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LGBT groups le lawsuit expected to be sent to Defense Secretary

James Mattis sometime during the week
as White House reportedly starting Aug. 7.
nalizes guidance However, according to a Pentagon
source, after President Trump and North
By KAREN OCAMB Korean dictator Kim Jong-un got into a
ery verbal sparring match on Aug. 8,
It took the threat of nuclear war with the Defense Secretary sent a message to
North Korea to reportedly get the White major U.S. commands letting them know
House to put a hold on the policy re- that the threat by North Korea was his
instituting the ban on open transgender overriding priority and that other issues
service in the military. were to be temporarily sidelined.
A White House source, who spoke to Additionally, the Pentagon source says
the Blade on condition of anonymity, that Mattis intends to put a hold on all
said A Guidance Policy for Open personnel matters, though disciplinary
Transgender Service Phase Out which issues such discharges will continue.
had been certied by the White House However, anything that aects military
PRESIDENT TRUMP caved to pressure from religious conservatives and announced a
Counsels Oce after repeated advice ban on trans service members.

Anti-LGBT groups resurgent with Trump in White House


Social conservative advocates and groups seeking to undermine LGBT rights

once thought to be waning in inuence appear to have experienced a resurgence
with President Trump in the White House.
The growing power of anti-LGBT groups, such as the Family Research Council,
Alliance Defending Freedom and the Heritage Foundation, can be seen in the policies
enacted by Trump against the LGBT community as well as the close interaction
between social conservatives and his administration.
Prior to his August vacation, Trump announced his intent to ban transgender people
from the U.S. military in any capacity, unilaterally instituting the anti-LGBT policy IVANKA TRUMP and notorious homophobe RALPH REED together at the White


Transgender woman talks A look at the Trump Two Blade staers

serving with distinction in Eect on campuses and on growing up in
Maryland Defense Force. more in our special section. Columbia, Md.


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Defense raises doubts over ID of

Comings & Goings man charged in trans murder
Kruse takes new role with Family Equality Council
Trial began ve years 2016, Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz
cleared the way for a trial by handing down
after stabbing death an order nding Montgomery competent
of Deoni Jones to stand trial based on the ndings of the
The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our commu- latest of several psychiatric examinations.
nity. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining
boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at By LOU CHIBBARO JR. In opening arguments last week, defense attorney Monica Douglas told
the jury that prosecutors had insucient
Congratulations to Julie Kruse With witnesses acknowledging their evidence to prove beyond a reasonable
who is starting a new position as recollections have become less certain ve doubt that it was Montgomery that
Federal Policy Advocate with the and a half years later, defense attorneys stabbed Jones.
Family Equality Council. Council CEO representing a District man charged This case is built on assumptions,
Rev. Stan J. Sloan said, Julies record with the February 2012 murder of a speculations and shortcuts, and does not
of committed service to the LGBTQ transgender woman moved ahead with rely on any evidence, the Washington Post
community speaks for itself, and we their claim at a trial this week that their quoted her as saying. Mr. Montgomery
are privileged to have her join our client was misidentied as the murderer. was not there when she was stabbed, the
public policy team to ght for lived Police and prosecutors have charged Post quoted Douglas as saying.
and legal equality for LGBTQ families, Gary N. Montgomery, 60, with plunging But prosecutors said they would
especially in todays challenging JULIE KRUSE a knife into the side of the head of present witnesses and video footage
political climate. Upon accepting PHOTO COURTESY OF KRUSE Deoni JaParker Jones, 23, at a bus stop obtained from nearby security cameras
the position Kruse said, Im excited in Northeast Washington on the night of linking Montgomery to the murder scene.
to join the top-notch team at Family Feb. 2, 2012. Jones died in a hospital later On Monday, one of the governments lead
Equality Council in their critical work that evening. witnesses, Jermaine Jackson, 41, testied
during this politically challenging time. Montgomery, who was 55 at the time that he and his girlfriend were in a vehicle
Im especially thrilled to return to of the incident, has been charged with that was stopped at a trac light next to the
advocacy with and for LGBTQ families rst-degree murder while armed in bus stop where the incident occurred. He
and youth, to defend and advance connection with Jones death. said that his girlfriend, who was driving, saw
the equal rights, opportunities, and Shortly after his trial began last week in a man strike a woman in the head.
supports we all deserve. D.C. Superior Court, prosecutors with the She said look at that, Jackson
As Federal Policy Advocate, Kruse U.S. Attorneys Oce and defense attorneys, recounted. Someone just hit someone.
will be based in D.C. and work closely JEFF GROTON in their opening arguments, provided the I looked. It was a lady down and a dude
with Chief Policy Ocer Denise PHOTO COURTESY OF GROTON jury with conicting views on the strength of standing over her.
Brogan-Kator to implement and the evidence against Montgomery. Added Jackson: I got out and I
expand Family Equality Councils Among other things, police and approached the dude. I said why did you hit
public policy agenda. The Council connects, supports, and represents the 3 prosecutors have said a motive for the that lady? He ran away and I ran after him.
million LGBTQ parents in the country and their 6 million children of all ages. murder remains unclear and they have Jackson told of how he caught up with
They provide a voice for LGBTQ families on Capitol Hill. been unable to uncover evidence to the man, grabbed him by his hooded jacket
Kruse has more than 15 years of experience advocating for the LGBTQ community, indicate the murder was a hate crime. and hit him, knocking him down. He said his
immigrants, working families, women and girls. Her eorts have contributed to Jones mother and stepfather, Judean intention was to hold the man until police
victories including relief from deportation for tens of thousands of LGBTQ immigrant Jones and Alvin Bethea, have argued since could be called to the scene. But seconds
families, ending Dont Ask, Dont Tell, and stopping discriminatory tax audits of the time of the murder that Montgomery later, Jackson recounted, his girlfriend, who
low-income families. Prior to her career in advocacy, she developed job training targeted their daughter at the bus stop had entered the bus stop shelter where a
and educational programs leading to high-wage careers for women and girls. She near their home at East Capitol Street bench was located, began to scream.
was the founding director of the National Community Tax Coalition. She served and Sycamore Road, N.E., because of her I turned to her to be sure she was OK,
on the Governors Commission on the Status of Women in Illinois and chaired its status as a transgender woman. Jackson testied. At some point during the
Pay Equity Working Group. She has taught at the college and high school levels in Court records show that police and confusion that followed the man he had
the U.S. and in Latin America. Kruse has worked for a number of organizations, prosecutors charged Montgomery with chased down got up and ran away, Jackson
including the National Center for Healthy Housing, Immigration Equality, and the the murder on Feb. 11, 2012, nine days said. Instead of chasing him again he ran
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. after he allegedly stabbed Jones. back to the bus stop and quickly discovered
Congratulations also to Jerey W. Groton who has accepted the position of The incident shocked members of the why his girlfriend and another woman who
Director of Finance with Mile High Early Learning, which is Denvers oldest and LGBT community and many city ocials, was at the scene were screaming.
largest provider of subsidized quality early childhood care and education serving including then-Mayor Vincent Gray, who There was a knife sticking in the head
thousands of Denvers vulnerable children every year since 1970. organized and participated in vigils at the of the woman who his girlfriend saw
Groton is a proven organizational leader with a strong background in strategic site of the murder and called for greater being struck while he and his girlfriend
business planning and nancial management. He has a passion for driving eorts to curtail hatred and bias toward were in their vehicle, Jackson told the jury.
eectiveness in organizational work life through strategic planning and innovative transgender people. In response to questions by Assistant
problem solving. That includes a track record of developing, restructuring and The trial began nearly ve and a half years U.S. Attorney David Gorman, one of two
improving diverse operations across nance, IT, management, and HR. He is a after Montgomerys arrest. It had been prosecutors involved in the case, Jackson
big-picture thinker motivated by business challenges and competing priorities. postponed several times after conicting described the appearance of the attacker
Groton worked for the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) psychiatric reports made it unclear whether as best he could recall ve and a half years
and was recruited to that association based on his success with the National Montgomery was competent to stand trial, after the incident. He was slimmer than
Association of Women Judges-USA (NAWJ). Prior to that he worked at Downey according to court records. Montgomery himself, he appeared to have a beard, his
Associates International, Inc. and Envision EMI, Inc. has been held for most of the time since his complexion was lighter than his, and he
Groton served in the United States Air Force as a Command and Control arrest at St. Elizabeths Hospital, a city-run appeared to be about 30 or 40 years old.
Specialist with top-secret security clearance. psychiatric facility.
Court records show that on Nov. 29, CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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Trans soldier served with distinction in Md. Defense Force

join because they want to serve the country The president has said he has no
and they believe in peoples rights. plans to rescind President Obamas
Although Holmes said her co-workers executive order banning discrimination
and supervisors at the federal agency in the federal civilian workforce based
where she works were great when she on gender identity and expression or to
transitioned in 2010, she remains reluctant repeal previously adopted government
to disclose the name of the agency, in part, policies banning sexual orientation
because she doesnt want to be portrayed discrimination against federal employees.
as ocially representing the agency on But some LGBT rights advocates say
transgender related matters. they fear Trump might change his mind
And I just dont want to say much on those protections just as he did in
about it because who knows what Trump seeking to rescind the Obama protections
is going to do, she said. for transgender people the military.

