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City says goodbye to

pioneering activist and
politician Jim Graham


The body of gay former D.C. Council member

Jim Graham will lie in state at the John A. Wilson
Building, which serves as D.C.s city hall, on
Friday, June 23, between noon and 5 p.m.
Nyasha Smith, Secretary of the D.C. Council,
which is in charge of the Wilson Building, said
the viewing would be open to the public.
Graham, who served as the Councils Ward
1 representative from 1999 to 2015, died June
11 following complications associated with an
intestinal infection. He was 71.
The announcement of the Wilson Building
viewing came after Mayor Muriel Bowser,
several Council members, and U.S. House
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued
statements recognizing Graham for his years of
work ghting for LGBT equality and leading the
The body of gay former D.C. Council member JIM GRAHAM will lie in state on June 23, between noon and 5 p.m.

Va. trans candidate Novembers general election. Fort, who is a high which includes Gainesville and Manassas Park. She
school Latin teacher in Fauquier County, also said lives in the Manassas section of Prince William County.
focuses on transportation, protecting our LGBTQ students is also among the Roem was a reporter for the Gainesville Times from
education not gender most important issues. 2006-2015. She has also worked for the Prince William
Thats near and dear to my heart because Im gay Times, the National Journal and the Montgomery
myself, she told Roem. County (Md.) Sentinel.
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS Roem spoke with Fort a week after she defeated Roem throughout the interview repeatedly Brentsville Magisterial District Democratic Committee highlighted transportation, economic development
Chair Mansimran Kahlon, Steven Jansen and Andrew and education are her main issues. She said improving
MANASSAS, Va. Danica Roem was canvassing Adams in the Democratic primary for the 13th District Route 28 in order to reduce trac congestion,
in the Sudley section of Manassas in Prince William in the Virginia House of Delegates. Roem will face extending the Virginia Railway Express commuter
County on Tuesday afternoon when Natalie Fort o against state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William trains to Innovation Technology Park as a way to
parked in front of the townhouse in which she lives County) in November. bolster the areas high-tech industry and increasing
with her older sister. I expect to win, Roem told the Washington Blade on teacher salaries in Prince William County would be
Fort told Roem that reducing congestion along Tuesday during an interview at a Manassas restaurant.
Route 28 is among her top issues going into Roem was born and raised in the 13th District, CONTINUES ON PAGE 18
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LGBT students report discriminatory treatment

Rehoboth meeting draws to news rst reported by the Blade that
the Cape Henlopen Board of Education
parents, activists to assess voted in January to re Pfeier on grounds
culture at Cape Henlopen of negligence and other allegations at
the recommendation of the schools
superintendent, Robert Fulton.
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. Parents who know and support Pfeier said Fulton and the board later agreed to
allow Pfeier to resign eective at the end
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. LGBT of the school year this month in exchange
students from Delawares Cape Henlopen for not being red.
High School told a community meeting in Students and parents who support
Rehoboth Beach on Monday night that Pfeier have told the Blade the negligence
many of the schools teachers and the charge was trumped up and they believe
school districts administrators continue the real reason for Pfeiers forced
CAMP Rehoboth hosted ve panelists who participated in a community meeting on Monday resignation was the administrations
to ignore their calls for help to stop anti- about reports of biased treatment of LGBT students at Cape Henlopen High School in nearby
LGBT bullying at the school. Lewes, Del. objections to her outspoken support for
Cape Henlopen High, which is located WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY LOU CHIBBARO JR. LGBT students and LGBT rights cases in
in the city of Lewes next to Rehoboth her role as a straight ally.
Beach, has emerged as a subject of About 75 people turned out for the The input from the students who Since the time the Blades story on
concern among students and parents in meeting, which was held in a meeting hall were at the meeting is vitally important, Pfeier and other LGBT-related issues at
recent years over LGBT-related issues. at CAMP Rehoboths community center he said. Its very disheartening to hear the school was published earlier this month,
As they have since 2014, students and building in Rehoboth Beach. Among those stories where they feel like theyre at least one gay teacher and two lesbian
parents reached out to the Washington who spoke were ve LGBT Cape Henlopen helpless and not being supported in students at Cape Henlopen have contacted
Blade in April and May of this year to High students, several parents, at least the schools. And as an advocate, thats the Blade to say the allegations by students
express strong concern over the school four clergy members from Rehoboth- something that I certainly cant ignore and parents quoted in the Blade story were
districts handling of an LGBT-related area churches and synagogues, and two and I wont ignore. either untrue or exaggerated.
matter, this time over what they believed attorneys aliated with the ACLU. He added, Obviously we strive to create They said they believe LGBT students are
was the forced resignation of popular Also speaking were two volunteer environments where every child feels being treated with respect at the school.
theater teacher Martha Pfeier at Cape mentors who said they counseled safe and supported at school and thats Another teacher at the school, Alayna
Henlopen High allegedly because of her members of the schools Gay-Straight obviously not happening right now. Aiken, who the LGBT students speaking
outspoken support for LGBT students. Alliance club. Steve Elkins, executive director of CAMP to the Blade earlier this year said has
Ocials from the Delaware groups Gay student Adrian DAntoni, who Rehoboth, who served as moderator of a reputation for making disparaging
CAMP Rehoboth, Equality Delaware, and graduated from Cape Henlopen High this the meeting, noted that ocials with the remarks to LGBT students, submitted a
the ACLU of Delaware who initiated month, transgender student Madison meetings three sponsoring organizations comment on the Blades website version
Monday nights meeting said they were Couture, who completed her freshman and representatives of several other of the story calling those allegations false.
responding to reports about LGBT-related year at the school this month, and senior LGBT supportive groups attending the The Blade was unable to reach Aiken for
concerns at the school by the Blade and Sarah Ross told the meeting they and meeting have committed to take action comment for its most recent story on Cape
other news media outlets. their fellow LGBT students pleas for to help improve the culture for LGBTQ Henlopen High, but the Blade included in
Among the recent developments of help about persistent episodes of anti- students at Cape Henlopen schools. the story her strong assertions reported
concern, they said, was the news that a LGBT bullying have been ignored by most He said representatives of the groups in a 2014 Blade story that all allegations
lesbian student at Cape Henlopen High teachers and administrators. plan to coordinate a plan to carry out that against her were false and she has positive
was suspended for wearing a T-shirt We have to fend for ourselves, action. He was asked after the meeting if the relations with her students.
she made bearing the words, Cape DAntoni told the meeting. Its the worst meetings outcome fullled his expectations. Elkins said he and the others organizing
condones racism, homophobia, sexism, feeling on the face of the planet. It did and actually from that standpoint Mondays meeting decided all matters
and bullying. Ross said one of her lesbian friends we got around to saying lets put our specically relating to Pfeier, Aiken, or other
An ACLU attorney speaking at at the school led a bullying report with words into action, he told the Blade. So teachers would be o limits at the meeting.
Mondays meeting said the ACLU would the school administration as part of a if we can take a little bit of action were The reason is were not a personnel
look into whether the schools action over procedure set up by school ocials to not going to accomplish everything we committee, he said. We dont have access
the T-shirt violated the students First address bullying incidents. want to o of tonights meeting. But we to any of the information. It would not be
Amendment right of free speech if the Nothing happened, Ross told the certainly cant get anywhere unless we fair to her [Pfeier] or it would not be fair
student or other students encountering meeting. Boys on sports teams were take that rst step forward. And thats to the administrators. Thats not what we
similar restrictions approach the ACLU doing the bullying. She was so upset she what we hope to do. hoped to do with this meeting. Thats not
for legal assistance. stopped going to class. He said about 25 people attending the going to solve any problem, he said.
As leaders in LGBTQ advocacy, Couture, who is openly transgender at meeting who are calling themselves The They were alluded to but the purpose of
education and community development school, told the meeting she is frustrated Council of Elders signed a list to be part the meeting was to talk about the culture
in Rehoboth Beach and across the State and outraged that despite repeated calls of an action plan. for the LGBT students, Elkins said.
of Delaware, it concerns us to hear of for help by LGBT students, nothing seems Each of those persons will be invited None of the students or a teacher, Greg
situations in which LGBTQ students may to change. She said she was skeptical to a not yet scheduled meeting to outline Berman, who have disputed assertions
feel unsafe, unwelcome or unsupported that anything useful would emerge from the next steps, Elkins said. It will be by the students who told the meeting
at school, a joint statement by the three Mondays meeting. interesting to see if we can capture the that anti-LGBT sentiment and bias is
groups announcing the meeting states. Gay attorney Mark Purpura, who lets get to work excitement that we felt widespread at Cape Henlopen High,
We are inviting students, parents is a member of the board of all three at the end of the [meeting]. spoke at the meeting. Berman, who
and concerned community members to organizations sponsoring the meeting, At the start of the meeting, Elkins said spoke to the Blade about his views, said
join us for a community discussion on was among the meeting attendees who the meetings organizers decided it would he was out of town for the summer and
Monday, June 19to discuss the culture expressed a commitment to take action to not be appropriate to discuss personnel was unable to attend the meeting.
toward LGBTQ students in Cape Henlopen address the concerns of LGBT students at issues related to Cape Henlopen High
schools, the advance announcement said. Cape Henlopen High and other local schools. and the school district. He was referring CONTINUES ON PAGE 18
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Parade protest could be big expense for Capital Pride

D.C. police declined to community, he said.
The Capital Pride Alliance had
arrest demonstrators repeatedly committed to continue to look
blocking route at all the issues that have been raised, but
we believe now is the time for us to work
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. with other Washington, D.C. groups and broaden the conversation to nd a way
forward, he said.
A decision by a group of protesters to After a weekend of events where
block the path of the Capital Pride parade hundreds of thousands of members
on June 10 in three separate locations of the LGBTQ+ community and allied
could result in an additional big expense community came together to protest,
to the Capital Pride organization, gather in community, and celebrate, it is
according to its president, Bernie Delia. time for the full breadth of organizations
Delia and Capital Pride Executive Protesters blocked the Pride parade, delaying some contingents for hours. and LGBTQ+ communities that they serve,
Director Ryan Bos said the blocking of the WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY protect, and advocate for to collectively
parade carried out by the group No Justice look at the challenges and opportunities
No Pride delayed the completion of the before us, Delia said in his statement.
parade by at least two hours if not longer. Chief Peter Newsham, who was on the
Under a longstanding D.C. government scene, chose not to arrest the protesters
policy for organizations sponsoring and instead rerouted the parade,
parades or festivals, organizers of those which resulted in long delays in parade
events are required to pay a fee to cover
the costs of deploying police ocers
contingents reaching the end of the
parade route at 14th and R Streets, N.W.
Trump visits lesbian officer
to oversee the closing of streets and
redirecting motor vehicle trac.
A D.C. Metropolitan Police Department
statement in response to an inquiry
wounded in Va. shooting
The police departments Special from the Washington Blade said
Operations Division charges event police anticipated the possibility of Capitol Police Ocer Crystal
organizers based on the number of a disruption of the parade and were Griner a married lesbian
ocers required for an event and the prepared to ensure the safety and was among those wounded
amount of hours an event lasts, said security of everyone involved while during a shooting last week
police spokesperson Rachel Reid. permitting everyone to exercise their First in the Virginia suburbs and
No Justice No Pride leaders said they Amendment rights. received a visit from President
conducted the parade blocking protest The statement added, It is our Trump during his trip to the
after Capital Pride ocials declined to common practice to provide those hospital to see the victims.
agree to two key demands by the group exercising their First Amendment rights a Griner was among the
that they prohibit uniformed police safe and secure place to do so. As long as ve people shooter James
ocers and certain corporations from a First Amendment assembly is peaceful, T. Hodgkinson wounded on
marching or riding in oats in the parade. MPD makes every eort to facilitate that Wednesday during an incident
The groups spokesperson, Drew expression of rights, while also ensuring at the Republican congressional
Ambrogi, said No Justice No Pride stopped the safety and security of the community. baseball practice. On the House
the parade by deploying its members to Delia told the Blade on Tuesday he oor, House Speaker Paul Ryan
stand in the path of the parade in front couldnt immediately provide a specic (R-Wis.) praised her as one of the
of three targeted contingents the amount that Capital Pride would be ocers who saved lives during CRYSTAL GRINER was among those
D.C. police LGBT Liaison Unit, a oat required to pay the city due to the longer the shooting where House wounded during the Alexandria shooting.
sponsored by the Lockheed Martin period in which police had to keep Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-
defense contracting corporation, and a surrounding streets closed because of La.) was badly wounded.
oat sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank. the protests. According to CBS News,
The group said it wanted uniformed I dont recall the exact gure, he said Griner and Special Agent
police banned from the parade because referring to the overall cost of police David Bailey rushed Hodgkinson despite their own wounds. After being shot in
they symbolize police abuse and services for street closings associated the ankle, she was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
oppression of LGBT people of color, with the Capital Pride parade. Its a big President Trump visited the ocers at the hospital along with rst lady
especially transgender women of color. expense, he said. Melania Trump, who presented Griner and her spouse a bouquet of owers,
A contingent of queer black women Delia disputed claims by No Justice according to a White House press corps pool report.
of color stepped in front of the police to No Pride members that negotiations Griner graduated in 2006 from Marylands Hood College, where she played
highlight the threat of abuse and state between Capital Pride and No Justice No on the basketball team. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine is quoted in a CBS News
violence that LGBTQ2S people of color Pride representatives took place at the report as praising Griner for her work during the shooting.
experience, the group said in a statement. site where the group blocked the parade She is amazing, and shes a hero, Dine was quoted as saying. She epitomized
No Justice No Pride members said for an hour or more. No Justice No Pride what being a heros all about.
Lockheed Martin and Wells Fargo were representatives said in a statement that Trump also hailed Griner for her eorts in a statement in the Diplomatic Room
singled out because they symbolize Capital Pride refused to agree to any of of the White House shortly after the incident.
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of war and a bank that has helped to We engaged in discussions on Police ocers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds
nance the Dakota Access Pipeline that, Saturday night, but no one undertook any during a very, very brutal assault, Trump said. Melania and I are grateful for
among other things, desecrated lands negotiations, Delia said in a statement. their heroism and praying for the swift recovery of all victims.
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Unsolved murders of 3 gay black men raise concern

