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Gay couple among victims in Las Vegas massacre

Mass shooting the shooting.
displaces Pulse as worst Robinson worked as a legal records
specialist for Las Vegas, according to the
in modern U.S. history Las Vegas Review Journal. Robinson went
to Basic High School and held degrees
By CHRIS JOHNSON from Nevada State College and Western International University.
His boyfriend, Robert Eardley, was also
A Utah gay couple attending the country present at the shooting and was wounded
music festival in Las Vegas where the after taking shrapnel in his back, but is
deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. expected to survive, according to KUTV.
history took place was among the victims of Eardley was quoted by local aliate FOX
the tragedy, according to local media reports. 13 as saying Robinson was an amazing,
Cameron Robinson, a 28-year-old Cedar determined, hard working man that spent
City, Utah, resident who worked in Las his life always striving to be better.
Vegas, was among the 58 people killed in He was so kind and sweet and caring,
the attack, CBS aliate KUTV reported. His Eardley said. He was quiet and shy but
sister, Meghan Ervin, is quoted as saying once you got to know him he was goofy
CAMERON ROBINSON (right) was killed in the attack on a Las Vegas country music Robinson was struck in the neck during and fun and so enjoyable. His family and
festival this week. His boyfriend, ROBERT EARDLEY (left) was wounded.


Christian Supremacist Pence on deck

A dutiful Trump servant?
dictatorship, as all about him cower, fearing his
Or Dominionist working tirades of unpredictable temperament or an
to impose religious law unleashed primary challenger.
Donald Trumps brand of preening
from the Oval Oce? narcissism and incompetence is a constant
reminder of just how far weve fallen, writes
By KAREN OCAMB Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter in the
November issue.
Next month, America faces the one-year Thank God, some say, that adult Vice
anniversary of having elected reality TV star President Mike Pence is waiting in the wings,
Donald Trump as president of the United crouching on deck to be called up to save the
States. Pundits, journalists and everyday ballgame, otherwise known as the Republic,
people worldwide are stunned and ummoxed should Trump be indicted, impeached, deposed,
Vice President MIKE PENCE has a long anti-LGBT record, prompting as each day yields a new illustration of how
fears of his inuence on President Trump.
the chronic liar is striving to normalize CONTINUES ON PAGE 16


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Comings & Goings D.C. Baptist church affirms LGBT inclusion

Fanning to lead aerospace association
Members of D.C.s First Baptist Church located at 1328 16th St., N.W., armed on
By PETER ROSENSTEIN Sept. 24 through a discernment action that LGBT members of the congregation should
be fully included and involved in the life of the church, according to a statement church
The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. ocials released last week.
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 comingsandgo- A clear majority of members present and participating in the action (78.5 percent) We also invite LGBTQ+ college students to share their successes with us. armed a statement that supported LGBT members full participation in the life of our
community, the statement says.
Congratulations to Eric Fanning who It adds that the action means LGBT members of the church would be fully eligible
will start his position as president and CEO to participate in the ordinances, blessings, benets and responsibility of church
of the Aerospace Industries Association membership including communion, baptism, marriage, ordination, parent/child
(AIA) on Jan. 1, 2018. According to the AIA dedications and all oces and positions of leadership.
website, The AIA, founded in 1919, only The statement quotes Senior Pastor Julie Pennington-Russell as saying, First Baptist
a few years after the birth of ight, is the Church has armed that being open and inclusive of all people, without exception, is
most authoritative and inuential trade part of the essential character of our community of faith. Our welcome extends to every
association representing the U.S. aerospace person, as does the welcome of Christ.
and defense industry on Capitol Hill, within It says the action on Sunday, Sept. 24, capped a years-long journey of prayer, Scripture
the administration and internationally. study and small-group discussions by the congregation over the LGBT inclusion topic.
As the voice of American aerospace and ERIC FANNING The statement, which was prepared by church member Rob Marus, concludes by
defense, AIAs strong advocacy is essential PHOTO COURTESY OF FANNING quoting church Inclusion Team member Kate Campbell as saying that the action to fully
to protecting the interests of our nation include LGBT members does not bind any other individual members conscience on
and our industry. Upon announcing Erics an issue about which they may dier, but rather requires honest commitment to life
appointment, AIA Chair Dennis Muilenburg together in the community of Christ regardless of dierences.
said, Eric is an accomplished, respected LOU CHIBBARO JR.
leader whose broad government and
national security experience will serve AIA
and its member companies well. U.S. Attorneys Office sponsors
On accepting the position, Fanning said,
The aerospace and defense industry
D.C. hate crimes forum
represents more than 2.4 million proud
workers, representing over 13 percent of The Oce of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia is inviting D.C.
the nations manufacturing force from all residents, including members of the LGBT community, to participate in an upcoming
50 states, who passionately understand CHIP WHEELER forum called Prosecuting Hate: Looking At Hate/Bias Crimes in the District of Columbia.
the gravity of their contribution to our The event is scheduled to take place Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. on the second oor of the
economy and national security. This is citys Reeves Municipal Center building at 2000 14th St., N.W.
an exciting time, and I am proud to lead A ier announcing the forum says its aim is to bring together law enforcement
AIA in its role as the voice of American aerospace and defense. ocials and the community to gain a better understanding of issues surrounding hate
Fanning is well known in Washington, D.C. He served as the 22nd Secretary crimes related to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal
of the Army providing leadership and oversight of our nations largest military appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and other categories,
service. He previously served as chief of sta of the Secretary of Defense, Acting including homelessness and physical disability.
Secretary of the Air Force and Under Secretary of the Air Force, and Deputy William Miller, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorneys Oce, said the event will consist
Under Secretary and Deputy Chief Management Ocer of the Navy. He is the of an ocial meeting of the U.S. Attorneys Hate-Bias Task Force brought directly into
only person to have held senior appointments in all three military departments the community.
and the Oce of the Secretary of Defense. During his more than 25 years of The Hate-Bias Task Force is a collaboration of agency and community partners in
distinguished government service, Fanning also worked on the sta of the the District who focus on addressing the needs of the various anity groups in the city
House Armed Services Committee, and was a special assistant to the Secretary combating hate-bias crimes, Miller told the Washington Blade.
of Defense and associate director of political aairs at the White House. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Congratulations also to Chip Wheeler, who has been appointed to the
position of Associate Director for Volunteer Recruitment and Selection at the
Peace Corps. Creating the Peace Corps was one of the signature achievements of Baltimore event raises $100K for LGBT clinic program
President John F. Kennedy. For more than ve decades, Peace Corps volunteers
in 140 countries have demonstrated ingenuity, creativity, and grit to solve critical Baltimores Chase Brexton Health Cares third annual Charm Ball on Sept. 27 raised
challenges alongside community leaders. approximately $100,000 to support its Hope Lives Here fund, which helps Chase Brexton
Prior to assuming this position with the Peace Corps, Wheeler served for the past patients with critical needs, according to a statement released by the LGBT supportive
10 years as national director, community investments, in the Oce of Corporate organization.
Responsibility at Voya Financial. He also led the Voya Foundation supporting These funds will make an immediate and signicant impact in the community we serve,
childrens education, nancial literacy and diversity. Before joining Voya Financial, said Becky Frank, Chase Brextons Vice President of Marketing and Development. Some of
he served for 10 years as vice president for private sector initiatives at Americas our patients are forced to choose between essentials such as prescriptions or groceries,
Promise Alliance, which was founded by General Colin L. Powell. she said. With our donors gracious support, we can ensure that they receive both.
In addition, he has served in leadership positions at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce The statement says more than 220 guests gathered at the B&O Railroad Museum in
Business Civic Leadership Council; as a Trustee of Americas Promise Alliance; on downtown Baltimore to attend the event, which included a dinner and dancing. It says
the board of the Association of Corporate Contribution Professionals; and on the Chase Brexton also ocially launched its 40th anniversary celebration at the event.
corporate advisory board of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The coming year will be packed with commemorative events spanning the
Wheeler is a native of St. Louis and a graduate of Texas Christian University. organizations four decades of care, all leading up to an especially distinctive retrospective
event at the fourth annual Charm Bill in September of 2018, the statement says.
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LGBT students protected under Del. anti-bias proposal

Draft policy allows trans bathroom that corresponds to their gender
kids to use bathrooms identity.In a July 17 memorandum, Delaware
Gov. John Carney (D) directed the states
matching gender identity education department to develop the school
nondiscrimination policy and called for it to
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. be published for public comment by Nov. 1. The department appears to have
completed that task on Sept. 26, when
In a little-noticed development, the Delaware it posted the draft policy and regulation
Department of Education last month released documents on its website. It also
a draft model anti-discrimination policy for the announced that the department was
states public and charter schools that includes holding community conversation
strong protections for LGBT students. meetings this week in each of the states
Among other things, the proposed three counties and the city of Wilmington to
policy and an accompanying draft obtain public input on the two documents.
regulation would require schools to work Every student should be able to learn, Delaware Gov. JOHN CARNEY directed the states education department to develop the school
with students and families on providing achieve, and grow without unlawful nondiscrimination policy.
access to locker rooms and bathrooms discrimination based on their appearance,
that correspond to the students gender gender, race and/or ethnicity, gender
identity or gender expression. identity or expression, sexual orientation, discrimination law that, among other attorney and Equality Delaware ocial
In the area of team sports in the states or any other protected characteristic, categories, bans discrimination based on Mark Purpura and Wilmington activist
public and charter schools, the draft regulation Carney said in his July 17 memo. sexual orientation and gender identity. Andrea Rashbaum, who is the mother of
states, A student shall have the opportunity to I hereby direct the Department, in The Delaware education departments a transgender high school student.
participate on the team that is consistent with conjunction with stakeholders across our website shows that Carney appointed Also named to the advisory panel
the students gender identity regardless of the state, to promulgate, through regulation, a 15-member Anti-Discrimination was Cape Henlopen School District
students assigned sex at birth. clear guidance to our school districts and Development Team consisting of community Superintendent Robert Fulton, whose
Despite this language, Alison May, a charter schools to prohibit discrimination advocates and public school ocials from district includes schools in the cities of
spokesperson for the state Department in educational programs, and activities for across the state to review, advise and provide Lewes and nearby Rehoboth Beach,
of Education told the Blade in an email on students, on the basis of any legally protected feedback on the draft anti-discrimination where large numbers of LGBT people live
Wednesday, Neither the draft regulation characteristic, Carney states in the memo. regulation and model policy. and visit in the summer months.
nor the draft model policy requires that Although he didnt say so directly, Carney Among those Carney appointed to the
students be allowed to use a locker room or was referring to the states sweeping anti- advisory body are Delaware gay rights CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM

Lesbian activist Moregan Zale dies at 73

Former D.C. resident
Moregan continually worked for gay Girl Scouts, and kids birthday parties,
worked as clothing designer rights and womens liberation, Schimmel said Schimmel.
said, becoming an activist for marriage Along the way in her wide range of
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. equality long before the U.S. Supreme activities Zale lived and worked out of Court ruling making same-sex marriage a houseboat moored in a harbor in San
the law of the land. Diego; moved in with friends on an 1,800
Veteran lesbian activist Moregan Q. Schimmel said she and Zale liked to acre farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains in
Zale, a former D.C. area resident whose boast that they were married three Virginia, where they created a lesbian
career included work as a clothing times before same-sex nuptials became community in four rented farmhouses.
designer, seamstress, upholsterer, legal in the U.S. The rst was in 1987 in It was at the farmhouse in Virginia
sewing teacher and amateur stand- D.C. as part of a mass demonstration where Zale and Schimmel met and fell in
up comic, died April 16 at a hospice in of 3,000 gay or lesbian couples taking love, Schimmel recalled.
Danbury, Conn. marriage vows on the weekend of a In keeping with her avocation as
P.J. Schimmel, her partner and wife national gay rights march on Washington. sometimes stand-up comic Zale in the
of 36 years, said she had been suering In 2001 the two traveled to Vermont for last months of her life wrote a Cross-
from cancer and other ailments. a civil union, which the state had recently Over Comedy, telling what was funny
The couple lived in Arlington, Va., for legalized, Schimmel said. Then nally in MOREGAN Q. ZALE about being told she had a terminal
more than 20 years, where Zale operated 2003 they traveled to Canada to be legally illness, Schimmel said. We read some of
an antiques and upholstery business in married being able to do so in Connecticut. and organized a lesbian fashion show at it at her After-Party celebrating her life,
Virginia before they moved to the Norwalk, Zale was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1943, her Manhattan loft, which was featured in Schimmel says in her write-up.
Conn., area in 1993, where they remained where she went to public schools and DYKE magazine, according to Schimmel. Along with sharing our life together,
until the time of Zales death in April. attended Brooklyn College. A short time At the age of 62 she went back to college Moregans passion was creativity,
Zales involvement in the LGBT rights later she became one of the rst women to study early childhood education and Schimmel said. She loved people, but
movement dates back to 1970, according to go to an upholstery trade school in reinvented herself with a new business wore her heart on her sleeve and would
to Schimmel, when she marched in New York City, Schimmel said. called Sew Create & Celebrate, teaching sometimes get mad at the world. She had
the rst Christopher Street Liberation As a young girl, her grandmother sewing to kids and adults, Schimmel recounts a great joie de vivre and enthusiasm and
Day march in New York City that taught her the basics of sewing, Schimmel in a write-up on her wifes varied career. will be missed by many.
commemorated the rst anniversary of noted. In the 60s and 70s she designed She taught thousands to sew, both at Vale is survived by Schimmel, her son
the Stonewall Riots. and made custom clothing for lesbians her studio and at after school programs, and a grandson.