KAREN HOLMES served for ve years as a model soldier with a little known military agency
called the Maryland Defense Force.
Catania weds in ceremony
performed by Council colleague
Silver Spring resident In December of 2012, just one year
after enlisting in the MDDF, Holmes Gay former D.C. Council member
named Soldier of the Year was named Non-Commissioned Ocer David Catania, who was the lead
Soldier of the Year by the MDDF and the author in 2009 of the citys marriage
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. Maryland State Guard Association. In equality law, married his partner October 2013 she was named Soldier of Bill Enright on Saturday, Aug. 5,
the Year by the State Guard Association in a ceremony performed by his
Since transitioning as a transgender of United States for an honor in which friend and former colleague Council
woman in 2016, Silver Spring, Md., 23,000 soldiers in 24 states competed. member Mary Cheh.
resident Karen Holmes served for They knew I was transgender, Holes I was so honored to do it, Cheh
ve years as a model soldier with a said. They talked to the National Guard told the Washington Blade on
little known military agency called the people because we felt kind of a little Tuesday.
Maryland Defense Force. dierent. They were OK with me being in The wedding ceremony and a
As a sta sergeant, Holmes took part the Maryland Defense Force. reception took place at the National
in the Maryland Defense Forces stated With all that as a backdrop, Holmes Museum of Women and the Arts
mission of providing competent and said she was shocked when she heard located in downtown Washington.
supplemental professional, technical, on the news last month that President Enright serves as general manger
and military support to the Maryland Trump announced in a posting on Twitter and lead designer for Edge Floral
Army National Guard, the Maryland that he had directed the U.S. military to Event Designers, a Gaithersburg,
Air National Guard, and the Maryland reinstate the ban on transgender people Md., based event planning rm that,
Emergency Management Agency. from serving in the military. among other things, plans weddings
Similar to members of the National I was really shocked and hurt because for clients in the D.C. metro area.
Guard, Holmes and her fellow soldiers of the fact that were doing great things Since giving up his Council seat
with the Maryland Defense Force carried out there, she said. When I was with for an unsuccessful run for mayor in
out their duties mostly on weekends the Maryland Defense Force we were 2014, Catania, an attorney, joined the
while holding a full-time civilian job. supplementing what the National Guard did. Washington oce of the international
But unlike the National Guard, members I did everything from parades for the Color law rm Greenberg Traurig in 2015 as Former Council member DAVID CATANIA
of the Maryland Defense Force, which is Guard Detail. I was a chaplains assistant. a shareholder and partner. was married Aug. 5.
known as the MDDF, serve as volunteers And, according to Holmes, other trans Among those attending the couples WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY DAMIEN SALAS

and receive no monetary compensation soldiers were involved with operations wedding were Council Chair Phil
unless the state governor, who serves as such as engineering and medical duties. Mendelson, Council member Jack
commander, activates their units at times Like other advocates for allowing Evans and former Council member Yvette Alexander, with whom Catania served
of a state or national emergency. transgender people to serve in the on the Council during his tenure as a Council member from 1997 to 2015. Also
Holmes has worked full-time during military, Holmes said its widely known attending was Council member Charles Allen.
the past 16 years as a safety ocer for a that transgender people currently serving Catania emerged as one of the Councils strongest advocates for LGBT rights
federal government agency in Washington. in main branches of the U.S. military are and is credited with playing the lead role in introducing and pushing for the citys
She was honorably discharged from the performing well. 2009 law that legalized same-sex marriage.
MDDF in December 2016. And the big thing the president was It was festive and poignant as I would have anticipated it would be, Cheh said
She told the Washington Blade in an talking about was the cost as far as in describing the wedding and reception. There were the moving parts of the
interview on Tuesday that she hopes her medical services, she said. Thats been sharing their vows and exchanging their rings, she said.
record as a decorated soldier with the a big issue, she noted, adding that she But there was levity along the way too and cheers and clapping when I said,
MDDF while out as transgender to many feels its unfair to equate medical costs With the power invested in me I pronounce you married and you may kiss your
of her fellow soldiers and commanding such as surgery with the desire of trans groom, Cheh continued. And the place was wild cheering. It was great.
ocers would serve as a strong refutation people to serve in the military. Catania and Enright couldnt immediately be reached this week. Representatives
to the Trump administrations pending To me I think its pretty rough to say of their respective oces said the two were out of town following their wedding.
plan to ban transgender people from were going to join just to get the surgery, LOU CHIBBARO JR.
serving in the military. Holmes said. Thats not why they join. They
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Okla. gay man sues town for allowing house to burn down
Family faced threats
based on anti-gay
bias and racial enmity

A gay man in Oklahoma raising a black

son has led a civil rights lawsuit against
his local sheri for allegedly allowing
fellow residents to burn down his home
in an attempt to run him out of town.
The complaint, led on Aug. 3 and
made public Sunday, was led in federal RANDY GAMEL-MEDLER (left) with his
court by Randy Gamel-Medler, who partner Ralph and son.
formerly resided in Blaine County, Okla. PHOTO COURTESY OF FREEDOM OKLAHOMA

The town clerk, Gamel-Medler lived in

the City of Hitchcock with his seven-year-
old adopted son whom he brought there
in August 2016. The citys population is just took Gamel-Medler aside after the last progress, crimes of bias still exist. under the Fourteenth Amendment
121, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. incident and warned him, These people The allegations in Hitchcock are because of a 1983 federal law making
Gamel-Medler alleges he faced are serious. Theyre going to kill you, horric, and show the intersection of hate local ocials liable for denying civil rights
continual threats of violence based on theyre going to kill your son and theyre aimed at both the African-American and to U.S. citizens. The lawsuit also makes
anti-gay bias and racial enmity after going to burn your house down. LGBTQ communities, Stevenson said. claims under other federal laws against
moving his son to Blaine County because Other town authorities, including Stevenson said the threats and conspiracy and denial of equal protection
of his sexual orientation and his sons race. Hitchcock Mayor Rick Edsall, took no property loss Gamel-Medler faced also of the law.
These threats came before an apparent action, the lawsuit says. Blaine County demonstrate the need for Oklahoma Gamel-Medler also asserts claims
eort by locals to burn down his home as Undersheri Dave Robertson allegedly to pass legislation against hate crimes. under state law against assault, battery,
they looked on upon its destruction. wouldnt allow the ling of a police report A federal hate crimes law, the Matthew destruction of property and intentional
According to the lawsuit, Meradith after the incident. Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes iniction of emotional distress.
Norris, a trustee of the Town of Hitchcock, In May 2017, Gamel-Medler, who had Prevention Act, is in place as a result of The sheris oce for Blaine County
upon learning Gamel Medler had a black just sent his son to a neighbors house, former President Obama signing the referred Blade inquiries on the lawsuit
son, said at a town meeting in the presence heard a noise in his garage like glass measure in 2009. to Blaine County District Attorney Mike
of city ocials, Whats going to happen breaking and called the sheris oce to The lawsuit asserts federal court is the Fields, who didnt immediately respond
when your house burns down and we report a burglary, then saw a re in his appropriate jurisdiction for adjudication to a request for comment.
dont send out the re trucks? Afterwards, garage and called for the re department.
Gamel-Medler led a police report with Although Gamel-Medler lived one block
the former sheri of Blaine County, but no from there station, the re department
action was taken, the lawsuit says. allegedly did nothing for an extended
Months later, when Gamel-Medler
was performing his duties on the road
period of time, resulting in his home
burning to the ground. HRC endorses Danica Roem
as town clerk, he was allegedly assaulted While Gamel-Medlers house was
by convicted felon Jonita Pauls Jacks who burning, three townspeople Patsy The Human Rights Campaign last week announced it has endorsed Danica
came up to Gamel-Medlers truck and Meier, Kenny Meier and Joey Pauls Roem in her race against Virginia state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William
tried to enter it. When Gamel-Medler allegedly watched nearby. The mayor and County).
locked the door, Jonita Pauls Jacks started his family were allegedly watching from Danica Roem is breaking down barriers while building bridges in her bid
shaking the truck, called him a fucking their lawn chairs, the lawsuit alleges. A for the Virginia House of Delegates, said HRC President Chad Grin in a
queer, and said, Im going to grab your person believed to be the re marshal statement. By electing Danica Roem, voters will send a tireless advocate for
little boy, rip his nigger head o, and shit allegedly told Gamel-Medler the recorded fairness, equality, and Virginia values to represent them in Richmond. We are
down his throat, the lawsuit says. minutes from a town council meeting in proud to endorse Danica Roem and are committed to helping her make history
Afterwards, Gamel-Medler went to which ocials threatened to burn his by moving the commonwealth forward.
the oce of Blaine County Sheri Tony house down were in his home, adding Roem is the rst openly transgender nominee for public oce in Virginia.
Almaguer to le a report, but the sheri words to the eect of, I guess that takes Marshall, who is among the most vocal opponents of LGBT rights in the
allegedly refused to take it and told him, care of that. General Assembly, has represented the 13th District in the Virginia House of
Thats just how they how they are out The named defendants in the lawsuit Delegates since 1992. Roem would make history as the rst out trans person
there and its free speech. are Blaine County Sheri Tony Almaguer, seated in any state legislature if she were to beat Marshall in November.
Other actions were allegedly taken Under Sheri David Robertson, Edsall and Im honored to earn the support of an organization dedicated to building
against Gamel-Medler. They include townspeople that allegedly threatened people up instead of tearing each other down, said Roem in an HRC press
gravel being thrown at his home by Gamel-Medler. The lawsuit calls on the release that announced its endorsement.
a townsperson on a motorcycle; the court to assess damages Gamel-Medler Roem told supporters earlier this week that she raised more than $112,000
erection near a post oce where Gamel- incurred as a result of the threats and loss in July.
Medler and his son walked of a three-by- of his home as well as punitive damages She said her campaign raised more than $70,000 since President Trump on
four-foot sign reading The town clerk is a against the defendants. July 26 announced a ban on trans people in the U.S. military. Roem told her
fucking queer; and a physical altercation Troy Stevenson, executive director of supporters Marshall supports the policy and sponsored a 2014 bill that would
after a townsperson ran Gamel-Medler Freedom Oklahoma, said in a statement have banned gays and lesbians from serving in the Virginia National Guard.
and his friend from the road. the threats to Gamel-Medler and the loss MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Deputy Sheri Bob Kissimee allegedly of his home demonstrate after years of
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62 lawmakers blast anti-gay DOJ ling

Dems say brief violates our Cicilline (D-R.I.), whos gay and a co-chair is contrary to the decisions of a growing Court of Appeals has determined existing
of the LGBT Equality Caucus, and Rep. number of district courts as well as the U.S. law against sex discrimination aords no
nations ideals of liberty Frank Pallone (D-N.J.). Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which protections to lesbian, gay and bisexual
Any discrimination is completely have determined Title VIIs prohibition people. That has created a split among
By CHRIS JOHNSON unacceptable, the letter says. It tears at on sex discrimination in the workplace the circuit courts and prompted the the fabric of our great nation and does not applies to cases of discrimination against LGBT legal group Lambda Legal to plan
move us forward; it takes us backward. We lesbian, gay and bisexual people. to petition the U.S. Supreme Court for a
A group of 62 Democrats from both urge the Department of Justice to reverse its This reects a growing consensus nationwide resolution to the issue.
chambers of Congress is blasting the U.S. position and to refrain from arguing against that discrimination against people based Notably, most of the seven openly LGB
Justice Department for a recent court protections for LGBT people in any future Title on their sexual orientation cannot be members of Congress who are also co-
ling arguing lesbians, gays and bisexuals VII cases dealing with the issue of whether sex understood without reference to sex, the chairs of the LGBT Equality Caucus didnt
have no protections under existing discrimination includes discrimination based letter says. To argue the opposite dees sign the letter. Names that are absent are
federal civil rights law. on sexual orientation or gender identity. any reasonable interpretation of what sex Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Mark Takano
In a letter dated Aug. 7 and made Late last month, the Justice Department discrimination means. (D-Calif.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Kyrsten
public Tuesday, the lawmakers assert the under U.S. Attorney General Je Sessions The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Sinema (D-Ariz.). The only gay members
Justice Departments recent friend-of-the- argued in a voluntary ling before the U.S. Commission, the U.S. agency charged of Congress who signed the letter were
court brief in the case of Zarda V. Altitude Second Circuit Court of Appeals that Title with enforcing federal employment non- Cicilline, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney
Express is not only contrary to existing VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 aords discrimination laws, has also found sexual (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
law, but violates our nations ideals of no protections against sexual orientation orientation discrimination is a form of sex The Washington Blade has placed a
liberty and justice for all. discrimination. discrimination under Title VII. request with the Justice Department seeking
The missive was led by Rep. David As the letter points out, that reasoning However, the U.S. Eleventh Circuit comment on the congressional letter.