Police announcements regularly attended Impulse Group events. group sent letters to the D.C. and P.G. a.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2015.
Barrington-Ward said a short time later County police chiefs demanding action An employee of the D.C. LGBT
omit mention of his group learned that an aspiring black on the Mickens-Murrey and Lewis cases. community services center Casa Ruby,
sexual orientation gay model and rapper named Demencio While I do not believe the murders who identied herself only as Molly H.,
Lewis, 23, was shot to death in a hail of of Matt and Demencio are related, it told the Blade she and Perkins were close
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. gunre on March 13, 2014, on a street in is a tragedy that two Black gay men friends and that Perkins identied as gay. Southeast D.C. can be killed in our area and outside In the Lewis case, Fox 5 News reported
A little over a year later, D.C. police of their family and friends, no entity is that Lewiss mother told the TV news
The head of an entertainment oriented found Stephon Marquis Perkins, 21, lying demanding accountability and justice station that she and her son were dining
organization that provides HIV advocacy unconscious on a street in Southeast from the departments responsible for together when Lewis received a call on his
and education services for black gay Washington suering from a gunshot investigating these crimes, Barrington- cell phone from someone named Chris,
men has called on D.C. and Prince wound to the head on June 25, 2015. Ward said in the statement. who was waiting downstairs. He told his
Georges County police to step up their Police said he was taken to a hospital Far too often when Black gay men mother he needed to talk to Chris and he
investigations into the unsolved murders where he was pronounced dead a short and Black transwomen are killed their would be right back, Fox 5 News reported.
of three black gay men in the D.C. area time later. murderers are never found, he said. Within minutes D.C. police said ocers
since 2014. In all three cases police said they have This sends a disturbing message that responded to the 2600 block of Sales Pl.,
Devin Barrington-Ward, president of yet to identify a suspect or determine a their lives have little to no value to S.E., and found Lewis lying unconscious
Impulse Group D.C., said he and activists motive for the killings. In press releases their communities because if they did on the street. His mother told Fox 5 he
involved with his organization are announcing the murders at the time they their murderers would be found, he had been shot 27 times.
troubled that no other community-based occurred, D.C. and P.G. County police did continued. Today, Impulse Group D.C. is She also told the TV news station that
organization has demanded answers not mention that the victims were gay. seeking to shift that narrative and push her sons status as an openly gay man may
from police about the status of the A D.C. police spokesperson said police the authorities to do more and secure have had something to do with his death.
investigations into the three cases. dont believe the two D.C. cases are related. justice in these cases. Just because he was a gay man, he
He said Impulse Group D.C. spoke out Before learning of the Perkins case in D.C. police have released few details still was Demencio, she said in an on-air
about the most recent case after learning D.C. from the Blade, which reported on about the Perkins case other than he interview. He still was my son, my baby
that the victim, Matthew Mickens-Murrey, that case when it happened, Impulse was found suering from a fatal gunshot and he wouldnt hurt anyone.
26, who was found stabbed to death in Group D.C. released a statement last wound to the head near the intersection
his Hyattsville, Md., apartment on May 30, week saying activists involved with the of 16th and Galen Streets, S.E. about 3:44 CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

New Chase Brexton CEO seeks to rebuild trust

Critics remain skeptical as Larison announced in November he was
Mutch touts changes at not seeking a new contract and would
step down at the end of the year.
health provider While this was a considerably dicult
By STEVE CHARING decision, I believe ending my tenure at
Chase Brexton will allow the organization
BALTIMORE Last August, the to move forward, Larison said in a
terminations of ve popular mid-level statement.
managers by Chase Brexton Health In January, Patrick Mutch, who had
Cares then-CEO Richard Larison served as interim president and CEO at
reverberated throughout Baltimores Baltimores St. Agnes Hospital, was hired
LGBTQ community. The anger, though to replace Larison. Since then, union
building over time toward the Baltimore- representatives and the Chase Brexton
based health provider, reached its zenith management team began collective
when the rings took place. bargaining for the rst union contract.
Critics said the action was an attempt While some of those critics stepped PHOTO COURTESY OF CHASE BREXTON HEALTH CARE

by management to discourage other back to give the new CEO an opportunity

employees from unionizing. Moreover, to repair the damage resulting from
those individuals who were terminated the rings and what was seen as union work from the board and sta, including Ava Pipitone, executive director of the
were known to have provided quality busting eorts, others remain skeptical the LGBT Health Resource Center, in Baltimore Transgender Alliance, hasnt
health care services to a multitude of and have not yet identied signicant continuing to build relationships with noticed signicant progress to this point.
patients, many of whom are low-income improvements. community members across the state, Its hard to directly connect the new
transgender individuals who have no In an email interview with the Blade, expanding programming, support CEO to any improvements at Chase
other access to care. Mutch recognized there was a palpable services, and improving our own care Brexton, Pipitone told the Blade. She
Protests were held outside Chase backlash from many in the LGBTQ along the way. credits the organizing eorts of SEIU and
Brextons Mount Vernon headquarters 10 communities, but said he is optimistic. Mutch points to a growth in re- community groups for any progress.
days after the rings; an online petition that I feel that I am making a positive engagement through elder events, lunch There are still some issues with the new
expressed outrage over managements impact every day in building a culture of and learns, and the pediatric trans care systems having peoples old information.
actions circulated. Later that month the trust, in ways that I might not have been program, which currently provides care The new people at the counters not being
employees voted overwhelmingly to join able to make in previous roles, he said. for more than 800 trans youth. But he up to speed with trans vocabularies and
1199SEIU Maryland/DC Division despite Asked what steps he has taken with acknowledges, rebuilding trust and not understanding how to greet people
managements opposition. respect to the communities who are engaging our communities takes time without using gendered titles. That takes
With the turmoil still percolating, angered by the rings, Mutch touted the theres no quick x.


Trumps HIV/AIDS inaction in focus after 6 advisers resign

Administration simply does Obviously, the individuals that hes
appointed here in the White House have
not care about epidemic been in communication with various
stakeholders in that community to help
By CHRIS JOHNSON develop policies and formulas going forward, but were going to continue
to do what we can from a government
President Trumps commitment to standpoint, Spicer said.
combating HIV/AIDS traditionally A White House ocial said Trump
a bipartisan issue has come into administration domestic policy council
question following the resignation of staers have met HIV/AIDS groups or their
six members of the Presidents Advisory representatives several times already.
Council on HIV/AIDS. Further, the White House ocial noted
In a joint letter toNewsweek published Trump hired as lead for health policy on
on Saturday, the members who resigned the council, Katy Talento, an HIV/AIDS
Scott Schoettes, Lucy Bradley-Springer, and other infectious diseases expert
Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle whom health advocates have praised as
Ogle and Grissel Granados said they talented as the Blade reported in January.
no longer feel they can eectively combat Talento, the ocial said, has met twice
the disease within the connes of an with the head of HIV/AIDS at the Centers
advisory body to a president who simply for Disease Control Center on HIV/AIDS to
does not care and would engage in get briefed on the state of the epidemic.
advocacy elsewhere. Talento and the head of PEPFAR, the U.S.
Schoettes, counsel and HIV project director global AIDS program, are on speed dial
at Lambda Legal, cited in an interview with and speak frequently, the ocial said.
the Washington Blade as a major factor The ocial said PACHA members who
for his decision to resign the absence of resigned never reached out to Talento
concern for people with HIV/AIDS as seen or Domestic Policy Council Director
inTrumpseorts to repeal Obamacare. Andrew Bremberg. As Spicer alluded to
In a nutshell, it was because we in the brieng, the Obama administration
Former PACHA members say PRESIDENT TRUMP simply does not care about HIV/AIDS.
wanted to make sure people living HIV eliminated all of George W. Bushs
were actually being taken into account as appointees on the commission during
we engage in this debate around health the former administration before making
care, Schoettes said. There doesnt seem into that there was no consultation with Training Center as well as substance new appointments.
to be too much a debate going on as they us, there were no meetings with us to abuse and mental health services. Schoettes rejected Spicers assertion
write the law secretly in the Senate, but involve us in these decisions on cutting In addition to Medicaid rollbacks, the Trump cares about HIV/AIDS, saying
we wanted to do everything we could to HIV/AIDS service programs, cutting budget seeks to cut $150 million from the actions speak louder than words the
raise the issue and make sure that the prevention programs to the CDC, there Centers for Disease Controls HIV/AIDS presidents actions demonstrate the
needs of this community were being was no consultation. So, we just felt that prevention programs, $550 million from exact opposite.
considered as the heath care system in we needed to advocate at a dierent HIV research at the National Institutes for It is an administration that has not
this country is being overhauled. level and that maybe we would be better Health and 17 percent cuts each to the been talking about this issue, considering
Created in 1995, PACHA has advocates outside of the government. Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis this issue, working with the Presidents
provided advice starting in the Clinton At the start of the Trump administration, & Malaria and the Presidents Emergency Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS to consider
administration and into the George W. Ogle said PACHA sent a list of Plan for AIDS Relief, which both seek to the policy recommendations that we have
Bush and Obama administrations to the recommendations to Trump and Secretary combat the epidemic globally. been making, Schoettes said. Then they
secretary of health and human services on of Health & Human Services Tom Price, In his budget, everything that he went and backed a piece of legislation
policy and research to promote eective and a subsequent letter on HIV/AIDS proposed harms what it is were doing, that will have a devastating eect on
treatment and prevention for HIV stigma, but said there was no reaching harms people with HIV and AIDS and people living with HIV and our ability to
maintainingthe goal of nding a cure. out to us, there was no real engagement. makes it very dicult of us to do what we slow-curb the epidemic, so anyone who
Such advice may now fall on deaf ears. That silence isnt new. During the do, Ogle said. does that is demonstrating that they dont
Trump has yet to articulate a plan for HIV/ 2016 presidential election, both Hillary Ogle said other members of PACHA actually care about people living HIV.
AIDS in his administration, nor has his Clinton and Bernie Sanders met with HIV/ decided to resign from the council Other members of PACHA who elected
new administration made a concerted AIDS stakeholders (although Sanders immediately after Trumps election out to stay as members of the council, not
eort to address the epidemic. met with them after cancelling once of a lack of faith in his leadership, but joining the six others who resigned,
Cited in the letter as a major reason for and was criticized for backing the AIDS said nothing at the time. Ogle declined said they respect the decision of their
their decision to resign was the absence Healthcare Foundations California Drug to identify them because she said they colleagues, but felt a continued presence
132 days into the administration of a Price Relief Act ballot proposal). As Ogle didnt want publicity. was needed.
director for the White House Oce of recalled, Trump refused to meet with Under questioning from the Blade, Adaora Adimora, a medical doctor and
National AIDS Policy and the elimination of our stakeholders and advocates despite White House Press Secretary Sean professor of medicine and epidemiology
the Oce of National AIDS Policy website. their eorts. Spicer on Monday said he doesnt know at the University of North Carolina, Chapel
Ogle, director of infectious diseases That was maybe an initial sign that it whether Trump would replace the PACHA Hill, said she understands why PACHA
at the Warren-Vance Community Health may be a bit more challenging to work members, but denied the president members decided to step down, but felt
Center in Henderson, N.C., said she was with this administration, Ogle said. has no interest in HIV/AIDS, insisting he for her it would be best to try to continue
among those who resigned because Trumps approach to the disease also cares tremendously about that and the to work toward having a favorable eect
of repeated snubs from the Trump became apparent in cuts to HIV/AIDS impact it has. (That was likely the rst on policies from inside the council.
administration on HIV/AIDS. programs in his proposed scal year time a member of Trumps team either
Everything that were trying to do, they 2018 budget request, which Ogle said his administration or his campaign
were undoing, Ogle said. When you add eliminates entirely the AIDS Education publicly addressed HIV/AIDS.) CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