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White House invokes religious

freedom to defend anti-gay nominee

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS invoked religious freedom to defend an anti-gay nominee. TOM PRICE resigned amid scandal over use of private planes.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders invoked religious freedom on
Monday to defend one of President Trumps judicial nominees who has faced criticism LGBT groups cheer Prices
for her views, including opposition to same-sex marriage.
Sanders made the remarks in response to a question from The Heritage Foundations resignation as health secretary
Daily Signal, which asked if the White House is concerned about criticism in Congress
and the media over Amy Barrett. Trump nominated her for a seat on the U.S. Seventh LGBT groups were among those cheering the news last week that Secretary of
Circuit Court of Appeals. Health & Human Services Tom Price resigned from his post amid scandal over
We certainly support religious freedom and would ask that Congress also support using more than $500,000 in taxpayer dollars for private jets.
that as well, Sanders said succinctly. Although the cited reason for his resignation was the scandal, Price exits in
Although Sanders was responding to a question about Barrett in particular, her the aftermath of several congressional attempts to repeal the Aordable Care
response could have applied to any number of Trump nominees with anti-LGBT records. Act, which provides health insurance for an estimated 20 million people, and
Among them is Je Mateer, whom Trump nominated for a federal judgeship in Texas. accusations the Trump administration is sabotaging the law.
A CNN report revealed 2015 comments in which Mateer endorsed widely discredited David Stacy, the Human Rights Campaigns director of governmental aairs,
ex-gay conversion therapy, opposed same-sex marriage and called transgender kids said in a statement Prices actions had a signicantly negative impact on the
part of Satans plan. health of LGBT people.
The White House brieng room exchange follows a New York Times article published We welcome Tom Prices resignation because he jeopardized the health and
last week about concerns over ties Barrett has to a Christian group called People of well being of LGBTQ people and other marginalized communities, Stacy said.
Praise, which teacheshusbands are the heads of their wives and should take authority Americans deserve a secretary of Health and Human Services who will stand
over the family. up for them and look out for their best interests no matter who they are, where
As noted in the article, Barrett faced intense questioning over her religious views from they come from or whom they love.
Democrats during her conrmation hearing. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said, When Prior to joining the Trump administration, Price had built an anti-LGBT record
you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within as a U.S. House member representing Georgia in Congress.In 2006, he voted for
you. Social conservatives have interpreted that line as an attack on Barretts faith. a U.S. constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage
Barrett has voiced anti-LGBT views on at least one occasion that would be consistent throughout the country. Price also voted against hate crimes protections
with Catholic Church dogma. In 2015, Barrett co-signed a letter by the Ethics & Public legislation, Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal and a version of the Employment Non-
Policy Center for Catholic Women stating opposition to same-sex marriage just months Discrimination Act.
after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality nationwide. In 2013, Price participated ina conference call hosted by Tea Party Unityand
We give witness that the Churchs teachings on the dignity of the human person said a caller was absolutely right about the potential of negative health and scal
and the value of human life from conception to natural death; on the meaning of human impact of legislation promoting LGBT rights.The caller was Rabbi Noson Leiter,
sexuality, the signicance of sexual dierence and the complementarity of men and who attributed the arrival of marriage equality in New York to Hurricane Sandy.
women; on openness to life and the gift of motherhood; and on marriage and family Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO of GLAAD, cited Prices anti-LGBT record in a statement
founded on the indissoluble commitment of a man and a woman provide a sure celebrating the resignation of Price.
guide to the Christian life, promote womens ourishing, and serve to protect the poor After decades of targeting marginalized communities for his own prot,
and most vulnerable among us, the letter says. karma nally caught up with Tom Price, Ellis said. Its a relief that an anti-
Barrett also has invoked the ire of progressive groups by saying abortion is always LGBTQ activist likePricewas removed from the Trump Administrations highest
immoral, coming out against the contraception mandate under the Aordable Care ranks, but LGBTQ Americans must remain vigilant and prepare for the next
Act and criticizing U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts for allowing the individual mandate nomination as they could bring the same discriminatory agenda as the rest of
in Obamacare to stand as a tax. Also at issue is an article in which she argued Catholic the presidents picks.
judges must recuse themselves in death penalty cases because their religious faith CHRIS JOHNSON
conicts with the law.

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Natl trans group launches

political arm to impact elections
A leading national transgender group has
launched a political arm aimed at electing
candidates to advance transgender rights.
The National Center for Transgender
Equality, which has existed since 2003
as 501(c)(3) lobbying group, announced
its new 501(c)(4) at an event Tuesday
evening at the D.C.-based law rm of
Squire, Patton, Boggs.
Mara Keisling, executive director of the
National Center for Transgender Equality
GREGORY ANGELO, president of Log Cabin Republicans, defended the administrations vote.
Action Fund, said during the event
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY the new political arm will foster a new
direction for the organization.
Were really here to serve to trans
White House: Vote people, were here to take action, to get
things done, hold people accountable
against UN death penalty and move the ball forward, Keisling said.
Things are scary right now, trans people
The National Center for Transgender Equality
endorsed DANICA ROEM.

resolution not about gays and our children are being attacked
everywhere, but I promise you we have

not come this far to only come this far.

The Trump administration is pushing back against criticism over its vote at the Were still moving forward.
United Nations against a resolution repudiating the death penalty, saying the Already the organization has made three endorsements upon its debut. One is Danica
move wasnt about the application of the punishment to same-sex relationships. Roem, a Virginia transgender journalist seeking to replace anti-LGBT Del. Bob Marshall
A White House National Security Council spokesperson said Tuesday the vote in his seat representing the states 13th district in the House of Delegates. Roem could
against the measure is consistent with other U.S. votes at the United Nations be the rst openly transgender person to be elected and serve in a state legislature.
against the death penalty resolution in previous administrations. The other two candidates are running for Minneapolis City Council. One is Andrea
The United States unequivocally condemns the application of the Jenkins, running to represent Ward 8 on the city council, and the other is Phillipe
death penalty for homosexuality, blasphemy, adultery and apostasy, the Cunningham, whos running to represent Ward 4. Both candidates could be the rst
spokesperson said. As in years past, we voted against this resolution because openly transgender people elected to city council in a major U.S. city and Cunningham
of broader concerns with the resolutions approach to condemning the death would be the rst openly transgender man to hold public oce anywhere nationwide.
penalty in all circumstances. Additionally, the organization launched two new initiatives aimed at enhancing the
The NSC spokesperson referred the Blades additional inquiries to the U.S. voices of transgender people. One is Voices for Trans Equality, which seeks to train
mission at the United Nations, which didnt immediately respond to a request trans people to be better advocates for trans rights. The other is Families for Trans
for comment. Equality, which seeks to work with families with trans youth.
As reported by the Washington Blade, the resolution condemns use of the The organization also launched the National Council of Advisors, which seeks to solicit
death penalty for those found guilty of committing consensual same-sex sexual input from local transgender leaders across the nation.
acts. The resolution passed by a 27-13 vote margin. The United States joined Ra Freedman-Gurspan, director of external relations for the National Center for
Saudi Arabia and others in voting against the measure. Transgender Equality, said the new eorts will amplify the voices of trans people.
But the measure also broadly condemns the death penalty which is Were going to send out our storytellers so they can help change the narrative thats
practiced in the United States, unlike many other developed countries as out there, Freedman-Gurspan said.
unfairly used against marginalized groups. The multi-faceted resolution calls on CHRIS JOHNSON
countries to adopt protocol aimed at abolishing the death penalty, welcomes
countries that have placed a moratorium on the punishment and condemns its
use against the underaged, the mentally ill or pregnant women. Court upholds ruling for Miss. anti-LGBT law
An LGBT Republican group maintains characterizing the resolution as a
measure against the death penalty for gays is o base. A federal appeals court announced last week it wouldnt reconsider a ruling upholding
Gregory Angelo, president of Log Cabin Republicans, said he spoke with U.S. a sweeping anti-LGBT religious freedom law in Mississippi although one judge
staers at the United Nations who informed him U.S. votes against resolutions penned a stinging dissent over the refusal.
repudiating the death penalty are nothing new. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider the ruling issued in June by
The gist of the resolutions is in opposition to domestic interests and even a three-judge panel on the court upholding the law.The panel found the plaintis in the
United States law when it comes to application of death penalty in all 50 states, consolidated cases one led by Campaign for Southern Equality, the other by the Joshua
and the United States has consistently voted against this resolution, Angelo said. Generation Metropolitan Community Church and 13 Mississippi ministers lack standing
Angelo cited additional U.S. votes against similar resolutions repudiating the to challenge on the basis it violated the Establishment Clause under the First Amendment.
death penalty: One in 2007 under the George W. Bush administration as well The recorded vote against a rehearing of the decision was 12-2. Among those who
as two votes during the Obama administration one in 2010, another in 2014. dissented was U.S. Circuit Judge James Dennis, a Clinton appointee who said the court
As evidence previous administrations have taken similar positions, Angelo has abdicated its mandate to decide the substantive claims raised by the plaintis.
pointed to a news item from 2014 during the Obama administration referencing Respectfully, the panel opinion is wrong; the plaintis have standing to challenge
a U.S. vote against a resolution calling for a moratorium on the death penalty HB 1523 under Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals precedents, Dennis writes. The
The only dierence in the most recent resolution, Angelo said, was a reference panel opinion misconstrues and misapplies the Establishment Clause precedent, and
to a new U.N. secretary generals report saying the death penalty is used to its analysis creates a conict between our circuit and our sister circuits on the issue of
target gays, people suspected of being gay and those in same-sex relationships. Establishment Clause standing.
This was not a standalone resolution on whether or not the United Nations Even though plaintis arent challenging a religious display set up by a government
and its members supported use of the death penalty against gay individuals, actor, which is sometimes forms the basis for Establishment Clause lawsuits, Dennis
Angelo said. writes under the anti-LGBT law the stigmatic harm suered by non-adherents is
CHRIS JOHNSON sucient to establish an injury-in-fact.
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Citys Pride parade in July and Vice President Isabel de Saint Malo are among the
Gay lawyer spearheads Panama ocials who publicly support marriage rights for same-sex couples.

same-sex marriage efforts

Chanis said the Panamanian Roman Catholic Church and evangelical groups have
spearheaded the opposition to the issue. He noted to the Blade that President Juan
Carlos Varela who is Catholic has never gone all the way to say yes or no to
marriage equality but irted with the idea of civil partnerships for same-sex couples
during an interview.
He didnt restate it, said Chanis. You can feel he is open to something. Hes not
against it, thats for sure.
Chanis specically applauded Castillo for her support, noting she is a U.N. ambassador
to stop discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS. He told the Blade a video that
showed a mother abusing her 5-year-old son because she thought he was gay prompted
her to endorse marriage rights for same-sex couples.
She was like, What the fuck? This is our country. This is not acceptable, said Chanis.
Castillo is among those who have appeared in a campaign in support of marriage
rights for same-sex couples.
I always felt she was very human, she was very kind and real, said Chanis. Shes
controversial, thats for sure, generally speaking because of her stance on many issues.
On this specically she has become a face, a leader who took a risk and owned it.
A spokesperson for Castillos oce told the Blade earlier this month in an email that
she was not available for an interview.

IVN CHANIS BARAHONA is a gay Panamanian lawyer who is spearheading eorts to extend
marriage rights to same-sex couples in his Central American country.