Conway wont say if generals OKd trans military ban

Refuses to name Pentagon on the National Security Council. But I will
tell you, having spoken with the president
ocials who were aware directly about this and having been
prior to tweet involved a little bit in the discussions
that the president had consulted for
quite a while with dierent stakeholders,
By CHRIS JOHNSON including his generals. Meanwhile, Chair of the Joint Chiefs
of Sta Gen. Joseph Dunford has said
As the Pentagon continues to allow the military will have no modications
transgender people to serve despite to transgender service until further
President Trumps announcement hell White House guidance. Coast Guard
ban them from the U.S. military, White Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft has said
House counselor Kellyanne Conway hed keep the faith with transgender
refused to say Sunday whether senior people in his service.
defense ocials signed o on the policy Conway concluded by saying former
before the presidents proclamation. President Obama took late in the game
Conway dodged on the issue during an action on transgender military service,
appearance on ABC News This Week when referencing his administrations actions
pressed by host George Stephanopoulos in his nal year in oce to lift an earlier,
on which generals and military experts longstanding ban prohibiting transgender
signed o on the proposed ban. KELLYANNE CONWAY dodged when asked Sunday if generals had OKd Trumps trans military people from serving.
ban. Everybody runs around acting like he
First of all, the tweet didnt make policy,
the tweet announced policy, Conway said. had a particular policy for all eight years,
This had been a conversation, discussions Conway said. He did not. And you know
had with generals and other stakeholders place, Conway said. If you nd ve or 10 week, citing anonymous sources, a that. He took late in the game action.
for a very long time. The president people who say, we had no idea, 100 people version of the guidance was approved Conway then credited Trump for taking
announced it through the form that he say we had no idea, that doesnt mean that by the White House general counsel and action on the issue in the early part of his
does that cuts out the middle man. everybody there who needed to know. delivered to the Pentagon. A Defense administration, even though his action
Stephanopoulos noted the widely held Conway insisted the next step in the Department spokesperson said the was the opposite of Obamas and seeks
belief Defense Secretary James Mattis was process is the creation of policy guidance to Pentagon is still awaiting the guidance. to restrict transgender service rather
apparently blindsided by the Twitter implement Trumps transgender military When asked point blank if Mattis and than enable it.
announcement, although the White ban, which she said would be made in other senior defense ocials signed o on The president is now acting early in
House has insisted the defense secretary consultation with defense leaders. the policy, Conway said she was familiar his administration because he believes in
was notied the night before it came. The next steps...are to have policy with talks leading to the policy change, military readiness and he believes in unit
Asked for specics on which generals guidance and to put the order out and but professed to have no knowledge on cohesion, Conway said. This is what he
agreed to it, Conway spoke generally to work with the stakeholders, obviously whether defense ocials agreed with it. has said. This is what others have said...
about talks with generals and other Gen. implement this new I cant answer that because I wasnt but the policy guidance and the exact
stakeholders, but again dodged. policy, Conway said. in the room when they discussed it with order and the nal conguration of the
And the fact is the Pentagon is a big The Los Angeles Blade reported last him, Conway said. And I certainly arent law obviously are forthcoming.
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KHUDOBERDI NURMATOV, a gay reporter for the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta who
writes under the pen name Ali Feruz, says he would face torture in his native Uzbekistan if
Russian authorities deport him.
TONI REIS (second from left) with his children after their baptism at a Roman
Catholic cathedral in Curitiba, Brazil, on April 23.
The European Court of Human Rights on Aug. 4 blocked Nurmatovs deportation,
pending the outcome of his appeal. Radio Free Europe reported the Moscow City Court
ruled Russian authorities cannot deport Nurmatov until the European Court of Human

Pope congratulates gay couple Rights issues its ruling.

Russia, which is a member of the Council of Europe, is a signatory to the European

for baptizing children Convention of Human Rights that created the European Court of Human Rights. A law
that President Vladimir Putin signed in 2015 allows Russias Constitutional Court to
decide whether the country should comply with rulings from the European Court of
Pope Francis has congratulated a gay Brazilian couple for baptizing their three Human Rights and other international judicial bodies.
adopted children in the Roman Catholic Church. Nurmatov last week reportedly tried to take his own life inside the courtroom after
Toni Reis and David Harrads three children Alyson, 16, Jessica, 14 and a judge ordered his deportation, but bailis stopped him. Novaya Gazeta reported
Felipe, 11 were baptized on April 23 at a cathedral in the city of Curitiba, which Nurmatov has been beaten, Tasered and insulted with anti-gay slurs at the detention
is located in southern Brazil. center outside of Moscow in which he is being held.
Reis, who is president of Grupo Dignidade, a Brazilian LGBT advocacy group, Nurmatovs lawyer, Philip Shishov, on Tuesday in a statement said he saw huge
told the Blade this week that he sent a letter and pictures to Francis telling him bruises on his clients body. Shishov added Nurmatov has formally accused a police
about the baptism in June. Reis, Harrad and their family then took a month-long ocer who escorted him to the detention center after his arrest of beating and Tasering
vacation to Europe. him.
Reis told the Blade a letter on ocial Vatican letterhead with a signed picture Shishov also said Nurmatov fears for his life and provocations that would lead to
of Francis were waiting for us when he and his family returned home. reports of his alleged suicide.
The letter was dated July 10. The authorities must clearly ensure his security, said Shishov.
Pope Francis wishes you happiness, invoking for your family the abundance Novaya Gazeta in April began reporting on the anti-gay crackdown in Chechnya,
of divine graces in order to live steadfastly and faithfully as good children of God which is a semi-autonomous Russian republic in the North Caucuses.
and of the church, wrote Monsignor Paolo Borgia of the Vatican Secretariat of Nurmatov will remain in custody until the court rules in his case.
State in Portuguese. MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Borgia also wrote that Francis asked Reis and his family to pray for him.
We are extremely pleased to have received this unexpected message and
what it means for families with same-sex parents, Reis told the Blade. Anti-gay lawmaker quits UK Labor Party
The Vaticans tone toward homosexuality and other LGBT-specic issues has
become more moderate since Francis became pope in 2013. A British Nigerian lawmaker who called Toronto Pride marchers pedophiles has quit
The Argentine-born ponti in July 2013 told reporters in response to a question the UK Labor Party.
about gay priests as he returned to Rome from a trip to Brazil for World Youth Chika Amadi, who has been a member of the Harrow Council in Londons Harrow
Day that gay men and lesbians should not be judged or marginalized. Borough since 2014, has made headlines for her anti-gay messages on her social media
The church last December rearmed its ban on gay men in the priesthood. accounts.
The Vaticans position on marriage rights for same-sex couples, homosexuality The Labor Party last week suspended Amadis party membership over them. She quit
and other LGBT-specic issues has not changed under Francis papacy. the Labor Party four days later.
A Vatican ocial on Tuesday told the Catholic News Agency the letter that Reis No longer a Labour Councillor. No longer suspended. But still serving my community
received was a standard model of courtesy response that the Vatican sends to free from the exclusive club Labour, tweeted Amadi on Aug. 4.
all the people who write to the pope. The ocial added it was not a letter (that Having reected over some of my responses to abuses, & insults I received dis
was) expressly thinking about them. week I admit that some of them were awfully worded, she wrote in separate tweets. I
MICHAEL K. LAVERS apologise if they made you feel awful however, we must all respect everyones freedom
of thought and expression. Of course my tweets were misconstrued and my emphasis
remains we must protect children from nudity, forced labour & forced Marriage.
Charis Croft, chairman of Harrow Liberal Democrats, is calling for the Labor Party to
Russian court stops deportation of gay journalist investigate why Amadi was selected to run as a Labor candidate in 2014 despite her
history of homophobia.
We are glad that Labour has taken the step of suspending Cllr. Amadi, but they
A Russian court this week stopped the deportation of a gay journalist who claims he have some serious questions to answer about why they selected someone who had
would be tortured in his native Uzbekistan. expressed these repugnant and hurtful views in the rst place, said Croft. We repeat
Police on Aug. 1 detained Khudoberdi Nurmatov, a reporter for the independent our call for Cllr Amadi to stand down. Liberal Democrats believe in an open, welcoming
Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta who writes under the pen name Ali Feruz, in Moscow. society and remarks such as those made by Cllr Amadi have no place in our borough or
Novaya Gazeta reported Nurmatov, who was born in Russia but grew up in Uzbekistan, anywhere else.
ed the former Soviet republic in 2008 after authorities kidnapped him from his home Following her resignation from the Labor Party, Amadi is now listed as an Independent
and tortured him because of his political views. Nurmatov has been trying to receive on the council.
asylum in Russia for more than two years. BUNMI JOHNSON

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Transgender military ban: How did we get here?