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consecutive years of presidential recognition sends a troubling message to the LGBT

community that your administration is not committed to advancing equality for all
Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, the letters say. We urge
you to honor your campaign promise to be a real friend of the LGBT community by
issuing a proclamations and supporting lasting change and progress through policies
that advance LGBT rights.
As the Blade reported at the start of June, Trump issued proclamations designating
June for ve other occasions, such as National Homeownership Month, but made no
recognition of Pride.
The absence of a Pride proclamation from Trump scraps a tradition started under
President Clinton and renewed under President Obama of issuing a proclamation in
June observing Pride.
However, rst daughter Ivanka Trump on Twitter called for a joyful Pride and
recognized the contributions of LGBT people to the United States. On the anniversary
of the Pulse shooting on June 12, Trump tweeted out an image of the 49 people killed at
the gay nightclub, urging his followers to never forget the incident.
In addition to expressing dismay by this slight of not issuing a Pride proclamation,
the lawmakers accuse Trump of threatening to turn the clock back on LGBT rights in
this country, identifying several worrisome actions.
These have included withdrawing the Department of Justice from at least one LGBT-
related court case, issuing an anti-LGBT executive order purporting to protect religious
Democrat JON OSSOFF lost to Republican KAREN HANDEL in Georgias 6th
Congressional District race. freedom, and rescinding guidance clarifying protections for transgender students,
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE RESPECTIVE CAMPAIGNS the letters say. We urge you to fulll the promise of equal rights for all Americans by
supporting policies and legislation that would advance LGBT equality.
The Justice Department under U.S. Attorney General Je Sessions withdrew its

Handel beats Ossoff in challenge to North Carolinas House Bill 2 after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper replaced
it with a law LGBT advocates say is still discriminatory.
Ga. special election Trumpsreligious freedom executive order was aimed at fullling a campaign pledge
to repeal the Johnson Amendment and empowers the attorney general to act in favor
of religious freedom. Although the letter is silent on LGBT issues, critics have said it
Despite eorts from progressives across the country who sought to undermine lays the groundwork for Sessions to enable anti-LGBT discrimination in the name of
President Trump by ipping a U.S. House seat from red to blue, Republican religious freedom.
Karen Handel prevailed over Democrat Jon Osso in a special election in Georgia. The Trump administration earlier this year revoked Obama-era guidance assuring transgender
Media outlets declared Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, the kids access to school restrooms consistent with the gender identity. On the same day lawmakers
winner over Osso, a lmmaker and former congressional aide, about an hour- sent the letter to Trump condemning the absence of a Pride proclamation, news broke
and-a-half after polls closed at 7 p.m. in Georgias 6th Congressional District. theDepartment of Education had replaced that guidance with new rules asserting protections for
The election was held to llthe House seat vacated by now Secretary of Health transgender students, although that guidance oers no assurances for bathroom use.
& Human Services Tom Price. CHRIS JOHNSON
With 81 percent of precincts reporting, Handel had won the district with 52.5
percent of the vote compared to the 47.5 percent won by Osso.
The special election, which was widely seen as a referendum on Trump, was Commerce Dept. omits, restores LGBT
the most expensive House race in U.S. history. Earlier in the day, spending in
the race pushed past $50 million, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
workers in non-discrimination policy
With Handel winning the race, Trumps political future and agenda, including his
eorts to repeal Obamacare, seems more secure. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross issued a new non-discrimination policy last week
Endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign, Osso took part in the Atlanta omitting explicit assurances LGBT workers wont face discrimination inhis department,
Equality March and pledged to stand with with the LGBTQ community to ght prompting an outcry that resulted inan updated version of the document making clear
for all our civil rights and human rights. the prohibition on anti-LGBT discrimination.
Handel, on the other hand, has an anti-LGBT record. During her 2010 The 2017 Secretarial Policy Statement on Equal Employment Opportunity initially
gubernatorial bid, she said she opposes marriage equality a position held at found on the Commerce Departments website declares itwont tolerate discrimination
the time by then-President Obama and Hillary Clinton and adoption by same- on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability. Omitted from
sex couples. the policy: sexual orientation and gender identity two categories that were included
Days before the election, a 2010 video went viral of Handel during a media in the policy under the Obama administration.
interview responding to a question on why she thinks gay parents arent as good According to a report in Buzzfeed, the Ross policy statement was circulated among
as straight parents by saying, Because I dont. department sta on Thursday. The new policy statement was posted in the last 10 days,
Meanwhile, another special election in South Carolinas 5th Congressional Buzzfeed reports, because an archived view of the website from June 6 reveals the 2016
District held on the same day was surprisingly close. Republican state Rep. Ralph LGBT-inclusive statement was included. The Commerce Department employs nearly
Norham beat his Democratic opponent Archie Parnell by a 51-48 percent margin. 47,000 workers, according to its website.
CHRIS JOHNSON David Stacy, the Human Rights Campaigns government aairs director, said in a
statement the omission represents the Trump/Pence Administration actively seeking
to undermine rights for LGBTQ people.
The Commerce Departments EEO statement is meant to inform workers and applicants
about their legal protections, Stacy said. Cutting specic mention of sexual orientation and
72 Dems blast Trump for ignoring Pride month gender identity protections is a slap in the face to LGBTQ federal employees who proudly serve
at the Department of Commerce and sadly signals that this administration does not value them.
Congressional Democrats sent a pair of letters one from U.S. House members, the After initial media reports and outcry over the omission, the Commerce Department
other from U.S. senators to President Trump late last week lambasting him for not sent out a new version of the non-discrimination policy Friday with sexual orientation
issuing a proclamation recognizing June as Pride month. and gender identity specically included.
The House letter, signed by 53 Democrats, was led by Rep. Donald Norcross (D-N.J.). A Commerce Department spokesperson said the omission was never intended to
The other letter led by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Tammy Baldwin change the policy or exclude any protected categories and insisted the department
(D-Wis.) was signed by 19 U.S. senators. doesnt discriminate against LGBT people.
The White Houses decision to remain silent about Pride Month after eight CHRIS JOHNSON

I N T E RNA TI O N A L NEWS JUNE 23, 2017 13

Tillerson hasnt raised Chechnya Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Transportation Secretary Elaine
Chao to initiate a process to adjust current regulations regarding transactions with

abuses with Russia Cuba within 30 days.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

admitted in congressional testimony
he hasnt brought up reports of anti-
gay abuses in Chechnya with Russian
ocials, condemning the violence only
after repeated questions from Rep. David
Cicilline (D-R.I.).
When Cicilline, whos gay and a co-chair
of the LGBT Equality Caucus, questioned
Tillerson last week on the violence, the
secretary of state said hes aware of those
But Tillerson conceded he didnt raise
the issue during a meeting with Russian
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov or any Secretary of State REX TILLERSON
other time. said he hasnt raised anti-gay
Those are on our pending list, Tillerson violence in Chechnya with Russian
said. We did not make our way through leaders.
all of the issues in the meetings we had. WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY PRESIDENT TRUMP has reinstated some travel and trade restrictions with Cuba.

President Trump brought up the violence

with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Tillerson said hes unaware of whether the
president discussed the issue. Trump last month traveled to Saudi Arabia, which is among the handful of countries
Tillersons response is consistent withthe comments made last week to the Washington in which consensual same-sex sexual relations remain punishable by death. The Trump
Blade from White House National Security Council spokesperson Michael Anton, who administration signed an agreement that includes $110 billion for a Saudi-funded
said anti-gay abuses in Chechnya did not come up in the meetings with Lavrov. defense purchase.
When Cicilline called on Tillerson during the hearing to condemn the torture and Trump in April praised Philippine President Rodrigo Dutertes highly controversial
murder of gay men in Chechnya and insist the Russian government must protect all of its crackdown on drugs. Trump has not publicly commented on the ongoing crackdown of
citizens, including LGBT people, Tillerson replied, That is our position globally. gay men in Chechnya.
Asked whether that applies to Russia, Tillerson said, Last time I checked Russias part of MICHAEL K. LAVERS
that. When Cicilline sought to clarify whether that response was a yes, Tillerson replied,
Concerns persist over reports that authorities in Chechnya, a semi-autonomous Russian propaganda law is discriminatory: court
Republic in Russia, are detaining and torturing gay men at what eyewitnesses have called
concentration camps. Despite testimonies arming those reports, Chechen leader The European Court of Human Rights has ruled a Russian law that bans so-called gay
Ramzan Kadyrov has said its not happening because no gay people exist in the region. propaganda to minors is discriminatory and violates freedom of speech.
Novaya Gazeta, which rst reported the news of the violence, reported last month 26 gay Three Russian LGBT advocates Nikolai Bayev, Alexei Kiselyov and Nikolai Alexeyev
men have been killed as a result of the persecution. challenged the law that President Vladimir Putin signed in 2013.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has spoken out against the atrocities, but The court in a 6-1 ruling said the propaganda law violates Articles 10 and 14 of the
President Trump has said nothing. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May, European Convention of Human Rights. They also ordered the Russian government to
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have each pay nearly 50,000 euros ($55,675) in damages to Bayev, Kiselyov and Alexeyev.
spoken out against the violence. The legal provisions in question do not serve to advance the legitimate aim of the
CHRIS JOHNSON protection of morals, reads the ruling, which is the rst time the European Court of
Human Rights has ruled on the law. Such measures are likely to be counterproductive
in achieving the declared legitimate aims of the protection of health and the protection
of rights of others.
Russia, which is a member of the Council of Europe, is a signatory to the European
Trump reinstates travel, trade restrictions with Cuba Convention of Human rights that created the court. A law that Putin signed in 2015 allows
Russias Constitutional Court to decide whether his country should comply with rulings
from the European Court of Human Rights and other international judicial bodies.
President Trump last week announced the reinstatement of travel and trade We welcome the rst European Court of Human Rights decision on the infamous
restrictions with Cuba. Russian propaganda of homosexuality law, Polina Andrianova of Coming Out, an LGBT
The directive Trump signed at a theater in Miamis Little Havana neighborhood that is advocacy group that is based in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, told the Washington
named after the leader of a group of Cuban exiles who participated in the failed Bay of Blade on Tuesday. It is good that Russia, [which is a] member of [the] Council of
Pigs invasion in 1961 bans individual people-to-people trips to the Communist island. Europe, is being held accountable for its blatant violations of LGBT human rights on the
It also says Americans who travel to Cuba on organized trips must engage in a full-time international arena.
schedule of activities that enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society LGBT advocacy groups in Europe and the U.S. also welcomed the ruling.
in Cuba, or promote the Cuban peoples independence from Cuban authorities. The message from Strasbourg is loud and clear: LGBTI people deserve equality, are
The directive requires Americans who travel to Cuba to keep full and accurate not a threat and cannot be forced to hide away, said ILGA-Europe Executive Director
records of all transactions related to authorized travel for at least ve years. It allows Evelyne Paradis in a statement. These discriminatory laws perpetuate prejudice, and
the Treasury Department to audit them. in fact have been harmful for the public interest, despite the lawsclaim to be benecial
The Associated Press reported the directive also prohibits U.S. nancial transactions for public health and the rights of minors.
with hotels, restaurants, stores and other entities the Cuban military owns. Paradis added the ruling is a vital decision, not only for LGBTI and human rights
Our policy will seek a much better deal for the Cuban people and for the United activists working in Russia.
States of America, said Trump. We do not want U.S. dollars to prop up a military It sends a key message to activists in other countries who are pushing back against
monopoly that exploits and abuses the citizens of Cuba. similarly restrictive legislative proposals, she said.
The directive also mandates Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Treasury Secretary MICHAEL K. LAVERS

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Graham remembered for AIDS advocacy work in 80s

