed to assess under which is featured in the National Parks Zinke have any intention to target the said of an eort to rescind the Stonewall
the executive order are whether national Conservation Association website. Stonewall National Monument for review or National Monument designation.
monument designations create barriers So reports attempting to shoehorn for rescinding its monument designation. Jerey Harris, the current board chair of
to achieving energy independence, the Stonewall National Monument into Political observers have pointed out Rainbow Heritage Network, said he agrees
restrict public access to and use of administrative review is a canard, Angelo said. that the executive order was based on with Meinkes assessment but believes
federal lands, burden state, tribal, and President Obama announced last June complaints by governors and public the preservation and conservation
local governments, and otherwise curtail that he had designated the Stonewall Inn ocials in several western states in communities would rise in support of
economic growth. bar, the adjacent Christopher Park, and which presidents since 1996 designated the Stonewall Monument in the unlikely
So you can see its pretty open ended, the surrounding streets and sidewalks that hundreds of thousands of acres of lands event the Trump administration would
Berman told the Washington Blade on were the site of the 1969 Stonewall riots as as National Monuments, removing them try to rescind its status.
Monday. So clearly if they chose to the Stonewall National Monument. from use for development. And if there is an attempt to remove
they could use this to reconsider any Historians have credited the Stonewall Televangelist Franklin Graham emerged that status, I am more than condent that
of those [monument designations], he riots, which started when New York City as a vocal opponent of the Stonewall the preservation community will ght
said, including the Stonewall National police raided the Stonewall Inn and began National Monument designation in May that eort vigorously, and the Rainbow
Monument. arresting some of its patrons, as the rst 2016, when news surfaced that Obama Heritage Network absolutely will be a part
I think there is a great deal of anxiety signicant uprising by gay and transgender was about to announce the designation. of that ght, he said.
about this possibility, he said. And I people and the spark that triggered the He called it a monument to sin in a post The executive order calls on Zinke
certainly think the word is spreading modern LGBT rights movement. on his Facebook page. to provide an interim report on his
and has spread here in New York that Berman agrees with Angelo that I hope the president will reconsider, he ndings of the mandated review of
this puts Stonewall at the very least in the Stonewall Monument designation wrote. Flaunting sin is a dangerous move. National Monument designations to the
theoretical danger if not potentially real was thoroughly vetted by the Obama Mark Meinke, a founding member of president within 45 days of the issuance
danger as well. administration. He said New York City and D.C.s Rainbow History Project and former of the order and for him to deliver to the
Gregory Angelo, president of the Log New York State ocials also consulted with co-director of the national Rainbow president a nal report on the ndings,
Cabin Republicans, disputes Bermans local stakeholders in the areas surrounding Heritage Network, which works to preserve along with recommendations for possible
assessment, saying the overriding aim of the Stonewall Inn when they pushed LGBT historic sites, said the 1906 U.S. presidential actions within 120 days.
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In uphill ght, Democrats make case for Equality Act

Supporters condent discrimination against individuals is un-
American, and we would be successful in
bill would pass if GOP passing it.
leaders allow a vote On the same day Democrats
reintroduced the Equality Act, the Center
for American Progress unveiled the
By CHRIS JOHNSON results of a new report titled Widespread Discrimination Continues to Shape
LGBT Peoples Lives in Both Subtle and
President Trumps November victoryand Signicant Ways, which found 1 in 4
Republican majorities in Congress arent LGBT people report having experienced
stopping Democrats from reintroducing discrimination in 2016.
legislation seeking to enshrine into law Winnie Stachelberg, senior vice
comprehensive non-discrimination president of external aairs for the
protections forLGBT people. Center for American Progress, cited
At an event Tuesday at the Rayburn the pervasive discrimination found in
Room of the U.S. Capitol, Rep. David the report as she made the case for the
Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Sen. Je Merkley Equality Act.
(D-Ore.), lead sponsors of the legislation Two years ago, we introduced the
in their respective chambers of Congress, Equality Act on the heels of marriage
touted the Equality Act as a means to equalitys victory at the Supreme Court,
extend LGBT progress in the face of Stachelberg said. At that time, progress
current obstacles. on LGBT rights was heralded as inevitable.
Cicilline, lead sponsor of the Equality Act It is true that we have made progress
in the U.S. House, said the legislation has toward that more perfect union, yet we
more supporters than ever in the House Sen. JEFF MERKLEY (D-Oregon) speaks at the reintroduction of the Equality Act at the U.S. stand here two years later with the sword
and reects the simple idea that everyone, Capitol on May 2. of discrimination hanging over our heads
including members of the LGBT community, and without an iron clad shield of federal
is entitled to equal treatment under the law civil rights laws to protect us.
and right to live free of discrimination. (D-Calif.) invoked the recent ruling from the in either chamber is Rep. Ileana Ros- The Equality Act has been a source of
Its long past time to guarantee that U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals that Lehtinen (R-Fla.), an LGBT-supportive heartburn for members of the civil rights
equal protection under the law applies to found anti-gay discrimination on the job Republican who this weekend said she community who fear the consequences of
every single American regardless of their constitutes sex discrimination under current plans to retire from Congress at the end moving to the oor legislation that seeks
sexual orientation or gender identity, and law, but said the Equality Act is needed to of next year. to amend the Civil Rights Act. Poison pill
thats exactly what the Equality Act will expand protections into other areas. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has been or religious freedom amendments to
accomplish, Cicilline said. Now we must pass the Equality Act to a Republican who has taken the lead on the Equality Act could weaken the historic
Merkley, lead sponsor of the legislation remove all doubt that sexual orientation pro-LGBT measures in the past, such measure if they become law along with
in the Senate, said the Equality Act is and gender identity warrant civil rights as Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal and the the Equality Act.
the answer to the question of what protection, not just in the workplace, but Employment Non-Discrimination Act, But that seems to be abating. Of the
constitutes a just and equal society. every place, Pelosi said. but isnt an Equality Act co-sponsor. The 47 members of the Congressional Black
Every American deserves to be treated Lawmakers at the event characterized Washington Blade has placed a call toher Caucus, 46 are co-sponsors, including
with dignity and respect, Merkley said. the legislation as an eort to make a oce seeking comment on why she Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn
Every American deserves to be able to distinction between supporters of LGBT doesnt co-sponsor the bill. (D-S.C.) and Cedric Richmond, chair of the
pursue their full potential without the rights and their opposition in the White The remaining co-sponsors are all caucus. Thats up from the last Congress
door of discrimination being slammed in House and Congress. members of the Democratic caucuses. when just more than two-thirds of the
their face. When we pass the Equality Act, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), top In the House, the only two Democrats Congressional Black Caucus were co-
non-discrimination will be the law of the Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, who arent co-sponsors are Reps. sponsors of the legislation.
land here in America once and for all, and Labor & Pensions Committee, lamented Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) and Dan Lipinski Wade Henderson, outgoing CEO of The
that day could not come sooner. being at a dierent place with Trump (D-Ill.). Lipinski is a rare member of the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human
As when it was rst introduced in the in the White House than expected when Democratic caucus whos known for Rights, expressed support for the goals
previous Congress, the Equality Act would Hillary Clinton was leading in the polls. holding anti-LGBT views. In the Senate, of the Equality Act in a statement upon
amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and The truth is there has never been a the only two Democrats who arent co- introduction without explicitly endorsing
the Fair Housing Act to ban anti-LGBT more important time to keep up this sponsors are Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) the measure.
discrimination in employment, housing, ght, to lay out a vision for the kind of and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.). We welcome the introduction of the
public accommodations, jury service, country that we all know we can be and Despite the lack of Republican support Equality Act of 2017, which would provide
education, federal programs and credit. to come together to pass the Equality in a Republican Congress, Cicilline comprehensive civil rights protections to
The bill also seeks to update federal law Act, Murray said. Since the moment he expressed condence Congress would the LGBTQ community, Henderson said. It
to include gender in the list of protected walked into the White House, President approve the measure if the measure is shameful that LGBTQ Americans in many
classes in public accommodation in Trump has laid out a hateful, damaging is allowed to come up for a vote when parts of the country remain vulnerable to
addition to expanding the denition of agenda to undo the hard won progress asked by a reporter about GOP support. discrimination in housing, credit, education,
public accommodations to include retail for the LGBTQ community. Its like so many things: The ultimate employment, and public accommodations.
stores, banks, transportation services and Upon its reintroduction in the 115th decision on whether or not this bill The Leadership Conference stands ready to
health care services. Further, the Equality Congress, the Equality Act has a greater comes to the oor for a vote rests with work with Congress to pass long-overdue
Act would establish that the Religious number of total co-sponsors in the the speaker of the House, Cicilline said. federal protections that help ensure equal
Freedom Restoration Act a 1994 law House and Senate than ever before. The I have every condence that if the bill opportunity and dignity for all LGBTQ
aimed at protecting religious liberty cant legislation has 195 co-sponsors in the came to the oor it would pass because Americans.
used to enable anti-LGBT discrimination. House and 46 co-sponsors in the Senate. I think most members of Congress
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi But the only Republican co-sponsor recognize voting to continue practices of CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