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 in a joint statement. our ability to ght, survive and win on the
So how did the White House, the battleeld.
strength and readiness, specically troop Defense Department and the LGBT Brad Carson, a top Carter ocial for
numbers, will be put on hold. Meanwhile, community come to this point, especially military personnel and an advocate for
the Pentagon conrmed to the New York after then-candidate Trump promised to lifting the ban, told USA Today he was
Times Aug. 9 that it has not yet received protect the LGBT community? concerned about how the other ordinary
the trans guidance. Thank you to the LGBT community! memo, for a new administration, could be
More pressing is possible nuclear I will ght for you while Hillary brings interpreted.
war. On Aug. 5, the United Nations in more people that will threaten your This could be seen as an opportunity
Security Council imposed tougher freedoms and beliefs, he tweeted on to reconsider the policy, Carson said. It
economic sanctions on North Korea June 14, 2016. is certainly possible, and it would invite
after the isolated country tested two Then there was his acceptance speech litigation. I do have full condence in
intercontinental ballistic missiles. at the Republican National Convention (Defense Secretary) Jim Mattis to do the
China and Russia voted with the United on July 21, 2016. Only weeks ago, in right thing here.
States, something of a diplomatic coup, Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans He was right. The articles exposing the
considering Chinas connections to North were savagely murdered by an Islamic loophole in the accessions policy and
Korea. Trump and his advisers had been terrorist. This time the terrorist targeted the May 8 memo, triggered a Religious
warned by President Obama and National our LGBT community. As your president, I Right chain reaction, with the Heritage
Security Adviser Susan Rice that Kim Secretary of Defense JAMES MATTIS was will do everything in my power to protect Foundation reaching out to the Military
Jong-un was developing a threatening reportedly caught o guard by President our LGBT citizens from the violence and Times to follow up. This was also during
Trumps tweets on the trans military ban.
nuclear programa fact made more oppression of a hateful foreign ideology, the same period that there was much
concerning when the Washington Post Trump said. coverage of Chelsea Manning in the
reported that North Korea has developed harming service members, who have But that promise clashed with another media. On May 16, 85 conservative
a miniaturized nuclear weapon that can been blindsided and are scrambling promise Trump made to his more reliable leaders, many like Tony Perkins, head of
t on top of an ICBM, which is capable of to deal with what this means for their base, the evangelical community, led by the Family Research Council, and scores of
reaching the United States. Los Angeles, families and their futuresincluding the Vice President Mike Pence and Family retired anti-LGBT military ocers, issued a
considered a prime target, is 5,935 miles loss of job security, retirement benets, Research Council President Tony Perkins. statement opposing transgender service.
from North Korea. healthcare, and other serious harms. The specic drive to repeal and Conservative leaders urgently suggest
North Korea best not make any more The two LGBT-focused law rms note replace the open transgender service that the Trump Administration review
threats to the United States, warned that the military has already carefully commitment started behind the scenes and rescind the Obama-era policies that
Trump from his golf club in Bedminster, studied the ban, which led to former with a series of anti-LGBT nominations in hinder military readiness and overall
N.J.They will be met with re and fury like Defense Secretary Ash Carter agreeing March and April, with the growing sense eectiveness, the statement said.
the world has never seen. He has been to lift the ban on open trans service that some military ocers were pressing Politically correct policies have been
very threatening beyond a normal in June 2016 after a RAND Study he the chiefs to roll back the policy through imposed largely through administrative
statement, Trump said of Kim Jong-un. commissioned indicated there would an amendment to the National Defense at. They can be removed in like manner
As I said, they will be met with re, fury be no problems either with service or Authorization Act. They found an opening while further study and congressional
and frankly power the likes of which this limited costs for medical care. Thousands when on May 10, USA Today reported on guidance is obtained. The most
world has never seen before. of trans service members subsequently two transgender cadets at the Air Force problematic policies in this category
North Korea threatened a preemptive came out and have been serving openly Academy and at West Point. That exposed are those addressing the presence of
strike creating enveloping re against without incident. The rms represent ve a glaring loophole in the accessions transgender individuals in the military.
Guam, a sovereign U.S. territory thats of those active duty service members. policy, the procedure for accepting new That was enough to motivate a number
home to combined Navy and Air Force The lawsuit asserts that Trumps troops into service. of religious Republican conservatives in
forces at Joint Region Marianas, with tweeted directive violates the equal Currently, there is an Air Force Academy the House led by Rep. Duncan Hunter
6,000 service members, a port for nuclear protection and due process guarantees cadet who has identied as a transgender of California and Rep. Vicki Hartzler
submarines and other major military of the Constitution, discriminates against individual, said Lt. Col. Allen Heritage, an from Missouri to launch a series of
forces and more than 162,000 Americans. one group with no legitimate purpose and academy spokesman, told USA Today. The amendments to the NDAA.
Last June, Guam held its rst LGBT Pride contradicts the militarys own conclusion cadet can graduate. But, per the current By now, Freedom Caucus chair Mark
parade with 150 people, including Guam that there is no reason for the ban. (Defense Department) transgender Meadows of North Carolina, Mo Brooks
Legislature Speaker Benjamin Cruz. Transgender service members also policy, this cadet cannot commission into from Alabama, Steve King from Iowa, and
While Mattis did not specically relied on the continuity of the policy the Air Force. However, we are strongly Trent Franks from Arizona were involved.
mention tabling the transgender service after Mattis Jan. 12 conrmation hearing recommending this individual for Air Force Meanwhile, Perkins, along with his
ban, it can be extrapolated that dealing in which he assured lawmakers that civil service as an option for continued colleagues Ken Blackwell and Lt. Gen.
with such a major policy change would he would not roll back the Obama service after the academy. Jerry Boykin (ret), went to Vice President
be exceedingly disruptive during a time administration rules. Sen. Mazie On May 21, USA Today reported on Mike Pence who agreed to step in and
of crisis, especially when a military leader Hirono (D-Hawaii) asked specically if a May 8 memo from Deputy Defense help if he could, according to a source
would want the ability to deploy all Mattis thought there was anything innate Secretary Robert Work instructing the with knowledge of the situation.
available troops. about being a woman or LGBT that would service secretaries and chiefs of The LGBT movement leadership
Meanwhile, GLAD and the National disqualify them from serving in a lethal the armed services to assess the knew what was going on but tried to
Center for Lesbian Rights led a Doe v. force, Mattis said, No, The Hill reported. militarys readiness to begin accepting keep everything quiet. We were trying
Trump lawsuit on Aug. 9 in federal court We are heartened by Gen. Mattis transgender applicants on July 1, 2017. desperately to get to May 31 because
in D.C., seeking an injunction against stated commitment during his testimony Their assessments are due May 31. we knew at that point the accessions
Trumps directive to reinstate a ban. not to reverse the profound progress The personnel policies of this policy would be locked into place by the
President Trump is needlessly we have made in ensuring LGBT service Department are designed to enhance the Pentagon, said a source who asked to
attacking courageous transgender members and their families are able to warghting readiness and lethality of the remain anonymous. Then it was just
service members who put their lives serve our nation with pride, American force that protects our country, Work a simple matter of letting it ride until
on the line for our country, GLAD and Military Partner Association President wrote. We do not intend to reconsider Secretar Mattis signed o on it.
NCLR said in a press release. Trumps Ashley Broadway-Mack and OutServe- prior decisions unless they cause
eorts to reinstate the ban are already SLDN Executive Director Matt Thorn said readiness problems that could lessen

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Anti-LGBT groups on rise with Trump in White House

form of sex discrimination. White House for photo opportunities and session in the Oval Oce many of the same
after the U.S. House under Republican Daniel Pinello, a political scientist at special occasions. people as well as Perkins and American
control, no less rejected a narrower the City University of New Yorks John On May 3, the eve of the National evangelical leader Gary Bauer. Also in
measure to undermine transgender Jay College of Criminal Justice, is among Day of Prayer, Trump allowed into the attendance were Skyline Church Pastor Jim
service by denying military funds for those who say theres a resurgence of Oval Oce evangelical leaders many Garlow, who called being LGBT a perversity,
transition-related health care. anti-LGBT-group inuence under the of whom have anti-LGBT records and Bishop Harry Jackson, a pastor at the
Trumps declaration came after intense Trump administration. including Franklin Graham, who recently Maryland-based Hope Christian Church
lobbying by anti-LGBT lawmakers and People like Tony Perkins of the called for a boycott of the animated who attempted to stop the legalization of
groups, who threatened to withhold Family Research Council gure far more Beauty and the Beast over the inclusion same-sex marriage in D.C.
support from major defense spending prominently in White House policy making of a gay character, as well as Focus on the These Oval Oce visits say nothing
legislation unless the White House acted. now, Pinello said. Indeed, Perkins Family founder James Dobson, former about the interactions between ocials
That bill includes funds for Trumps wall personally crafted the Republican Partys Rep. Michele Bachmann and Faith & within the Trump administration and
on the U.S.-Mexico border. 2016 national platform with regard to social Freedom Coalition Chair Ralph Reed. anti-LGBT groups. Vice President Mike
Tony Perkins, president of the Family issues. President Trump is delivering on Reed, who once compared marriage Pence delivered a speech to Focus on the
Research Council, said in a statement after that documents promise through actions equality to slavery and its opponents to Family upon its anniversary, Kellyanne
Trumps announcement on transgender such as the (gestating) transgender military abolitionists, tweeted out a photo of him Conway gave a speech at the Family
service his organization would withdraw ban and the Justice Departments legal with rst daughter Ivanka Trump, who Leaders summit in Iowa and Sessions
its opposition to border wall payments. brief arguing against sexual orientation has professed to be an LGBT ally despite gave closed-door remarks to Alliance
Now that we are assured that the discriminations being encompassed within the anti-LGBT actions of her fathers Defending Freedom.
Defense Department has its scal the 1964 Civil Rights Acts prohibition of administration. Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO of the LGBT media
priorities in order, Family Research sex-based discrimination. Great to be with @realDonaldTrump @ watchdog group GLAAD, has monitored
Council withdraws our opposition to These anti-LGBT actions would IvankaTrump & VP Pence at faith advisory the level of access these groups enjoy
increasing the budget of the Department be unheard of during the Obama board meeting at the White House tonite, with Trump in the White House.
of Defense through the Make America administration, which sought over the Reed tweeted.
Secure Appropriations Act and looks course of eight years to enhance LGBT On July 10, Trump invited for a prayer
forward to seeing that legislation pass, rights and never acted to inhibit them
Perkins said. (although the progress was sometimes
Although Trump despite entreaties too slow for LGBT rights supporters
from social conservatives hasnt demanding immediate change.) To nd
signed an executive order circulating similar anti-LGBT policy, one would have
among federal agencies and advocacy to look back to the anti-gay administration
groups that would enable sweeping of former President George W. Bush, who
anti-LGBT discrimination in the name of used his bully pulpit to advocate for a
religious freedom, he did pen his name nationwide ban on same-sex marriage.
to a directive empowering U.S. Attorney Moreover, these anti-LGBT acts from
General Je Sessions to issue guidance the Trump administration subvert the will
ensuring religious liberty. of the public at large, which consistently
Critics say thats a red herring that voices majority support for LGBT rights.
could lead the U.S. government to give On the issue of transgender military
the OK for discrimination among federal service, for example, a Quinnipiac poll
contractors, private employer denial of earlier this month found U.S. voters say
family and medical leave to same-sex by a margin of 6827 percent, including
couples and federal workers refusing 5539 percent among voters in military
to process paperwork for LGBT people. households, that transgender people
Sessions had already stated the directive should be allowed to serve.
would be based on the Religious Freedom
Restoration Act, a 1993 law meant to
Also seeing a rise in inuence among
anti-LGBT groups is Heidi Beirich, Obituary
preserve the rights of religious minorities intelligence project director for the David Antony Trujillo, 52
thats now used as an excuse for anti- Southern Poverty Law Center, which has
LGBT discrimination. included groups like the Family Research
It remains to be seen when the Council and Alliance Defending Freedom David Antony Trujillo died at his home in Miami on July 22 of cancer according
administration will issue the guidance and among its list of hate groups. to his partner, Bobby Gaines, who was with him when he died. He was 52.
the nature of the policy. On his weekly There is no question that they have Trujillo was born Nov. 4, 1964 in Hawaii. His family moved to the Washington
radio show late last month, Perkins said access to this administration and are area after he nished high school in Texas. He graduated from Columbia
action would come soon and the U.S. getting policies passed that are their University in 1986 having studied economics and psychology. He studied
government will be on notice that they preference in a way that we havent seen economics in international business at Georgetown University where he
have to respect religious freedom maybe ever, Beirich said. graduated in 1991.
code for social conservatives to mean Invoking Trumps own unique He and Gaines met in Washington in 2000 and started dating in 2008, Gaines
anti-LGBT discrimination. terminology, Beirich said, If anybody is said. Trujillo battled cancer the last year of his life. He and Gaines, whod become
Also in line with the goals of anti-LGBT winning big-ly from Trumps policies, its domestic partners in 2014, were planning to wed.
groups was the recent ling by the Justice these folks, right? Its the anti-LGBT hate He died peacefully at home with his dog, Scrappy, by his side, Gaines said.
Department asserting lesbian, gay and groups and their various allies among Trujillo is survived by his parents Fermin and Cristela (Cantu) Trujillo of Silver
bisexual people have no protections conservatives. Spring, Md., brother Trini Alexander Trujillo of Hawaii, sisters Debbie Ann Young
under Title VII of the Civil Rights of Act. Trump enacts these policies amid a and her husband Jim of Baltimore and Jessica Leilani Eshghi and her husband Ali
That voluntary brief rejected a growing seemingly open-door rule at the White of Gaithersburg, Md., as well as a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
consensus among federal district courts House for social conservatives with anti- An informal beach memorial service is being planned.
and the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals LGBT records. The list is long of times JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
that sexual orientation discrimination is a when Trump welcomed them into the