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 Transgender rights advocate Ruby
Corado, founder and executive director
citys ght against AIDS in the early years of of the D.C. LGBT community services
the epidemic. center Casa Ruby, said Graham was a
Jim Graham was a trailblazing champion strong supporter of Casa Ruby both
for LGBT equality and a towering hero in during his tenure as a Council member
the ght against HIV/AIDS, Pelosi said in a and afterward.
statement on June 16.
In the darkest days of the AIDS
epidemic, Jims determined leadership
of the Whitman-Walker Clinic provided a Jim Graham Farewell
beacon of compassion, healing and hope, Friday, June 23, 2017
Body will Lay-in-State
she said. With his boundless energy John A. Wilson Building
and strength, Jim boldly confronted the 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
stigma facing those with HIV and drove Washington, D.C. 20004
Noon-5 p.m.
vital progress in treatment and support. Program begins at noon with the arrival of
Pelosi noted that as the representative remains. Elected ocials, dignitaries and
special guests will deliver remarks.Bow ties
of a district that includes San Francisco, encouraged.
which was hit hard by the AIDS epidemic, JIM GRAHAM introduced LIZ TAYLOR at an event at the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center.
she had a chance to witness rst hand WASHINGTON BLADE ARCHIVE PHOTO BY DOUG HINKCLE
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Viewing and Religious Services
Grahams passion, resourcefulness and All Souls Unitarian Church
leadership in the 1980s when the two 1500 Harvard St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
worked together on AIDS-related issues. head of Whitman-Walker. desperately needed resources to trans 10 a.m. Viewing
In her own statement Mayor Bowser Jim was hardworking, brilliant, unique, youth, she said. 12 p.m. Religious services
pointed out how Graham emerged as a always fascinating and a very skilled Jims presence on the Council Repast in All Souls Unitarian Church
Multipurpose Room will immediately follow
strong advocate for all city residents. thoughtful legislator, Gray said. ensured the betterment of LGBTQ lives Mass services. Food and soft drinks will be
Jim Graham embodied D.C. values, Council Chair Phil Mendelson (D-At- was always on the agenda, and District available.Bow ties encouraged.
Flowers and cards may be sent to:
she said. Jim was a erce champion for Large) said Graham worked hard on residents continue to benet from his Bacon Funeral Home, 3447 14th St NW,
Ward 1 and led the way in ghting to issues like homelessness, juvenile justice, contributions, Moodie-Mills said. Washington, DC 20010
preserve and protect aordable housing diversity, and public transportation.
in booming neighborhoods, she added. The District thanks him for
He was also a tireless advocate for his long public service and many
LGBTQ rights and access to health care, accomplishments, Mendelson said. He
Bowser said in a reference to Grahams
role as executive director of the Whitman-
left our city a better place.
D.C. Council member Anita Bonds Jim Grahams Sunday night show to go on
Walker Clinic from 1984 to 1999, which (D-At-Large) praised Graham for
Graham is credited with transforming into spending his entire career in service to The House nightclub on Georgia Ave., N.W., where for the past two years
the citys largest private medical service the community at large. former D.C. Council member Jim Graham managed nude male dancers who
provider for people with HIV/AIDS. His compassion for people and his performed on Sunday nights, will continue the Sunday night male dance shows
Jim welcomed all neighbors and actions to uplift the poor and displaced is in Grahams honor, according to the clubs owner.
showed us that D.C.s diversity alone reected in countless lives enriched across Were going to keep it going, denitely, every Sunday, said Daryl Allen, whose
does not make us great, but instead our Ward 1 and the District, Bonds said. family has owned and operated The House since 1979.
embrace and celebration of our diversity Council member Brianne Nadeau Were going to have a huge [party], a real big thing, next Sunday [June 25] in
does, she said. (D-Ward 1), who defeated Graham in a celebration of Grahams life, Allen said.
Lesbian activist and psychotherapist the 2014 Democratic primary, ending He said the dancers and employees will wear bowties in honor and memory of
Patricia Hawkins, who served as Deputy Grahams tenure on the Council, said Graham, whose colorful bowties became his trademark as a public gure in D.C.
Director of Whitman-Walker from 1989 to Graham leaves a legacy of erce Graham died on June 11 from complications associated with an intestinal
2008, said not everyone is aware of what advocacy on behalf of all city residents. infection that landed him in the hospital for more than a month.
she called the profound impact Graham I oer my deepest condolences to the Allen said he and his wife, who became good friends with Graham, and his
had in boosting D.C.s response to AIDS. friends and family of Council member employees were stunned and deeply saddened when they learned of Grahams
Jim Graham, your passing truly marks Graham, Nadeau said in a statement. It was passing on Thursday.
the end of an era, Hawkins said in a no secret that we did not see eye to eye, she He credited Graham with helping him learn the likes and customs of the
written tribute to Graham. You brought said, but there was no question as to his gay male customers who have frequented The House on Sunday nights at a
together a stigmatized, isolated and deep love for the people of Ward 1. club that, up until Graham came into the picture, featured nude female dancers
mortally threatened Gay community Aisha Moodie-Mills, president and CEO for mostly straight customers every night. The club continues to feature female
and led us into battle to wage the good of the Victory Fund, which raises money dancers on all nights but Sundays.
ght against the raging, merciless AIDS to help elect LGBT candidates for public According to Allen, Graham convinced him to try a gay night at the club
pandemic; and in the process, changed oce, said Graham was one of the early when Allen wasnt sure it would work in a place known for years as a female
the worlds opinion of LGBTQ people. candidates the Victory Fund backed for nude dance club.
Hawkins added, You took a small, elective oce. He said we can have a gay night, Allen said. I said I dont know anything
edgling Whitman-Walker free clinic and Jim was one of the few out LGBTQ city about the gay community. And he said dont worry. Ill do everything.
turned it into the largest comprehensive council members of a major U.S. city, Allen said Graham was aware that some people he worked with and who
AIDS service provider in the country. and throughout his four terms proved knew him during his years in politics may not approve of his role in working at
Former D.C. Mayor and current Council representation is power, Moodie-Mills a strip club.
member Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7) said said. He became a erce advocate for He was like a kid excited to do something, said Allen. He said I dont want to
Grahams deep commitment to serving equality on the Council strengthening go back into politics. He said I want to have fun. I want to be me. I want to be free.
and helping people cannot be overstated discrimination protections, securing LOU CHIBBARO JR.
in his role as a Council member and as marriage equality and providing

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Danica Roem: Campaign is not based on my gender

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 We deal with the same issues, which
makes me wonder why his legislative
among her top legislative priorities in the priorities are more concerned with where
Virginia House of Delegates if she were to I go to the bathroom than improving how
defeat Marshall. his constituents get to work, Roem told the
I have proven myself as someone who Blade, noting she lives roughly two miles
has a command over facts, a command away from Marshall. You would gure that
over public policy, who has a thorough someone who lives that close to Route 28
understanding of detail that goes into would be focused like a laser on it.
land use, that goes into transportation, Equality Virginias Political Action
that goes into economic development, Committee, the Gay and Lesbian Victory
that goes into education, that goes into Fund, the Trans United Fund, EMILYs List
health care, Roem told the Blade. When and the Progressive Change Campaign
you run for delegate, you have to know a Committee are among the organizations
lot about a lot. You cant just have an inch that have endorsed Roem. Lieutenant Gov.
thick, mile long knowledge. Ralph Northam, who is running against
Roem is the rst openly transgender former Republican National Committee
nominee for public oce in Virginia. She Chair Ed Gillespie to succeed Gov. Terry
would also make history as the rst out McAulie, also supports her candidacy.
trans person seated in any state legislature Danicas campaign embodies the
if she were to succeed Marshall. values wed like to see more of in
Roem described herself as DANICA ROEM (left) speaks with NATALIE FORT outside of her home in Manassas on June 20. Richmond: Courage, tolerance and
unabashedly pro-equality and anti- WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
equality, Northam told the Blade on
discrimination, noting one of her Tuesday. Thats why her candidacy is
campaign volunteers is a 14-year-old believe in. She also noted to the Blade The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 6, 2014, resonating so powerfully among voters.
trans teenager. she is not challenging Marshall simply announced it had declined to accept the She has my full support and Im looking
Roem has testied in support of because she is trans. case. Gays and lesbians have been able forward to continue partnering with her
a proposal that would add sexual My credentials for this oce are not to legally marry in Virginia since that day. to take our majority back in the House.
orientation and gender identity to the based on my gender, said Roem. Marshall in 2016 introduced House Catherine Read, who is a member
Prince William County School Districts Marshall has represented the 13th Bill 385, which would have prevented of the Equality Virginia PACs board of
nondiscrimination policy. She has also District since 1992. He remains among municipalities from enacting anti-LGBT directors, described Roem to the Blade as
sharply criticized President Trumps the most vocal opponents of LGBT rights discrimination measures. Marshall a young, dynamic, qualied and visionary
decision earlier this year to rescind in the Virginia General Assembly. earlier this year introduced House Bill candidate ready to represent the people
guidance on how public schools should Marshall co-wrote Virginias 1612, which would have prohibited trans of the 13th District.
accommodate trans students. constitutional amendment that denes people from using public bathrooms Manassas is her hometown, said
Thats not okay, Roem told the Blade. marriage as between a man and a woman. based on their gender identity. Read. She understands both the
Roem acknowledged her campaign has He also supported the late Prince William Members of the Republican-controlled challenges and the opportunities the
gained national attention because people County Circuit Clerk Michle McQuigg, who House General Laws Subcommittee killed future holds for her constituents.
see someone who can inspire them and was a defendant in a federal lawsuit that HB 1612 by a voice vote. HB 385 also
someone who champions the things they challenged the same-sex marriage ban. failed to get out of committee.

Delaware students report anti-LGBT treatment

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 04 commission looked into possible anti- recommendations and push to make aware that youre part of something that
LGBT bias at Cape Henlopen High in sure the school is adopting them. is hated. And because we know and we
It could not be determined whether 2014 following a Washington Blade story DAntoni, the Cape Henlopen High acknowledge that we are dierent and that
students with diering views attended reporting on students and parents School student who graduated this year, we are not treated correctly by anybody,
the meeting and chose not to speak. concerns about anti-LGBT bias at that told the Blade after the meeting that he that makes us want the administration to
Chyenne Cole, who identied herself in a time. The commission has authority has seen rsthand the damage some realize it even more and help us because
June 8 email to the Blade as a gay student, to initiate its own investigations into of these teachers have done to their were out on a string now. Theres nothing
said complaints by several LGBT students violations of Delawares human rights students, including myself. that we can do without help.
against Aiken, who teaches a human law, which, among other things, He said the treatment received by Linda Gregory, president of Parents and
development class, were unfounded. bans discrimination based on sexual some of the LGBT students by teachers Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG,
As an openly gay student who is orientation and gender identity. is often subtle but has a profound impact was among the panelists who spoke at the
very liberal and expressive in her As part of its ndings in its 2014 on the students. meeting. She told the Blade she was hopeful
opinions, Aiken is fully accepting what investigation into Cape Henlopen High, Being part of the theater and being part of that those participating in the meeting
I have to say, Cole said in the email. In the Human Relations Commission issued the GSA and being a part of those weird kids would take steps to bring about a change in
fact, she encourages discussions with recommendations for the school to theres a lot of retaliation from the normal the school culture toward LGBT kids.
many dierent students about certain address and curtail possible anti-LGBT bias. kids, he said. Because were the weird ones. But she said she and others familiar with
issues in an attempt to understand all Karla Fleshman, the LGBT Youth Case Were the ones that like things that are out of Cape Henlopen schools to some degree
perceptions, she said. Manager for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the ordinary. And with that comes bullying. have failed the LGBT students encountering
Others who attended and spoke Delaware, who was one of the speakers With that comes being treated dierently bullying and other forms of bias.
included Nancy Maihof, a member of at Mondays meeting, called on those by teachers because were not an athlete or They dont want to hear about meetings
the Delaware State Human Relations who will work on the proposed action youre not a genius mathlete. or action plans, Gregory said. They want
Commission. Maihof noted that the plan to carefully study the commissions Added DAntoni, Its all about being to see something real happen.
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A successful Baltimore Pride Unleashed

Thousands enjoyed Pride Unleashed, Baltimores LGBT celebration in Station
North last Saturday and the customary festival in Druid Hill Park on Sunday.
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All told, 113 units participated including six drum-beating bands, according to
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Mindful of recent terrorist attacks, extra police and private security were
evident during the events, and city government provided dump trucks to block
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vehicles from deliberately slamming into pedestrians.
Among the elected ocials marching were Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh,
States Attorney Marilyn Mosby, U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, Baltimore County
Executive Kevin Kamenetz, State Sen. Rich Madaleno, and Council member Eric

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Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who suspended leave for ocers on
Saturday for added security, also joined in the parade. U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen

and Maryland Del. Mary Washington served as parade grand marshals.
I enjoy seeing politicians supporting us, said Gianna, a queer graduate
student who lives in Baltimore.
Reagan, a transgender man and a law student at University of Maryland, said
observing the parade, This Pride is a lot better organized than last years. I like
that Pride has expanded to Station North because the community is expanding
in that direction.
The parade judges awarded the following: Best Float to First Royal Drag Family
of Maryland; Best Walking Unit to Faith Communities of Baltimore; Best Car to
Pride @ T. Rowe Price; Best Marching Band to the Band Marching Unit; and the
Mayors Award to New Edition Legacy Marching Band.
Popular drag entertainer Shawnna Alexander was presented a lifetime
achievement award for her work in Pride.
Prior to the parade, Neal Na and Don Davis co-hosted a reception for the
two grand marshals at Grand Central. About 80 attended the event, including
prospective Maryland gubernatorial candidates Rich Madaleno and Kevin
Kamenetz, State Delegates Luke Clippinger and Brooke Lierman and Howard
County Register of Wills Byron MacFarlane.
This is an opportunity for Baltimoreans and Marylanders to get together and
celebrate, Van Hollen told the Blade. But we also must be vigilant of those who
want to turn back progress.
The Sunday festival in Druid Hill Park saw fewer food vendor trucks than
previous years, which was a common complaint. Otherwise, good crowds
enjoyed the multitude of vendor booths and entertainment.
We are very proud of the work done at the Center to put out an amazing
Pride, Mimi Demissew, the GLCCBs co-executive director told the Blade. We
are very thankful to the volunteers who helped make Pride possible.