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Holocaust Museum
Mariela Castro: Father is deeply concerned
supportive of pro-LGBT efforts by Chechnya arrests
EDITORS NOTE: The Blades Michael Lavers is in Cuba for the next two weeks reporting on the island nations progress on LGBT
rights and covering the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Visit for updates.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum ocials last
The daughter of Cuban President week announced they are deeply concerned over
Ral Castro says her father supports the arrests of more than 100 gay men in Chechnya.
her eorts to spearhead LGBT- The Holocaust teaches us what can happen
specic issues in the country. when state-sponsored, group-targeted violence is
He understands, Mariela Castro allowed to go unchecked, said Museum Director
told Hatzel Vela, a Havana-based Sara J. Bloomeld in a statement. The reports
reporter for the South Florida about the targeting of LGBT persons in Chechnya
television station WPLG. He is combined with statements from Chechen ocials
supportive. seemingly endorsing violence are cause for
Mariela Castro, who is director great concern. Both the Chechen and Russian
of Cubas National Center for governments need to investigate these allegations
Sexual Education that is known by and ensure the safety of LGBT populations within
the Spanish acronym CENESEX, the Russian Federation.
spoke with Vela last week at her Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian
organizations headquarters in newspaper, reported authorities in the semi-
Havanas Vedado neighborhood. autonomous Russian republic in the North
WPLG broadcast the interview on Caucuses have arrested more than 100 gay men
Monday night. since February. Its reporting also indicates they
Mariela Castro became CENESEXs have been sent to secret prisons that have been
director in 2007 after her mother, described as concentration camps.
Vilma Espn, who was the president The museums press release notes the Nazis
of the Cuban Federation of Women, arrested an estimated 100,000 men between 1933-
passed away. 1945 for violating Germanys anti-homosexuality
Transgender people have MARIELA CASTRO, daughter of Cuban President Ral Castro and niece of former law. It indicates up to 15,000 of them were sent to
Cuban President Fidel Castro, takes part in a march to commemorate the
been able to obtain free sex- International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Havana on May 14, concentration camps.
reassignment surgery under Cubas 2016. The Nazis persecuted homosexuals as part
national health care system since of their so-called moral crusade to racially and
2008, although independent LGBT culturally purify Germany, reads the press release.
activists with whom the Washington Blade has spoken maintain only a few dozen people have been able to undergo Gay men were targeted for persecution because
the procedure. Mariela Castro, who is a member of the Cuban National Assembly, in 2013 voted against a proposal they were viewed to be carriers of a contagion that
that banned discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation because it did not include gender identity. weakened society and did not contribute to the
CENESEX since 2007 has commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia which growth of the Aryan population.
is May 17 in Havana and in other cities around the country. Mariela Castro spoke with WPLG less than a week Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who is a
before she is scheduled to speak at a press conference in the Cuban capital that will mark the beginning of this close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and
years series of events. the Kremlin continue to deny reports that gay men
Mariela Castro told Vela she remembers the stares and disapproval from people that she saw in 2007 when have been arrested. A Novaya Gazeta reporter who
she and a group of trans people walked around Havana to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and broke the story has gone into hiding after receiving
Transphobia. death threats.
I was scared, she said. The U.S. and 22 other countries that are members
Then-President Fidel Castro, who is Mariela Castros uncle, in the years after the 1959 Cuban revolution that of the Equal Rights Coalition, which formed in 2016
brought him to power sent more than 25,000 gay men and others deemed unt for military service to Military Units at the end of a global LGBT and intersex rights
to Aid Production, which were labor camps known by the Spanish acronym UMAP. The Cuban government forcibly conference in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo,
quarantined people with HIV/AIDS in state-run sanitaria until 1993. on Thursday in a statement urged Russian authorities
Cuba repealed its sodomy law in 1979. Fidel Castro in 2010 apologized for the work camps during an interview to conduct an independent and credible investigation
with a Mexican newspaper. into reports of arbitrary detention, torture and killing
Mariela Castro, who publicly supports marriage rights for same-sex couples, told reporters in March there is a of gay men by Chechen authorities.
legislative package that would extend rights to LGBT Cubans. If these reports prove credible, we call on
She said earlier that month during an appearance at a lm festival in the Mexican city of Guadalajara the country the Russian government to take steps to ensure
does not like to copy anyone as she discussed why Cuba has yet to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. the release of anyone wrongfully detained and
Mariela Castro during the WPLG interview dismissed criticism from independent activists who say she has not done hold accountable anyone found responsible,
enough to publicly advocate for the issue. reads the statement. These steps are in-line
It is something that takes a long time, she told Vela. with international human rights obligations and
CENESEXs International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia events will take place less than six months after commitments made by the Russian government to
Fidel Castros death. They will also occur against the backdrop of continued criticism over Cubas human rights record. respect the human rights of all individuals.
Independent LGBT activists with whom the Blade regularly speaks maintain authorities harass and detain them U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley earlier
because they publicly criticize Mariela Castro and her fathers government. Plainclothes ocers and security this month said the U.S. remains disturbed by
ocials on Monday detained a protester with an American ag as he briey disrupted a May Day celebration in the arrests. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), former
Havanas Revolution Square. Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State
The U.S. and Cuban in 2004 began the process of normalizing diplomatic relations. Hillary Clinton and the State Department have also
I want to respond politely, Mariela Castro told Vela in response to his question about those who question her eorts publicly condemned the arrests and urged Chechen
to spearhead LGBT issues against the backdrop of Cubas human rights record. They should inform themselves. and Russian authorities to investigate them.
Get rid of your hate, prejudices and stereotypes, she added, speaking directly to Cuban exiles in Miami who remain President Trump and Secretary of State Rex
opposed to her fathers government and the normalization of relations between the U.S. and the Communist island. Tillerson who met with Putin in Moscow on April
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LGBT groups prepare for ght over religious freedom EO

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 plan to sign the executive order. for years to stretch and distort the concept urging Trump to reject the measure.
The ACLU ghts every day to defend of religious liberty into a tool they can As clergy and faith leaders who serve
would put millions of LGBT people at risk religious freedom, but religious freedom use to discriminate against anyone who diverse communities across the United
of discrimination. does not mean the right to discriminate doesnt think like them, especially LGBTQ States, we write to you to express our
Donald Trumps rumored against or harm others, said Louise people, Montgomery said. Religious deep concern over the draft religious
unconstitutional action is nothing more Melling, deputy legal director of the liberty should be a shield that protects freedom executive order that some
than a license-to-discriminate order that American Civil Liberties Union. If every Americans religious freedom; have urged you to sign, the letter says.
puts millions of LGBTQ people at risk, President Trump signs an executive but the far Right is trying to transform it Although it purports to strengthen
HRC President Chad Grin said. There order that attempts to provide a license into a sword to attack and harm others. religious freedom, what this order would
is no religious freedom crisis in America to discriminate against women or LGBT Its deeply disappointing, although not actually do is misuse this freedom,
today, but there is a crisis of hate and people, we will see him in court. particularly surprising, that Donald Trump turning it into a weapon to discriminate
discrimination. At a time when two- Peter Montgomery, senior fellow for is once again willing to give extreme anti- against broad swaths of our nation,
thirds of all LGBTQ people report having the People For the American Way, said in gay activists exactly what they want. including LGBTQ people, women, and
experienced discrimination, Donald a statement the executive order would be On the same day news broke that Trump children in foster care. We urge you to
Trump is making the problem worse by very bad news for real religious liberty if would sign the order, Faith in Public Life turn away from all proposals that would
giving legal cover to perpetrators. By even the directive is along the lines of the anti- issued a statement highlighting a full-page abuse religious freedom, including any
considering this discriminatory order he LGBT draft order. letter published in Politico last month that executive orders on this issue that are
has broken his promise to be a president The Religious Right has been working was signed by more than 1,300 faith leaders currently under consideration.
for all Americans.
According to Politico, President Trump
invited conservative leaders to the White
House on Thursday for the signing of an
executive order timed tothe National Day 19 senators urge HHS to restore LGBT questions to elder surveys
of Prayer, which the administration was
planning to celebrate with faith leaders.
The report cites two senior A bipartisan group of 19 senators
administration ocials conrming led by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
Trump would sign the order on Thursday, and Robert Casey (D-Pa.) are calling on
although one cautioned that it hasnt yet the Department of Health & Human
been nalized, and noted that lawyers are Services to restore LGBT questions to
currently reviewing and ne-tuning the a federal survey intended to evaluate
draft language. government services for older
A draft religious freedom executive Americans.
order has circulated among federal In a two-page letter dated April
advocacy groups and would enable 27, Collins, chair of the U.S. Senate
discrimination on the basis of religious Special Commission on Aging, and
objections to same-sex marriage, Casey, the top Democrat, lead
premarital sex, abortion and transgender other senators in saying the Trump
identity. The proposed measure would administrations removal of the
gut former President Obamas 2014 questions will limit HHSs ability to
executive order barring anti-LGBT evaluate whether federal programs
workplace discrimination against federal are reaching LGBT elders eectively.
contractors, that the White House Sexual orientation and gender
saidTrump planned to keep intact. identity questions on these surveys
Media reports have said Ivanka Trump were designed to ensure that vital Sen. SUSAN COLLINS (R-Maine) is among those calling on HHS to include LGBT elders in a
and Jared Kushner convinced Trump services were reaching vulnerable
not to sign the order, but White House LGBT Americans, the letter says. WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said the By rolling back data collection, it is
administration would have something possible that the needs of millions
on it. Just last week, USA Today reported a of Americans go unmet.
group of 51 House Republicans have sent Much to the dismay of LGBT advocacy groups, the Trump administration indicated last month it would remove questions
a letter to Trump calling on him to sign seeking to identify the sexual orientation of respondents from the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants, or
the religious freedom executive order. NSOAAP. (A Federal Register notice indicating the survey would not be changed, although an examination of proposals reveals
Politico reported the draft executive the questions are removed.)
order Trump plans to sign is being At the time, HHS said the LGBT questions were part of a pilot test and removed because the sample response has not been
tightly held, but quoted an inuential sucient enough to date to allow for reliability and reporting.
conservative who saw the text said it According to the letter, HHS also proposed similar revisions for its Centers of Independent Living Annual Performance
hasnt been dialed back much - if at all - Report survey. An initial draft included a questions on sexual orientation and the option to identify as transgender, but those
since the February leak and has language questions were moved in the current draft in the only noticeable change, according to the letter.
that is very, very strong. The senators urge HHS to reinstate the questions to ensure that key programs for older Americans and people with
Asked about any plans to sign a disabilities are meeting the needs of the LGBT community. They also seek a sta brieng on the decision to remove the LGBT
religious freedom order, Sarah questions no later than May 5
Huckabee Sanders, a White House An HHS spokesperson conrmed the department has received the letter, but defended the decision to remove the LGBT
spokesperson, told the Washington questions from the federal health surveys.
Blade, Nothing to announce at this time. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, making a survey longer or requesting highly personal information can only be justied
The American Civil Liberties Union if the data the additional questions will generate are required by law or can be expected to help us conduct necessary oversight
issued a statement on Tuesday for the program, the spokesperson said.
threatening the administration with a CHRIS JOHNSON
lawsuit after news broke about Trumps
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New group demands change at Capital Pride