18 A U G U S T 11, 2017 BA LT I MO RE N E W S
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to shows at Howard Theatre.

Trans community tackles homelessness

Im a The Baltimore Transgender Alliance (BTA) is scally sponsoring HostHome, a
transgender woman donor-powered hosting network of guests, hosts and patrons, in an eort to
and Im part of DC. address unstably housed members of Baltimores LGBT community as well as
the stigma associated with housing instability. HostHome is one of the few trans-
led tech startups in the world.
HostHome is turbo charging the informal hosting economy within the LGBT
community, said Ava Pipitone, executive director of BTA. We are already doing
Please treat me the way any this. I dont know another queer woman who hasnt had a younger sibling on
woman would want to be treated: their sofa at one point or another. We are bringing this network above ground.
with courtesy and respect. Pipitone explained that BTA will seek institutional partners for patron
Discrimination based on gender identity and
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Care giving to be discussed at Prime Timers

Monte Ephraim of Chase Brexton Health Care will be the guest speaker at
Show your support! Spread word of the #TransRespect Sundays Prime Timers of Baltimore monthly general meeting. It will take place
campaign by photographing this ad and sharing on Twitter.
beginning at 6 p.m. at St. Marks Lutheran Church, St. Paul & 20th Streets in
Last year, the Maryland Legislature joined a majority of other states in passing
the CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable) ACT. This requires hospitals
at admission to ask each patient if they would like to designate a caregiver.
Oncethat designation is made and recorded the hospital has the responsibility
to notify the designee of discharge planning and to provide instruction on the
tasks a caregiver may need to perform at home.
Ephraim will explain the act and how to take advantage of its provisions as
well as reviewing the LGBT 50+ services at Chase Brexton,
For more information, contact Ralph Welch at

Queer Love Summer Cookout set

The Baltimore Transgender Alliance (BTA) will host a Queer Love Summer
Cookout on Saturday beginning at noon at Druid Hill Parks Chinese pavilion.
There will be live music, food, games and prizes, and a welcoming environment.
Performances will include Monica Stevens, Coco Nicole, Tyger Black St. James,
Chaz Monroe, DJ Sean Smallwood and others.
Queer Love Cookout is a BTA event in collaboration with TransBaltimore and
Sistas of The T that celebrates love, life and living, KeyAyshia Tucker, operations
coordinator for Baltimore Trans Alliance and founder of Trans Baltimore, says.
We are not mourning we are coming together to celebrate life strength and

BTAC 2017! regional conference on tap

Black Transmen Inc. and Black Transwomen Inc. along with Black Trans
Advocacy, Maryland Chapter will host the BTAC2017 regional conference on
Aug. 19. The free event will take place at the Radisson Hotel Baltimore Hotel
Downtown-Inner Harbor.
Organizers welcome all transgender, gender non-conforming and allies
to nd support for your transition, build valuable relationships, expand your
impact, and have a great time with like-minded peers.
Guests should to register at
The BTAC Regional is an opportunity to strengthen community and build
relationships with family and allies, Br. Merrick Moses, chapter president, Black
Trans Advocacy/Black Trans Men, Inc, says.
For more information, contact Black Trans MD/DC at
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U.K. vending machine offers HIV testing

BRIGHTON, England A new vending machine that gives HIV test results in 15
minutes has been installed at a sauna in Brighton, a seaside resort town about
an hour south of London, the Argus, a newspaper in East Sussex, reports.
The machine, installed at the Brighton Sauna (a gay sauna) by the Martin
Fisher Foundation and BioSure, was conceived to oer convenient, condential
and discreet testing. It uses digital, touch-screen technology.
The test involves a nger prick blood sample and the user gets a result in 15
minutes. The service will be available 24 hours a day and is free.
Funding was awarded to the Brighton and Hove-based foundation by Public
Health Englands HIV prevention innovation fund. Brighton and Hove has become
the rst U.K. cities to be awarded Fast Track City status, the Argus reports.
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St. Louis trans youth clinic opens Serving the LGBT Community
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The Transgender Center of Excellence, a joint eort of the Washington University and
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St. Louis Childrens Hospital is part of a growing network of about 40 clinics nationwide
serving trans youth and their families, the Seeker reports.
Diane Ehrensaft, clinical psychologist and mental health director of the Child and
Adolescent Gender Center Clinic at the University of California, San Francisco, said that
when they rst opened their facility ve years ago, she could count on one hand the
number of clinics providing services to the transgender community, the Seeker reports.
At both the San Francisco and St. Louis clinics, adolescents have access to physicians, Cosmetic, Implants, Sleep Apnea, Sedation
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homelessness compared to their non-transgender peers. Almost half of transgender
or gender non-conforming youth aged 18-24 attempted suicide, according to the 2014
National Transgender Discrimination Survey, which is why doctors emphasize access to
mental health services.
From January to May of 2017, founder Chris Lewis and his colleagues have seen
about 70 patients through their individual practices. They estimate that by the end of
the year, they will see hundreds more through the newly opened clinic. Despite opening
only one weekago, the facility is booked through September, the Seeker reports.
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The price is right: Paid leave strengthens our families

20 years after FMLA, aware of this reality as a new mother to do not always extend equally to fathers or providing more time for physical and men-
lets take next step in my son, Coleman. Then living paycheck non-biological parents. Whether led by two tal recovery before they return to work.
to paycheck on an organizers salary, I dads, two moms, stepparents or other rela- During my tenure at the Labor Depart-
supporting workers was extremely fortunate to receive three tives, all families deserve the chance to care ments Wage and Hour Division, the agency
months of paid parental leave after Cole- for one another a point I am especially overseeing FMLA enforcement, I was proud
By MARY BETH MAXWELL man joined our family. Looking back, I aware of as the gay mom of an adopted to be part of the Obama administrations
cherish those 12 weeks not just because son. Uniform and inclusive protections for eorts to ensure the laws protections are
Its been 24 years since Congress en- of the time spent with my newborn son, paid leave can ensure that all parents have fully inclusive of LGBTQ families. But in
acted the Family and Medical Leave Act but especially since I would have been un- the opportunity to bond with their children 2017, when the U.S. remains the only devel-
(FMLA), recognizing that workers should able to take the time o amounting to and be there for them should they have to oped country not to guarantee paid leave,
not have to choose between the job they a quarter of my annual income without undergo serious medical treatment. we can do much better to support our co-
need and the family members they love. the support of paid leave. Similarly, we can also do better to stand workers, friends and loved ones.
Two decades later, millions of Americans Unfortunately, the decision to return to with LGBTQ individuals with healthcare No one should ever have to decide be-
have benetted from FMLAs guarantees. work is even harder on families undergoing needs that disproportionately impact our tween their family and their job and
From parental leave for childbirth and unexpected and even more trying circum- community. Paid leave can be a vital need nor should they feel worried about mak-
adoption to medical leave for workers, stances. In 2017, too many Americans are for transgender people undergoing surgery ing ends meet during some of lifes most
the law protects many of us during some forced to take on debt or fundraise for do- and for individuals receiving treatment for challenging situations. As I look back at
of lifes most signicant events and our nations just to cover the bills as they or a HIV & AIDS-related medical conditions; it the positive impact of the FMLA on the
families and workplaces are stronger for it. loved one ght cancer, recover from an ac- can also allow other family members or lives of millions of Americans, I also look
At the same time, we must now recog- cident, or battle serious illness, simply due caretakers to more easily support them forward to a time when we can celebrate
nize that these codied protections are not to the unpaid time away from work. during recovery. Inclusive policies can also the enactment of paid leave for all. Itll be
enough. Because FMLA leave is unpaid and LGBTQ people are especially impacted by improve quality of life for LGBTQ elders, a time when families like yours and mine
only applies to some workers, many others the lack of paid leave protections, in large who often rely on the care of non-related can feel safer, healthier and happier
are still forced to make the dicult decision part due to the wide diversity of our families. friends or neighbors. And nally, paid leave both at home and at work.
between being there for loved ones or re- For instance, while some forward-thinking can even aid survivors of domestic violence
turning to work out of nancial necessity. employers now provide paid maternity and sexual assault, both of which dispro- MARY BETH MAXWELL is HRCs senior vice
Sixteen years ago, I became especially leave for expectant mothers, these benets portionately impact LGBTQ individuals, by president for Programs, Research and Training.