Dine Out for Justice at Gertrudes on tap

Gertrudes restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art (10 Art Museum Dr.,
Baltimore 21218) will host FreeState Justice Night on June 29. A portion of the
evenings proceeds will benet the organization.
FreeState Justice is now in a position both to push for greater legal rights and
to ensure that the rights already secured are enforced in every corner of our
state and for LGBTQ Marylanders of all ages, income levels, races, and gender

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Though a reservation is not necessary, one can be made on Open Table or by
calling Gertrudes at 410-889-3399.
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22 J U N E 23, 2017 LO CA L N E W S

Rebuilding culture of
trust at Chase Brexton
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 want to honor diversity in all its forms
including the diversity that fits
time and was always an issue. into the community of LGBT. Chase
Pipitone added, In trans care, another Brexton best serves our LGBT patients
Educated at Brown, Harvard, doctor left this winter. We feel the by ensuring they are receiving high
and Johns Hopkins pinch despite the wonderful care of quality care that is comprehensive
the remaining doctors. Its an issue of and addresses all aspects of health.
Washingtonian Magazine Top Doc capacity. And the solution is to invest in He added, We have a powerful LGBT
trans care. Health Resource Center and oer LGB
US News & World Report In terms of the SEIU, Mutch says they and Trans-specic care for all ages. The
Top 1% of Doctors in USA are continuing the negotiations in good depth of our professional and social
faith. Its a long process, but I and the support for the LGBT patients stands
Dual Board Certified: leaders of Chase Brexton are focused on apart from any other local provider,
Facial Plastic Surgery ensuring our providers and teams have and our sta, leadership, and board are
the support they need in order to provide committed to providing exceptional care
Body Plastic Surgery the best care possible. for our LGBTQ communities.
Brian Owens, Regional Organizing Despite the changes, criticism persists
Coordinator for 1199SEIU and who is from some in the community.
heavily involved in the negotiations, is Doug Rose, an outspoken critic of Chase
cautiously optimistic. Brexton, said, The LGBT communities
We began bargaining with Chase founded and built Chase Brexton. But
Brexton in November and then agreed current directors have decided that
to a short break while Mr. Mutch got his providing culturally competent services to
bearings in the organization, Owens our communities is no longer a priority.
told the Blade. Over the last few months Cody Lopez, an African-American male
we have continued to bargain in good who has been HIV-positive since 2012,
faith, but we believe management has told the Blade he had to change doctors
yet to fully recognize the problems that several times at Chase Brexton because
exist at Chase Brexton. However, we are of what he describes as provider
hopeful that we will be able to reach an privilege within the HIV prevention and
agreement soon. treatment world.
Aside from complaints about the Providers hold all of the power
diminishing level of health care over the and privilege as compared to their
years principally in care for transgender patients. Lopez said. Some providers
patients and in HIV/AIDS and the removal see themselves as all knowing, all seeing
of LGBT from Chase Brextons mission and infallible and they view their clients
statement in 2010, the decision to re as docile, uninformed and at fault for
Laser Liposuction
the ve managers seems to have roiled their own heath. When in reality we
Pec and Ab Etching the community more than anything. The know that this type of power dynamic
Facial Rejuvenation protests have included the demand to is not healthy and conducive to ending
hire back the managers. the HIV epidemic, especially in the black
Gynecomastia The hope to restore these managers, LGBTQ male community where the CDC
Laser Hair Removal however, was dashed by Mutch. estimates that one in two black gay and
I cant change what has happened bisexual men will become HIV positive in
Botox & Skin Care
nor will I try to second guess any their lifetime.
Transgender Surgeries decisions made, he says, but I believe On the other hand, Lopez praised
Ultherapy our history and the work we do in our Chase Brextons Case Management
community are vital. Department as dedicated, culturally
Many are still seething over what has competent and caring because without

CALL TO ASK been perceived to be the removal of

LGBT as a focus in the mission of Chase
their help, he would have gone through
2016 without health insurance.

ABOUT OUR Brexton. Mutch maintains that Chase

Brextons mission has been rooted
Instead of having me fall out of
care due to lack of insurance, my case
LASER LIPO SPECIALS for 40 years in the LGBT community
and that focus will continue. He points
manager ensured me that she would
not let me go a year without healthcare.
out that the change in the mission For the next year, all of my co-pays for
statement reects the signicant provider visits were fee-scaled to $0 and
growth in the patient population and MADAP, Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance
addresses the broader community to Program, would continue to cover my
ensure all patients were welcomed. monthly HIV medication prescription.
Our mission states that we Without this level of case management,
provide compassionate, quality I would not have been able to maintain
health care that honors diversity, my undetectable HIV status.
inspires wellness, and improves our
communities, Mutch explains. We CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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2 4 J UN E 2 3 , 2 0 1 7 VIEWPOINT

Jim Graham led in dark times

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May we be guided by his ing counted every day. He was at the cen- center in June that year, Congresswoman PHONE
ter of so much progress in Washington, Norton publicly thanked Jim for every-
spirit and tenacity D.C. that it would be foolish of me to at- thing he did in support of metro Wash-
tempt to list all of his contributions. ingtons LGBTQ communities and those INTERNET
By DON BLANCHON I spent more time with Jim in recent persons living with HIV. There were more
years. In 2014, I sought his advice on the than a few tears shed that day. PUBLISHED BY
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Jim Graham courageously led Whit- future of the Elizabeth Taylor Medical It should come as no surprise that Jims PUBLISHER
man-Walker Clinic (now Whitman-Walker Center. At that time our board of direc- relationship with me was complicated. I LYNNE J. BROWN
Health) through the darkest hours of the tors was assessing various options for suspect I am not the only person who can ext. 8075
redeveloping the iconic 14th Street, N.W. say that. He is widely viewed as a domi- EDITORIAL
AIDS epidemic in Washington, D.C., dur-
ing the 1980s and 1990s. He fought val- center. Jim shared with me his vision from nant father gure that guided Whitman- KEVIN NAFF
iantly for others in the face of adversity the early 1990s when Whitman-Walker Walker Clinic to prominence locally and ext. 8088
and death. He crusaded for causes big Clinic opened this center. That vision was nationally. He was a masterful politician FEATURES EDITOR
and small that aided those most in need. to redevelop the Elizabeth Taylor Medi- in every way possible. He was articulate ext. 8081
He did so with a powerful life force fueled cal Center to provide greater nancial to a fault and did not suer fools kindly. SR. NEWS REPORTER
by his amazing intellect, boundless en- support for our mission. Fast forward We had our fair share of disagreements LOU CHIBBARO JR.
ergy, and artful creativity. He was not just to 2017, Whitman-Walker Health is em- some public but most in private. Yet ext. 8079
trying to end AIDS. He sought to eradi- barking on a major redevelopment proj- through it all, Jim extended dignity and CHRIS JOHNSON
cate injustice, discrimination, stigma, ect that will provide more programming respect to me and always listened to my ext. 8083
and inequality in our community. And space and an additional funding stream point of view. He never let me forget that REPORTER & INTERNATIONAL NEWS EDITOR
he would expect dare I say demand to support our mission for many years to Whitman-Walker Health is built on the MICHAEL K. LAVERS
that each one of us continue this quest of come. When we break ground this fall I strength, compassion, and love from met- POP CULTURE REPORTER
full equality and justice for all. know that Jim will be with us in one of his ro Washingtons LGBTQ communities. It is MARIAH COOPER
Over the past decade, I came to rely on dapper suits and signature bowties, smil- a lesson that I carry with me every day. PHOTO EDITOR
Jim for advice and counsel much as we do ing from ear to ear. In closing, Jim showed us how to lead
with elders in our families, our faith-based In May 2015, Jim and I toured Whitman- and achieve real change in dark times. And CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
institutions, or our friend groups. I did so Walker Healths new facility at 1525 14th now, once again, we ght for those in need. PETER ROSENSTEIN, MARK LEE,
because Jim had so much to oer me as St., N.W. On the tour Jim shared what May we be guided by Jims spirit and tenac- LATEEFAH WILLIAMS, KATE CLINTON,
a former Whitman-Walker leader. He had Whitman-Walker meant to him and how ity. For there is much work to do in our MAXIMILLIAN SYCAMORE
been through leadership challenges that his life was shaped by his time here. Jim community to be more arming, more in- CREATIVE DESIGN/PRODUCTION
are unimaginable today. Jim lived every expressed pride in knowing that his leg- clusive, and more just for all persons. AZERCREATIVE.COM
major challenge before Whitman-Walker acy shown bright in the health care and SALES & ADMINISTRATION
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Jim Graham, a life well lived 1985, the clinic opened the rst of what were
to become numerous homes for people living
with AIDS who were unable to nd any other
tion founded by Elizabeth Taylor and Mathilde
Krim, Ph.D. He traveled to California for nal
interviews with Elizabeth Taylor but in the end
housing. Like so many projects Jim undertook didnt get the job. So he made what some at
A complicated man who up at the same time living through the turbu- eventually there were questions about how the time considered an ill-advised decision,
made a difference lent Vietnam War years also protesting the the homes were bought and sold. But when to run against Ward 1 Council member Frank
war and having a pony tail. it came to the clinic Jim had a handpicked Smith. Jim won that race and was to spend the
Jim earned his law degree from the Uni- board and made many decisions on his own next 16 years on the Council until he was de-
versity of Michigan and clerked for Supreme as he built the clinic to serve the community feated in 2014 by Brianne Nadeau.
Court Justice Earl Warren. According to the in the way he thought best. During his years at His years on the Council were spent ght-
Post, Warren hired him to help him write his WWC Jim was an ever present presence in the ing for the poor and underserved. While sup-
memoirs but the chief justice died before the community. He dedicated his life at the time porting gentrication of Columbia Heights and
project began. to helping those who were suering. He often bringing new retail and new housing he never
I rst met Jim when I volunteered with told me about how many funerals he had at- gave up his ght for more aordable housing
Whitman-Walker Clinic in 1986. That was tended saying after each one he would rst and to keep the safety net of government pro-
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly the rst of many interactions with him over feel a sense of despair but that would quickly grams for those in need. He was everywhere
for the Blade. the years. When rst meeting Jim it was turn into renewed energy to continue to make in his Ward driving his beige VW convertible.
clear the major turning point in his life was a dierence for those still living. Those were Jims outsized personality sometimes got in
Jim Graham was born James McMillan in 1981 when he became president of the the years when even young men would rst his way and his arrogance could at times cloud
Nielson Graham in Wishaw, Scotland, on board at WWC. The same year according to turn to the obituary columns each morning some of the good things he did. There were
Aug. 26, 1945. Surely his parents could nev- a history of the clinic posted on its website, to see if any of our friends had died. Jim spent many sides to Jim Graham as there often are
er have envisioned the road their sons life The Centers for Disease Control and Pre- countless hours raising money to build the to brilliant and driven people. When he left the
would take when they brought him from ventions weekly Morbidity and Mortality clinic and keep up with the case load that kept Council he shocked many when in an inter-
war ravaged Britain to America to settle Report contains an account of ve young growing. He wanted to see a cure for AIDS but view with the Blade he said, Ive told people
in Michigan. Jim lived his life to the hilt in gay men who had an unusual cluster of in- his lasting contribution and fundraising eorts Im in the adult entertainment industry. Gra-
many ways. He was a brilliant man with a fections. This was the rst medical report were dedicated to trying to make life better for ham had organized and was promoting a
huge ego who at times made questionable on what would come to be known as AIDS. those living with AIDS. male strip show for a club on Georgia Avenue,
decisions. He could be arrogant yet his lifes From that time until he resigned from One of his proudest moments came in which he called Rock Hard Sunday. He was to
work did much good for many. the clinic to begin his time on the Council of 1993 when he introduced Elizabeth Taylor at do that until his recent passing.
The Washington Post reported as a young the District of Columbia Jim Grahams name the dedication of the Elizabeth Taylor Medical If you look at the totality of Jims life it is clear
man Jim was an anti-war activist who said, was inextricably associated with HIV/AIDS. Center at WWC. The center that Jim fought to he was dedicated to helping others and did
It was obvious to anyone who was listening Whitman-Walker began its life as a VD clinic build was able to oer more services to the that in many dierent ways. He put his heart
that the United States was planning to forcibly for gay men, part of what then was known as clients of WWC including an eye care center, and soul into everything he did. He will be
bring the Vietnamese people to their knees at the Washington Free Clinic. By the time AIDS x-ray facilities, an expanded laboratory, a new missed and he will be remembered fondly by
whatever cost. He wore his hair in a ponytail began ravaging the gay community in the Dis- dental facility and 12 examination rooms. the many he helped; and with gratitude by the
and contemplated returning to Scotland and trict of Columbia Jim had begun to build the By 1998, Jims ego was demanding a bigger families and friends of those he helped who
was relieved when he got a low draft number. clinic into an institution recognized for its work platform and he applied for the position of are no longer with us. Jim, rest in peace, know-
I can understand that sentiment having grown across the nation and around the world. In executive director of amfAR, the AIDS founda- ing you lived a good life.