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 the Capital Pride Alliance supports all
members of the LGBTQA community to
to what it expects to be a constructive participate in Capital Pride.
discussion by a diverse group of people. Delia noted that Capital Prides activities
The purpose of the meeting is to create include Capital Trans Pride, an event
a community dialogue and to provide any scheduled for May 20 that celebrates the
information that we can and just continue transgender community.
the conversation about the issues that Some of the citys most prominent
have been brought up by the No Justice transgender advocates, including Earline
No Pride group and others, Renna told Budd and Ruby Corado, have said that
the Washington Blade. although police abuse of trans people has
Were encouraging anyone in the been a serious problem, the instances of
community to come, she said. I believe abuse have declined and police ocials,
there will be many people who support including the previous and current police
the Capital Pride Alliance and will want to chiefs, have been supportive of the trans
talk about these issues as well. So were community.
hoping for a good dialogue and a good The excerpt from Pruitts article that
conversation and an opportunity to talk the No Justice No Pride coalition singled
about the issues. out states: There is not an epidemic of
The meeting was scheduled to take trans people being denied access to public
place less than two weeks after the facilities. Trans people safely use bathrooms
Capital Pride board created a stir by every day, mostly because if they are truly
requesting and receiving the resignation trans, other folks dont even notice.
of volunteer executive producer Bryan BRYAN PRUITT stepped down as a Pride volunteer after criticism of a blog post he wrote about Pruitt, a gay Republican activist and
Pruitt because of comments he made trans people. former president of D.C.s Log Cabin
about transgender people in a May 2016 Republicans, told the Blade that the
article in the conservative blog RedState. excerpt takes out of context the premise
As soon as the Capital Pride board was supportive of D.C. police, which No Justice investor in private prisons and immigrant of his article, which is entitled Grabbing
made aware of the May 2016 RedState article No Pride says have directly and indirectly detention centers. Ambrogi said LGBT Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory.
by Bryan Pruitt, a Capital Pride volunteer, oppressed predominantly queer and people, including trans people, have been He noted that the article pointed out,
we immediately asked for and received trans people of color. disproportionately impacted in a negative in the midst of the 2016 presidential
his resignation, a Capital Pride statement Drew Ambrogi, a spokesperson for No way by private prisons. election, that far-left leaning Democrats
posted on its Facebook page says. Justice No Pride, told the Washington Blade The community is paying attention and and the gay left were unwittingly playing
The Capital Pride Alliance board, sta, that the coalition believes its positions recognizing that for too long, Capital Pride into the hands of GOP presidential
and volunteers have zero tolerance for enjoy support from a growing segment of has colluded with the very forces that candidate Donald Trump by making an
transphobia in any form and remain the LGBT community during the current oppress queer and trans individuals, No issue of the controversial transgender
deeply committed to supporting the political climate in Washington, where the Justice No Pride says in its press release. bathroom controversy.
trans community through our work and Trump administration is seeking to roll Their willingness to turn a blind Im a hundred percent supportive of
programs, the statement says. back government support for LGBT people. eye to transphobia, accept money the trans community, Pruitt told the
Capital Prides action seeking Pruitts Angela Peoples, executive director from corporations that prot o of the Blade. I have always been and always will
resignation came after No Justice No of the national LGBT direct action incarceration of queer and trans people be supportive of the trans community,
Pride posted an excerpt of Pruitts organization Get Equal, told the Blade predominantly queer and trans he said.
RedState article on Facebook and other in a phone interview that her group fully people of color and celebrate the No Justice No Pride, meanwhile, has
social media outlets and demanded that supports the eorts and positions taken Metropolitan Police Department, indicate said it plans to aggressively push its
Capital Pride disassociate itself from him. by No Justice No Pride. a fundamental disregard for large swaths demands for changing the Capital Pride
Bernie Delia, Capital Prides board I have been working with Drew and of our community, the press release says. agenda at the May 8 board meeting.
president, said that although Capital other folks that are organizing this eort, It says D.C. police have carried out Were showing up at the Capital
Prides board agreed it was necessary Peoples said. So the eort and the Prostitution-free zones, allowing ocers Pride board meeting to remind the
to seek Pruitts resignation it would demands of the No Justice No Pride eort to harass and arrest women guilty of board members what D.C.s queer and
absolutely not agree to additional is very much aligned with the work Get walking while trans. trans community actually looks like,
demands by the No Justice No Pride Equal has been doing and is continuing to We must reject the appeasing the coalition states on its Facebook
coalition that it ban D.C. police from do, she said. and centrist politics of the LGBT page. Bring your friends, bring your
participating in this years Pride parade Ambrogi said the coalition, among establishment, the press release frustrations, bring your ideas. Lets ll the
and festival and that it ban corporate other things, is calling on Capital Pride to concludes. Now more than ever, we must room.
sponsors, including Wells Fargo Bank, disinvite D.C. police, including the police not allow Pride to be a de-politicized, Earl Fowlkes, one of the lead organizers
from participating in all Pride events. LGBT Liaison Unit, from participating in corporatized, white-washed celebration. of D.C.s annual Black Pride events, which
It has been with the support and the D.C. Pride parade and festival. Delia said Capital Pride takes strong take place during the Memorial Day
resources of our diverse sponsors and He said the coalition also wants Capital exception to many of No Justice No weekend, said no one has approached
corporate partners that Capital Pride has Pride to no longer allow corporate Prides assertions. Black Pride about discontinuing corporate
been able to grow and thrive, said Delia, sponsors or corporations in general to The press release includes many sponsors or banning D.C. police from
who added that corporate supporters participate in the festival and parade and inaccuracies and they are engaging in Black Pride events.
have strong records of support for the wants Capital Pride to remove its funds oppressive tactics that do not align with He said Black Pride traditionally has had
LGBT community and LGBT rights. from a Wells Fargo Bank and remove the very essence of what they claim to only a few corporate sponsors. He said
No Justice No Pride issued a press from the Capital Pride board one of its seek, Delia told the Blade in a statement. members of the D.C. police LGBT Liaison
release stating what it says has been the members who is a Wells Fargo employee. Capital Pride is extremely mindful and Unit have attended Black Pride events
longtime concern of its supporters and The press release says Wells Fargo has thoughtful of our role in serving the entire as volunteers to help ensure the safety
members that Capital Pride, like LGBT given nancial support for the Dakota community and growing our events in a of participants. Fowlkes said Black Pride
Pride groups in other cities, has become Access Pipeline, which has been opposed way that fosters pride and community, has no plans to discontinue its corporate
beholden to corporate sponsors and too by environmentalists; and is a major he said. Pride is an inclusive event and sponsors or police participation.
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Spring welcomes summer as only
Baltimore can, with beehive hair,
gay pride, visionary filmmakers
and the second jewel of the
Triple Crown.


The SNF Parkway Film Center Old Goucher
May 37, 2017 June 1718, 2017
The brand-new SNF Parkway Film Center in Station Let your rainbow flag fly at Baltimore Pride, the block
North Arts and Entertainment District hosts this years party of peace, love and LGBTQ. This year the
showcase of film and video from all over the world. festivities have moved to the Old Goucher
Screening more than 50 features and 75 shorts of neighborhood, home of the newly opened Baltimore
every genre, this is a cant-miss event for movie buffs. Eagle, a block away from Station North. Dance in the
streets with live entertainment, and flip your wig at
142ND PREAKNESS the one and only Pride parade.
Pimlico Race Course THEATER
May 20, 2017 Bromo Arts District, Downtown,
This years festivities include headliners Sam Hunt Mount Vernon
and Good Charlotte at InfieldFest, and, of course, May/June 2017
the time-honored Pimlico traditions of big hats, This summer, Baltimores top theaters are presenting
Black-Eyed Susans and the always-thrilling running shows for every interest. Take in world premieres
of the Preakness. Down the stretch they come! like Baltimore Center Stages Jazz, based on Toni
Morrisons book; favorites like Noises Off at
HONFEST Everyman Theatre and Finding Neverland at the
The Avenue in Hampden Hippodrome; a classic like The Tempest at Chesapeake
June 1011, 2017 Shakespeare Company; or a contemporary work like
Hampden doesnt get more colorful than during BootyCandy at Iron Crow, billed as the citys only
Honfest, a two-day street party of leopard prints, queer theater.
cat-eye glasses and family fun, hon. Sign up for the
Best Hon Contest, grab a coddie, and wiggle your
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Night Out with the Os to benet Moveable Feast

The third annual Night Out with the Os is scheduled for June 21 at Orioles Park
at Camden Yards. The Orioles are scheduled to play the defending American
League Champion Cleveland Indians at 7:05 p.m.
Organizers say that tickets are $33 of which $5 will be donated to Moveable
Feast, a Baltimore-based non-prot that is the sole provider of free nutritious
meals for people living with HIV/AIDS, breast cancer and other life-threatening
conditions in Baltimore, the ve surrounding counties and the Eastern Shore.
The group will be seated in Sections 70 and 72, which are located in the left
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~ PFLAG to discuss LGBT-friendly workplaces
On May 9, the Howard County chapter of PFLAG will feature a discussion

Serving Our Community for 35 years on how to identify companies that promote an LGBT-friendly workplace. Neal
Bonner and Nina Nethery, representatives from Nielsen, a Columbia, Md.-based
a d v i C e m e d iat i o N L i t i G at i o N a P P e a L S C o L L a B o r at i o N international market research company, will lead the discussion. They are the
co-presidents of Nielsens Pride group.
The meeting, which will also feature the presentation of the chapters annual
scholarship to a deserving student in Maryland, will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the
Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia.

Montgomery Co. LGBT social on tap

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ComPLeX LitiGatioN | CiviL riGHtS | LGBt | adoPtioN | BuSiNeSS The Visionary Team of the MoCo Pride Center will host a social at Agrodolce

Silber, Perlman, Sigman & Tilev, P.A.

in Germantown, Md., on Sunday, May 21 from 4-6 p.m. Agrodolce is located at
21030 Frederick Rd., Suite J, in Germantown.
at tor N e YS at L aw d C | m d | va Attendees are urged to mingle and share concerns with team members.
For more information, visit the events Facebook page.
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HONOLULU A new report from the Hawaii Department of Health, the
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health disparities comparable to those reported in other studies including N ATIONAL H ONOR O UR
disproportionate rates of obesity, smoking, bullying, alcohol use, cancer, lack of
exercise and strokes, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports.
A total of 4,700 high school students in Hawaii identify as LGB or questioning,
according to the report. Native Hawaiian students make up 22 percent of LGB and
questioning youth, the report says. Residents who are Native Hawaiian or part Native
Hawaiian made up 21 percent of the overall state population in 2015, according to a
Pew Research Center report.
LGB students are signicantly less likely to visit a health care professional or see a
dentist. Questioning students are even less likely than LGB students. Just 23 percent of
LGB and 18 percent of questioning young male students report having been tested for
HIV, the Tribune-Herald reports.
The report says only half of questioning youth saw a doctor or nurse for a physical
exam in the past year, compared with almost 75 percent of straight youth. A night of laughter, inspiration, and
One concerning nding, for all students, is that 33 percent of straight, 48 percent
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LGB youth are almost four times more likely to have attempted suicide in the past
year than straight youth; 43 percent of LGB youth have been bullied either at school or
from community leaders.
electronically, the article notes.