Drug importation policy is a hard pill to swallow

made or if they contained the active in- and, ultimately, their lives through online Among his recommendations to be
Meds purchased online gredients I needed to eectively treat my drug purchases. proactive on the issue, Freeh urges poli-
are oftencounterfeit condition. Consider the following: The World cymakers to conduct a detailed assess-
At the time, I opted not to consult my Health Organization estimates that ment of lawenforcements readiness and
physician in the process. Due to myinsur- 10percent of medicines across the world ability to get in front of the threat thatex-
By BRANDON MACSATA ance coverage, my out-of-pocket cost was are fake. In some parts of theworld, this ists. I completelyagree with Freeh this
$1,300 during the secondmonth of treat- number is as high as 30 percent. In 2015, should be our focus.
When I rst heard the news that Con- ment. For two months, I received medica- Interpol conscatednearly 21 million fake As we strengthen our defenses, we
gress was considering legislation that tions via mail from Canada. Honestly, I medicines, a signicant increase over the must also prioritize patient educa-
would allow prescription drugs to be im- didnt even entertain the idea of whether previousyear. tionand engagement initiatives to ensure
ported from abroad, Iwas honestly quite themedicines were real or fake. As a society, why would we take our that were deterring importation fromthe
shocked. I know rsthand how such poli- Fortunately, my doctor intervened and guard down when the threat is so high?As moment of diagnosis. The reality is that a
cy can negativelyimpact consumers who advised me of the reality of what I was someone who is informed on health care number of onlinepharmacies with a Ca-
decide to purchase drugs from abroad. doing. She told me that drugs purchased issues (even at the time of mydiagnosis), nadian ag attached to them are merely
The potential consequences are quite through online channels are oftencoun- my search for Canadian pharmacies did front doors for smugglers operating in
daunting. terfeit and most likely do not contain any little to warn me against the dangers. I countries across the globe.
In 2002 (just shy of my 30th birthday), I ingredients that help patients. In many had little knowledge or available informa- There are viable ideas to combat the
was diagnosed with HIV.When my doctor cases, the ingredients can be deadly. tion when I ordered medications from rising cost of healthcare including pre-
told me the news, a hundred questions Without even knowing it, I was rollingthe Canada. scription medications but importation is
came to mind all at once. What was my dice with my health and safety. It was an Rather than open the oodgates to un- not one of them.
long-term prognosis? What types of med- eye-opening intervention and one that regulated medicines, we should bedoing Over the past two decades, weve made
ications would Ihave totake? Who could I too few patients ever experience before more to ensure the safety and integrity of signicant progress againstHIV/AIDS. To-
turn to with my questions about life with irreparable damage has beendone. our drug supply. Last month,former FBI day, there are medications avail
HIV? Without question, we need to address Director Louis Freeh released a report
What happened next directly shaped the issue of rising health care costs in highlighting the incentives that drug im-
my viewpoint of the dangers associat- the United States, which greatly contrib- portation would create for criminals who BRANDON MACSATA is CEO of The ADAP
edwith importation. utes to patients buying medicines on- are actively marketing to consumers in Advocacy Association, an organization that
I ordered medications from an online line. However, legalizing importation isnt the U.S. and the burden it would placeon promotes and enhances the AIDS Drug
Assistance Programs (ADAPs), as well as
Canadian pharmacy. To this day, I have thesolution we need. Itwill undoubtedly law enforcement who protect our drug improves access to care for persons living with
no way of knowing where the drugs were lead more patients to risk their health supply. HIV/AIDS.

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We dont need another rich businessman for president

of the United States. Hell, if the politics of thing: the future. He then borrows liber- Trump in the White House, which height-
Delaneys long-term the Democratic Party are so broken why ally from Hillary Clintons campaign when ens the need to win governorships in New
ego trip in Iowa isnt ght for its nomination? he says, We need to be smarter, fueled Jersey and Virginia in 2017 and then a
In reality, Delaney wants to weaken the by more investment in science, education host of others, state houses and the Con-
going to help anyone Democratic Party and its ability to choose and research. We need new ideas on the gress in 2018. It takes an egotist to think
its standard bearers. He introduced the future of jobs and work, one where we if he doesnt help and instead launches a
Open Our Democracy Act (H.R. 2981 in build a stronger and more vibrant middle Don Quixote like campaign for the White
the 115th Congress). This bill, which went class. We need to encourage a more just House this early that anyone will be con-
nowhere, proposed to make election day and inclusive form of capitalism and reduce vinced to vote for him in 2020. There are
a federal holiday, make all congressional barriers to small-business formation, start- a host of accomplished Democrats who
primary elections open elections so all ups, job creation, investment and growth. have served in various legislative and ex-
eligible voters can participate in them, We need to strengthen our safety-net pro- ecutive positions over the years, have a
and to end gerrymandering by requiring grams and create a new social contract. We great grasp of government and who dont
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights independent commissions to draw the need to reform the systems of education, get bored easily who will announce after
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly districts in each state. Guess he forgot health care and immigration, and encour- the 2018 elections especially if we win
for the Blade.
he won his seat because of gerrymander- age more volunteerism, impact investing back the Congress.
ing/redistricting. I would question why and public service. And we need to take af- I dont know or dislike Delaney and
We really dont need another rich busi- he wants the Democratic nomination for rmative steps to reduce our security, scal am really just using him as an example
nessman for president. Thats what I president and then wants to open up all and climate risks. This is what my campaign of what is broken about our politics. It is
thought upon learning that Rep. John K. primaries. What is the point of a political will be about. politicians looking to enhance themselves
Delaney announced he is running in 2020 party if anyone, without being a member, One reason our politics is a mess is can- and their own opportunities instead of
and in essence moving to Iowa now. can choose who will represent the party didates like Delaney who think its a game working on the things that need doing for
That belief was further strengthened in a general election? and you can buy a seat at the table or a the American people today.
looking at his website and statement, There is nothing original on Delaneys nomination. He has been in the Congress The Democratic Party isnt broken.
Why Im Running for President, By John website. A few overused platitudes and a little over four years with no real accom- There are people across the nation want-
K. Delaney. It reads, The American people then you get to read what turns out to be plishments and is clearly bored. Instead ing to work for it and with it; others want-
are far greater than the sum of our politi- the principles of the 2016 Democratic Party of announcing for president why isnt Del- ing to run under its banner. If Delaney has
cal parties. It is time for us to rise above platform. Statements like, Our govern- aney working with the various committees a lot of extra money to spend there are
our broken politics and renew the spirit ment is hamstrung by excessive partisan- nationally and locally trying to elect Demo- plenty of useful places he could choose
that enabled us to achieve the seemingly ship. We are letting critical opportunities to crats across the board if he believes in the to help strengthen the Democratic Party.
impossible. This is why I am running for improve the country pass us by. And we are party enough to want to lead it? Going on a long-term ego trip in Iowa isnt
the Democratic nomination for President not even talking about the most important We are facing a disaster with Donald going to help anyone.


Celebrating National Health Center Week the incredible need Chase Brexton lls. ate devastating eects on the health of more than 20 free elder lunch and learns
Chase Brexton joins 1,200 The call for competent, compassionate, thousands of patients with HIV. Further, on topics ranging from estate planning
sister orgs in providing care and supportive care and resources was federal protections related to sexual ori- to LGBT safety, and we oer a half-doz-
signicant because the need is signicant. entation and gender identity which were en free group meetings and community
As our nation struggles to align health built into the Aordable Care Act would events every month.
By NATE SWEENEY care needs with political designs, it is criti- all but disappear. Many of us today are concerned about
cal we remember the necessity of open, In the last 18 months, Chase Brexton whats ahead for our nation and its health
Next week, Chase Brexton Health Care welcoming care for all communities, but alone provided quality care, including care. Not only does this question con-
will join more than 1,200 sister organiza- especially LGBTQ communities that have primary care, dental, behavioral health, cern our patients who rely on this care,
tions across the country in celebration faced and continue to face signicant and social support, to approximately it concerns each of us who are a part of
of the national community health center health care obstacles. 40,000 patients. Of those patients, more the community health center system and
program, which has served more than 24 More importantly, the losses for LG- than 5,000 identify as LGB and more than who care about the stability, safety, and
million one in 15 people nationwide. BTQ individuals should ACA be repealed 2,300 identify as trans or gender-diverse. wellness of our country.
Chase Brexton has the honor of being could be signicant. Under the ACA, the Our trans youth health care program, FQHCs and community health centers
among a few historically LGBTQ commu- rate of LGBT individuals without health GenderJOY, serves 840 patients, including have existed, grown, and remained an
nity health centers to also be a Federally insurance fell from 34 percent to 11 per- patients from out of state and even in- important facet of American life through
Qualied Health Center (FQHC). As with cent, according to Out2Enroll, a national ternationally. Community Health Centers both Republican- and Democratic-majori-
every FQHC, we welcome all individuals program founded to connect the LGBT have long been on the forefront of LG- ty times, through nancial boons and cri-
with open arms. As an LGBTQ institution, community with the options oered un- BTQ care, and their array of services take ses, and through times of civil and politi-
we work to ensure our LGBTQ patients, der the ACA. a whole person approach to addressing cal uncertainty. While we are in a unique
sta and community members are given Cuts to Medicaid would leave thou- the health disparities that our communi- political time, it is imperative that we pull
the most culturally competent and rel- sands of low-income LGBTQ individuals ties face. together to access the fundamental re-
evant support. and their families without access to af- In addition to serving patients who sources that all humans deserve.
The work we do as an LGBTQ communi- fordable health care coverage. Changes seek out our care, we have reached into For more information, please visit re-
ty health center is vital. So vital, that when would reduce or eliminate protections the LGBT community and beyond to oer
our organization was struggling through against discrimination on the basis of training and education. Since its incep-
its own internal changes, our LGBTQ pa- health status, including HIV status. The tion in November 2015, our LGBT Health
tients and supporters reminded us of the loss or reduction of the Medicaid part Resource Center has trained 78 organiza- NATE SWEENEY is executive director, The
LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton
vulnerability of our LGBTQ patients and D extra coverage would essentially cre- tions and 3,853 professionals, provided Health Care.