Mom and Dads rst Pride

This is like no party District. They do love Washington - the is in the District. When the parade kicked its always someones rst experience.
sights, the history, the big-but-not-too-big o, Dad, a deacon in his Methodist church Well, this time around, the rst experi-
Ive ever seen city feel, plus my friends tend to dote on back home, verbally acknowledged every ence belonged to two 70-year-old straight
them when they come. And I certainly dont church and religious group that passed, parents from small-town Arkansas. Leav-
want to disparage my home state, but life simply noting, huh. . .good for them. ing the Monday after Pride, they could
can be rather homogenous there. So, when The next day was, of course, the Equality not have been happier. Pride in D.C.
my parents visit me in the District, I have March. When it came to signs, we opted means so many things to so many dier-
only one rule for them, Seek ye rst to for a little humor. Mom and Dad carried ent people in our community. For some
understand. Meet and talk to someone dif- a sign that read, We love our (single) gay its a celebration, for others its still a call
ferent from yourself. But this year, when son! Though a little tongue in cheek, the to arms. For me and my parents, it was
they suggested coming for Pride weekend, support and sentiment were real. And, a showcase of the dierent shapes and
I knew I had to brace myself a bit, and know again, their hearts melted with every sub- sizes love and community can take.
BROCK THOMPSON is a D.C.-based freelance
writer. He writes regularly for the Blade. that our one rule would probably take on a tle thank you from passersby and fellow I thought for sure I was going to teach
more in-your-face meaning this time. marchers, every person that approached my parents something this past Pride.
Marching down Constitution Avenue, On the day of the Pride parade, Dads and told them frankly what it meant for When I rst came out to them almost 20
my Dad turned to my friend Brian and rst reaction came from seeing all the them to see parents marching. Can I pre- years ago, my Dad asked that I not bring
said, This is like no party Ive ever seen. businesses, gay and non-gay alike, decked tend for a moment that youre my Mom any gay friends by the house, because he
He added, and Im having the time of my out in rainbow bunting in Dupont Circle. and Dad, a young man said to them. wasnt sure if he could be kind to them or
life. At 70 years old, this was my parents Even the 17th Street McDonalds got in Remember, its always someones rst not. But that was 20 years ago, and now
rst Pride and rst-ever protest march, all on the act this year. Coming from a place Pride. Its a popular expression often they marched proudly with their gay son
rolled into one weekend. where LGBT issues are still wedged be- heard in gay Washington when it comes down Pennsylvania Avenue. Seek ye rst
Straight from small town Arkansas with tween voters, it was striking to see their re- to Pride week. Said to remind anyone, to understand, I ask of them. But as they
thick mid-South accents to match, my par- action to just how mainstream, accepted, despite how rote or tame our Pride cel- changed and grew, maybe its me that
ents visit me from time to time here in the city-sanctioned, and celebrated queer life ebration might seem to some residents, now understands them a bit better.

2 6 J UN E 2 3 , 2 0 1 7 VIEWPOINT

Theres no Pride in Israeli occupation of Palestine approach was misguided because, he said, is occupied Palestine. What BDS seeks to impress upon Israelis
Boycotts of lm festival shine We work hard to promote messages that the Hochner sought to ip the script and por- is that there can be no normalization of half a
light on pinkwashing [Israeli] government doesnt promote. Rather tray BDS supporters as close-minded par- century of occupation: a lm festival is not an
than an alternative vision, as characterized by tisans whove decided not to treat us like innocuous cultural event when it receives funds
Hochner, Israels mainstream gay rights move- culture-loving people who are interested in from the left hand of the government while the
By KHELIL BOUARROUJ ment has embraced what many queers have dialogue. Dialogue would only be productive right hand demolishes homes and steals land.
termed homo-nationalism subsuming LG- when TLVFest is ready to publicly recognize Through direct pressure, BDS aims to induce
Israels LGBTQ lm festival has a queer BTQ identity to the dominant nationalist and the unequal treatment of the Palestinians by Israelis to rmly demand their government end
problem. Heading the call of the grassroots racialist identity that, in Israel, translates into the Israeli state. Until then, dialogue sessions its oppression. Israelis, like TLVFest, who turn
Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) tacit if not avowed support for Israels military would serve no purpose except delaying the a blind eye to the occupation and then deride
movement in support of Palestinian equal- occupation over Palestine that blights the lives promise of equality until the next dialogue, BDS, only add insult to injury.
ity, the South African queer lmmaker John of Palestinian LGBTQs. and the one after that. Moreover, TLVFests As a queer individual whos traveled to Isra-
Trengove whose lm, The Wound, opened Many LGBTQ Israelis have enlisted their ocial statement to the BDS campaign dis- el, I felt a natural bond with many of our Israeli
the festival in Tel Aviv, on June 1 announced bodies in the states pinkwashing propa- ingenuously claimed that it is impossible to brothers and sisters who were shaped by their
his boycott days before the ceremony. Many ganda. The Israeli military has hired gay and hold a festival without government support. experiences as LGBTQs to stand up in defense
quickly followed his example. As a recipient of trans soldier-spokespersons to instrumental- In May, Tel Aviv staged the Human Rights Film of other oppressed people. But I also saw that
state funds, TLVFest is complicit in the Israeli ize Israels relatively progressive record on gay Festival committed to confronting the occupa- there is nothing inherently redemptive about
governments anti-Palestinian equality agen- rights as a distraction from its deeply illiberal tion and providing a forum to Palestinian and being LGBTQ. Gay people like all people are
da. Such complicity is all the more manifest record toward Palestinians. Even the voices Israeli dissident voices. And it did all this with- susceptible to nationalist intolerance. LGBTQ
given the political environment in Israel where of Palestinian LGBTQs inside Israel have been out accepting a shekel from the State of Israel. solidarity must be premised on shared values
its cultural ministry the source of its funding pushed aside. At a 2009 LGBTQ solidarity rally TLVFest directors betrayed their oblivious- so that we work together to advance equality
is helmed by the far-right Miri Regev. That in Tel Aviv, Palestinian speakers were banned ness toward the real violence Palestinians between Palestinians and Israelis. The Israeli
TLVFest accepts state funding all but guaran- from the podium for fear theyd draw parallels confront daily when they charged that BDS queer group Black Laundrys spirited slogan,
tees the festival wont challenge reactionary between anti-gay and anti-Palestinian discrim- activists acted violently against a lm festi- Theres no pride in the occupation, shows the
politics. Such a compromised role has turned ination. Whether out of conviction or oppor- val. When Palestinians take up arms, theyre true path toward queer activism.
o many artists. tunism, TLVFest takes no clear and persistent condemned as terrorists. When they start a
Responding to the BDS campaign, TLVFest stand on Palestinian equality despite taking movement committed to peaceful solidarity,
KHELIL BOUARROUJ is a junior fellow at the
director Yair Hochner argued that Trengoves place just miles from the open air prison that theyre condemned as violent all the same. Institute for Palestine Studies.


A x for funding D.C.s next-decade paid leave law

proposed a total of four separate legisla- provide up to eight weeks of paid parental cent on all wages paid. Employees would
Council member Cheh tive repairs. Mendelsons version has in- leave for the birth of a child, six weeks to contribute nothing and would not fully
proposes fairest remedy, but creased that number to ve. care for a family member experiencing a nance the benet, as is the policy every-
doesnt go far enough Mendelsons move signals that the con- serious health ailment, and two weeks for where else.
troversial paid leave law passed by the a personal medical or self-care need sepa- Cheh proposes merely a shared split,
Council last December and which became rate from the existing paid sick leave man- however, with employees underwriting
law without Mayor Muriel Bowsers signa- date. It provides full wage replacement only two-thirds the cost. Under her bill,
ture will not survive as the nal version. of up to $1,000 per week, longer allowed employees would have 0.42 percent with-
Earlier this month, Council member leave periods and broader leave-taking held from their wages, with employers
Cheh proposed the most sensible revised justications exceeding other jurisdictions. paying the balance of 0.2 percent on wag-
approach so far. Her smart funding alter- All of the proposed remedial measures es paid, totaling the 0.62 percent amount
native, however, does not go far enough essentially do not alter the benet provi- to be paid by a new business tax under
in remedying the central wrongheaded sions ultimately passed by the most noto- the current plan.
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur aspect of the pending program. riously business-unfriendly Council in 44 To her credit, Cheh has discerned a
and community business advocate. Follow
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at Chehs bill does not fully x the funda- years of self-government. way around the citys federal Home Rule mental aw in nancing the program The primary problem with Chehs pro- prohibition on taxing the incomes of non-
but it should be the solitary starting point posal is that it doesnt go far enough in residents working in the District, unique
Three of the most seasoned and savvy for Council discussion regarding how to rectifying the central problem with the among all U.S. jurisdictions. As a consti-
elected city ocials in Washington have best salvage the mess of a measure. law the fact that D.C. would become the tutional law professor, Cheh posits that
been leading the eort to revise in multi- The Universal Paid Leave Act is sched- national outlier in funding a paid leave a wage levy on workers is permissible by
ple and varying ways the nancing, struc- uled to be implemented sometime early program through a business tax rather classifying it as a fee and not a tax
ture and administration of the most ex- in the next decade. Benet conveyance than nancing the benet through em- collected for a particular purpose and
travagant planned paid leave entitlement to all non-federal-government employ- ployee withholding. beneting a particular group of people.
mandate in the nation. ees working in the District will begin no In all three states with a paid leave law, Thats where the Council must start. A
On Tuesday, D.C. Council Chair Phil sooner than 2021 and more likely in 2022, and New York soon phasing in a program D.C. paid leave mandate should comport
Mendelson joined the group. but perhaps even later given the gargan- through 2021, the benet is fully funded by with the national standard of employee-
Due to widespread objections to the tuan new city agency to be created and employees through payroll deduction. Only paid funding. Other administrative policy
current scheme prompting near-uni- staed, and the administrative infrastruc- California, New Jersey and Rhode Island corrections can then be considered but
versal business community opposition, ture to be developed at huge city budget have a paid leave program in operation. cannot precede this core correction.
D.C. Council members Mary Cheh, Jack start-up costs. The D.C. law funds a paid leave entitle- Thank you, Mary Cheh. Youve almost,
Evans and Vincent Gray had previously The pending 8-6-2 entitlement will ment by a new business tax of 0.62 per- but not quite, gotten it right.
W A SH I N GTO NB LAD E.C OM JUNE 23, 2017 27


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From left are CHANCE KINGSMYTH as Phil, RAUGI YO as Nate and NYLA ROSE as Su
in The Shift.

Time for a Shift

New comedy oers trans actors, personnel

In todays media, transgender by D.C. native Nyla Rose, as she loses and enjoyable way. Even though our watching this, its like, Oh, hey this trans
characters are seen on screen more her job for coming out as transgender. characters are trans and dealing with person has mostly the same problems I do
than ever before. Gone are the days of S moves in with her ex Chris (Amy Fox), trans issues they are also dealing with plus one or two extra, Fox says.
small roles in Law & Order featuring an oil lobbyist assassin with a good heart everyday life issues, something anyone For Fox, the importance of sharing that
transgender characters who have and a messy apartment. Her neighbor, can relate to, Rose says. message led her to work on making this
dismal storylines. Now, transgender Detective Sandra McKay (Andrea The Switch includes the challenges series for seven years. While working as
representation in media has advanced Menard), is a cis-gender woman and a transgender people face but with a a metal worker in British Columbia, Fox
into the world of comedy with shows like lesbian who is the guardian of Zoey, a comedic twist. The series take on the was invited to participate in a comedy
Transparent and Orange is the New feisty, transgender girl. issue of trans people being forced into routine about gender dysphoria. The
Black and lms like Tangerine. Despite being overqualied, S is sex work comes as S works part-time as routine inspired her to create a TV
While there are funny moments forced to accept a job in data entry and a text message dominatrix to make ends show that featured transgender actors,
for transgender characters, there is placed in the trans corner of the oce meet. In one episode, she discovers one producers and writers. However, Fox had
still an underlying theme of darkness with her transgender co-worker, Phil of her clients is her data entry boss and no experience making lm.
surrounding these shows as they ght for (Chance Kingsmyth). ends up in a text dominatrix competition She signed up for a lm camp and then
acceptance, or more often, simply ght to Rose says The Switch stands out with Phil to prove who is best at the job. took courses at a community college in
stay alive. from other transgender shows or lms Fox, who also serves as the shows Vancouver. After acquiring the skills, Fox
Transgender sitcom The Switch: because it puts comedy at the forefront creator and writer, says she wanted the says she immediately set to work making
Work, Love, Mortal Danger is another of its message. series to be relatable for transgender the web series and starting a Kickstarter
transgender slice of media thrown onto Far too many times in media we see the people but also for cis-gender viewers. for funding. The web series grabbed the
the growing pile but its lighthearted, same exact story of a trans person being I think its really important to show there attention of OutTV and the online show
sitcom format places it in a dierent lane told the exact same way. With The Switch is a range of people whose stories are worth became an actual TV show starring a
than the rest. you get many trans stories told dierently telling. It also allows trans people to see
The Canadian series follows S, played than youre used to in a humorous themselves on the screen. For cis-people CONTINUES ON PAGE 41

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How long have you been out and who do?