PrEP gets green light in Wales

LONDON Despite opposition, PrEP (aka Truvada), an HIV-prevention drug popular
with gay men in the U.S., has been approved for a three-year trial in Wales slated to
begin this summer, the BBC reports.
But the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group spoke of several uncertanties and
limitations in the economic model presented by the drug company, the BBC reports.
The Terrence Higgins Trust in Wales called the Strategy Groups recommendation
short sighted and said PrEP could cost NHS Wales, the countrys publicly funded health
care system, money in the long run, the BBC article said.
Around 150 new people are diagnosed with HIV in Wales each year, nearly half from
sexually transmitted infection between men.
A daily dose of the pill is suggested for people at high risk who might not have safe
sex. It is currently used in the US, Canada, Australia and France, and taken daily, it has
been shown to reduce the risk of infection by 86 percent.
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Police, corporate sponsors must be welcome at Pride

mentioning religious freedom bills that al- Complaints, and worked in coalitions for po- ready involved? What headliner would agree
Who elected NJNP to speak low anti-LGBT discrimination in violation lice reform, I have long defended marginalized to perform at a resistance event, and who
for the community? of church-state separation. Pruitt stepped populations like trans women of color. But would come? Why dont they join the national
down as an executive producer so as not to thats just it: in D.C. we have won reforms, as Equality March for Unity and Pride, set for
be a distraction. He said he is pro-trans and many trans activists acknowledge. We under- the same weekend, instead of trying to hijack
considers Gavin Grimm a hero. cut our eorts if we impose ideological blinders Capital Pride?
The main controversy is over the NJNP de- that eectively treat all police as our enemies. The cost of Capital Pride runs into seven
mands: that Capital Pride drop Wells Fargo LGBT ocers are members of our community gures. How much skin does NJNP have in
and all corporate sponsors, and that it bar who risk their lives for us. Telling them they the game that they can dictate to us? This re-
uniformed police ocers from participating must leave their uniforms at home is an act of minds me of Rush Limbaugh calling the pro-
in Pride. Wells Fargo has a perfect 100 rating disrespect that can never be accepted. gressive D.C. restaurant Busboys and Poets
RICHARD J. ROSENDALL is a writer and activist. on the Corporate Equality Index, but it has We are part of a multi-generational strug- racist because its bookshop wouldnt carry
Reach him at also been involved in funding the Dakota Ac- gle. Civic engagement, persistence, coop- his childrens books. Setting aside his need
cess Pipeline. This somehow makes it pink- eration, and incremental eorts have been for an intro course on racism, and the ques-
If youre a small band of radicals with an washing to credit the bank for its pro-LGBT key to our advancement. Diversity breeds tion of why any parent would inict him on
itch to resist but with no cash reserves, it may policies. As for police, some people are intimi- contentiousness, which makes it a challenge their children, why would a white reactionary
be convenient to hijack someone elses event dated by them, so out they must go. to keep our eyes on the prize. Our cause is expect to be carried by a place whose shelves
and bend it to your purpose. So it is with ac- Not so fast. I oppose the pipeline, but ef- greater than any personality or faction. One looked like they were stocked by Angela Da-
tivists chanting No Justice No Pride (NJNP), fective advocacy requires giving people credit of the things for which we have always fought vis? What happened to free markets?
who shut down Phoenix Pride on April 3 and where due and not only criticism. Diversity as a movement is the right to dene and cele- The fact that Capital Pride, by contrast, is a
whose compatriots now set their sights on means that we do not agree on every issue. brate our own lives. The right to our joy is not nonprot does not entitle intolerant zealots
Capital Pride in Washington, D.C. in June. (Full The banks LGBT employees deserve respect a prize we win at the end: it is what sustains to waltz in and deliver new instructions. What
disclosure: I was chosen as one of this years for their eorts. The anti-capitalist left ignores us on the journey. Denigrating our celebra- we need are not coercive tactics that divide us
Capital Pride Heroes.) the fact that the private sector has long led tions dishonors those who brought us this and give comfort to our enemies, but mutual
The D.C. dispute made the news last week the public sector in LGBT protections. It is not far. We need celebration as much as protest respect in which dierent groups organize
when it came to light that one of Capital a choice between corporations and activists: and organizing. events that suit their varied purposes.
Prides volunteers, Bryan Pruitt, wrote last there is room for both. I have some serious questions for NJNP: Copyright 2017 by Richard J. Rosendall.
year on calling the ght against Having worked with local chapters of ACLU Who elected them to speak for the commu- All rights reserved.
bathroom bills unnecessary and favorably and NAACP to create the D.C. Oce of Police nity in place of the diverse stakeholders al-


Ralph Northam for governor of Virginia

tion spots for children in low-income families military. Avaaz that dont report their donors and raise
Perriellos candidacy isnt and advocates for greater access to prenatal Northam is a strong ally of the LGBT com- money from foreign nationals. One donor
worth spending millions care. He chairs the Governors Task Force on munity, opposing bathroom bills that dis- gave him $500,000. Fifty-seven percent of his
Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis criminate against transgender individuals donations come from out of state. For many
on a primary and ghting to protect LGBT people from progressive Virginians his problem as Slate
Response and led a team tasked with iden-
tifying challenges and suggesting improve- workplace and adoption discrimination in reported is his record. During his one term in
ments to the states complex system of men- Virginia. Congress, Perriello voted against the assault
tal health services. He understands the state and the need weapons ban and boasted about it when he
Northam cast the tie-breaking vote to block to grow rural Virginia and is committed to tried to get reelected. Another sticking point
legislation that would have let Virginians car- bringing broadband Internet access to every is his vote for the so-called Stupak amend-
ry concealed weapons without a permit. He Virginia community. Hes committed to ght- ment. The Stupak amendment wouldve
knows guns and alcohol are a deadly combi- ing for teacher pay raises and fair funding prohibited insurance companies that partici-
nation. In the state Senate, he fought legisla- for rural public schools. As governor, when pate in the Aordable Care Acts exchanges
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights tion to allow people to bring guns into bars working to expand economic opportunities, from covering abortion forcing insurance
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly
for the Blade. and other places where alcohol was served he wont forget rural Virginia. companies on the exchanges to drop abor-
and voted to ban concealed carry privileges In the past year, under McAulie and Lt. tion coverage for all women.
The lieutenant governor of Virginia, Ralph for those convicted of driving under the inu- Governor Northam, Virginia has doubled the We understand politicians have big egos.
Northam, won a hard fought statewide race ence or public intoxication in other states. number of veterans placed in jobs through Yet running against a proven progressive
in 2013 and is now running for governor. He When in the Virginia Senate, Northam the Virginia Values Veterans program. candidate like Northam who already won
has been endorsed by Gov. Terry McAulie, met Virginia Tech survivors who came to Northam supported legislation to establish a statewide in a state like Virginia is the wrong
who has a one-term limit, and nearly every Richmond to advocate for commonsense program to connect returning military med- thing to do. Perriello has made no case why
Democratic oceholder in the state. He is a gun safety reform. He has been partners ics to private sector healthcare jobs. He is his candidacy is worth Democrats spending
progressive with a great record. with them ever since. He voted to close the committed to continue to grow these pro- millions of dollars and thousands of volun-
Northam is a strong supporter of a wom- gun show loophole and to keep the One- grams until there is no longer any veteran teer hours on a primary. Democrats have
ans right to choose having led the ght Handgun-A-Month limit. As governor, he will joblessness in Virginia. won all statewide oces in Virginia and that
against the now infamous transvaginal ultra- continue those ghts and has promised to re- So there is a great, tested progressive can- time and money would be better spent work-
sound mandate, which would have required instate the commonwealths successful One- didate for governor who understands the ing to win the state legislature and preparing
Virginia women seeking an abortion to un- Handgun-A-Month policy limiting the num- state and how to win. Not good enough for to take back every Virginia Republican con-
dergo an intrusive and unnecessary proce- ber of handguns an individual can purchase. Tom Perriello, the one-term congressman, gressional seat in 2018.
dure. He is not opposed to owning guns. Hes an trying to claim the mantle of progressive can- Ralph Northam deserves your support in
He chairs the Commonwealth Council on avid outdoorsman, gun owner, hunter, and didate with the support of Bernie Sanders and the June 13 primary. Join gay state Sen. Adam
Childhood Success, and helped secure a fed- sports shooter from his days growing up in out-of-state money. The Washington Post re- Ebbin who is co-hosting a fundraiser for
eral grant creating up to 13,000 pre-K educa- Accomack, attending VMI, and serving in the ported he received money from groups like Northam on Sunday, May 21 in Alexandria.