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DNC stands with transgender Americans

he would ban transgender Americans administration has withdrawn federal latest eort by Republicans to take health
Grassroots organizing from our military without any consulta- protections for transgender students; care away from millions. Now we need to
can stop Trumps tion from military experts. theyve argued in court that a landmark summon that same energy to push back
trans military ban Like most LGBTQ Americans, I was civil rights law doesnt protect gay and against the presidents latest discrimina-
deeply saddened but not shocked by the lesbian people from discrimination in the tory actions.
presidents decision. Under President workplace; and now they want to kick as We already defeated the anti-trans
By JESS OCONNELL Obama, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter many as 15,000 capable service members Hartzler amendment with a bipartisan
welcomed trans people in the military out of the military because apparently majority last week. And if we stand to-
One of the rst campaigns I ever worked to come out of the shadows and serve these brave warriors are a burden in gether, not as Democrats or Republicans
on was in Colorado against a woman who openly. The DoD also announced it would Donald Trumps eyes. but as Americans, we can do the same to
thought nothing was more important begin studying how it could eectively in- Weve come too far to let this admin- this transgender ban.
than preventing gay people from getting corporate openly trans recruits into our istration trample on the rights of our Go to
married. She won that race. And for a ghting forces, once and for all disman- friends in the transgender community. ryban and let your member of Congress
time, she used her position of power to tling the militarys previously sanctioned We need to keep mobilizing, organizing, know that you support an amendment to
stand in the way of marriage equality. But discrimination. and lifting up the stories and voices of the National Defense Authorization Act
thanks to countless organizers and activ- More than two million Americans serve trans service members. that rearms the rights of transgender
ists who have worked over many years to in the armed forces. Some of them hap- Here at the DNC we are determined to Americans in our armed forces. Congress
advance LGBTQ rights, last fall I returned pen to be transgender, but all of them achieve equality for transgender Ameri- has the power to do what is right. But its
to Colorado to marry my wife. regardless of their gender identity cans. Our support for trans rights has up to us to hold them accountable and to
Elections always have consequences for ght every day to protect our country been enshrined in our party platform for ensure that were standing up for those
us all. Progress, if taken for granted, can and its citizens, including Donald Trump years now. And last summer, Sarah Mc- who are willing to sacrice everything to
be undone. Every day were seeing the and Mike Pence. Those soldiers deserve Bride, a transgender activist, made his- protect us.
tragic consequences of the 2016 election. better, and so do the other members of tory on stage at our national convention
With a recent tweet, President Trump the LGBTQ community who have been in Philadelphia.
used the power of the presidency to treated with nothing but hostility by this But we can always do more. Thats why
launch a new assault on the LGBTQ com- administration. Im calling on you to join me in this ght.
JESS OCONNELL is CEO of the Democratic
munity a sudden announcement that Over the past seven months, the Trump Grassroots organizing helped stop the National Committee.

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The Trump eect?


The notion that college campuses are Georgetown University, said in an e-mail
hermetically sealed bubbles cut o from that Center personnel generally does not
the rest of the world is not really true, local comment on political impact.
students and faculty say, especially when The issue also did not come up in
it comes to the Trump administration. The Best 382 Colleges, the Princetown
The Blade spoke with local LGBT folks Review annual book, just out, that uses
involved in academia to get a sense an 80-question, optional survey given
of how the White House drama has to 137,000 college students all over the
impacted local campuses. country, to rank the ve most LGBT-friendly
The biggest issue at the University of and -unfriendly colleges (Bryn Mawr is No.
the District of Columbia so far has been 1 this year; Missouris College of the Ozarks
Trumps on-again, o-again immigration is the least; several D.C.-area schools were
ban, according to Jay Jamorr Morrow, among the 382 considered but none made
the colleges webmaster and facilitator of either the best or worst list).
its LGBT support association TAG, which While the list doesnt ask questions
stands for the Alliance Group. about Trump, Rob Franek, editor-in-chief
Last semester we had a lot of dierent of the Princeton Review, says geographic
forums on immigration issues because it patterns one might guess less LGBT-
aected a lot of our students, Morrow, friendly schools in the Bible Belt, for
a lesbian, says. We had lots of students instance do tend to hold.
whose families were coming from There is a good deal of consistency,
overseas for graduation who werent sure Franek says. Several schools on our worst
theyd be able to attend. list, like Gordon College is a Christian
The travel ban went into eect June school in Massachusetts or Brigham Young
29 following a Supreme Court ruling that University in Utah or the University of
restricts travel from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Tennessee in Knoxville, its not surprising
Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days and that some of these states are more
limits all refugee admissions for 120 days. conservative or that students would be
ANDREW MAGIE (left) with JIM OBERGEFELL who visited the George Washington University LGBT
The court is expected to revisit the issue Health Policy & Practice Forum on July 11. Magie says the Trump administration has aected more religious at some of these schools.
in the fall but it allowed this scaled-back campus climate. What about Liberty University, Virginias
version to go into eect. PHOTO COURTESY MAGIE
uber-conservative Christian college where
That was, of course, after graduation Trump gave the commencement address
season, but talk of it and an earlier travel on May 13? It didnt rank high enough
ban that was in eect for a week in January, like more of those feelings just continuing. located in the District, students there are academically to qualify for Princeton
had students unnerved Morrow says. Magie hasnt declared a major but is perhaps more politically engaged than in Review consideration, Franek says. See
The mood on the George Washington considering double majoring in political other parts of the country. the full list online at princetonreview.
University campus the day after the science and physics. Because he had I would say that because Trumps com/best382.
election was just dead according so many of his general studies courses tweets are so constantly outrageous, Magie says the country is in a weird
to Andrew Magie, a 20-year-old, gay completed with AP work in high school, hes they constantly have sort of permeated time politically and that even though
Templeton, Calif., native entering his already had several political science classes. throughout the campus, Magie says. college students are young and havent
sophomore year this fall. Although hes not involved in any LGBT I hear it all the time and even in my seen as many administrations as older
He guesses the student body there is groups on campus (I helped found and classes. Theyll compare something in Americans, theres still a sense among
about 90 percent liberal and perhaps lead the gay/straight alliance in my high the course material to something Trump them that this is unchartered terrain.
10 percent middle to right politically. school and felt I had done my time in that is saying or doing. Thats been a constant Im quite independent and very much
Subsequently Trumps win had a respect, he says), this summer he did at my time at the university. in the middle politically but I dont even
stultifying eect on students, Magie says. an internship in the LGBT Health Policy Magie says there have been no consider Trump a Republican, Magie
Everyone was very down, he says. and Practice program at the school. campus demonstrations against Trump says. I think hes I dont even know
There was just a lot of sadness and anger Conversations there were often political that hes aware of, but he participated how to describe it. Its just appalling. The
on the left at the way the election ended. and almost wholly anti-Trump he says. in the Womens March and knows other stu he does doesnt even seem like real
Since then, I dont want to say theres Professors regularly use examples students who did as well. He says students policy or that theres any real foundation
been any backlash or any type of ha ha- from the current administration in class, inclined to protest are joining in the bigger to anything hes doing. All he seems to
type stu from the Republican (students). Magie says. He also says Trumps actions protests as opposed to have campus- be doing is this crazy stu just to keep
I havent felt the campus change in that and tweets have provided lots of fodder specic protests and that its not unusual himself in the media. Its almost like hes
manner. Its just that the Democrat for discussion among students and to see anti-Trump T-shirts on campus. campaigning for 2020 but right now. Its
(students) just felt a lot of hurt and anger faculty. He guesses that because George At other schools, it appears to be a really strange and kind of horrible for
and the more were seeing, like with the Washington University has a strong slightly taboo topic. Shiva Subbaraman, everyone who has to be on the wrong
trans ruling that came out this summer, its political science program and because its director of the LGBTQ Resource Center at side of what hes doing.

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GROWING UP AS capability of weathering demagogues,

Rouse said, according to the Baltimore EDUCATION made education the determining factor in
where she decided to raise her kids.

Sun. Only through exposure have they When I was young, I wasnt aware of the
been suocated. history or the notoriety associated with
Rouse wanted to capitalize on the Columbia, but I certainly took advantage
contrast between Wallace and Columbia, of the benets. My elementary school was
Respecting Rouses dream the Sun reported at the time. He asked,
This Millennial realized Phelps Luck and it was such an enriching
to grow creative, inspired, Might not this be a creative experience hometowns appeal and diverse place to get my formative
loving people for Columbia? after she left education. I had friends of all races and
Ultimately, Wallace spoke to a crowd of religions and my teachers were diverse
his Confederate ag-waving supporters, as well. This taught me from an early age
By KEVIN NAFF as Columbia residents organized a By RASHANNA LEE about being tolerant and I learned that all counter rally across town. The community people are worthy of respect, regardless
response passionate, informed, open My parents moved to Columbia in of what they look like.
The reputation of Columbia, Md., as a reects my experience growing up 1993. My mother had just graduated from As I moved on to middle and high
racially integrated place was tested early, in the new city sandwiched between Howard University and was expecting my school, the emphasis on tolerance and
just after its founding in June 1967. Baltimore and Washington. older sister. The choice to raise children in respect only intensied. I graduated from
It was one year later in June of 1968 that My parents moved to Columbia in 1974; Columbia was a deliberate, and arguably Howard High School in 2014 and one of
segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace early residents were called pioneers dicult, choice for my parents. My father the things that sticks out to me about
held a rally at Merriweather Post Pavilion in lured by Rouses grand dream of a new lived all over the world, but has deep my high school experience was how nice
support of his presidential campaign. New American city that would be a garden for roots in Boston while my mother is from (generally) everyone was to each other.
Columbia residents, including some African growing people. His vision included racial the Bronx. There were strict, zero-tolerance policies
Americans enticed to move there because integration during a tumultuous time in They struggled between the idea on bullying, and support groups like the
of founder James Rouses promise of the civil rights movement. It included all, of raising city kids like they were, or Gay-Straight Alliance and black female
integrated housing, were upset. Some called regardless of income or social status or taking advantage of the opportunities empowerment groups. The kids werent
for the rally to be cancelled. religion. In fact, many Columbia residents the suburbs oered. One of the things perfect, but I would say we accepted and
But not Rouse. worshipped in interfaith centers, in that Columbia is known for is its school encouraged individuality at the very least.
I am convinced that the fabric of which a Catholic Mass might be held down system. My mom was a rst-generation My relationship with my hometown, like
our country is so true that we have the the hall from a Jewish service at the same college graduate and for that reason she many relationships, had ups and downs.