PANAMA CITY A gay Panamanian lawyer who once lived in D.C. is leading eorts to
extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in his country.
Ivn Chanis Barahona is working on behalf of a gay couple legally married in the U.K.
who is seeking formal recognition of their marriage in Panama. He is also among the
lawyers litigating a second lawsuit challenging the provision of Panamanian law that
bans same-sex couples from marrying.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in both lawsuits over the summer. They
have been combined into one case.
Chanis told the Washington Blade on Sept. 26 during an interview at a Panama City
coee shop the judge who heard the lawsuits will share his ruling with the eight other
judges who sit on the court. He said he remains optimistic, even though its unclear
when the Supreme Court will release its decision.
We did a really good job, Chanis told the Blade. We have a really solid case.
Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry, and Hunter T. Carter of the New York
City Bar Association, who works with advocates throughout Latin America who are
seeking marriage rights for same-sex couples in their respective countries, are among
those who led amicus briefs in support of the plaintis. Chanis also noted the Supreme A law that allows same-sex couples to marry in Germany took eect on Oct. 1, 2017.
Court received amicus briefs from Herman Duarte of Fundacin Igualitos in Costa Rica

Carlos Ernesto Gonzlez is the lawyer from Morgan & Morgan, which is Panamas
largest law rm, who specically represents the plaintis in the marriage cases. Chanis,
who is not formally aliated with Morgan & Morgan, is working pro bono on them. German same-sex marriage law takes effect
If they decide strictly on the law, were supposed to win, said Chanis, referring to the
Supreme Court. A law that allows same-sex couples to marry in Germany took eect this week.
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights in 2012 ruled in favor of Karen Atala, a The lower house of the German Parliament, which is known as the Bundestag,
lesbian judge from Chile who lost custody of her three daughters to her ex-husband on June 30 approved the measure by a 393-226 margin.
because of her sexual orientation. The landmark decision established a legal precedent Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against the bill, even though her position on
throughout Latin America. whether to allow a vote on it changed. The Social Democratic, Green and Free
The Mexican Supreme Court cited the Atala case in a 2013 ruling that found a Oaxacan Democratic Parties all back marriage rights for same-sex couples in the country.
law against same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Same-sex couples can legally marry in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark,
The Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation, a Chilean LGBT advocacy the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Portugal, Malta,
group, in 2012 led a lawsuit with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Gibraltar, Guernsey, England, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Ireland, the Faroe
behalf of three same-sex couples who are seeking marriage rights. Chilean President Islands and Iceland. President Trump last month nominated Ric Grenell a gay
Michelle Bachelet last month introduced a same-sex marriage and adoption bill as part foreign policy expert who is a former chair of the California chapter of Log Cabin
of an agreement it reached with the group in June 2016. Republicans to become the next U.S. ambassador to Germany.
If they decide strictly on the law, were supposed to win, Chanis told the Blade, MICHAEL K. LAVERS
referring to the Panama Supreme Court.
Panamanian First Lady Lorena Castillo who was the grand marshal of Panama

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Still no motive in Las Vegas mass shooting

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 The shooter identied as Stephen aected are in our thoughts and prayers. Somewhere, the prole tells us, there is
Craig Paddock, 64 red from the 32nd Trump traveled to Las Vegas on Wednesday. another disaected, angry man, likely
friends meant the world to him. His oor of a Las Vegas casino upon an The death toll of 58 surpasses the with a history of domestic violence who is
loss will leave a scar on us all. He will be outdoor country music festival below as shooting at Pulse nightclub in 2016 that building an arsenal like the one reportedly
missed greatly. singer Jason Aldean performed. left 49 dead and 53 wounded at the hand in the shooters room as he slaughtered
A GoFundMe page has been established As of Wednesday, there was still no of Omar Mateen. people from his balcony. His twisted
to pay for Robinsons funeral expenses. indication of the motive for the shooting. Terry DeCarlo, executive director of sense of masculinity and entitlement
As of Tuesday evening, the page had The Department of Homeland Security the Orlando LGBT Center, said on his coupled with an internet that feeds his
raised more than $16,000. reportedly said there was no specic Facebook page his oce stands ready to petty grievances into a noble mission in
Today we lost an amazing friend, son, credible threat involving other public assist his local community reacting to the his deluded mind.
brother, uncle, cousin, coworker and venues in the United States. Las Vegas incident. Smith added the shooting
boyfriend to the senseless, horrible tragedy Images of the shooters room were Know that The Center is working on contributes to the sense of frustration
of the Las Vegas shooting. the page says. released Tuesday showing a cache of getting counselors to our oces, if you with federal lawmakers over inaction in
He was full of life and love and so much semi-automatic weapons that were need to speak to someone after this response to repeated mass shootings
passion. He loved his family, friends and modied to become fully automatic. mornings horric events in Las Vegas, we in the United States.
everyone he came in contact with. According to CNN, law enforcement will be making them available to you.... Had everyone at the concert been
According to the page, Robinson ocials found Paddock dead inside his stay tuned and we will release times very armed they could not have stopped
enjoying cooking, entertaining, running room at the Mandalay Bay hotel after he soon! DeCarlo said. ORLANDO STANDS killing, Smith said. He opened re at his
marathons, traveling, going camping, apparently killed himself. WITH LAS VEGAS!!! leisure from a tactically superior vantage
boating and being outdoors. White House Press Secretary Sarah Nadine Smith, executive director of point. More guns arent making us more
Between his love to cook and amazing Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Equality Florida, called the shooting safe. More military-style weaponry is
dance moves there was always good Monday morning President Trump has been another horric, inevitable, preventable, killing us with regularity. Im heartbroken
times, the page says. He was such a briefed on the horric tragedy in Las Vegas. senseless tragedy. about Las Vegas. But right now all I can
caring, giving and loving man. Cameron, We are monitoring the situation closely Pulse has been eclipsed as the feel is rage at the predictability of it and
you will be greatly missed. We love you and oer our full support to state and worst mass shooting in U.S. history, the utter failure of our leaders to do a
so much! local ocials, Sanders said. All of those Smith said. And this one will be too. damn thing.

Grosso seeks to decriminalize sex work in D.C.

Repeal measure, the LGBT Community, said their respective
backed by LGBT groups, groups strongly support Grossos bill.
The criminalization of sex work
arrives this week disproportionately aects the LGBTQ
community, specically LGBTQ people of
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. color, the Anti-Violence Project told the Blade in a statement.
When sex work is criminalized,
At least three prominent local LGBT sex workers experience high rates of
organizations have expressed support for violence, both from customers and
a bill D.C. Council member David Grosso from law enforcement, the statement
(I-At-Large) was scheduled to introduce says. Furthermore sex workers who
on Thursday calling for decriminalizing experience violence are less likely to
prostitution in the District. report these instances of violence and are
Grossos bill, the Reducing not able to receive victim services due to
Criminalization to Improve Community D.C.s current laws, it says
Safety and Health Act of 2017, would GLAA has opposed criminalization
repeal all current D.C. laws that call for of sex work for many years now, with
criminal penalties for commercial sex work Council member DAVID GROSSOs bill would repeal all current D.C. laws that call for criminal the understanding that these laws
engaged in by consenting adults. It would penalties for commercial sex work engaged in by consenting adults. disproportionately impact groups that are
cover sex workers and their customers. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID GROSSO already facing discrimination, especially
Grosso told the Washington Blade people of color, gay and trans people,
he began to seriously consider immigrants, and people with criminal
decriminalization legislation after several So what Im saying is our current policy illegal to engage in human tracking or convictions, Bagal said.
prominent human rights organizations, of criminalization of sex work hasnt worked to force or coerce someone to engage in We believe that removing criminal
including Amnesty International, for the District of Columbia, he continued. sex work against their will. penalties for consensual sex work
announced support for decriminalization It hasnt worked for sex worker rights. It All were doing is removing the between adults will improve public health
of sex work as a means of protecting the hasnt worked for human rights. And it criminal penalties for consensual sex and safety, protect sex workers, and
human rights of sex workers. hasnt worked for our neighborhoods. work between adults, he said. There are enable us to better address violence and
I feel like weve tried for a long time Grosso said removing criminal still even penalties for sex in public. You human tracking, he said.
to solve the issues that come with the sanctions against sex workers would also wouldnt be able to do that. We are denitely in support of
prohibition of sex work in the District improve public health and safety for them Ruby Corado, executive director of the legislation that is addressing the
of Columbia, Grosso said. We have and put the city and police in a better D.C. LGBT community services center Casa incarceration of young people who are in
lots of issues with our streets, with position of addressing serious crimes of Ruby; Guillaume Bagal, president of the D.C. a survival mode, said Corado, who noted
neighborhoods, with people being violence, including human tracking. Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance; and Josh Casa Ruby supports the Grosso bill.
unhappy because of cars being parked in He said his legislation absolutely Eisenstat, co-chair of the D.C. Anti-Violence
certain places and things like that, he said. would leave in place all laws that make it Project, a program of the D.C. Center for

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Critics fear inuence of Dominionist Mike Pence

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01 a massive backlash, including pressure
from the NBA, which basketball-loving
resign or any other myriad of fantasies Hoosiers could not abide, Pence backed
Trump despisers dream about. But o a bit, but never renounced the
Pence who identies as a Christian, ideology that guided his pen.
a conservative and a Republican, in that In 2000, while serving as a
order knows his place, serving as a representative in the 107th Congress,
submissive Christian good wife, supporting Pence said: Homosexuality is
Trump adoringly, no matter what. incompatible with military service
But whether the one-time presidential because the presence of homosexuals
aspirant is biding his time or dutifully in the ranks weakens unit cohesion. No
following an assignment, in reality, surprise, then, when Trump-whisperer
Pence is the tip of the spear for religious Mike Pence was the exclamation point
extremist Christian warriors who now at the long sentence written by religious
occupy a place in the Oval Oce. right buddies Tony Perkins, head of the
And while Trump may have initially Family Research Council, Ralph Reed,
disparaged having this less than macho- chair of the Faith & Freedom Coalition,
macho man as his running mate, he has and an assortment of other Christian
since seen the light. White evangelicals right politicos secretly writing policy,
voted for him overwhelmingly, by 80 including the surprising directive to end
percent or more, and have stuck by him. open transgender service in the military.
Is Vice President Mike Pence directing anti-LGBT policy in the White House?
Plus, they make him feel special. Why else Pence made that call to Air Force One
would a self-proclaimed germaphobe let that got Trump to tweet out the new PHOTO BY GAGE SKIDMORE

so many strangers lay hands on him as policy, according to a White House source
he bows his head over the Resolute desk, familiar with the chain of events.
promising them more religious liberty. Missouri Republican Rep. Vicky Though Trump may simply be swayed by inuenced politicians and public ocials
Many right-wing Christians have Hartzler and California Republican Rep. the evangelical infatuation with him as at all levels of government and who even
convinced themselves that he is a leader Duncan Hunter got their inaccurate their leader, Pence and the evangelicals after leaving oce, shape our political
in the tradition of Cyrus the Great or King claims about the $1 billion cost of gender he hangs with have a profoundly discourse. Roy Moore, the elected Chief
David who, while being deeply awed, reassignment surgery from Peter Sprigg, deeper commitment to their version of Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court,
can be used as an instrument of Gods Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Christianity known as Dominionism. has been a rallying gure for dominionists
will, writes Salon political writer Chauncey Family Research Council. When they Though there are dierent strains of all stripes for the better part of two
Devega. Christian evangelicals rejection of failed to get their legislation passed, they of this spiritual warfare, it still aims decades, he continued, about the
empirical reality and their habituation into went to Freedom Caucus head Rep. Mark at theocracy and religious freedom, controversial populist who just won the
believing the absurd and the fantastical Meadows (R-N.C.), who attends a weekly which strategists want to exploit as a Alabama Republican primary with help
mates perfectly with the zealotry of the congressional Bible study with Pence weakness in constitutional democracy. from alt-right leader, Steve Bannon.
broader American right, which viewspolitics and other Christian rightists, to get into The idea that Christians have a sacred Others at the top of recent American
as a form of religious fundamentalism. Pences oce. But Perkins and company duty to get involved in politics, the law political life have included Sarah
Trump is a Trojan horse for a cabal of had been pressing Trump since June and media, and otherwise bring their Palin, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry,
vicious zealots who have long craved an 2016 about how the military is no place inuence to bear in dierent public Mike Huckabee, and Newt Gingrich.
extremist Christian theocracy, and Pence for social experimentation, according to spheres is the animating principle behind Other prominent elected ocials
is one of its most prized warriors, Jeremy the Washington Post, so he wasnt averse the religious right, Religious Right in the dominionist camp include Lt.
Scahill wrote right after the 2016 election to the idea. watcher Sarah Posner wrote in Salon in Gov. Dan Patrick (R-Texas), Gov. Sam
in an article for The Intercept entitled I think the military suspending 2011 about the dominionist strategy. If Brownback (R-Kan.), Sen. James Lankford
Mike Pence Will Be The Most Powerful transgender [people] from the military you attend a Values Voters Summit, the (R-Okla.), and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).
Christian Supremacist in U.S. History. shows the inuence of the religious annual Washington confab hosted by Trump recently nominated Brownback,
Pence has been a reliable stalwart right, Heidi Beirich, a researcher at the Family Research Council, youll hear one of the most anti-LGBT politicians, as
throughout his public life in the cause of the Southern Poverty Law Center speakers urging young people to go into the Ambassador-at-Large for International
Christian jihad never wavering in his toldNewsweek. media, or view Hollywood as a mission Religious Freedom, where he will
commitment to America-First militarism, The SPLC has identied 45 eld. Thats because they insist these spread the Pence policy about religious
criminalizing abortion, and utter hatred organizations it classies as anti-LGBT institutions have been taken over by freedom and religious persecution
for gay people (unless they go into hate groups spread across the country, secularists who are causing the downfall of around the globe. Indeed, even after he
conversion therapy to change their sexual dedicated to waging what Focus on the America with their anti-Christian beliefs. resigned, Health and Human Services
behavior, which Pence has suggested the Family founder[James] Dobson described Another Religious Right watcher, Frederick Secretary Tom Price, left behind a draft
government pay for), Scahill writes. as a second civil war to put control of the Clarkson, a senior fellow at Political strategic plan replete with references
As governor, Pence opposed legislation U.S. government in the right handsthe Research Associates, says the religious to faith or faith-based organizations,
to add LGBT people to hate crime laws and hands of those who reject LGBT rights, movement should be taken seriously. according to a Politico report Oct. 3.
tried to block federal HIV funding without Newsweek reported last July. Dominionism is the theocratic idea that Pence often joined Price, Speaker Paul
a warning label opposing same-sex Perkins conrmed this in an interview regardless of theological camp, means, Ryan, House Financial Services Chairman
relationships. Pence became infamous with the Christian Broadcasting Network. ortimetable, God has called conservative Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) for weekly Bible
for signing Indianas Religious Freedom Trump is committed, along with the Christians to exercise dominion over study sessions, the Associated Press
Restoration Act (RFRA) into law in 2015, Republican Party platform, that the society by taking control of political and reported last year. Mike Pence is a
which would have allowed discrimination social engineering that has been in our cultural institutions. The term describes House man. He cares about us and he
based on sexual orientation and gender military that the previous administration a broad tendency across a wide swath of will make sure that we are in the loop,
identity. The signing ceremony featuring foisted upon the military would stop, American Christianity, Clarkson wrote said Rep. Jack Carter (R-Texas) who
a bevy of conservative religious leaders Perkins said after Trump announced the on in August 2016. also attended Bible study with Pence.
has become an iconic symbol of Pences ban. Thats what hes doing. Hes only There are untold numbers of
penchant for all things anti-LGBT. After doing what he committed he would do. dominionist and dominionism-

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Gay HIV rates down dramatically in England

LONDON New cases of HIV among gay and bisexual British men have been
slashed by 21 percent in just a year, ocial new data shows according to the
Daily Mail and other U.K. outlets.
It is the rst time such cases in this high-risk group have decreased since the
deadly epidemic started to make headway in the 1980s. Experts say it stems
from quicker testing, fast treatment and PrEP, a controversial drug that can
prevent those exposed to HIV from becoming infected.
Government gures show there were just 2,810 cases of HIV among gay and
bisexual men in 2016, down from the 3,570 recorded the year before, the Daily
Mail reports.
Public Health England ocials that presented the data, claim it is the most
exciting development in the U.K. HIV epidemic in 20 years.
Londoners were shown to have the steepest decline in new cases among
gay and bisexual men, with a 29 percent fall over the course of 12 months. The
ndings suggest that PrEP, which was available as part of a drug trial at eight
clinics in London, may have helped, the Daily Mail reports.
Trials have shown that PrEP, also known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, is 92
percent eective at preventing HIV as long as the pills are taken every day.