was the hardest person to tell? Not only no, hell NO!
To some since I was 15, to the world
since 1998. It was hard to come out to What do you believe in beyond the
some of my old Air Force buds. physical world?
Not much. Im a be-here-now kind-of guy.
Whos your LGBT hero?
Harvey Milk. When I was getting ready Whats your advice for LGBT
to be discharged from the United movement leaders?
States Air Force, my plan was to Keep up the ght. We will never be safe.
PHOTO COURTESY DAN MAHONEY move to San Francisco but my hero
was executed before I could move. I What would you walk across hot coals
moved anyway. for?
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO To save the love of my life from any danger. Whats Lost Rivers best nightspot,
past or present? What LGBT stereotype annoys you
Gay residents in Lost River, W.Va., the LGBT-popular enclave about 116 TKs at the Lost River Grill has a large most?
miles from Washington, launches its own Pride event on Saturday, June 24. LGBT crowd on weekend nights and the This whole bottom/top thing.
The one-day festival will run from 5:30-11 p.m. at the Lost River Farmers bar at the Guesthouse in Lost River has a
Market (1089 Mill Gap Road, Lost River, W.Va.). very nice restaurant and bar. Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
We are a large LGBT community out here and we decided after all these Beautiful Thing until last night; now
years, we should just get out and celebrate, says organizer Dan Mahoney. Describe your dream wedding. Something like Summer is way up
We plan on having this event every year from now on. Standing on the deck of a cruise ship there.
The festival will kick o with a pool party at the Guesthouse from 2-5 sailing under the Golden Gate bridge.
p.m. followed by a country-style potluck and barbecue. Corn hole sets and Whats the most overrated social
a croquet court will be available. At 7 p.m., the band Reckless Abandon will What non-LGBT issue are you most custom?
perform. A new lm called Something Like Summer, a musical about gay passionate about? The fact that everyone thinks you
love in a small Texas town, will be screened at 9 p.m. Lodging is available in Single-payer health care. should be politically correct all the time.
the area. Contact Mahoney at for details or look I just say how I feel and live with the
for the event on Facebook. What historical outcome would you consequences.
Mahoney is a retired union leader who serves on the board of directors of change?
the Lost River Artesian Cooperative and the Lost River Educational Foundation. The 2016 election. What trophy or prize do you most
He and husband Doug Gronholm have been together for 29 years. They moved covet?
to Lost River in 2012 after stints in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Whats been the most memorable pop I have never been one who would strive
Washington. Mahoney enjoys watching TV in his free time. culture moment of your lifetime? for a trophy or prize but the Noble Prize
Seeing Neil Patrick Harris play the money would come in handy.
emcee in the 2004 Studio 54 version of
Cabaret. That was the day I knew he What do you wish youd known at 18?
was gay. That things get better the older you get.

On what do you insist? Why Lost River?
Follow through on what you say. We have owned a cabin in lost River
for almost 20 years. When I retired
What was your last Facebook post or in 2012, we wanted an inexpensive
Tweet? place to live so we expanded the
Promoting the Lost River Pride event and house and moved here full time.
the D.C.-area premiere of Something There are lots of LGBT people out
like Summer. here so we have a good group to
hang out with and its very quiet.
If your life were a book, what would Three cars at a stop sign is a
the title be? traffic jam for us. Much less daily
How to Succeed in Life Without Really stress although living in a small
Trying town means everyone knows your
business. We sometimes think it
202.747.2077 If science discovered a way to change
sexual orientation, what would you
would make a good TV show The
Real Boys of Lost River.

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showy, bombastic rendition of Allegro, this large is almost like preparing a meal
the rst movement from Widors that makes sense with endless spices at
Symphony VI (Op. 42, No. 2). Ramirez, your disposal).
in perfectly uent, albeit heavily It all coalesced into something a little
(but endearingly!) accented English,
provided charming and insightful
daring, a little unexpected, at times
warmly familiar, never arbitrary and, by
commentary throughout the afternoon. the end, quite satisfying. With Ramirez, haircuts, body waxing, laser hair removal
His personality is almost as much a part you never feel hes opening every can of
of the show as the actual playing. You paint just because he can. Even the most
left feeling youd gotten to know him a virtuosic passages and there were
little and it was good company. many never felt show-oy. Musicality
The second half followed suit in big- seems to trump technique in his ethos.
mellow-big fashion with a satisfying The ear seems to take in his playing
triple whammy of Liszts Mephisto with ease because you sense early on
Waltz, No. 1, two short pieces by Italian that musically you can trust him. Youre
composer Joan Bautista Cabanilles in capable hands. He knows where hes
and Ramirezs own transcription of heading with all this and you feel much
Wagners Prelude to Die Meistersinger like you do watching a good Scorsese
von Nurnberg. Ramirez clearly had fun lm. Hes that kind of auteur and it was
creatively registering all the selections. that kind of afternoon.
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taken in 1918 by Joel-Heinzelmann Atelier. from the 1940 lm Seven Sinners. from the lm Morocco in 1930.

German-born actress was on the star, but rather her penchant for could nd, Lemay says. Her attitude was is open now at the Smithsonian National
extreme gender bending. basically, You cant tell me what to do. Portrait Gallery and features about 45
nonchalant about her Lemay tells a story of Dietrich being She was totally unapologetic and she objects including correspondence, lm
bisexuality, open marriage photographed at a Paris train station owned who she was. She didnt care what clips and photos. Billed as the rst major
in 1933. Shed been told she could be people thought. exhibition on the star in the United States,
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO arrested for waring pants but she wore Lemay says that thumbing of the nose at it runs through April, 2018. them anyway. And not just pants she convention still resonates with fans today. Dietrich, a German-born actress
donned a mens tweed suit, sunglasses She created a bridge of understanding famously name checked in Vogue, is
Interestingly it was not Marlene and beret. between people who would otherwise be remembered for lms like Morocco,
Dietrichs status as an icon of early lm Theyd insinuated shed be arrested put o by the gay community, Lemay, Shanghai Express and Witness for the
that appealed most to Kate Lemay, curator so what did she do? She showed up in whos straight, says of the bisexual star. Prosecution. She died at age 90 in 1992.
of a new National Portrait Gallery exhibit the most masculine-looking outt she Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image Visit for details.
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Gay Games XI Bid Rally

Wednesday, June 28 69 pm
National Museum of the American Indian

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Help us show the world that DC is ready to host the Gay Games!

Come to our Bid Rally on the National Mall at the

National Museum of the American Indian on Wednesday,
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Washington, DC, is one of three finalists to host Gay Games XI

in 2022. We expect 12,000 participants from 100 countries
and 100,000 visitors to be a part of this global event.

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Creek Linear Park Saturday
AN EVENING WITH SUPERFLY DISCO: Phazefest returns for 10th anniversary
Frederick Pride is at Carroll Creek
A RETRO 70S DANCE PARTY Queer music festival Phazefest returns for its 10th anniversary at the 9:30 Linear Park (44 S Market St., Frederick,
SUN, JULY 9 Club (815 V St., N.W.) on Saturday, July 1 from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Md.) on Saturday, June 24 from 11 a.m.-6
Performers include DJ Tezrah, the CooLots, Homosuperior, Olivia & the Mates, p.m.
MINGO FISHTRAP Be Steadwell, D.C. Kings Brolo, Heather Mae and Kellyn Marie Goler. Alesia The Pride celebration features bands,
FRI, JULY 14 Michelle Lucas hosts the event. A dance party will follow the band performances. drag performances and other live acts.
All ages are welcome. Tickets are $15. Performances will take place on the main
LES NUBIANS For more information, visit stage at the amphitheater and in a second
entertainment area near Market Street.
There will be vendors from businesses
and non-prot organizations, a food
TOWN MOUNTAIN court and a beer and wine area. Guests
AND I DRAW SLOW will receive a free rainbow bracelet upon
entry. Admission is free.
For more details, visit
SAT, JULY 22 Nerd convention has
SONNY LANDRETH queer component
BlerDCon, an inclusive nerd convention
for people of color, is at Hyatt Crystal City
OKKERVIL RIVER (2799 Jeerson Davis Hwy., Arlington, Va.)
W/ JESSE HALE MOORE on Friday, June 30- Sunday, July 2.
The convention will feature vendors,
THURS, JULY 27 Bethesda movie series runs July 18-22 cosplayers and celebrity guests. LGBT HQ
PETER HIMMELMAN The annual Bethesda Outdoor Movie Series Stars on the Avenue returns July will be a part of the convention and will
18-22. feature two LGBT panels, Men of Cosplay
Admission is free and movies start at 9 p.m. on the corner of Norfolk and and LGBT Responsibility in Comics and
ENTER THE HAGGIS Auburn Ave., in Bethesdas Woodmont Triangle. Pop Culture. LGBT cosplayers Jay Justice
This years selections are: The Wizard of Oz on July 18, Field of Dreams on and Les Levi will make appearances.
July 19, Dead Poets Society on July 20, Hidden Figures on July 21 and La La There will be a LGBT passport rae that
Land on July 22. will include prizes donated from vendors.
Visit for details. Tickets are $45 and includes entry for all
three days.
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Etete, now reopened and under the reign of a new chef, oers Ethiopian food with a modern spin.

Not just the same, old D.C.

Ethiopian restaurant
vehicle for turning typical Ethiopian
dishes like berbere chicken, red lentils,
and collards greens into taco llings.

Topped o with ayibe, a soft farmers
By KRISTEN HARTKE cheese similar to queso fresco, and a sprig
of cilantro and youll be hard-pressed to
Beyond the traditional mid-Atlantic and nd a tastier handmade taco.
Southern fare that Washington is rooted in While staying true to classic Etete
crab cakes, oysters, fried green tomatoes recipes like Doro Wat, chicken stew
and the everything-tastes-better-on-a- avored with berbere, a spice mixture
biscuit school of thought there are two that usually contains garlic, ginger,
cuisines that give the capital city some fenugreek, chili peppers and a variety of
personality: Salvadoran and Ethiopian. other herbs and spices, Chef Roberson
In many neighborhoods across the has continued to cross-pollinate in
District, youll nd outposts of one or the kitchen with inuence from other
perhaps both types, lled with diners from cuisines and techniques, from prawn
all walks of life. In a city that sometimes gumbo to sous-vide short ribs. Light-as-
feels like it has no real identity of its air black eyed pea fritters served with a
own, nearly every child growing up in the pungent peanut sauce borrow from West
nations capital has probably munched African avors, while a play on hummus
on a cheesy pupusa or delighted in using and pita is made with yellow lentils and
injera for picking up food instead of a fork. you guessed it injera, now turned into
Injera, the spongy pancake-like atbread slightly addictive crispy fried chips.
made of an ancient grain known as te, While youll still nd frosty bottles of
does characteristically serve as both a St. George lager imported from Ethiopia,
vessel and a utensil at the table, with one along with a traditional housemade
large circle of injera topped with mounds honey wine, Etete has also stepped up
of wat, or stews from lamb to lentils its cocktail game with a drinks menu that
accompanied by more injera, used to continues to explore traditional avors in
scoop up the various dishes. While many new ways. For the 24 Karat, passionfruit
of the local Ethiopian restaurants tend and carrot juice combine with Birds Eye
toward casual mom-and-pop eateries, chili syrup, tequila and St. Germain for an
Etete (1942 Ninth St., N.W.) aims a bit imaginative reboot of a Tequila Sunrise,
higher. And, yes, forks may be involved. while tequila stars again in the Golden
Since opening in 2004, Etete, named for Coconut, an elegant aperitif made with
matriarch Tiwaltengus Etete Shenegelgn, coconut milk, lime juice and turmeric.
has had a markedly dierent vibe more On a side note, if youre still jonesing for
bistro than bodega with a chic modern Salvadoran instead of Ethiopian and
interior and an emphasis on more upscale something at a lower price point head
versions of traditional Ethiopian cuisine. to the H Street corridor, where Taqueria
Now reopened after a six-month renovation & Rosticeria Fresca (701 H St., N.E.) is
and under the direction of new chef Chris oering up, as the name implies, a really
Roberson, Etete continues to oer a modern fresh take on Salvadoran specialties.
spin, starting, logically, with injera.
Interestingly, once youve had an injera CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
taco, it makes perfect sense. The simple
act of folding that spongy bread and KRISTEN HARTKE is a D.C.-based food
and beverage writer. Follow her kitchen
toasting it lightly makes it the perfect adventures on Twiiter, @khartke.