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Reminder to keep working to end the nightmare of racism

to see that racism, even liberal racism, is to mask his racism in the language and police shootings of black people. One
The relevance of Raisin in all too alive and well. veneer of tolerance and understanding. hundred days into the Trump era, Attor-
the Sun in the Trump era I thought of Carrolls encounter with Most of the trouble exists because peo- ney General Je Sessions seems bent on
racism, as I watched a riveting produc- ple just dont sit down and talk to each setting back civil rights for people of color
Recently, scrolling through Facebook, I tion of A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine other, he says. That we dont try hard (along with LGBT folk and other margin-
saw a post by a friend, Kenneth Carroll, a Hansberry at Arena Stage. (It runs at Are- enough in this world to understand the alized groups). Its unlikely that HUD Sec-
D.C. writer, that made me shudder. Car- na through May 7.) Hansberry who was other fellows problem. The other guys retary Ben Carson will be a fair housing
black and queer, died of cancer at age 34 point of view. champion.
in 1965. A classic of mid-century American The New York Times called A Raisin in This isnt to say that all white people
theater, Raisin is set in the 1950s in the the Sun, the play that changed Ameri- are racists. There are white people who
South Side of Chicago. It tells the story of can theater forever. Hansberry received check their privilege. I know white people
an African-American family. The Younger the New York Drama Critics Circle Award who work with, are friends with and live
family live in a cramped tenement. The when her groundbreaking play appeared in families with people of color. My friend
family unexpectedly comes into money on Broadway in 1959. She was the young- Martha, who is white and lives in New
when Momma receives a $10,000 check est American playwright, fth woman and York, is part of a loving, bi-racial family.
in life insurance after her husband dies. only African American to win this award. But, she says, issues around race are
KATHI WOLFE, a regular contributor to the
Blade, was the winner of the 2014 Stonewall She, her son, 35-year-old Walter Lee, and Never before, in the entire history of far from easy. Martha participates in
Chapbook Competition. her daughter, 20-year-old Beneatha, have the American theater, had so much of the White Lives Listen, a Judson Memorial
dierent dreams of how they want to truth of black peoples lives been seen on Church group that seeks to understand
roll, who is African American, wrote that spend the money. Walter Lee wants to go the stage, said James Baldwin, a friend prejudice and works for racial justice.
in the midst of a discussion, a woman, into business. Beneatha wants to become of Hansberry. What happens to a dream deferred?
a [Democratic] party loyalist, called a doctor. Some might feel that A Raisin in the queer, African-American poet Langton
him boy. Momma uses part of the money to Sun isnt relevant now that weve moved Hughes asked in the poem (which provid-
Its pretty standard racist code to refer buy a home for the family. Karl Lindner, beyond the racism depicted in the play. ed Hansberry with the title for her play),
to grown ass Black men as boys, he told a white man from the welcoming com- We have civil rights laws and for eight Does it dry up/like a raisin in the sun?
her. As a white woman trying to be aware mittee comes to their apartment to pres- years we had a black president. But that A Raisin in the Sun, a play about
of her white privilege, Im no expert on sure them not to move into their new would be wrong. In our time of Ferguson, dreams, calls on us to keep working to
race. But it doesnt take a rocket scientist home in his neighborhood. Lindner tries there have been innumerable, senseless end the nightmare of racism.


Sen. Mike Enzi is a dick

Maybe begin with the senator engaging of purpose and awareness of issues far
Offensive comments about in old-school, did-you-see-what-she-was- outside our little 68 square miles. And we
men in tutus inspire D.C. wearing victim blaming for hate crimes can hope that images of their tutu protest
kickball protest and assault, or that he told this to an will reach the one transgender boy that
audience of children? With all of that on was perhaps sitting in the audience when
their minds, leave it to the fun-loving kids Enzi delivered his clueless remarks. And
of D.C.s Stonewall Kickball to stage their remember, Enzi represents Wyoming,
own protest. D.C. resident Emily Myers, the Equality State and the scene of Mat-
coach for the Scorgies team, joined up thew Shepards horric murder almost 20
with third baseman John Skic of Field of years ago.
Kweenz for Guys and Gals Who Wear Tu- For the senator, for his comments to
tus to Bars this past Sunday. Throughout center around clothing, always a cor-
the all-day event, dozens of kickballers nerstone of queer self-expression and
and their supporters proudly wore their individuality, that was deliberate. As for
BROCK THOMPSON is a D.C.-based freelance tutus to Duponts Stead Park. bringing up the tutu itself frilly with no
writer. He writes regularly for the Blade. According to the Scorgies Myers, the real utility, something typically worn by
league prides itself on self-expression. women that was surgical. As for the
Last week, a reader told me that my She noted that, the mission of our league senator himself and what he chooses to
opinion pieces werent opinionated is to create safe spaces for everyone and wear, in this case, a converted leather
enough. Noted. support our community through philan- sofa of some sort, you can tell he doesnt
This week, let me take the opportunity thropy. We want to send a message to ev- know any actual gay men, here in D.C. or
Members of D.C.s Stonewall Kickball played
to state my opinion clearly: Sen. Mike Enzi in tutus after Sen. Enzis oensive comments. eryone out there, especially LGBTQ youth, back home. And to be fair, the senator
is a dick. that you are beautiful. Express yourself has since apologized, saying that he re-
If you havent heard by now, the Repub- how you want to. No one has the right to grets a poor choice of words. Right. Why
lican senator from Wyoming (un-ironical- take that away. Stonewall Kickball cur- is it always the words fault? But he did
ly nicknamed the Equality State) told a a guy who wears a tutu and goes to bars rently has more than 700 members. add that all individuals should be treated
group of high school and middle school on Friday night and is always surprised For the District, for kickball and the with respect it is such a simple lesson
students that in Wyoming you can be that he gets in ghts. Well, he kind of asks young adults who play it, its far more it is never permissible to hurt another.
just about anything you want to be, as for it. Thats the way that he winds up with than a big red bouncy ball and some It does take a man to apologize. But in
long as you dont push it in somebodys that kind of problem. Sunday Fundaying. Whats created is a this case maybe the real men are wearing
face. Enzi went on to say that he knows Where do we start unpacking this? stronger community with a good sense the tutus.
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Survival techniques


Gloria Gaynor cracked the U.S. Hot 100 it in England and wanted to repeat that
several times throughout the 1970s but, success here in the United States and he
of course, its her legendary 1978 No. 1 specically wanted me to help him do
hit I Will Survive for which shes most that so he sent me out to record that song
identied and remembered. which was called Substitute. And when
So universally beloved is the song that I asked the producers what was going
the Library of Congress has included to be the B-side, they asked me in turn
it in its National Recording Registry, what kind of songs did I like, what kind of
a list of sound recordings that have songs did I like to sing and record. I told
been deemed culturally, historically or them I like songs that are meaningful and
aesthetically important and/or inform or that touch peoples hearts and have good
reect life in the United States. Begun melodies and they said, Oh, we think
in 2000, it includes everything from Scott youre the one weve been waiting for to
Joplin piano rags, Bessie Smith blues, record this song that we wrote a couple
Roosevelts Fireside Chats, Abbott and years ago.
Costello comedy routines and much
more. BLADE: Did you realize right away it
The Library wraps up its disco-tribute had strong hit potential?
series Bibliodiscotheque this weekend GAYNOR: Well, the fact that my mother
with an afternoon of events featuring had passed away just a couple years prior
Gaynor culminating with a free concert and I never thought Id survive that and
in the Great Hall. Gaynor spoke with the the fact that I was standing there in a
Blade by phone from her New Jersey back brace from my hip up to my art pit
home in March. because Id fallen on stage and woke up
the next morning paralyzed from the
WASHINGTON BLADE: How do waist down and was in the hospital for
you feel about I Will Survive being four years wondering what was going to
inducted into the National Recording happen to my life, I immediately related
Registry and how did your involvement to the lyrics and immediately believed
in this weekends festivities come that since I was relating a couple of
about? situations to the song that had nothing to
GLORIA GAYNOR says she used to see I Will Survive as a mixed blessing but has come to
GLORIA GAYNOR: The song was embrace it as central to her mission to empower and uplift others. do with the unrequited love that the song
inducted into the Library of Congress speaks about, I believed other people
music registry last year and I honestly PHOTO COURTESY OF LIBRARY OF CONGRESS would do the same thing. I believed it
dont know how it came about except that was a timeless lyric that everybody was
I got a message from my manager that GAYNOR: That was in November, I and uplifting to me. going to be able to relate to and time has
theyd called and wanted to do this event. believe. proven me right.
They rst called her and said they were BLADE: Why do you think the song
inducting the song and then they called BLADE: Youll also be signing copies still resonates so strongly all these BLADE: There was such a backlash
a month later and said they wanted me of your 2013 book We Will Survive: true years later? against disco for years. When did you
to do this event, so who actually came Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration GAYNOR: It taps into the tenacity of start seeing it appreciated again? Was
up with the idea, it probably came out of and the Power of Song. What kind of the human spirit. It encourages you and that in the 90s?
the meeting we had with them, but Ive reaction have you received from the inspires you to reach down inside and GAYNOR: I always believed when
forgotten now. But I was extremely happy book? pull up whatever support you have inside people pulled away from it, that was
about it. Flattered beyond belief. GAYNOR: A lot of people write and say of you to get you through the dicult something that was engineered and was
how the book encouraged and inspired times in your life. We all have situations, more of an economic decision on the part
BLADE: Had you ever been to the them, which was my whole purpose in circumstances in our lives from time to of people whose bottom line was being
Library of Congress before? writing the book because Im thinking if time that we think are insurmountable negatively aected by the fact that people
GAYNOR: Not before that meeting. I youre going through something, how and hope well survive. were buying so much disco music and
went down and met with them and looked encouraging, inspiring and uplifting they probably thought this was taking
at the Thomas Jeerson building, the would it be to read about someone BLADE: Is it true it was originally away from people buying their music so
archives and oh my God, its an awesome whos gone through what youre going slated to be the B-side? That seems I think they came up with this idea for
building and an awesome room. Its going through or perhaps something even inconceivable. this big rally in Comiskey Park (in Chicago
to be acoustically a challenge for my more dicult and yet they came out of GAYNOR: Oh yes, absolutely. The in 1979) but of course my question has
sound people to do the concert there, but the other side victorious? So when people record company had sent me to these always been if all those people who
what a beautiful place, a beautiful room. call me and tell me the book or the song producers out in California to record a burned all those disco records hated
has accomplished my purpose, then of song that the president of the company
BLADE: When were you there? course thats very encouraging, inspiring had chosen because hed had a hit with CONTINUES ON PAGE 41