Lower income a gay suicide factor: study

VANCOUVER Gay and bisexual men making less than $30,000 a year and
without a university degree have more than ve times the odds of attempting
suicide compared with their more advantaged peers, according to new research
from the University of British Columbia.
Less-educated men might feel a greater sense of hopelessness because
they see few options to improve their lot, compared to their peers, who could
address their poverty by using their education, said study lead author and UBC
postdoctoral research fellow Olivier Ferlatte.
The ndings were published last week in the Journal of Homosexuality.
Researchers also found that bisexual men who were in relationships with
women were less likely to attempt suicide compared with those who were single
or had male partners.
For a bisexual man, having a female partner is probably protective in that it
shields them from the stress of being a member of a visible minority and from
potential discrimination, said Ferlatte, who works in the mens health research
program at UBCs school of nursing.
Ferlatte and colleagues from the non-prot Community-Based Research
Centre for Gay Mens Health evaluated data from a national health survey of
8,382 men who have sex with men. Analysis focused on 145 men who reported
having attempted suicide in the past 12 months.

Conversion therapy ban bill fails in Miami

MIAMI Miami-Dade commissioners on Tuesday rejected a ban on gay-
conversion therapy for minors, saying the proposed crackdown would thrust local
government into a parents right to make decisions about a childs mental health
and address matters of sexuality within the family, the Miami Herald reports.
The 4-7 vote followed hours of public testimony, most of it from opponents
of the proposed ordinance by Commissioner Sally Heyman. Supporters wanted
Miami-Dade to join a list of local governments banning the discredited practice
of trying to change a childs sexual orientation, but critics saw the ordinance as so
broadly worded that it could ensnare a pastors sermon or a parent expressing
concerns about a childs choices on sexual activity.
Commissioners voting for the failed measure noted the broad consensus
among medical groups that addressing sexual orientation as a problem to be
xed only causes harm to a child, the Herald reports.
Much of the criticism focused on the original language of Heymans ordinance
that said it applied not only to licensed counselors, but also to those without a
license. With that wording, critics said the rules could be interpreted to apply to
someone acting in the role of a counselor, including a youth minister or a parent.
Heyman amended the ordinance to limit the rules to licensed counselors, but
the change didnt sway any votes, the Herald reports.

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For Trump, a golf cart ride to hell

Unleashing curses and action and thy lies turn to acid in thy throat. May all Miranda is spot-on. His multiracial portrayal at home and abroad while enriching himself.
the pussies thou hast ever grabbed return of Americas founders illuminated the shared How ironic that he accepted the resignation of
against a national disgrace as piranhas that clean thee to the bone. national heritage that Trump and his base re- HHS Secretary Tom Price for lavish travel with
I am only practicing. I am not sure Ive got- ject in favor of white dominance at any cost. public money. Purging lieutenants will not
ten the hang of ritual cursing. Besides, I am Some politicians responded to Trumps solve a problem that ows from the top.
still looking for nine black hen feathers. I destructive behavior with the greatest bane We awoke Oct. 2 to a soundtrack of au-
blame gentrication. A proper city ought to of clarity in our discourse: false equivalence. tomatic gunre on cable news. Another
have a shop oering a selection of suitable They talked as if both sides were playing record-setting massacre had occurred, this
curses with the requisite accompaniments. politics, despite Trumps uniquely revolting time in Las Vegas. The death toll as I write
In truth, however, incantations are need- stream of insults, blame, and self-congratu- is 58. Even amid shock and grief, we know
ed not to summon otherworldly spirits but lation, and the contrast between the quick matters will only worsen. Gun sales will
RICHARD J. ROSENDALL is a writer and activist. to awaken our fellow citizens. As cases in federal response to storm damage in Texas spike. Nevadas gun laws are among the
Reach him at point, let us examine two recent calamities, and Florida and the slow response to that most lax in the country. In Alabama, Repub-
one natural and one man-made. in Puerto Rico. Trump deected criticism by lican Senate candidate Roy Moore waved a
On a crisp, clear autumn midnight I After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, declaring it an attack on rst responders. pistol. Congress is considering legislation to
kneel in a clearing in Rock Creek Park and Elaine Duke at Homeland Security called the He insulted Puerto Ricans by saying, They ease the purchase of silencers. Horrors like
feel the eyes of nocturnal animals on me federal response a good news story. San want everything to be done for them, then Vegas are used not to limit high-powered
as I gaze upward, lift my arms heaven- Juan Mayor Carmen Yuln Cruz responded, displayed his humanitarian instincts by dedi- weapons but to militarize policing, which
ward, and solemnly intone: This is not a good news story. This is a cating a golf trophy to hurricane victims. disproportionately targets people of color.
Under a waxing moon I hex thee, Donald people are dying story. Trump as usual We do not have a leader of all the people. Trump used the Pulse nightclub massacre
John Trump. I curse thee with bad lawyers, responded by denigrating her, since every- We have a con artist who inames, distracts, to justify his travel ban. Unluckily for him, this
unattering headlines and ungrateful mobs. thing has to be about him, and anything that and divides us for the sake of power. We have time the shooter was a 64-year-old white man.
May thou be locked in a limousine lled with contradicts his alternate reality must be false a vindictive narcissist who demonizes protests So he called for unity. Do not be fooled: his
atulence until thou canst not breathe and or malicious. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel by people of color, degrades women, and calls lodestar is rule by division. We must unleash
thy cries for help are unheeded. May thy golf Miranda, who has family in Puerto Rico, shot journalists enemies of the people while prais- not merely our curses but our concerted politi-
balls be replaced by dragon eggs that hatch back, She has been working 24/7. You have ing Nazis and consorting with our nations cal action and our votes.
upon impact and answer thy boasting with been GOLFING. Youre going straight to hell. greatest adversary. Other than stealing a Su-
re. May thine incitements fall on deaf ears, Fastest golf cart you ever took. preme Court seat, all he has done is sow chaos Copyright 2017 by Richard J. Rosendall.
All rights reserved.


Its Friday, Price cut on aisle 5

Another week, another would be fun to hear him say it about Kel- through Congress. Because Trump doesnt Then there is Trumps infrastructure
lyanne Conway on her way out the door. understand healthcare as he admitted early plan. That is now bogged down waiting
high-prole departure The real problem with the Trump admin- in his presidency when he said Nobody for a tax plan to be passed. But it seems
from Trump land istration is the president apparently doesnt knew health care could be some complicat- it is also hung up because Trump doesnt
understand what the people he is hiring are ed he believed him. understand the process of public/private
either supposed to do or can do. Neither the Trump didnt understand the policy impli- partnerships nor the politics of getting a
president nor his minions have been able to cations of the bill nor the process Congress member of Congress, even a Republican
put together what my good friend former would need to follow if changes to the ACA one representing a rural district, to vote for
Congressman Phil Sharp (D-Ind.) refers to would be done. Price clearly misread the poli- a bill based on counting on a private build-
as the formula for getting something done tics or the mood of the country when it came er to invest in a road in rural Oklahoma or
in government. According to Sharp that for- to really changing the healthcare they were Wyoming that isnt traveled enough to get a
mula is a combination of the three Ps; poli- now getting used to having. The same could return on their money.
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights cy, process and politics. Only by understand- be said of Trumps eort to put forth his vari- It is now rumored that Trump feels
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly ing and working through all three can the ous travel bans. We are now seeing the same Jared and Ivanka being in the administra-
for the Blade.
administration actually get something done. lack of planning from the administration tion may not be so great as it makes them
Trump and his co-conspirators appar- on the proposed overhaul of the tax code. targets. Well what makes them targets are
Another Friday in the Trump administra- ently have yet to learn that. I guess decent Trump is speaking about it one way, Treasury things like using private email accounts
tion, another ring. This time it was Tom Price, people should be thankful for that. They are Secretary Steve Mnuchin is saying something while there. Once the hysterical laughter
Secretary of Health and Human Services. Who usually prepared to deal with only one of dierent and his chief economic adviser, over that dies down you have to think
will it be next Friday? Every Trump administra- the three having never thought through all Gary Cohn, is showing a total disregard for maybe they arent as smart as people
tion ocial cringes when Fridays come around of them on any issue. Tom Price was most the politics of the situation, rst saying he made them out to be. Perhaps neighbors
and they hear themselves being referred to by likely red more for his failure to accom- cant guarantee every middle-class person on Tracy Place in Kalorama will wake up
the president as a good man, which always plish repeal and replace of the Aordable will get a tax break under the plan and then one Friday in the not-too-distant future to
seems to foreshadow their demise. Care Act than for his ripping o the Ameri- suggesting a $1,000 tax cut for a family would nd a moving truck parked on their street
It did for Michael Flynn, Sean Spicer and can public by taking a $12,500 charter jet be great because then they could buy a new and Trump holding a press conference
Steve Bannon among others. We dont from Washington to Philadelphia. That was car or have their kitchen remodeled. This is saying Jared is a good man and for the
have to worry about him saying good a great excuse to dump him. Trump hired the result when all of your economic advisers rst time using the term good woman as
woman because there are so few women Price because he told him he had a repeal come from Wall Street and are multi-million- his tribute to Ivanka on their way out the
in high positions in this administration. It and replace bill ready to go that he could get aires with no concept of most peoples reality. door and back to New York.

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Two new books shed important light on 2016 election

when I was in veterinary school, women friend George does. I hate Trump! I vot- hind her, was breathing down her neck
What Happened and were treated horribly. A lot of men made ed for Hillary, he told me over the phone. during one of their debates.
Unbelievable offer penis jokes around them did all they She was very qualied. But Hillary has Trump called Tur little Katy. Unlike
could to make them miserable. the emotional impact of a piece of wood! her male colleagues who could wear the
front-row insights Ive been reading two new books: People whove met Clinton in a small same suits for days, Tur couldnt wear the
What Happened by Hillary Rodham group or one-to-one setting have found same dress more than once.
Clinton (Clintons take on the 2016 presi- her to be quite human. One of my friends Clinton approaches the press warily
dential campaign) and Unbelievable: My met Clinton at a small gathering after she but shes never incited hatred against
Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign spoke at Yale. Hillary was warm, funny journalists. Trump, as Tur details in
in American History by Katy Tur, the and interested in what we had to say, Unbelievable, routinely voiced his dis-
NBC News correspondent who covered she told me. respect for journalists. Like a modern
Donald J. Trumps campaign from its be- Clintons humanity comes through in day Joe McCarthy, Trump would stir up
ginning to its election night victory party. What Happened. Like many voters, Clin- hatred against the media among the
KATHI WOLFE, a regular contributor to the These vivid accounts of the gobsmacking ton was bewildered by her defeat. I want crowds at his rallies. Id never kill them
Blade, was the winner of the 2014 Stonewall
Chapbook Competition. election made me think of my talk with to pull back the curtain on an experience ..., hed say of journalists, But I do hate
my Dad nearly ve decades ago. Then, we that was exhilarating, joyful, humbling, in- them.
hoped that Agnews rant against the me- furiating, and just plain baing, she writes. Tur knows how well Trump connected
My (late) Dad, a veterinarian, called dia was just a temporary phase; and we What Happened, isnt an unbiased, to his base no matter how debased his
me one night during my rst days in thought that sexism was on its way out. comprehensive analysis of what Clinton behavior became. Ive heard him insult
college. Hed just hired a woman to be Sadly, as Clintons and Turs books show, calls a shocking defeat. Yet, she takes a war hero, brag about grabbing women
his associate in his veterinary practice. demagoguery against the media and sex- responsibility for her failed campaign. I by the pussy ... tout the size of his junk
Earlier that day, Vice President Spiro ism are still here: unlike Elvis, they havent knew that millions of people were count- in a presidential debate ... and indirectly
Agnew had called the members of the left the building. ing on me, and I couldnt bear the idea endanger my life.
press nattering nabobs of negativism. Writing by politicians usually is mush. of letting them down, she writes, But I Those who do not learn history are
Referring to Agnews slam on the media, They mostly write books to bolster their did...and Ill have to live with that for the doomed to repeat it, philosopher George
he said, Hes a demagogue like Joe Mc- chances of successfully running for oce. rest of my life. Santayana said. No one who believes in
Carthy. Our president lied to us about As a rule, instructions on laundry deter- Both Clinton and Tur experienced sex- LGBTQ rights, feminism, civil rights or
Vietnam. We need the press to know gent boxes are more interesting and re- ism. Clintons voice was considered too freedom of the press wants the debacle
whats going on! vealing than these volumes. This isnt the soft if she didnt project like a man at a of the last election to reoccur. What
Youre lucky to be going to school now case with What Happened. rally, but too shrill if she spoke up more Happened and Unbelievable oer an
with womens lib, my father added, Many of us feel about Clinton as my loudly. She felt as if Trump, walking be- essential window on to our history.