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com two weeks prior to your event. Space is lim- advocate, Monica Stevens. Admission is
ited so priority is given to LGBT-specic events $15 at the door and $10 in advance. Doors
or those with LGBT participants. Recurring
events must be re-submitted each time. open at 7:55 p.m. For more information,
Paint Night D.C. hosts an evening of
cocktails and creating art at Nellies Sports
TODAY Bar (900 U St., N.W.) tonight from 7-9 p.m.
A professional artist will lead the painting
D.C. Bear Crue and D.C. Rawhides host session. Food and drink will be available
Bear Happy Hour at Town (2009 8th for purchase. Tickets are $45. For more
St., N.W.) today from 6-9 p.m. Country details, visit
western dance lessons start at 6:30
p.m. Open dancing is at 9:30 p.m. Drink TUESDAY, JUNE 27
specials are until 11 p.m. No cover. For
more information, visit University of Michigan Alumni Club of
dcrawhides. Greater Washington hosts a Pride month
GAMMA, a peer-supported, self-help movie screening of Milk and panel
group for gay or bisexual men who have discussion at Hill & Knowlton Worldwide
been involved with women, meets at (607 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 6-9
Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 p.m. The panel discussion, featuring
Vermont Ave., N.W.) tonight from 7:30- congressman Dan Kildee and HRCs Noel
9:30 p.m. For more details, visit meetup. Gordon, will discuss the history of being
com/gammaindc. openly gay in politics. The discussion
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) is from 6-7 p.m. followed by the lm
hosts a Kylie Minogue dance party tonight screening from 7-9 p.m. Admission is free.
from 9 p.m.- 2 a.m. For more information, All are welcome. For more information,
visit visit
Genderqueer D.C. holds a discussion
SATURDAY, JUNE 24 group at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St.,
N.W.) at 7 p.m. tonight. The group is for
D.C. Trans Pool Party is at Banneker anyone who identies outside of the
Recreation Center (2500 Georgia Ave., gender binary as bigender, agender,
N.W.) today from noon-5 p.m. Trans genderuid or any label outside of
Pride ags are encouraged. There will cisgender. For more information, visit
be a concession stand. No outside food
or drink permitted. Cis-gender allies are
welcome but the event is primarily for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28
transgender guests. Admission is free for
D.C. residents with ID and $7 otherwise. Gay Games D.C. hosts its 2022
For more information, search D.C. Trans bid rally at Smithsonians National
Pool Party on Facebook. Museum of the American Indian (4th
Fantom Comics (2010 P St., N.W.) and PHOTO COURTESY VH1
St., and Independence Ave., S.W.) this
Geeks OUT host a queer book club today evening from 6-9 p.m. The Gay Games
from 2-4 p.m. The group will be discussing SASHA VELOUR, a season nine nalist on RuPauls Drag Race, performs at Town this weekend. site inspection team will be in town to
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness consider the District for its 2022 host city.
by Kabi Nagata. The book tells the story, The rally will have food, drinks, music
in the form of artwork, of a young woman can-eat brunch buet and complimentary Total Package Tour with special guests and giveaways. For more details, visit
exploring her sexuality. For more details, mimosas. Tickets are $40. Seating is not Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men to Verizon
visit guaranteed. For more information and to Center (601 F St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Pop Culture Uncovered hosts a live,
Lost River Pride will be at the Lost purchase tickets, visit Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets range interactive podcast at Fantom Comics
River Farmers Market (1089 Mill Gap Rd., An AIDS-themed play titled Never from $28-183. For more information, visit (2010 P St., N.W.) tonight from 7-8:30 p.m.
Lost River, W.Va.) today starting at 5:30 Letting Go by gay playwright Steve The episode will discuss how pop culture
p.m. There will be a country-style potluck, Langley, will have a staged reading today The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) intersects with the LGBT community. For
barbecue, corn hole and a croquet court. as part of the D.C. Black Theatre & Arts hosts HariKaraoke Band Pride Show, more information, visit
Music performances from Reckless Festival today at 4 p.m. at the Smithsonian a karaoke party, today from 4-8 p.m. popcultureuncovered.
Abandon and other local performers kicks Anacostia Community Museum (1901 Ft. Guests can sing karaoke accompanied The Lambda Bridge Club hosts
o at 7 p.m. The East Coast premiere of Place, S.E.). Its free. by a live band. Winners will receive a duplicate bridge at the Dignity Center
the lm Something Like Summer will be free D.C. Eagle bar tab. Drag performer (721 8th St., S.E.) at 7:30 p.m. tonight. No
screened at 9 p.m. Admission is free. For SUNDAY, JUNE 25 Shaunda Leer hosts the event. For more reservations needed and new comers
more information, visit details, visit welcome. If you need a partner, call 703-
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(2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight at 10:30 p.m. today from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Photos are THURSDAY, JUNE 29
Doors open at 10 p.m. Cover is $15. For rst-come, rst-served. Participants La Ti Do hosts its annual celebration of
more details, visit should arrive wearing a white T-shirt. transgender artists at Bistro Bistro (1727 La Ti Do presents the national touring
DJ India Events hosts a drag brunch NOH8 temporary tattoos and the Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight from cast of The Sound of Music performing
at Dirty Martini (1223 Connecticut Ave., campaigns trademark duct tape will be 8-10 p.m. Performers will include Marco selections from Sweeney Todd: the Demon
N.W.) today from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Drag given at the shoot. Solo photos are $40. Monroe, Venus DiKhadijah Selenite Sam Barber of Fleet Street at Penn Social (801 E
performers will impersonate celebrities Couple or group photos are $25 per El-Noury and more. Lonny Taylor, Karen St., N.W.) tonight at 11:30 p.m. Donna Garner,
such as Tina Turner, Miley Cyrus, Barbra person. For more details, visit facebook. Piper and Warren Pedersen will be part Anna Mintzer and Carey Rebecca Brown will
Streisand, Rihanna and more. Monet com/noh8campaign. of the accompanying band. Lady Dane perform, among others. Tickets are $20. For
Dupree hosts. There will be an all-you- New Kids on the Block bring their Figeroa Eddi hosts the show. A portion of more details, visit

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A scene from MAURICE, based on a book by E.M. FORSTER that wasnt initially appreciated.

Maurice returns to the big screen

Merchant-Ivory classic Edwardian England and 1987 at the same time.
is tender adaptation of Forster was exceedingly scrupulous in
making his titular hero an intelligent, but
controversial Forster work in no way remarkable man. Obviously
well-educated, Maurice (James Wilby) is
By DAVID EHRENSTEIN not an intellectual or an aesthete of the
Oscar Wilde sort, as he calls himself after

Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in Rodgers & Hammersteins The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Its been 30 years since Maurice, the rst fully recognizing his gay desires. That
Merchant-Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forsters isnt clear to him right away. His love for
posthumously published novel of gay love, fellow student Clive Durham (Hugh Grant)
made its theatrical debut. Its been lovingly remains platonic, while edging close to
restored in a new 30th anniversary print that the fully physical.
screens at the AFI Silver twice this weekend. A scene in which his professor (Barry
E.M. Forster (1879-1970) has long Forster) advises a student reading a classic
been acknowledged as one of Great text aloud to skip a passage concerning the
Britains greatest writers. But he was unspeakable vices of the Greeks, sets up a
largely the subject of academic study confrontation with a fellow student (Mark
until the 1980s when lm adaptations of Tandy) who has clearly given into them. When
his work made him a popular favorite. this same student is arrested for coming on
David Leans opulent adaptation of his to a Royal Guardsman (notorious in their
best-known work, A Passage to India, history as hustlers for the rich and famous)
was a considerable success in 1984. It and goes to prison for it much like Oscar
was followed in 1985 by Merchant-Ivorys Wilde, the example of his ruined life is all
far more modestly scaled adaptation Clive needs to call o his aair with Maurice.
of A Room with a View. Merchant- What is to become of me, Maurice cries
Ivorys next Forster step was Maurice, when Clive tells him its all over (a deeply
a love story of a far more intense stripe. moving moment beautifully played by Wilby).
Originally written in 1914, then revised He gets his answer when Alec Scudder
in 1932 and again in 1960, Maurice was (Rupert Graves), the under-games-keeper
shown by Forster only to select friends, at Clives estate, climbs through his
including Christopher Isherwood, to whom bedroom window at night and makes love
he entrusted the manuscript. Forster, who to him. For a gay man of that era, fearful
died in 1971, wanted Maurice published of his own desires as much as the wrath
after his passing. He didnt believe it was of society, this is the ultimate sexual
possible for such a story to be released in fantasy. Yet asfantastic as it might seem,
his lifetime. And judging from the largely Forster takes it quite seriously. Because
condescending reviews it received in 1972, of his love for Scudder, Maurice will not
it appeared he was right. Maurice is not
only an openly gay novel, its an attack
simply get over his tortured semi-aair
with Clive, he will turn his back on British
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on the class from which he came and the society and, as Mark Twain would say
literary culture that thought it knew him. head o for the territory.
Maurice was greeted with snarky Merchant-Ivorys lm reminds us that
condescension except in gay political though hes been dead for 46 years, E.M.
Forster is still very much alive in us all.
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Mercury bio is too time, he was also undoubtedly sleeping

with men, but he had no intention of
long, meandering coming out even if in truth he had felt
able to.
By mid-1970, Freddie changed his
surname, while his latest band changed
its name to Queen; both began attracting
attention in the U.K. Meanwhile, Mercury
fell in love with someone whom he
considered his common-law wife. She,
too, seemed to have no idea that he
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER has been reading slept with men, which might not have
since she was 3 years old.She lives in Wisconsin mattered much anyhow: Mercury had led
with two dogs and 12,000 books. Reach her at a hedonistic life for years and that was
just Freddie being Freddie.
Last year was a particularly rough one. But then, possibly some time in 1982,
Every time you open a newspaper or he was infected with the HIV virus.
turned on the computer or TV, it seemed At nearly 400 pages, sans notes,
as though someone a Hollywood actor, Somebody to Love is one of those books
singer or stage performer you liked that might have been enhanced by being
had died. Even now, whether it was six shortened by a third.
months, a year or, as in Somebody Authors Matt Richards and Mark
to Love by Matt Richards and Mark Langthorne did an exhaustive job
Langthorne, more than a decade, you still researching Mercurys life, but thats not
miss him or her. all: this is also a surprising biography of
Farrokh Bulsara was born in India in the AIDS epidemic, beginning more than a
the fall of 1946 to Parsee followers of century ago. Thats often imagined, since
the prophet Zoroaster, facts he tried to exact circumstances are unknown but,
hide it as a young man. For reasons he while it makes for an fascinating tale, it
didnt belabor, Bulsara claimed that he stretches too slowly, gets too breathy and
was Persian and seldom discussed his loses its punch. Even Mercurys career
relatively privileged childhood. He even seemed a mess here; readers get names
changed his name to Freddie. and dates in a bounce-around narrative.
Known as a shy boy and famously Theres merit in this book. Early
ashamed of his prominent front teeth, sections on the beginning of AIDS and
Freddie was nevertheless so in love with the beginning and end of Mercurys life
music that he helped form his rst band in are all stellar, but much of the middle
1958, in part to impress the girls. As soon part is pretty ho-hum. In the end, for fans,
as he was old enough, he moved to London, Somebody to Love may still be worth
where he became a hanger-on for two a try. Others may nd this book to be a
popular local bands, one of which eventually rough one.
hired him as a lead singer. Freddie, say the
authors, loved to put on a show.
At around this time, he also fell deeply
in love with a woman, though he was LEGACY OF FREDDIE MERCURY
struggling to come to terms with whether By Matt Richards and Mark Langthorne
Weldon Owen
he was straight, gay or bisexual. Indeed, $24.95
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Non-trans actors have upper hand landing trans roles, director says

Native American transgender woman.

The casting is unusual for a eld that is
More Than T oers trans lives
from trans perspectives
more often telling transgender stories but
rarely placing transgender actors in the
roles. Fox says she and her team made
an eort to nd talented transgender
actors. From working in the transgender
acting community, Fox says she feels other New documentary premieres June 23 on Showtime
projects arent trying hard enough to get Avoiding cinematic clichs is one pitfall any decent lmmaker tries to avoid but there was one point in More Than T, a new
transgender talent. Matt Bomers casting 53-minute documentary from trans director Silas Howard (Transparent, This is Us) when diving right into the clich made sense.
as a transgender woman in the upcoming In this case, it pertained to D.C. resident Joanna Cifredo whos seen in the lm applying makeup.
lm, Anything is the latest example of a Showing trans women putting on makeup is one of the worst clichs, says Jen Richards, a creative consultant on the lm
cis-gender takeover. who helped Howard make it. You see that in so many lms and its just such a clich. But Joanna has some really nuanced, deep
Trans people would be like, Oh yeah, thinking on the role of beauty in the lives of women. She grew up in a Latina culture so for her, showing her applying makeup
I tried out for that. Sorry I wasnt the best became a way for her to claim that power. We didnt want her to be reduced by it, but we wanted to show it so we were sort of
person. But most trans actors will say, leaning into the clich we wanted to avoid. The lm is full of these little surprises between whats expected and whats revealed.
What? I havent heard anything about this. More Than T, commissioned by MAC Cosmetics and its philanthropic arm, the MAC AIDS Fund, features seven
Theres something denitely broken about transgender subjects from diverse walks of life. It premiered last weekend at Frameline, a San Francisco LGBT lm festival, and
their outreach. (Bomer) is denitely not the will air June 23 on Showtime at 7 p.m. Thereafter it can be found on Showtime Anytime and Showtime On Demand.
best person because I would know from the Elsewhere, though, Richards, whos trans herself, says the lmmakers purposefully avoided trans clichs like surgery
scuttlebutt in the trans acting community obsession and what she calls pity porn a prurient interest in the tragedy of trans lives.
that people would be talking about going So often, trans portrayals on lm have been made by non-trans people, she says. They often take a perspective that
out and auditioning for this thing, Fox says. reects their own interest rather than that of trans people. We didnt want to reduce them. With these seven subjects, youll
A second season for The Switch is see their whole, complicated selves.
uncertain. The rst season is currently JOEY DIGUGLIELMO
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