28 MAY 05, 2017 Q U E E RY : 2 0 Q U E ST I O N S F O R D A V I D BA I LE Y


How long have you been out and who What do you believe in beyond the
was the hardest person to tell? physical world?
Ive been out since 1984 when a After 11 years of sobriety Im convinced
fraternity brother introduced me to the theres something greater in the
gay bars of Boston. universe. In physics the principal holds:
energy is neither created nor destroyed,
Whos your LGBT hero? it merely changes states. What that
By JOEY DiGULIELMO Harvey Milk, Divine, Guy Baldwin and energy looks like is beyond me and Ive anyone with the guts to live in the public become comfortable not having to have
eye. all the answers.
Rebel: D.C. Leather Pride Weekend kicks o Thursday, May 11 with a meet
and greet at the Green Lantern. Other events slated for next weekend include: Whats Washingtons best nightspot, Whats your advice for LGBT
Rebel Heart on Friday, May 12 at the D.C. Eagle past or present? movement leaders?
Rebel Without a Gown, a drag/leather event at Cobalt on Saturday, May 13 The Eagle, both D.C. and Baltimore. Remember what worked during our last
R2, a rubber/gear social at the Eagle also on the 13th ght for our lives: Act Up, Speak Out,
Rebel Yell, a Distrkt C party also on the 13th at the Eagle Describe your dream wedding. Silence = Death
The Bad Reputation tea dance on Sunday, May 14th at the Eagle. Oh, thats a boundary Im keeping intact,
Weekend passes are available. Full details on all weekend festivities at at least for now. What would you walk across hot coals for?
David Tigger Bailey was crowned International Mr. Leather over Memorial What non-LGBT issue are you most My family.
Day Weekend in Chicago last year. He moved to Washington this year after passionate about?
several years in Jersey Shore to be with his chosen family, which includes Im only passionate about LGBT issues. What LGBT stereotype annoys you
partner Dan Ronneberg. The need and threats are too great to most?
He got into the gay leather scene in the mid-80s and says he felt instantly dilute energy and resources. Straight acting. It screams of shame
at home. and homophobia. Its actually incredibly
There was a visible sense of sexual rebellion coupled with an unspoken What historical outcome would you sad when a gay man uses it to describe
sense of order, the 52-year-old Boston native says. There were also men change? himself. WTF does that mean anyway?
who looked like me jeans, boots and shirts. It was casual and very erotic. Obviously the election. You cant dance, dress yourself or give
His leather title hes only been competing since 2015 was entirely decent head? Yeah, not hot!
unexpected, but he says he wants to do my best and be of service. Whats been the most memorable pop
Bailey lives in Alexandria and works by day in retail. He enjoys the leather culture moment of your lifetime? Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
community and volunteering in his free time. Will & Grace. For those of us who Tie between Priscilla Queen of the
grew up in the 70s, I think we can fully Desert and Boys in the Band.
appreciate what a milestone that was for
our community. Whats the most overrated social
On what do you insist? Im not sure social customs that identify
Honesty us as a culture and a community can be
overrated. If anything, they should be
What was your last Facebook post or preserved with intent.
A sneak peek at some new custom What trophy or prize do you most
leather motorcycle gear for IML, and an covet?
I love you, all the way text to my leather My IML contestant medallion.
What do you wish youd known at 18?
If your life were a book, what would That Im not genetically defective, that
the title be? Im not alone in the things I like and that
Im Not Defective Im lovable just the way I am.

If science discovered a way to change Why Washington?

sexual orientation, what would you To be with my chosen family.
202.747.2077 do?
Not a damn thing.

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DYLAN GELULA as Anne in First Girl I Loved.

First Girl features
detailed, nuanced acting
and various school ocials stumble
through the rest of the school year.
The teen performances are all strong
and interesting. Sanga creates quirky

By BRIAN T. CARNEY characters with all of their jagged
edges intact. Their actions arent always
Next Friday, May 12, First Girl I Loved, appealing, but they are credible. The
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Written and directed by rising star
acting is detailed and nuanced, capturing
the aches and yearnings of hormonal
teenagers and rst love with great care.
Sanga also creates a robust cast of

Kerem Sanga, First Girl I Loved is sympathetic adult characters. Unlike many
a quirky and touching story about a teen movies, Sangas adults are people
teenagers rst steps into the worlds of too. Of special note are Pamela Adlon as
sex and love. Anne, played with great Annes mom Sharon and Tim Heidecker
sensitivity by Dylan Gelula from Netixs as a laid-back guidance counselor. Its
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, also noteworthy that Sharon has an
is a high school junior and yearbook unspecied disability and walks with a
photographer. When she takes a picture cane. Theres no fuss; the character simply
of softball superstar Sasha (Brianna
Hildebrand from Deadpool), she is
uses a cane. Thats powerful.
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A newly reunited Revolution pay homage to late mastermind Prince on a current tour.

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the show, generally performing lead on
band reunites for the more funk-oriented tracks like Kiss,
blazing tribute tour Erotic City, Uptown and Lets Work.
Williams faced a dicult task. Obviously
replacing Prince is impossible, and he

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By CHRIS GERARD didnt try. He kept the audience singing
Starts next week along, dancing and leading the crowd
The Revolution contributed to some in arm-waving and cheers, but he didnt
May 9 July 2, 2017 | PRIDE NIGHT: JUNE 23 of the most important recordings of the go too far over the top or showboat.
last four decades, appearing on Prince He allowed the attention to be on the
Tickets selling quickly! albums like 1999, Purple Rain, Around Revolution but still delivered the dynamic
the World in a Day and Parade. Purple vocals the songs required.
Rain made them more famous than The band opened with their iconic
most backing bands. dialogue on the hard-edged funk/rock
The young, no-nonsense and blazingly classic Computer Blue, and delivered
talented guitarist Wendy Melvoin was one scalding takes on 1999, D.M.S.R.,
of the few who would stand up to Prince (in Controversy, Lets Go Crazy and
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Lisa Coleman is a gifted pianist, songwriter songs were all crowd-pleasers, and the
and vocalist, someone who helped bring whole room sang along with Take Me
dimensions of color to Princes music that With U, Paisley Park, Mountains and
otherwise would never has existed. Bobby Raspberry Beret.
Z., Mark Brown and Matt Fink all made When Doves Cry was absolutely blazing
important contributions as members of from start to nish, Melvoin nailing the
the Revolution. opening snarls of guitar and the searing
Though disbanded by Prince amidst solo midway through, and keyboardist
tension following a 1986 tour, theyve now Matt Fink deftly managing those slithery
reunited and are touring. On April 27th, lines of synth near the end. Most of
they played the Fillmore in Silver Spring. the night was a party, but one somber
Prince was a peerless performer. He moment came when the rest of the band
was a dynamo like no other, dancing, left and Wendy Melvoin, after a short and
singing and knocking out blistering guitar emotional speech about Prince, and Lisa
solos or wildly intricate piano with equal Coleman together performed Sometimes
prociency. Nobody will ever compare it Snows in April, alone on the stage. The
to Prince and the Revolution doesnt try. room was silent as a seance, apart from
In his live performances, Prince would the hushed voices singing along. It was a
often run through his hits in abbreviated shared moment of connection, of loss and
versions or as part of medleys, and love. Wendy & Lisa recorded the original
sometimes he would go o on long funk with Prince in one take, and his absence
jams. He was not the type to choose from that stage was felt to the bones by
True Mid-Century Modern Post and Beam Contemporary home designed to blur the line between
inside and outside, bringing light from multiple directions and the natural surroundings into a set list of 25 songs, play them in full everyone in that room.
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perennial gardens & landscaping. Stand alone studio with stain glass side light and transom keep the audiences surprised. But the Purple Rain and it was hard not to feel
at entry door, heated, electric service and built-in benches and wall shelving. Close to major Revolution did exactly that. Their 22-song Princes presence smiling down as Wendy
transportation routes and public transportation access. set covered all of the albums on which nailed his famous solo and the crowd
they were featured, focusing mainly on waved their arms in the air and sang along
the hits but throwing in a couple deep cuts with his great epic. Then just like in the
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STEPHEN SCOTT WORMLEY as Dorian in Dorians Closet.

Dorians Closet pays closet for years. Competing theories say

he was either an intruder or former ame
tribute to diva of yesteryear who Corey has shot in the head. Mailman
says the mummy revelation sparked a
By PATRICK FOLLIARD long creative journey for him. He was
determined to tell Dorians story.
A musical about a drag queen who Though Rep Stage didnt commission
keeps a mummied corpse in her closet the work, director Ritsch has been
for 15 years may ring too farfetched to be involved with Dorians Closet since its
true. But again as is so often the case inception. He and Mailman had been
fact proves stranger than ction. friends for 30 years, having known each
Rep Stage is currently premiering the other in New York when Ritsch worked in
musical Dorians Closet, by Richard some plays Mailman had written. Ritsch is
Mailman (book and lyrics) and Ryan a former drag performer himself.
Haase (music), and directed by the He went to Los Angeles for a reading
companys co-producing Artistic Director of the play and introduced Mailman to
Joseph Ritsch. Its the story of legendary Baltimore composer Ryan Hasse. He says
female impersonator Dorian Corey who the two clicked and created a score
gained fame from Jennie Livingstons thats both traditional and contemporary.
seminal 1990 documentary Paris Is When I got a real feel that the show
Burning about New York Citys gay and knew where it was going, I decided to
transgender black and Latino ball culture. include it in Rep Stages season, he says.
When I saw the documentary, I was There were some challenges, Ritsch
captivated by Dorian, recalls Mailman, says. Winnowing down which years to
a playwright and TV writer based in Los cover proved tricky. Born Frederick Legg
Angeles. By sheer force of personality in Bualo, Dorian left for Manhattan

A musical history
she pulls focus. Shes the one character to study art at the prestigious Parsons
that seemed level headed about lifes School of Design. She became involved
limitations and where she ts. I thought in the drag scene as a performer and
shed be the perfect subject for a musical
not about the documentary but about
her life.
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of gay broadway
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certain circles, the wider public rst met the years 1980 through Dorians death.
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and loved her. She was also quotable. the story in a sensitive way. As a director
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Megan Mullally bares all