Will & Grace, still funny, still important

heralded reboot last Thursday. Someone harbinger of changing attitudes and ac- turn of Will & Grace, many remarked
Primetime, mainstream suggested that we watch the original pilot ceptance? Maybe. But its certainly better on how important it was for them to see
gayness still matters before. If anything, it provided a small ba- than margarine and apple juice. mainstream out-and-proud gay charac-
rometer of just how far weve come. Beyond that, the show itself had 11 ters on the small screen. What we were
Take for instance product placement. years of cultural messages to make up treated to before wasnt much. Remem-
Nothing, and I mean nothing, will ruin for. And in doing so, we were treated to ber the pathetic gay character Matt Field-
a show or movie faster than clumsy a lot of gay and political references that ing from Melrose Place? Any time he
product placement. I practically quit were seemingly shoehorned into 20 min- went in for a gay kiss the camera would
ABCs Modern Family when an entire utes of airtime. Everything from Queerty, slowly pan away to a burning candle on
episode took place in a Target. I rolled to Grindr, to fake news got a nod. Those the coee table.
my eyes when a recent Star Trek man- were all in the set up. The problem part of You cant discount the importance
BROCK THOMPSON is a D.C.-based freelance aged to work in Nokia and Budweiser. the sitcom formula found us in Trumps of mainstream queerness, on the
writer. He writes regularly for the Blade. So I noticed that when Will opened his Oval Oce, where Grace has been hired small or large screens. And remember,
refrigerator minutes into the 1998 pilot, to redecorate. A pillow ght ensues be- we havent really had a gay lm that
It followed a fairly standard sitcom there front and center were a giant tub tween she and Will. This interrupts a ro- achieved mainstream success since
formula set up, problem, resolution. of Country Crock and some Motts apple mantic rendezvous with Jack and a Secret 1996s The Birdcage. The resolution
But all in all, last weeks reboot of Will & juice, the former Im not even sure is Service agent. The agent responds to the portion of Will & Grace had the cam-
Grace did deliver. Typical of Washington, stored in the refrigerated section of the ght, but not before stealing a quick kiss era zooming in on HRCs Make America
D.C., social media demanded that we all grocery store. on the lips from Jack. For me, this was the Gay Again cap sitting on the back of
take a side. Gays traded their barbs via This time around, Wills apartment most striking moment of the episode. Trumps Oval Oce chair.
Facebook and asked if a reboot of a show got some updating here and there, and Not because Im a prude, mind you. Ive Will Jacks countless journeys inward
gone for almost 11 years was necessary. minutes into this episode we see a not- seen far more than some onscreen man- hold up? Will Karens drunken rich girl
Will it be funny? Will it hold up? so-subtle Human Rights Campaign logo on-man make out sessions, but this sort schtick get old after a while? We will see.
Worthy questions, especially of a show on the kitchen window and two front- of thing, this mainstream queerness, still Those two did provide the bulk of the
as iconic as this. So my friends and I or- and-center Starbucks cups that got so seems too few and far between for pri- laughs in the show. But the importance of
dered Chinese take-out (seemed to pair much screen time they deserved billing. metime television. the program lies in its primetime, main-
well) and huddled up to watch the much- Better products, better placement, but a When people commented on the re- stream gayness.
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Be proud of
your sexuality.




Our big lesbian family road trip

Calif. couple embarks
on national park tour
adventure en route to


Since getting married on Valentines

Day in 2014, Wendy Kokocinska and Don-
na Myers adopted two 2 year olds, res-
cued three dogs and bought themselves
an 18-foot trailer, which they are now us-
ing to take a trip of a lifetime.
The couple and their family are half-
way into a seven-month road trip to 45
national parks. They sold their house,
left Los Angeles on May 2 and will spend
Christmas in Maryland before moving to
France to start a sustainable farm with a WENDY KOKOCINSKA (left) and partner DONNA MYERS take a sele at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon on their cross-country road trip.
small gite rental business. PHOTOS COURTESY KOKOCINSKA/MYERS
It all started with our plan to move to
France, Kokocinska says. The goal was
to visit as many national parks as pos-
sible before leaving and decided to take once described Yellowstone as some- small space does tend to result in a quick
a transatlantic trip from the East Coast where you get the most reward for the resolution, Kokocinska says. Weve g-
since it would give us a chance to visit least input in terms eort to reach the ured out how to get the kids to sleep at
with Donnas family before leaving. views and sights of the park. The park night. Weve made our dinette/bed as
As the designated planner, Myers has a great infrastructure too and does a comfortable as we can. Weve learned
goal was to see a lot of places but great job of catering to the crowds. how to make our meals simple while try-
also ensure they spent enough time at Along the way, the couple have kept a ing to maintain some level of nutrition.
each one to truly experience it without list of their favorite things such as favor- And while they both wish the kids were
feeling rushed. ite hikes: Hurricane Ridge in Olympic Na- a little older to remember the experience
I wasnt sure where to start, but ul- tional Park and Edith Cavell Meadows in fully, they are enjoying the time they all
timately geeked out after dinner most Jasper; favorite scenic drive: Going to the get to spend together and taking steps to
nights researching parks to gure Sun Road, Glacier National Park. preserve the memories.
out which we should visit and when. Blackrock at Joshua Tree will always This really is the adventure of a lifetime
Imayhave made an extensive, color-cod- be special as our rst stop on this tour; and being able to share it with each other
ed spreadsheet, she says. Then I down- trying to sleep with a glacial river roaring and create these memories together is re-
loaded the RV Trip Wizard app to plan by at Mt. Rainier was memorable; hav- ally something special, Myers says. Weve
the route, trying to make sure we stayed ing a 2,000-pound bison take a nap not talked about ways that we can remember
out of bad weather. Thats why it kind of far from our front door at Bridge Bay was as much as possible. One idea is perhaps
looks like a drunkard planned our route. quite an experience and waking up to having an annual photo-fest where we
Its denitely not the most ecient, but so snow at Grant Village in Yellowstone was look back at pictures once a year.
far its doing a pretty good job of keeping beautiful, Kokocinska says. Its fair to say Once the trip is over, the couple is hop-
us out of the worst weather. each and every stop has been special in ing to nd a piece of land in France where
Myers does all the driving while Kokocin- some way. they can create a sustainable, biodiverse KOKOCINSKA with the couples two children
ska handles the navigating and hitching. Traveling with two young kids and farm that produces most of the food they in the California Redwoods.
Theyve visited parks across the U.S. and three dogs does create challenges, need for their family and is also pretty PHOTOS COURTESY KOKOCINSKA/MYERS
Canada and will continue until December. though they like to think of them more enough that people will want to come
So far, Kokocinskas favorite stop has as inconveniences than problems. The stay on the farm.
been Yellowstone, even though she had couple declines to name their children or Our initial goal was to create a life we settled on France. Of course, nding
low expectations going in. share photos of them. where we could both raise our children somewhere where our same-sex mar-
We thought it might be over-hyped Weve been living in less than 200 as stay-at-home moms, Kokocinska says. riage is legal was a big consideration too.
and overcrowded but it was by far one of square feet and sharing a room with our We both loved the idea of a mostly self- To learn more about their journey,
the most beautiful parks with an amazing toddlers for the past ve months; we de- sucient farm and researched many op- view their blog at hpyhomesteading.
variety of spectacles, she says. Donna nitely get on each others nerves. But the tions including here in the U.S. before


How long have you been out and who Lin-Manuel Miranda and winner of every
was the hardest person to tell? 2020 Tony Award.
Twenty-two years. Probably the 100 or
so people I had to tell when I was removed If your life were a book, what would
from church leadership for being gay. That the title be?
was in Texas, if it wasnt obvious. How to Draw Everything

Whos your LGBT hero? If science discovered a way to change
Locally, Ruby Corado and the folks at sexual orientation, what would you do?
Casa Ruby. The work theyre doing to Not a damn thing.
help trans people is amazing and vital.
What do you believe in beyond the
Whats Washingtons best nightspot, physical world?
past or present? Im taking the wait-and-see approach.
Im know Im showing my age here,
but Tracks. It was one of the more mixed Whats your advice for LGBT
(queer/straight) dance clubs around and movement leaders?
I loved being able to take a break on the Learn to recognize your privilege
back porch and grab a burger or watch especially if youre white, male,
the children turn it out on the runway. cisgender, Christian, educated, wealthy
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY or able-bodied and then learn how
Describe your dream wedding. to silence it long enough to hear what
The one I had in 2014, in my backyard, others are saying.

Brent Almond
surrounded by family and friends. Our
3-year-old son thought being the ring bearer What would you walk across hot
had something to do with ringing a bell, so coals for?
we gave him one to ring at the ceremony My husband, my son and Ben & Jerrys
when we were pronounced as married. Chocolate Fudge Brownie FroYo.

The blogger and gay dad answers What non-LGBT issue are you most
passionate about?
What LGBT stereotype
annoys you most?
20 gay questions Im on the advisory board for Camp That we can or should be cured.
Kesem, a summer camp for kids whose
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO parents have been touched by cancer. Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
Im also a big supporter of Comfort L: Bound; G: Priscilla; B: Cabaret;
Brent Almond, a self-described lifelong doodler wanted to do something Cases, founded by a dear friend and T: Paris Is Burning
memorable for his sons rst day of school so he drew Batman on a Post-It fellow gay dad. They provide overnight
note with the words, Go get em, Jon! and a phenomenon was born. cases and other personal items to kids Whats the most overrated
He loved it and I loved doing it, so I kept it up posting them to Instagram, in the foster care system. In fact, were social custom?
Almond, a graphic designer and illustrator, says. having a Comfort Cases fundraiser at Gender-reveal parties.
After the notes were featured on BuzzFeed, Almonds popularity Town in November, featuring Tatianna
skyrocketed and he gained about 7,000 followers in two weeks. A spate of and Mrs. Kasha Davis from RuPauls What trophy or prize
media coverage followed. Drag Race. do you most covet?
Almond began blogging on his sons rst birthday with the goal of sharing Anything from my son that says
his experiences as a designer and gay dad. It started out being about product What historical outcome worlds greatest dad.
reviews, decorating and fashion tips and the like, but soon got more personal. would you change?
Hes blogged about everything from taking his son to the Supreme Court The invention of gunpowder. What do you wish youd known at 18?
the day same-sex marriage was legalized to meeting his sons birth parents That the people and the religion I was
to going to weddings and taking trips and everything in between. Find him Whats been the most memorable pop trying to please by staying in the closet
online at Search for superlunchnotes on Instagram to culture moment of your lifetime? werent worth it.
follow him there. Its a tie between Star Wars and Ellen
Almond, a 48-year-old Air Force brat, says the most amazing thing to coming out. Why Washington?
come out of his blogging is an amazing community of dads hes met, many For the non-residents reading this,
of whom overlap with the annual Dad 2.0 Summit he attends. On what do you insist? Washington is not the old, white dudes
Almond lives with husband Nick Pirulli and their 7-year-old son Jon in To be heard. in all the old, white buildings they
Kensington, Md. Almond came to the area 22 years ago from Texas. come and go with some regularity. D.C.
He enjoys singing, musical theater, geek culture, blogging, Netix and the What was your last Facebook is similar to New York in that its the
occasional dirty martini in his free time. post or Tweet? great American melting pot but with a
Straight to Hell, a new musical by much simpler subway system.