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By JOEY DiGULIELMO How long have you been out and who If your life were a book, what would was the hardest person to tell? the title be?
I came out when I joined the Israeli ITSIK
Itsik Sayag came to Washington 10 months ago to work as a Shaliach (an army about 11 years ago. As weird as
emissary) with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washingtons Shlichim Program. it sounds, the Israel Defense Forces is If science discovered a way to change
Hes one of 16 here in a program that places young Israelis in Jewish super gay friendly. My mom was the sexual orientation, what would you
congregations in the D.C. area to teach American Jews more about Israel from hardest person to tell. do?
rst-hand perspectives. Share on Facebook.
Sayag is just starting his second 10-month term and is now at the Beth El Whos your LGBT hero?
Synagogue in Bethesda and with the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Dana International. She is an Israeli What do you believe in beyond the
Rockville, Md. This summer he was a summer counselor at a local Jewish camp. transgender singer who won the physical world?
While visiting area schools, he talks with students about gay rights, coming Eurovision Song Contest. Shes the most I believe in Hashem.
out in Israel, disability rights, society, food and pop culture and helps them colorful, stunning and joyous person.
with their Hebrew. Whats your advice for LGBT
Sayag has enjoyed noting the dierences between gay life in Washington Whats Washingtons best nightspot, movement leaders?
and his native Tel Aviv. past or present? You are amazing. Keep going! Every day
Tel Aviv is a beach town at heart and its very gay friendly, he says. So Annies! you live, you make history.
its a much less formal place. Everyone is casual and laid back. Also the party
lifestyle is more European. No one goes out until at least midnight and the Describe your dream wedding. What would you walk across hot coals
parties last all night. Im still working on nding a groom, but for?
He also says Tel Aviv has a ton of gay people, so its not unusual there. the guest of honor is my mother and My own apartment in Tel Aviv.
Because of that, you dont nd the kind of welcoming and organized community my rabbi at Beth El Congregation in
as you do in D.C., Sayag says. I really love all the activities and groups there are Bethesda, Md., Greg Harris, will ociate. What LGBT stereotype annoys you
for Jews and LGBT people in D.C. and will miss that when I leave. most?
To be a Shaliach, applicants go through a rigorous interview process. The What non-LGBT issue are you most So whos the man and whos the woman
program provides them with living accommodations. In Tel Aviv, Sayag works passionate about? in your relationship?
as a ceremony director for the Israel Defense Forces and as a writer/director Sephardic Jews in Israel and everything
for a kids TV show called Knock Knock. that is happening in Syria. My parents Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
Sayag, a 29-year-old Tel Aviv native, is single and lives in Bethesda. He enjoys grew up there and its breaking my heart. Bring It On
swimming, reading, foreign lms, language study and reading in Meridian Hill
Park in his free time. What historical outcome would you Whats the most overrated social
change? custom?
The assassination of Prime Minister Shopping at Costco, even though they
Yitzhak Rabin. have a huge department of kosher meat.

Whats been the most memorable pop What trophy or prize do you most
culture moment of your lifetime? covet?
In the 1990s, the Israeli childrens When I was in 10th grade I participated
channel was heavily inuenced by in a French talent competition on behalf
Latin America. When I discovered XUXA of the French Embassy in Israel and won
(Shusha), the childrens star from Brazil, three weeks all-inclusive in Paris. The
it was the most signicant pop moment guy who won the prize with me was a
of my life. presenter at MTV three years later.

On what do you insist? What do you wish youd known at 18?

Everything goes. When I was 18, I was a soldier. I think I
knew too much.
What was your last Facebook post or
Tweet? Why Washington?
A video of my campers (Im a counselor) Nice Jewish boys. And the incredible
at Camp Ramah D.C. practicing their community I have built here through
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Local players nd past year and my forehand has become a

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Last fall she competed in her rst Gay
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The Capital Tennis Association oers
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Its all equal to me because of the
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Washington University:
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and fall months and drill sessions for brothers. Nguyen created a software that
members in the summer months. handles registration, scheduling, proles,
This week in the ongoing Washington rankings and score lines.
Blade series spotlighting athletes in the Born and raised in Virginia Beach, he
LGBT sports community, we meet two didnt play organized sports and was
LGBT players from Capital Tennis. focused primarily on violin and piano. He
Dana Mendenhall says she was born was however, playing tennis recreationally
with a tennis racket in her hand because with his brothers. After graduating from
her father was the head tennis pro at a Virginia Tech, he moved back home with
club. Raised in Montclair, Va., she left the his parents before nally following his

sport behind in her rebellious teen years. college friends to D.C. in 2010.
She spotted Capital Tennis in its booth In 2011, Nguyen attended a speed
at Capital Pride in 2015 and after moving to dating event hosted by the D.C. Gay Flag
Alexandria, she signed up for its winter league.
I didnt have a lot interaction with the
Football League and met several players
from Capital Tennis. He signed up and

LGBT community up until that point, began playing all four tennis leagues
Mendenhall says. Being surrounded by along with going to the Gay & Lesbian
my peers made it easier and fun for me
to get back into the sport.
Mendenhall is working as a dental
assistant and taking classes at Northern
Tennis Alliance tournaments.
He lost in the rst or second round
of every tournament until having a
breakthrough in 2014 when he won three

Virginia Community College. She will tournaments and two silver medals at
move on to University of Maryland to the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland. His
pursue a degree in biology. tournament wins qualied him for a spot

She has fully integrated back into in the GLTA World Championships in
loving tennis and has played almost every Palm Springs.
day over the past year. Along with her I had always been athletic, but it took
membership with Capital Tennis she is
also playing in the Mid-Atlantic section of
me a while to gure out how to win,
Nguyen says. My mental game improved

the United States Tennis Association and and I began playing with a lot more
will compete in upcoming regionals at condence.
Virginia Beach.
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Trump-supporting Mom support an administration that is

working to implement and perpetuate
causes gay son strife discrimination against you is infuriating
and heartbreaking.
I can see some benets if you want to
stop interacting with her in the short run.
Youll be giving yourself a chance to cool
o and put a little space between you and
this painful situation.
But cutting your mother out of your
life is not an easy x, because it doesnt
MICHAEL RADKOWSKY, Psy.D. is a licensed guarantee youll stop feeling hurt and
psychologist who works with gay individuals
and couples in D.C. He can be found online being angry at her. As long as you keep
at All identifying stewing over her behavior, your blood will
information has been changed for reasons
of condentiality. Have a question? Send it to keep boiling. Moreover trying to punish her or get
her to change her mind by shutting the
MICHAEL, door on her until she joins an anti-Trump
march is unlikely to result in her re-
When is it appropriate to cut a family thinking her decision or in the two of you
member out of your life? having a loving, warm relationship down
Although it took my mom some time to the road.
come around, she has been supportive of So if you would like to be calm(er) about
my being gay over the years. Especially your mothers stance, youd be better o
considering her conservative and nding a dierent long-term path than
religious background. closing the door on her.
However, my mom voted for Trump But how to accomplish such a goal?
last November. I was furious at the time How do you make your peace with and
for many reasons, including, of course, possibly be close to someone who has
the numerous anti-gay people in his inner voted against your equality in our society?
circle. Some possibilities:
When I pushed her on her support, she Accept that your mother, like everyone
referred to Trumps having proclaimed else, is awed
his support of LGBT issues and said she Remember that your mother has her
would be rst in line to demonstrate good points
against him if he took any steps against Do your best to be respectful because
the LGBT community. This calmed me she is your mother
somewhat. Keep in mind that growth and change
Well, she has yet to don her marching are always possible
shoes. Consider that you may yet inuence
I held my tongue over Trumps your mother over time, as you have in the
demonstrations of contempt for gay past
people through such moves as his not Know that retaliating may lead your
endorsing LGBT Pride Month. But the mother to dig in her heels and justify her
latest, his tweet attempting to kick position
trans people out of the military and his For all of these reasons, you may want
Department of Justice declaring that gay to leave the door open in the long run,
rights arent covered by the Civil Rights cultivating an attitude of patience and
Act, has me newly enraged. open-mindedness while you encourage
How could my mom support this? She your mother to shift her position. This is
has not replied to this question. not easy, I know.
I dont see the point of talking to Perhaps she will come around. And
her. My blood is boiling. Whatever her perhaps she will not.
reasons for voting for this hateful bigot If she holds to her current stance, you
last November, how can she pick him may have a hard time staying in contact
over the rights, safety and well-being of with her. That would be sad, Im sure, as
her own child? you describe her having been a caring
mother up to the present.
MICHAEL REPLIES: One more thought: If you cut your mom
out of your life, youll be cooperating with
Wow. To have your own mother Trumps agenda to divide Americans.

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dinners. It was an academically challenging literature, odd names like Greco Garth
curriculum, before the days of demonizing and Deep Smoke. Neighborhoods were, As I got older, the repetitive and seemingly walk the quiet streets of Columbia I realize
education and dismissing curious students in turn, named after the authors behind predictable nature of Columbia combined that I am proof of the success of his vision.
as elitist. Teachers constantly pushed and the street names, hence Longfellow, with classic teen angst caused me to resent Growing up here has allowed me a certain
challenged us. My teachers at Hammond Dickinson and Hawthorne. the upbringing that my parents worked so sensibility and sensitivity that my friends
Sherry Conklin for English and journalism; In our cynical times, polluted with the hard to give me. I hated the familiar feeling from other towns and cities dont have or
Karen Dunlop for French; and Kathleen crass cruelty of social media attacks, of Columbia. I started going to New York dont quite understand.
Nawrocki for government and history all of this nostalgia sounds naive and City and exploring D.C. on weekends and Columbia has grown exponentially
were the best I ever encountered. Pollyanna. But it wasnt that way for I wanted a taste of metropolitan life. I since I was growing up. I can remember
There were even a few openly gay and those of us who lived it and can now look wanted to be edgier. picking pumpkins and riding horses
bisexual students, which was brave and back and appreciate the laudable goals It wasnt until the rst weekend I came on various local farms that are now
rare given the fear and hatred unleashed that Rouse set out for himself and the home from college at Penn State in townhouses or shopping centers.
by the growing AIDS epidemic. When residents of his city. central Pennsylvania that I really valued Although the size of the city has changed,
my decidedly alternative friends and I Was it perfect? Of course not. But after what I had growing up. I remember the spirit of it has not. I see bumper
delivered a choreographed performance moving away to attend college at Penn getting o Route 100 and feeling relieved stickers, ags and advertisements for
of Kung Fu Fighting at the high school State and encountering a roommate who that I entered the bubble of familiarity I community groups pledging support for
talent show complete with a drag had never met a black person, I quickly had grown to hate so much before. As I people of all walks of life.
component, no one batted an eye. I realized how lucky I was to have grown drove into my neighborhood and saw all As the world has become more open
graduated from high school in 1988, long up in Columbia. the dierent faces and types of people minded and tolerant, so has Columbia.
before the days of Gay-Straight Alliances. As Columbia celebrates 50 years, I that were able to exist in such a relatively Its a place that grounds me when my
Still, those of us who grew up in hope its current residents remember small city, I was thankful. world has become too big and I need
Columbia had friends of all backgrounds James Rouse and his vision. As Rouse put When James Rouse founded Columbia to come back down to earth. When Im
from the beginning of rst grade it, the only valid ultimate purpose of any in 1967 he had a vision. He wanted home, I see the good in people as it is
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