From Will & Grace to So two of them were before I was ever
known as an actress on television. I think
Nancy and Beth, singer Ive said that I came out the womb in a
says music was her rst love top hat and tap shoes. Ive always loved
music. Music has been the driving force
in my creative life. Its just that the public
By MARIAH COOPER at large has no idea. They have not seen me in a Broadway musical. They dont
know anything about me being a singer.
Megan Mullally cemented her legacy Ive done a lot of concert singing. Singing
as the boozing and wise-cracking Karen is really my rst, or maybe my best, thing.
Walker on the hit sitcom, Will & Grace. People dont know that and thats not
She later would go on to play opposite her their fault. Its just the way it is. I dont
husband Nick Oerman as his characters expect to ever sell one ticket, one record
ex-wife on Parks and Recreation. Since PHOTO COURTESY OF KID LOGIC MEDIA or anything. So each ticket or record that
then, Mullally has started a side passion gets sold, Im like, Great. Bonus.
project with fellow actress Stephanie Actress/singer MEGAN MULLALLY, left, says her band with fellow singer STEPHANIE HUNT is a
quirky, musically eclectic outt that made sense instinctually.
Hunt (Friday Night Lights), known as BLADE: The last time you were
Nancy and Beth. on tour with Nancy and Beth your
Bonded by a mutual love for quirk way the album cover ended up being, a whole and the spirit of the band. So I husband came along. Is he coming
and music, the duos self-titled album came into my mind. Even though I didnt thought, Ill just direct it and Ill shoot it on along this time?
is an eclectic mix of cover songs from want to take my clothes o necessarily, my phone. MULLALLY: He is. Sometimes hell
rapper Gucci Manes I Dont Love Her to and I knew that Stephanie didnt either, My pilates teacher, who is a really good make an appearance during the show so
the country classic, He Stopped Loving I pitched it to her and she was like, friend of mine, I was talking to her about it well see what happens. Hes our roadie.
Her Today by George Jones. Mullally Yeah we should do that. Its hard for and I realized that her husband is a really
and Hunt bare it all on the cover art, me to put into words why I feel thats great VP, editor and director. So I thought, BLADE: Fans are super excited for
appearing naked with the albums title the right record cover. It has something Maybe Ill just get Alex to come over and the Will & Grace reboot. Was it easy
lettering strategically placed. to do with bringing everything down to take some pictures or hold my phone. to slip back into the role of Karen
Mullally spoke with the Blade on the its most basic, elemental level. Its the Then I thought, Wait, why dont I just have Walker after so long?
eagerly awaited Will & Grace reboot (a most stripped down, pure state. Its two Alex shoot it? It was just really simple. We MULLALLY: Frighteningly easy. I never
limited, 12-episode run with the original humans on the planet and we tried to had a really easy shoot. It was just me, doubted that it would be, but I also never
cast and crew on NBC is expected to air keep it as absolutely neutral as possible. Stephanie, Alex and his assistant and hair thought there would be any reason for it to
this fall), dropping her clothes for an Except on the back cover art you see that and makeup. There was no other crew. It be. It never crossed any of our minds that
album cover and the struggle to be taken we dont mean it just as taking ourselves was all just very chill. I think it came out the show would come back as the same
seriously as an actress pursuing music. seriously, we also mean that there is really well and Im excited about it. The exact show on the same exact network
humor included. I dont think either one music video is more reective of the tone because thats never happened before.
WASHINGTON BLADE: Where did the of us are very analytical people, were of the album cover. So I think theres an Although I did feel Karen was living
name Nancy and Beth come from? more instinctual. enigmatic quality that pulls you in thats a happy existence in some kind of
MEGAN MULLALLY: Nick, Stephanie not necessarily reected in our live show. alternative universe. It never occurred to
and I had sat around at dinner one night BLADE: The music video for the Our live show we have facial expressions me that universe would then be on NBC.
and bounced around a bunch of band single Please, Mr. Jailer has a quirky and every song is choreographed full- Its very exciting. I think the weirdest thing
names and none of them seemed exactly vibe paired with a classic song. Is that on. The video is dierent from the live about the whole reboot is the fact that it
right, but I wrote them all down. When I the vibe of the album? show but I think the video is reective of doesnt feel weird. It seems totally normal
got back to Los Angeles I made a list of MULLALLY: Yeah, it is. Theres only a weirdness that is inherent in my and like we were just here two days ago, we
those, and a few others that I thought 10 songs on the record.Theyre all a very Stephanies take on music. went away for the weekend and we came
of, and I had thought of Nancy and Beth. eclectic mix from every genre, every era. back on a Monday. Weve only had like two
For some reason it just seemed like the Originally for the video theres one rap BLADE: Lots of actors have musical photoshoots and weve already just been
perfect name. I dont know why. I stuck song on the record by an artist named side projects. Did you ever fear that like, Hey when we walk in like no time
it in the middle of the list without any Gucci Mane. Initially I thought that should the public wouldnt take you seriously has gone by. We just had a photoshoot
comment. I emailed the list to Stephanie be the video because the track came out when you embarked on Nancy and and I walked in and Eric (McCormack)
and she emailed back right away, Nancy pretty well. Its pretty funny. Its not a Beth? and Sean (Hayes) were sitting there and
and Beth. I thought, well there you have comedy band at all, but that track has a MULLALLY: Oh, I know they wont. I was like, Hey guys as I was heading to
it. That would be a good way of describing lot going for it. So I sent it out to a bunch Nobody gives a shit if an actor does music. my dressing room. I came back and was
our entire vibe together. Were completely of people I know who are really good If a musician wants to act, people are like, like, Wait a minute. No crazy casual, Hey
on the same page. We have a real directors and said, Hey do you want to Oh my god. Amazing, brilliant. If an actor guys. This is great, were doing this. Its
synchronous sort of anity for each other. direct our music video? and for whatever reveals that they also have a musical side crazy. Its pretty fun. Were already back
reason everybody said no, mostly for people are like, Please, take your childish to total, full-time groping, humping and
BLADE: On the album cover, the both scheduling reasons. It occurred to me musical aspirations elsewhere. laughing hysterically. Its bizarre, nothing
of you are naked. How did that concept that I didnt want to get in a situation with Well the fact of the matter is that I, has changed.
come about? a music video where we were going to and probably many other actors who
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I dont think Nick has ever seen me naked, tent so I thought, Well Ill just direct the musically, that was my start. I was into
for example. Im not someone who rips music video. And I thought we shouldnt music way before I even thought about NANCY AND BETH (MEGAN MULLALLY,
my clothes o and goes galavanting do that track because its an anomaly, its acting. I was in a ballet company. I was a STEPHANIE HUNT)
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FRIDAY MAY 5 Lions, tigers and bears, oh my!

Rainbow Families hosts Gay Day at the Smithsonians National Zoo (3001
Connecticut Ave., N.W.) on Sunday, May 7 from noon-5 p.m.
BRUCE IN THE U.S.A. There will be a meet up for families from noon-1:30 p.m. on the Lion-Tiger Hill.