Rainbow resources


Books, seminars, theater

families survive the extraordinary pres- Boylan calls the book the one that care- der children have been waiting for and
and more for LGBT families sures and complexities that accompany givers and family members of transgen- a thoughtful roadmap.
(life) in the 21st century. Gender and
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO sexual identity are themes explored in the work which runs in the Family The-
ater at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St.,
Resources for rainbow families are in- N.W.) Oct. 12-15. Tickets are $29. Details
creasing all the time. Here are a few weve at
heard about. Suicide Awareness and Prevention
The Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads: Ev- in the LGBT Community is a commu-
erything You Need to Know About LGBTQ nity forum that will be part of One Love
Parenting But Are (Mostly) Afraid to Ask for a City at Hillcrest Children and Family
by Eric Rosswood is slated for release Oct. 24. Center Oct. 8-15. There will be LGBT com-
Stan J. Sloan of the Family Research ponents to various parts of the event. De-
Council calls it, the parenting book gay tails at
dads have been waiting for. Topics in- Rainbow Families has its Halloween
clude nding LGBT-arming pediatri- Party on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at
cians, nding LGBT-friendly schools, how Silver Spring United Methodist Church
to childproof your home with style, how (8900 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md.).
to handle awkward questions and more. The group also has a family outing to Cox
The 248-page book retails for $16.95. Farms in Centreville, Va., on Saturday,
When You Look Out the Window: Nov. 4. Details at
How Phyllis Martin and Del Lyon Built Another new book out is Transgender
a Community is a book for children ages Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride
4-8 by Gayle E. Pitman and illustrated by and Joy with Families in Transition by
Christopher Lyles that tells in age-appro- Elijah C. Nealy (288 pages, $27.95). Nealy,
priate ways how the pioneering lesbian a therapist and former deputy executive
couple aected their citys various land- direcot of New York Citys LGBT Com-
marks. It was released in June and is avail- munity Center and trans himself, covers
able on Amazon for $15.72. issues such as gender dysphoria, child When You Look Out the Window tells the story of pioneering lesbian San Francisco activists
Wilderness from En Garde Arts is a therapy, coming out as trans, medical Phyllis Martin and the late Del Lyon for kids.
pulsating new multimedia documentary transition, transgender adolescents, navi- PHOTO COURTESY MAGINATION PRESS
theater piece that speaks to our collec- gating school, preparing for college and
tive search for connection and hope as work and more. Author Jennifer Finney
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Exterior of the Anthem, a new concert venue at the Wharf.


Its Anthem time

New venue from 9:30 Club team draws top acts

D.C. may be known as a hotbed of iconic 9:30 Club. settled nicely into the mid-sized venue are Bob Dylan (Nov. 14), Erykah Badu
political activity but its arts can be just as There are bands that just grow up hole in D.C.s music scene. (Nov. 18), Morrissey (Nov. 30), the Killers
explosive. Now, the District is welcoming wanting to play there from all over the There are a lot of acts that are in that (Jan. 10) and Lorde (March 8).
the Anthem (901 Wharf St., S.W.) to its country even though theyve never been mid-sized sweet spot, Schaefer says. The Anthem will also welcome popular
thriving music scene. there, Schaefer says. Its just got that There was no real place for them to play podcast live shows with Pod Tours America
Tucked inside the Wharf, the newly kind of reputation. that was for music. You end up playing (Nov. 3) and Lovett or Leave It (Nov. 3).
developed commercial and residential Hurwitz wanted to expand on the in basketball stadiums. This one is being Fans dont have to worry about craning
area that kicks o its opening weekend success of the 9:30 Club, which has a built from the ground up for music their necks or standing on tiptoe to spot
Oct. 12, the Anthem is the latest music capacity of 1,200, and Merriweather Post from people whove had 36 years in the their favorite artists. Schaefer promises
venue from Seth Hurwitz. Pavilion, which can hold around 18,000 business that know how to create perfect that there isnt a bad spot in the house to
Hurwitz, co-owner of the 9:30 Club people, into a mid-size venue. sight lines, great sound, wonderful enjoy the show.
and chair of I.M.P. Productions, has About eight years ago, he reached out to lighting and production. But there will be prime seating.
transformed the 9:30 Club into a Monty Homan who was developing the The Anthems acts are booked by The venue will oer super excellent
legendary music venue respected by Wharf. Homan was already considering I.M.P., just like 9:30 Club and the Lincoln seats, seating on the second and third
musicians around the world. adding a music venue with another Theatre, with plenty of LGBT-friendly acts oors, which will be aimed right at the
Audrey Fix Schaefer, communications company but decided to meet with Hurwitz. scheduled to take the stage. stage for optimal viewing.
director for I.M.P. Productions, says After talking, the pair clicked and realized LCD Soundsystem (Oct. 17-18), GRiZ The idea came from Homan who had
Hurwitzs recognition as an independent they had a similar vision for the space. (Nov. 4), Tegan and Sara (Nov. 11), St. never designed a music venue before.
music promotor has held its own in the About $60 million was shelled out for Vincent (Nov. 27) and Pentatonix (Dec. Monty (Homan) thought, Why are
face of corporate promoters based in Los construction, which resulted in a three- 17) will all perform at the Anthem this fall.
Angeles. Especially when it comes to the level, 57,000-square-foot space that Other big name artists on the calendar
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Indigo Girls singer/ a song gets born. A lot of the songs were
songwriter releases writtne that way. They started with a loop BLADE: The Indigo Girls have stayed
or a beat and then that rhythmic pulse fairly active in the studio while many
project and its not helkped write the song. A few things that other veteran acts just tour with nothing
what youd expect were written on guitar, Lyris said, OK, were new out. Why is that important to you?
gonna take the guitar out of this and do this SALIERS: Yeah, I mean its true theyre
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO instead. I dont sit down and go, OK, Im expensive to make and nobody sells gonna write about guns in America right records anymore, even the type of top
now. I sit down and get a beat and nd the echelon of record-selling bands dont
Thirty years and 14 studio albums chords and then the subject matter comes. really sell. We have to make a living
into the Indigo Girls, Emily Saliers has touring, thats just a reality, so its a good
released her rst solo album, And even BLADE: Will you do some Indigo Girls thing we love it and we never go out
she acknowledges the artistic paradox. songs on this tour too? You cant really ll for too long. Were always excited to
Whats a 53-year-old woman doing a whole show with just one album. get back together and theres always an
making her rst solo record, she says SALIERS: Were gonna do mostly songs internal push to create more new music.
with a laugh. Although the Indigo Girls from the album. Its a full band and a The only thing that keeps us from doing it
are alive and well bandmate Amy friend whos a lmmaker has created more is busyness. It just makes sense
Ray has released ve solo albums and is some video images so its sort of a full in the scope of a career to keep putting
working on a sixth Saliers says it was a sensory experience. A section of the out new music.
chance to pursue some of the more soul- show will probably be Indigo Girls songs
and groove-oriented music she grew up that Ive written, maybe acoustic, but we BLADE: Do you think its lame with
with. Murmuration Nation came out in havent fully hammered that out yet. But bands like the Dixie Chicks who just
August. Shes touring it now and plays the real purpose of the tour is to play the PHOTO BY JEREMY COWART tour and tour and havent had anything
the Birchmere on Wednesday, Oct. 11. solo music. new out in like 10 years?
EMILY SALIERS is touring her debut solo
Her comments have been slightly edited album with a surprisingly elaborate band and SALIERS: Whatever anybody wants
for length. BLADE: It feels like such a weird time in stage show. to do is ne. If people like it and theyre
this country. Youve been on the road some coming to your shows, I dont really care.
WASHINGTON BLADE: How does it feel with Amy this year. Does it feel dierent at NSO Pops. How did your symphonic shows Its just that for us, we know what keeps
to nally have a solo album out? the shows or do people kinda wanna leave come about and how were those dates? our res burning and that is to create new
EMILY SALIERS: Well, its great. Ive that at the door and just enjoy the concert? SALIERS: D.C. was fantastic but after the music, to not be on the road all the time
been talking about it for a long time and SALIERS: Its perceptibly dierent. From third show, we were wiped because the and to support each others independent
even when I found (producer) Lyris Hung the rst show we played after the election, symphony shows are the most intensive projects.
it still took three years so it was like a it was palpable and theres a real sense of of all our performances. Theyre one-os,
real labor of love. Sometimes you look anxiety among our fans but also a sense not typically tied to a tour, so we show BLADE: How is your daughter?
at a CD and you think, This is holding all that we need music to galvanize us and to up, meet the conductor, have a two-hour SALIERS: Shes gonna be 5 at the end of
that time and all that work and all that make us feel good. Its a crazy fucking time in rehearsal and then we perform. You have to November and shes the light of my life. I
stu, and its a weird feeling but the this country and not just a little its a lot. It constantly be on your toes and its a dierent never wanted to be a parent til I found
response to the album so far has been almost feels cosmic with the terrible storms, orchestra every time. The D.C. orchestra the right person and its been a very
overwhelmingly positive so I feel great the earthquakes. Weve been getting huge was phenomenal as you would expect. It got happy marriage. We allow each other a
about that. reactions to songs like Pendulum Swinger started because theres an agency that puts lot of space and (wife) Tristin takes care
and Rise of the Black Messiah. This artists together to arrange your songs and of things when I go away and I take care
BLADE: The Indigo Girls fan base country its a bit of a tinderbox right now then you send the scores around and we got of things when shes involved in school
is known to be highly loyal so is that invited to do that and its been fantastic. or work. We love our kid and we have a
a built-in audience for this or do you BLADE: How much of your album Were doing a symphony album in 2018 that really, really great life and Im so grateful
feel like you have to prove yourself was written by November? we recorded with the Colorado University for it.
somewhat? SALIERS: All but one. The song Fly Symphony so its become a very important
SALIERS: I dont have to prove myself. I was written in response to the election. part of what we do. BLADE: You and Amy were so pioneering
just think the album is fairly dierent from and were out when so few were in popular
anything Amy and I have done together BLADE: When people yell out songs BLADE: Sometimes those music. Have you ever had younger bands
in the same way that some of her records during the slightest lull in a concert, do arrangements for pop or rock acts are like maybe Tegan and Sara or whomever,
are very dierent from what weve done you ever feel like saying, Just chill so lame and the orchestra is bored out tell you it was cool or inspiring that yall
together. I cant just assume poeple will we have a set list? of their minds. How do you feel yours were out so early?
nd out about it and get tickets to the show SALIERS: No. We try to honor as many turned out and was that a concern? SALIERS: I dont recall that so much
and stu like that. Without the Indigo Girls of those as we can. Well look at the set SALIERS: We worked with two dierent from other artists but weve had a lot of
I wouldnt have any solo record out but list immediately and ascertain if theres a arrangers and then ended up sticking with those conversations with fans. Theyll tell
still a lot of groundwork needs to get done spot where that song makes sense. Some this guy named Sean OLaughlin and hes us personal stories about how the music
to reach out and get people to listen to it. we wont do if theyre too rusty and we just so creative and passionate. Amy and I carried them through a hard time when
havent practiced them and sometimes both had long conversations with him about they were coming out or whatever and
BLADE: You talk about this being a we wont do it if its something were how he felt about the songs. .. He put so thats really the most gratifying thing.
more groove-oriented album. How hard tired of. Sometimes if were introducing much into them. Often the conductor will
is it to come up with a compelling groove something from our new album and say, These are good arrangements, theyre
or loop and which comes rst the somebody yells out, Chickenman!, well interesting. We hired the right person. Murmuration Nation Tour
music or the lyrics? say, Were gonna go ahead and do the With Lucy Wainwright Roche
BLADE: How many Indigo Girls songs Wednesday, Oct. 11
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The QREW hosts a dance party at
Songbyrd Music House & Record Caf
(2475 18th St., N.W.) tonight from 10
p.m.-2:30 a.m. DJ Mim will play music.
There will be photo booths, giveaways
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entry. Cover is $5. For more information,
All Things Go Fall Classic music
festival is today through Sunday at Union
Market (1309 Fifth St., N.E.). Galantis,
the Knocks, Jacklndn, Win and Woo and
Lightwaves perform today. Saturday
there will be performances by Young
Thug, Vince Staples, Cashmere Cat, Saba,
Kweku Collins, Jay IDK, Innanet James,
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Sunday, performances will be from Foster
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Air, Now Now, Fletcher, Great Good Fine
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are $74. Three-day tickets are $169. VIP
single day tickets are $150 and include Out crooner MICHAEL FEINSTEIN plays AMP by Strathmore Saturday night.
special access and amenities. Three-day
VIP tickets are $250. For more details, visit
Spooky Movie International Film The D.C. Fetish Ball celebrates its 10th details, visit
SATURDAY, OCT. 7 Festival hosts a screening of The Rocky anniversary at Ultrabar (911 F St., N.W.)
Horror Picture Show with a shadowcast tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. A fetish fashion WEDNESDAY, OCT. 11
Gay Mens Chorus of Washington from the Bloody Mayhem Theater show featuring latex, erotic boudoir and
presents Ropeburn, a celebration Company at AFI Silver Theatre (8633 more will be displayed. Scene demos The Lambda Bridge Club meets at 7:30
of the queer underground, at Dupont Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.) tonight including re play, medical play and edge p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St.,
Underground (19 Dupont Circle, N.W.) from 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. General play will be showcased. Other events S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No reservations
tonight from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. There will admission tickets are $13. Senior tickets include dancing, pole performances, body required and new comers welcome. If
be a Tom of Finland fantasy live model are $10 and child tickets are $8. For more paint, a dungeon play space and more. DJ you need a partner, call 703-407-6540.
art gallery, fetish demonstrations, food, details, visit FireMonkey, DJ Beat Kitty, DJ Mindcage and Big Gay Book Group meets at Trio
cocktails, raes and vogue dance battles. DJ Nicholai will play music, among others. Restaurant (1537 17th St., N.W.) tonight
There will be performances at 10 p.m. SUNDAY, OCT. 8 Tickets are $40. For more information and at 7 p.m. to discuss The End of Eddy by
and midnight. Tickets are $75. Funds to purchase tickets, visit Edouard Louis translated from French
support Gay Mens Chorus. Guests must D.C. Pride Volleyball League hosts a Queer Girl Move Night hosts a by Michael Lucey. For more details,
be 21 and older. For more details and to Jell-O shot fundraiser at JR.s Bar (1519 17th screening of Edie & Thea: A Very Long visit or email
purchase tickets, visit St., N.W.) today from 5-8 p.m. The fundraiser Engagement at Black Cat (1811 14th St.,
Youth Pride Day is at Dupont Circle benets D.C.s bid for Gay Games XI and for N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30
(1 Dupont Circle, N.W.) today from noon- D.C. Pride Volleyball. For more information, p.m. Admission is free. For more details, THURSDAY, OCT. 12
5 p.m. LGBT youth 24 and under and visit visit
allies can enjoy performances, games, Distrkt C hosts DC2 , a gay dance Team Rayceen and Project Healthy
speakers, resources and more. For more party, at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., MONDAY, OCT. 9 Livings the ManDate present Rayceen,
information, visit N.E.) tonight from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. DJ Nina Fix Me Up, a single mens mixer, at Studio
Man Upp hosts Dilf Washington D.C. Flowers spins tracks. There will be an Pop singer Halsey, who identies as Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.) tonight from
Coach at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning open bar from 10-11 p.m. Tickets are $25. bisexual, brings her Hopeless Fountain 7-8:30 p.m. Beverages will be provided.
Rd., N.E.) tonight from 8 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ For more information, visit Kingdom Tour to Capitol One Arena (601 The event is intended for men 18 and
StrikeStone will spin tracks. Whiskey and Jordins Paradise Wellness Center F St., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets range older. Local authors Joseph Braxtion and
Fireball shot specials run all night. There (1215 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) hosts from $29-265. For more information, visit James Simmons will have vending tables.
will be a cigar and pipe social on the patio dance classes to learn the Thriller Rayceen Pendarvis will host a series of
from 8-10 p.m. Athletic gear encouraged. routine today from 3-4 p.m. Instructors interactive games to break the ice and
For more details, visit Destiny and Kelly will teach the moves TUESDAY, OCT. 10 socialize. Admission is free. For more
Michael Feinstein performs at AMP in preparation for the Thriller ash details, visit
Strathmore (11810 Grand Park Ave., mob in Dupont Circle on Saturday, Oct. Lesbian singer Syd, lead singer of the LezLink hosts a lesbian and queer
North Bethesda, Md.) tonight at 8 p.m. 28 at 6 p.m. The ash mob is part of the Internet, performs a solo show at the womens happy hour at Satellite Room
Feinstein will honor legendary singers international event Thrill the World, Fillmore (8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, (2047 Ninth St., N.W.) tonight from 6-9
such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, with groups around the world coming Md.) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets range from p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring a
Sammy Davis, Bing Crosby and more. together to ash mob to Thriller by $52-75. A meet and greet package, which single friend. Drink specials include $4 rail
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AN EVENING WITH HUDSON: D.C. Queer Theatre Festival goes Solo
GRENADIER, JOHN MEDESKI D.C. Queer Theatre Festivals show Going Solo will be at Anacostia Arts
& JOHN SCOFIELD Center (1231 Good Hope Rd., S.E.) Oct. 13-14 at 7 p.m.
Against Me! returns to D.C.
The showcase will feature six solo plays ranging from campy comedy to
THURS, OCT 12 surround the theme of love and loss. Comedian Elizabeth McCain (seen here)
EILEN JEWELL W/ MISS TESS will perform her one-woman show A Lesbian Belle Tells. Other performers Against Me! performs at 9:30 Club (815
include Christopher Prince, J. Scales, George-Warren Roo DeLessin, Xemiyulu V St., N.W.) on Friday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m.
FRI, OCT 13 Manibusan and Regie Cabico. General admission tickets for one night are $20. The show supports their latest album
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TUES, OCT 17 celebrates its grand opening with a long
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AN EVENING WITH HOLLY BOWLING On Thursday, Oct. 12 there will be live
WED, OCT 18 music and entertainment on ve stages
SIRIUSXM PRESENTS: THE HIGHWAY FINDS TOUR from noon-9 p.m. The Bacon Brothers
HIGH VALLEY perform a happy hour concert at 5 p.m.
W/ ASHLEY MCBRYDE AND ADAM DOLEAC There will be daytime reworks at noon
and sunset reworks at 6:30 p.m.
THURS, OCT 19 Friday, Oct. 13 there will be live music
MEDICINE TRIBE PRESENTS from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Gay Mens Chorus
NAKHO: MY NAME IS BEAR of Washington, Will Gravatt Band, Tom
W/ 1000 FUEGOS AND CHRISTINA HOLMES Lagana and more will perform. Headliner
Go Go Gadget performs from 6-7:30 p.m.
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THE BEATLES 1966-1967 AND 1969-1970 Saturday, Oct. 14 will feature
entertainment from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. 90s
SUN, OCT 22 South Asian Arts festival runs Oct. 12-14 cover band White Ford Bronco performs
MARTIN SEXTON TRIO from 6-7:30 p.m. Other actives include
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company presents its 14th annual Fall Festival Yoga on the Pier, Art Wheels and more.
SUN, OCT 27 of South Asian Arts at Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St., N.E.) Oct. 12-14. On Sunday, Oct. 15 activities run from 9
ALL GOOD PRESENTS Mallika Sarabhai and Company performs a mix of classic and contemporary a.m.-6:30 p.m. At 10 a.m. there will be morning
MELVIN SEALS & JGB dance on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Rama Vaidyanathan and Company activities with Rocknoceros Kids Band. The U.S.
W/ SWEET LEDA FEAT. RON HOLLOWAY combines dance, music and poetry based on the lives of Janabai from Maharashtra Army Band Downrange performs at noon. At
and Lal Ded from Kashmir, India. Performance is on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. On 4 p.m. there will be a blessing of the wharf
Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Leela Samson and Spanda Dance Company gives a followed by a performance Howard Gospel
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Mariinsky Ballet
Valery Gergiev, Artistic Director
Yuri Fateev, Deputy Director of the Ballet Company

La Bayadre
An unbroken line of arabesques that stops
the heart with its grace The Telegraph (London)
Characters in The Feels discuss their rst orgasms. Buried secrets emerge in I Dream in Another
Language. Both lms will be shown on Friday, Oct. 20.


The Reel deal

D.C.s annual LGBT lm tries to drown his frustrations with
festival returns mid-month booze and casual sex. Things change
when Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu), a
handsome Romanian migrant laborer
By BRIAN T. CARNEY arrives to work on the farm.
The Friday night double feature includes
A Pakistani lesbian trying to keep her The Feels and I Dream in Another
girlfriend away from her live-in mother; Language. The Feels is a sprightly
a farmers son entranced with a hot comedy about orgasms. Andi (Constance
Romanian migrant worker; a betrothed Wu) and Lu (Angela Trimbur) are
lesbian who admits shes never had an celebrating their upcoming wedding with
orgasm and a genderqueer kid trapped a bachelorette weekend in wine country.
Oxana Skorik and Andrei Yermakov, photo by Natasha Razina

in a conservative school. At the risk of On the rst night, Lu shocks everyone,

sounding like were about to hand out an especially Andi, by revealing that she has
Oscar, these are some of the subjects at never had an orgasm. Her unexpected
this years Reel Armations. disclosure inspires their collected friends
The festival returns to the Gala Hispanic (gay and straight) to talk about their rst
Theatre Oct. 19-22 (bumped a week orgasms and the challenges of love,
from the initially announced dates) for lust and trust and to indulge in some
an exciting celebration of queer lms shenanigans of their own.
from around the world. A complete I Dream in Another Language is a
schedule can be found at mystery about language and love. A
reelarmations; check there for updates. young linguist travels to the jungle of
The Festivals smack-down opening Mexico to research a language on the
night feature is Signature Move, a verge of disappearing. Once there, he
heartfelt comedy directed by Jennifer discoverers its last two speakers clashed
Reeder and written by Lisa Donato and 50 years ago and have refused to speak
Fawzia Mizra, whose short lm Spunkle to each other since. Attempting to reunite
was a crowd favorite at last years festival. them, the researcher discovers a secret
The lm stars Mizra as Zaynab, a lesbian past and a forbidden gay love story.
Pakistani Muslim lawyer living in Chicago. Appropriately enough, Saturdays

October 1722, 2017 | Opera House Her recently widowed mother has moved
in; Parveen (Shabana Azni) has two
program opens with Saturday Church,
a moving portrait of Ulysses (a breakout
obsessions in life: watching Pakistani performance by Luka Kain), a shy and
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra television dramas and nding a husband eeminate 14-year old boy living with
Casting available at for her only daughter. his family in New York City. In the wake
Zaynab has just started dating Alma of his fathers death, hes struggling with
(Sari Sanchez), a condent Mexican- additional family responsibilities. Hes
American woman whose mother was a also struggling with his gender and sexual
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opening night double feature is
Support for Ballet at the Kennedy Center is provided by C. Michael Kojaian. REEL AFFIRMATIONS LGBT FILM FESTIVAL
Russian Cultural Initiatives are supported by The Vladimir Potanin Foundation.
Gods Own Country an atmospheric Oct. 19-22
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of romance set in the rolling fields of Gala Hispanic Theatre
the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
rural Yorkshire. Johnny Saxby (Josh 3333 14th St., N.W.
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PATRICK BALL (left) and JACK KOENIG in The Collection.


Pinter double bill

Photo by Hugo Glendinning

Unexpected alliances, role cast Patrick Ball). None of the four seem
happy in their relationships.
playing enliven 60s minis Convinced that Stella and Bill had a one-
night stand while away on business in Leeds,
By PATRICK FOLLIARD James decides to confront the competition:
Youre not a lm star, but youre quite
Six seasons ago, Shakespeare Theatre tolerable looking, I suppose, says James
Companys out artistic director made a to Bill who seems gay but is presumably
great success with Harold Pinters 1971 bisexual. Their meeting, the rst of several,
mesmeric exploration of memory Old is a mix of menace and attraction.
Times. Now hes returned to Pinter with Meanwhile Harry pays a fact-nding
a double bill of one acts from earlier visit to Stella. Whats actually happened
in the British playwrights career, The between Stella and Bill is conrmed and
Lover and The Collection. denied. Ultimately it doesnt matter what
Penned in the early 1960s originally for is true or isnt.
television broadcast, the plays are poised At an about an hour each and
on the precipice of the swinging 60s. Its separated by an intermission, the pieces
not about free sex, but rather a darkly are nely acted and expertly rendered.
funny examination of characters (gay Kahn has assembled a talented quartet
and straight) who are involved in games of actors (all except Koenig new to STC)
of one-upmanship and dominance, and who ably handle the rhythm and silences
constructing their own truths. of Pinters particular language. With well-
The Lover is about Sarah (a perfectly timed Pinter pauses, they impart more
pressed Lisa Dwan) and Richard (the meaning into the work than what the
excellent Patrick Kennedy), a young married spoken words alone convey.
couple living in a London suburb who The all-woman design team is stellar.
initially seem totally average, humdrum and Jane Greenwoods costumes expand on
a bit stuy. But then, just before Richard the characters personalities, wants and
heads o to the oce, he calmly asks Sarah stations. Bills memorably form-tting BASED ON THE FILM BY MICHAEL POWELL AND EMERIC PRESSBURGER
if she will be seeing her lover later in the day. plaid trousers and Harrys black tie and
She replies armatively. Soon it smoking robe are all spot on. Debra
becomes clear that the husband is in fact Booths remarkably serviceable set of MUSIC BY BERNARD HERRMANN
the lover and the couple are engaged three households impeccably reects
in some serious ongoing role playing. In
the afternoon, Richard in the guise of
its respective inhabitants aspirations to
bourgeois comfort, tidiness or cool. Mary
a rumpled Beatnik returns home for a Louise Geigers lighting technically clever
heated tryst. Awaiting his arrival, Sarah shifts the actions from home to home
dos her sensible day frock and slips into while imbuing the scene with an element
an alluring lace cocktail dress. But all is of mystery and suspicion.
not of fun and games and their meetings For fans of Pinters unreal realism,
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Through Oct. 29
who have been married for two years; Shakespeare Theatre Company
and prickly, middle-aged Harry (terric Lansburgh Theatre International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of
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Wonderful return
The Killers latest is
JOY AND MATH CAN BE USED tight and potent