Bring a blanket to sit on. Afterwards, guests can explore the zoo at their leisure,
Pride Heroes Gala
GRAHAM PARKER DUO ride the carousel or explore the Kids Farm. The zoos schedule of events for the
is early this year
day include meeting a farm animal, meet a amingo keeper, a lemur feeing,
FEAT. BRINSLEY SCHWARZ meet a zebra and more.
Admission is free. To register, visit The Historical Society of Washington
FRI, MAY 12 D.C. hosts Capital Prides Heroes Gala
THE BUMPER JACKSONS at Carnegie Library (801 K St., N.W.) on
W/ BE STEADWELL AND LETITIA VANSANT Saturday, May 13 from 7-11 p.m. The
event is ordinarily held in June but was
bumped up to mid May this year.
ALMOST QUEEN Capital Pride Heroes honors individuals
SUN, MAY 14 10AM, 12:30PM, 3PM who have made a positive and signicant
MOTHERS DAY GOSPEL BRUNCH contribution to the LGBT community.
FEATURING WILBUR JOHNSON Honorees this year include Dee Curry,
& THE GOSPEL PERSUADERS Juan Carlos Loubriel, Amy Loudermilk,
Richard Rosendall and Melvin Thomas.
Stacey Karen and Hayden Mora will also
ALL GOOD PRESENTS be honored for their contributions to the
DUMPSTAPHUNK transgender community.
W/ THE MAIN SQUEEZE Other awards include the Ally Award
THURS, MAY 18 which will be given Washington Capitals
MORGAN JAMES goaltender Braden Holtby and the Larry
Stansbury Award, a recognition of an
THE RECKLESS ABANDON TOUR organization that has contributed to
W/ ANDY ALLO Pride, that honors Brother Help Thyself.
FRI, MAY 19 There will be entertainment, an open bar
THE BLACK LILLIES and food-tasting stations.
W/ THE RAGBIRDS Tickets are $65. For more details, visit
GUERILLA DUB SQUAD AIDS Walk Baltimore is May 7
SUN, MAY 21 AIDS Walk Baltimore takes place at the
Maryland Zoo (1 Safari Pl., Baltimore) on
DAVID BROMBERG BIG BAND Sunday, May 7 from 7-10:30 a.m.
WED, MAY 24 through the zoo into Druid Park. General
BEN SIDRAN registration for the timed run is $35 and
FRI, MAY 26 Drag and leather worlds collide for Rebel event $10 for children 12 and younger. Walkers
will stroll through the zoo along side the
JOHN MAYALL W/ BILL CARTER animals. Walker registration is $25 and
SAT, MAY 27 7PM & 10:30PM D.C. Leather Pride, D.C. Sisters and the Imperial Court of Washington presents $10 for children 12 and under. After the
TDC SHOWS PRESENTS Rebel Without a Gown, an annual drag and leather fundraiser, at Cobalt (1639 R run and walk, participants are invited to
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May 6. National Portrait Gallery, Library of Congress. Drawing Justice:
Smithsonian. The Art of Courtroom Illustration. Thru
Gran Milonga - Tango Concert Oct 28.
and Dance. May 6. Glen Echo Park.
MUSIC The Art League Gallery. Lesa Cook:
Gods, Heroes, and Fools. May 10-Jun 4.
Timon of Athens Storm Large. May 6-May 7. AMP.
May 9-Jun 11. Folger Theatre. Waverly Street Gallery. Textures in Jane Monheit with special guest Glass - Glasswork by Jill Tanenbaum.
Fortune strains the bonds of friendship. Timon is a wealthy and popular Nicholas Payton. May 5. NSO Pops: May 9-Jun 3.
aristocrat with but one awan excess of generosity. Sparing no expense on Indigo Girls. May 5-May 6. NSO: District Architecture Center. Bees
lavish parties, expensive gifts, and charity, Timon later suers a downturn of Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker Suite/ in the City. Thru Jun 3. The Pollinator-
fortune and friendship. Robert Richmond directs Shakespeares tragic satire Rimsky-Korsakovs Scheherazade. friendly Garden. Thru Jun 3.
about the ckleness of prosperity, with Ian Merrill Peakes in the title role. May 11-May 13. Kennedy Center. gallery Neptune & Brown. Jowita
Bibliodiscotheque Symposium, featuring Gloria Gaynor Simone Baron. May 10-May 24. Wyszomirska: Vanishing Point. Thru
May 6. Library of Congress. Strathmore. May 13. Passion & Struggle. Thru May 7. In Glen Echo Park. Vessels Great
Explore the history of disco music, dance and culture in this afternoon Series. Atlas. and Small 2017. May 5-May 29.
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Madame Buttery Greater Washington. Jun 25.
May 6-May 21. Washington National Opera at Kennedy Center. Concert: Eya. May 6. Concert: ISAAG. The Language of the Heart Margaret Leng Tan. May 7. National (Dominican Republic). Thru May 5.
In this eye-popping staging of Puccinis immortal tragedy, a dashing American Gallery of Art.
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Evening Performance. May 6 - 7. Art. May 5-May 31.
Jackson Art Center Open Studios Smithsonian Associates. Smithsonian
May 7. Jackson Art Center.
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One of the earliest Open Studios in DC, since the 80s, Jackson Art Centers UMD Wind Orchestra: The Sound of Strathmore. Backstage with the
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Ragtime. Thru May 20. One Destiny. Southwest of Maria Martinez and Interface Media.
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at anyone who is considered inferior. political climate fueled by Trumps hate
The question then becomes, is itOK has made homophobia that much worse,
if the person using the slur apologizes? leading to skyrocketing hate crimes. Its
Does it become a teaching moment?
The Federal Triangles Soccer Club is a
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season, members run their own league,
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the incident and found that the player
attempted to apologize at the match.
I have been on the receiving end of
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During the other three seasons, incident will result in people learning
members of the Federal Triangles are on from each other, Strauss says. The
teams that play in predominately straight player understands that the word was
soccer leagues in the area. The leagues unacceptable and he seems contrite.
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dance company (about half the dancers is required. For more information, visit
are gay) will perform the world premiere
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French composer Jean Cras performed presents its Spring Aair, a fundraising
by MuUyas. Guest artist Ilana Goldman event for the chorus, at the Mayower
will also perform the solo pieces, El Cant Hotel (1127 Connecticut Ave., N.W.)
dels Ocells and Le Sacre du Printemps tonight from 6:30-10 p.m. There will
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The Indigo Girls perform with the premium table placement and free valet
National Symphony Orchestra at the parking. For more details, visit
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Maria Coppel, 275 Stripes by Jeanne Country at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) N.W.) holds a support group for gay black p.m. LGBT artists are invited to share
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p.m. DJ Chris P plays music. There is a $5 org. information, visit
cover. For more details, visit Big Gay Book Group meets at Trio
Saturday, May 6 Storm Large, co-lead vocalist of Pink Restaurant (1537 17th St., N.W.) tonight
U.K. band the xx perform at Martini, performs at AMP by Strathmore Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. to discuss Imagine Me Gone
Merriweather Post Pavilion (10475 Little (11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda, Softball league D.C. Pocket Rockets by Adam Haslett, a story about Margaret
Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md.) tonight Md.) tonight and Sunday night at 8 p.m. host drag bingo with BaNaka and Sasha at and John who marry despite Johns
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Artomatic (1800 South Bell St., Arlington, D.C. Leather Pride presents BLUF, The Ask Rayceen Show hosts a p.m. tonight. No reservations needed
N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. Rayceen Pendarvis a leather dance party, at the D.C. Eagle community forum at HRC Equality Center and newcomers welcome. If you need a
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Private Tails, Peace Jah and Aocentric. visit Panelists include D.C. Council Chairman Thursday, May 11
Rayceens dance party will follow at 10 The fourth annual LGBT Phil Mendelson, At-Large Councilmember The D.C. Center hosts Rooftop
p.m. DJ Joe Audio will spin. Admission Tech+Innovation Summit is today and David Grosso, At-Large Councilmember Speakeasy, its annual fundraising
is free. For more information, visit Monday at various locations. The event Robert White, Deputy Mayor Courtney reception, at the Warner Building (1299 was previously a partnership event Snowden, Deputy Mayor Hyesock Chung Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) tonight from 6-9
CityDance presents Dreamscape, between Lesbians Who Tech and the and DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson. Jae p.m. Contributions will aid the D.C. Center
a one-night only performance, at the White House, but the White House is the Lyoness will perform. The Jam Cellar in achieving its mission of providing a safe
Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.) out this year. Organizers will gather so will have swing dancing with music by environment for the LGBT community.
tonight at 8 p.m. Debbie Allen will host LGBT technologists (can) ght for what DJ MIM. There will be free food for early Tickets range from $50-90. For more
the production that includes a lineup of matters most to our community. Details arrivals and a cash bar. Admission is free. details, visit
Brooklyn Mack from The Washington at For more details, visit LezLink hosts a happy hour at Dave &
Ballet, ballroom dancers Denys Drozdyuk The D.C. Center hosts Taking the Busters (8661 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring,
and Antonina Skobina, Bruce Wood Stage, Taking a Stand: LGBTQ Voices Md.) tonight from 5-9 p.m. There will be drink
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Gaynor says classic anthem is part of her lifes calling

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27 I Will Survive? her autograph and well be on our way.
GAYNOR: Chantay Savage. But she did invite me on stage and I was BLADE: Was it ever challenging for
disco music so much, why did they have very attered and I thought it was really you to reconcile your Christian faith
those records to start with? BLADE: Why? gracious of her to do that and we had a with being open on gay issues or to gay
GAYNOR: Because shes the only one good time. The audience was ecstatic. fans?
BLADE: It seems like it takes a long who really made it her own. She really GAYNOR: No.
period after any pop musical genre is changed it and made it her own and did a BLADE: Her 90s cover was just sort
super popular doo-wop, new wave, good job of it. of a modest hit but nothing huge yet CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
whatever to be revived in a nostalgic shes been closing all her concerts with
way. Do you think it was any dierent BLADE: How did it come about that it for the last several years. Why do you BIBLIODISCOTHEQUE
with disco or pretty much the same you sang it with Diana Ross at her think she keeps doing that when she Library of Congress
Continues through Saturday, May 6
phenomenon? concert in New Jersey in 2013? had so many big hits of her own that
GAYNOR: Well I think it was a similar GAYNOR: A friend of mine asked me to would work in that slot in her show? SCHEDULE:
Friday, May 5:
thing, but I dont think it was that incident go to the concert with her. I didnt know Any theory on that? Music & Veterans Panel Discussion
that caused it. I think that disco music that she had it in the back of her mind that GAYNOR: Well I dont really need a Noon in Whittall Pavilion
very unfairly became associated with was she using me to try to meet Diana theory on it because I have the truth of
Saturday, May 6:
negative things like drugs and all dierent Ross, but thats what she did. She had it. My brother was her chaueur and Bibliodiscotheque symposium with Gloria
kinds of overindulgences and I think called the management of the theater, bodyguard for 15 years and he told me Gaynor, Good Morning America host Robin
Roberts et. al. (1 p.m. in Coolidge Auditorium)
that contrary to what people believe, I dont know which now, but she got us that she said she always wished shed The Craft of Making Disco Balls (1 p.m.)
California, Miami and New York dont run really great seats using my name and recorded that song. She just liked it and Two Perspectives on Beyonces African
the world, middle America runs the world then they came and got us I dont know shes adopted it. Dance References (1:30 p.m.)
Disco: the Bill Bernstein Photographs (2
and middle America said I dont want my if she asked for me to meet her or how p.m.)
children associated with that, so that was it went, but thats how we got backstage. BLADE: Do you ever feel like maybe Hot Stu: Disco and the Remaking of Amer-
ican Culture
the end of it. It wasnt really the end of They came and got us from our seats shes hoping casual fans will forget it panel discussion, 3 p.m.
it, but it went more into the underground just before the show was over and then wasnt she who had the big hit with it Robin Roberts interviews Gloria Gaynor (4
and went more into the dance music that Diana Ross invited me onstage, which I in the 70s or that she just likes it? p.m.)
Gloria Gaynor, et. al., book signing (5 p.m.)
we have today. never expected. I just thought we were GAYNOR: I think she just does it Gloria Gaynor in concert (7 p.m. in the Li-
standing there, she was going to come because she likes it. She thinks its a great brary of Congress Great Hall, sold out)
All events are free and open to the public but
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4 common misconceptions
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It is spring and many homeowners are
selling their homes, or going to be putting
their homes on the market, soon. If you
fall into this home selling category, there
are myths and mindsets to avoid in order
to be successful with your home sale.
Here are the four common myths we
hear from homeowners who are selling,
and wanted you to be aware of, so you can
avoid them, and attract the buyer you want.
1. Were in no hurry to sell our home.
Some home sellers seem to think that the
house goes up in value as it sits on the
market, but the exact opposite is true. As
the listing gathers dust, it decreases in
value from the perspective of the would-
be buyers. Sellers take this stand as an in-
dication that they are in charge and have
the wherewithal to wait out the market
in order to get their price. Unfortunate-
ly, the psychology of buyers works the
other way; listings are the most interest-
ing and valuable to buyers when they are
new, and whether sellers can afford to
keep their house on the market for a long
time or not has little to no influence on
the buyers view of its value.
2. Were not going to sell our home
to the first buyer who comes along. The
thinking behind this statement is that the
quality of buyers improves as time goes
on, but once again, the exact opposite is
true. The best buyers come in right away
andmake their offer. The only reason for
buyers to stall is that they think the prop- Dont ever tell a Realtor that youre not in a hurry to sell.
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able to get it for a lower price.
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house up to sell it because the buyers how it could look with a fresh coat of their home as a buyer sees it. This is where leads to an optimum sale.
will want to do their own redecorating. paint wont do the trick.Spend some time the sellers need the help of aknowledge-
This makes sense on paper, but it shows and money to ready your home for sale. able, experienced real estate agent who
a misunderstanding of buyer psychology. The investment willmake the home more has the facts about other area home sales DONNA EVERS is the owner and broker of
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