Its hard to credit that 13 years have

passed since the Killers emerged with
their electrifying blend of new wave
inuences, a heavy dose of David Bowie
and the arena-rock muscle of U2 on their
smash debut Hot Fuss. They were hard
to resist from the very beginning, blasting
o with high-energy hits like Somebody
Told Me, Mr. Brightside, Smile Like
You Mean It and All These Things That
Ive Done. Despite the bands decidedly
retro tendencies, the Killers have always
infused a slick modern sheen that has BRANDON FLOWERS, front, opens up on
kept their music fresh and relevant. personal topics with his band the Killers
While theyve never quite been able eclectic new album.
to equal the commercial success of Hot
Fuss,the Killers have managed to keep
plugging away with one solid album after
another. Despite being dismissed by some with PTSD. The Killers typically operate
critics as too derivative of their inuences in a world of storytelling and character
and too eager to embrace the mainstream, development, so the more intimate nature
the Killers still sell consistently well of Wonderful Wonderful translates to a
when many of their new wave-revivalist piercing emotional immediacy that feels
contemporaries of the early 2000s have completely genuine.
fallen by the wayside. Their latest album, Some Kind of Love is a gauzy ballad,
Wonderful Wonderful, is their rst in with Flowers gentle multi-tracked vocals
ve years, and their continued relevance oating atop a lovely bed of swaying
is conrmed not only in the quality of the synths. Out of My Mind is reminiscent of
album but by the fact that it debuts at the electronic-tinged pop that saturated
no. 1 on the Billboard album chart, their Top 40 airwaves in the late 80s. It boasts
rst ever to reach that mark. The albums one of the albums simpler yet most
success is not surprising Wonderful irresistible melodic hooks and seems an
Wonderful is the tightest and most potent obvious choice as a future single. Life
collection of the Killers exciting retro pop/ to Come once again is built mostly on
rock brew since their debut. synths the guitars take a back seat on
Lead single The Man is a tight dance/ Wonderful Wonderful as the band relies
funk jam that somehow manages to more heavily on electronic textures. The
merge elements of 70s disco, 80s new albums closer is the contemplative Have
wave and 90s electronica into a groove All The Songs Been Written?, which starts

Beauvoir Open Houses thats immediate and engaging. Flowers

taut falsetto lands somewhere between
as a slowly simmering ballad before rising
to the point where you think its gonna
Barry Gibb and David Byrne, a wildly really take o but then sorta sputters
Thursday, October 19 at 9:15 a.m. eccentric performance thats a refreshing unexpectedly mid-ascent. Its an odd
Sunday, November 12 at 1:00 p.m. change from the overly perfect autotuned
soullessness to which pop music fans
ending that feels unnished, but perhaps
thats the point. Maybe its meant to be a
are typically subjected these days. The harbinger of things to come.
Register today: Man sounds a bit like Maroon 5 but Wonderful Wonderful is the Killers
with an edgier kick and innitely more at their most focused and engaging. personality. Also excellent is the second While still unabashedly mining the
single Run For Cover, a jittery rocker past for inspiration, they also look
with a rapid-re vocal during the verse unerringly forward with an album that is
that gives way to the type of anthemic immaculately crafted, ercely performed
chorus that Brandon Flowers performs and brimming with solid hooks and ery
so well and with such obvious heart. grooves. If youre a fan, youll like it. If
The title track opens the album with you tend to view the Killers as style over
a stripped-down electronic rhythm, substance, as many critics do, Wonderful
swoops of quavery keyboard and a slow- Wonderful is at least worth an open-
building intensity that eventually boils minded listen. The Killers will probably
over as Flowers builds plenty of drama never be critical darlings, but it hardly
for the cinematic climax. In keeping matters. They know their niche and they
3500 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC 20016 with the more personal nature of this operate within its ashing neon glow with album, Flowers bares his heart in Rut, all the vitality and spirit of a band just
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46 OC T OB E R 06, 2017 SP O RT S

Some think I should dress more like

a woman. Some think I should dress
more like a man.

I may not fit some

ideas about gender,
and I am a proud
part of DC.
KEDZIE TELLER (far right) playing quidditch with the Austin Outlaws during the 2016 Major League
Quidditch tournament.
Please treat me the same way any
person would want to be treated:

A snitch in time
with courtesy and respect.
Discrimination based on gender identity and
expression is illegal in the District of Columbia.
If you think youve been the target of
discrimination, visit
or call (202) 727-4559.
Harry Potter-inspired
colleges, but I am very competitive and
game enthralls gay athlete I wanted to be an athlete at a Division I
college, Teller says. I ended up accepting


By KEVIN MAJOROS a track oer from Boston University in

part because they had a communications
Often life-changing moments come out program for journalism.
Show your support! Spread word of the #TransRespect of the blue. When Teller rst noticed the quidditch
campaign by photographing this ad and sharing on Twitter. In spring, 2009, Kedzie Teller stumbled team on campus, it was the end of his
upon a quidditch match between Boston freshman year and he was leaving the track
University and Emerson College. His rst team due to personal dierences with the
thought was, This cant be real. coaching. Hungry for a competitive outlet,
What he didnt know at that moment he went to a quidditch practice at the
was that quidditch, a game inspired by beginning of his sophomore year and was
one played in the Harry Potter books immediately hooked.
(albeit sans magical elements), would It is very competitive and super fun. I fell
dene the next eight years of his life. in love at the rst practice, Teller says. The
Quidditch is one of the fastest growing team was a mix of athletes and people who
sports in the country with about 200 college love Harry Potter and I met a lot of people
and community teams registered with the who I wouldnt have met otherwise. We
United States Quidditch Association. In also won a lot and I like to win.
2015, the sport went pro with 16 teams Teller played for Boston University
making up four divisions. Locally, Major Quidditch as a chaser for three years and
League Quidditch has representation by captained in his senior year. When he
the Washington Admirals. graduated in 2012, he thought his career
The rest of the world is also catching was over. Instead, he was selected to the
onto the sport which has been described United States National Quidditch Team
as a mix of rugby, handball and dodgeball. and played in the inaugural World Cup in
The International Quidditch Association London winning a gold medal.
World Cup is held every two years and in Reinvigorated, he returned to Boston
2016 it drew teams from 21 countries. and formed his own team, Q.C. Boston.
To play, two teams of seven players By that time, United States Quidditch
mount broomsticks and attempt to land had begun allowing community teams to
quaes (i.e. the ball) in one of the three compete against college teams. He was
hoops on the opposite end of each hockey selected again to the national team in
rink-sized pitch before the snitch, a 2014 and won another gold medal at the
tennis ball in a sock attached to an ocial, World Cup in Vancouver.
is captured. It was invented in 2005. It has been so special being a part of
Players ride broomsticks in the form this sport early on and to watch it develop,
of pvc pipes in the gender-inclusive sport Teller says. The rules have evolved and
somewhat akin to ag football. the sport is incredibly better now.
Teller grew up in a soccer family all over So much better in fact, that there are
New England with three sisters who also rumblings of the possibility that quidditch
played the sport. Teller played on travel will be an Olympic sport someday. The
teams and captained his high school International Olympic Committee has a
soccer team where he was all-state. He list of guidelines when considering a new
was also a sprinter on the track team and sport that includes outreach to youth.
when it came time to pick a college, he Yes, kidditch is alive and well.
had to make a choice.
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A D V I CE OC T OB E R 06, 2017 47
Lesbian nonplussed
Failed relationship could rst thing you can do is tell yourself that
be a gift in disguise many people go through this sort of self-
lacerating heartbreak and come out the

other side.Its true and it might help you
to calm down, even a bit.That would be
a good start.
It sounds to me like youre seeing the
relationship and its aftermath through a

distorted lens: your girlfriend and your
relationship were great, while you, now

MICHAEL RADKOWSKY, Psy.D. is a licensed

psychologist who works with gay individuals
and couples in D.C. He can be found online
at All identifying
single and on your own, are awful.
Im basing this on your description of
the relationship as at-out terric, on your
questioning only your own contribution to

information has been changed for reasons the breakup, on your dramatic sense of loss
of condentiality. Have a question? Send it to and on the way youre tearing into yourself.
When we see our lives through this

My girlfriend of 18 months dumped me

last month and I feel like Im losing my
lens, we need to work at grinding a new
lens. That new lens is equanimity, the
ability to stay calm and believe youll be
OK even as life rolls over you and knocks

mind. I cant get any food down. I wake you around.Just as it does to everyone.
up in the middle of the night and cant fall Your job now is to move forward even
back asleep. I cant stop thinking of her if you dont feel like it.This will help you
and wondering how I screwed this up.Ive start to build up your own belief that
heard breakups can be bad and now I am you will ultimately be ne. Accept that
nding out just how awful they can be. the relationship is over and nd things
To make matters worse, its because of to take even a little pleasure in. Enroll in
her that I came out to myself, friends and a class at a local restaurant, museum or
family. Now Im feeling like I turned my meditation center; adopt an animal; go TWO IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN ONE
whole life upside down for nothing. see hilarious movies with friends; take up
She broke up with me after I brought up a new sport. Anything to pull your mind
the idea that we should get married.She out of the tragic, self-criticizing groove in
responded that she actually felt like we which youre currently stuck, and move
had been growing apart.Then she added forward step by step. And dont despair if
that she feels like were best friends but you occasionally take a step back.
she doesnt feel it for me anymore. What you may have done wrong is to
Im driving myself crazy thinking try and keep all the less-than-perfect stu
over and over about what I might have out of your relationship. You believed
done wrong. I thought we had a terric you were living a romantic idyll with no
relationship and our sex life seemed problems. Maybe your girlfriend was
absolutely ne. I was dreaming of joining you in this view or maybe she
spending the rest of my life with her. wasnt. But evidently there were some
My parents treated my coming out problems and neither of you was equipped
as if I had lost my mind because I had to deal with them. You wanted to shove
only dated guys. They arent the most them under the proverbial rug, while she
gay-friendly people. Now my mom is felt that the solution was to terminate the
encouraging me to consider dating men relationship without any discussion.
again, basically saying that obviously Not incidentally, when you can view
same-sex relationships dont go too well. life with equanimity, youre better able
That is not too comforting but theres a to accept the diculties that come with
part of me that thinks shes right. being in a relationship as something
As for my friends, I can tell theyre to deal with rather than something you
getting tired of listening to me go on must ignore or ee from. IT TAKES TWO
about what I might have done to ruin One more thing: What about your
things. I know I sound and think like sexual orientation? Did this relationship
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time in the relationship. Going through
MICHAEL REPLIES: this painful aftermath is handing you the NOVEMBER 11 at 4PM
opportunity to learn the invaluable skill & 8PM
Yes, I think you can get past this. The of self-soothing.
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Venues super excellent seats designed to stymie scalpers

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31 The Anthem has a stage, backdrop,
production and lighting that is moveable
you doing that? Why not tilt the chairs to shrink or expand the space to
toward the stage? Everyone in the room accommodate 2,500 to 6,000 occupants.
was like, Yeah, why not? It took fresh It is so much more fun for the artist to
eyes of someone who has never done feel that all these people stepped into the
this. So we went back to the architect room. It also makes it more fun for the
and ran it through computerization patron to go in and feel like, Oh my gosh
to gure out the exact right angle, everybody else loves my band and this
Schaefer says. is going to be a lot of fun. Nothing feels
Super excellent seats will have a strict good when you go in and its echoing in
no scalping policy and will require the there, Schaefer says.
person who purchased the ticket to show The Anthem welcomes I.M.P. favorite
up with an ID to match. the Foo Fighters to christen its stage
As for food and drink, the Anthem has for a sold-out concert on Thursday,
got it covered. Eat-To-The-Beat, the U.K.- Oct. 12. Lead singer Dave Grohl, who
based, backstage catering service, will frequented the 9:30 Club as a teen
provide casual fare for concertgoers. growing up in Springfield, Va., was
Eat-to-the-Beat comes up with such invited by Hurwitz to open the venue
creative, delicious stu as if you were and toured the space during the early
sitting in the kitchen of one of the most stages of construction.
fabulous chefs in America, Schaefer says. It was always going to be the Foo
Attendees can also choose from seven Fighters, Schaefer says.
bars, as well as a coee bar, for alcoholic The opening concert will be accompanied
and non-alcoholic needs. by the Wharfs grand opening, which runs
Another feature, similar to the 9:30 from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. with reworks and Patrons will be allowed to take food and drink into the concert area when the Anthem opens next
Club, is a versatile space that can other live entertainment.
transform based on whether the show is Visit for a complete PHOTO COURTESY I.M.P.

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Realtors pitch in it is a predictable mix of daylong classes,
networking events and silly evenings
to help those affected spent watching dueling pianos, followed
by Hurricane Harvey by a hazy flight home with a tired brain
and body.
By DAVID BEDIZ This year, the event was scheduled for
Sept. 11-15, just two weeks after the larg-
In the wake of one tragic event after an- est hurricane and flood event the country
other some caused by one man, some has ever seen: Hurricane Harvey. With
caused by man in general we all may be floodwaters over 6-feet high in thousands
tempted to throw our hands in the air and of homes in Houston, the storm claimed
give up on humanity. Our leaders seem to dozens of lives and left hundreds of thou-
want to focus on moving backwards, while sands homeless. It also destroyed the
we as a species need desperately to move largest financial investment many resi-
forward and focus on solutions for our fu- dents had ever made, and many of those
ture. On the world stage, we retreat from investments were not protected by insur-
global policy shifts to try to slow down or ance of any kind.
reverse climate change, and domestically In the wake of such a catastrophe, our
we contemplate allowing silencers and brokerage could not just sit idly by and Realtors ditched a conference in Houston to pitch in and help in the aftermath of Hurricane
armor-piercing bullet sales in the wake of follow the same pattern of a typical con-
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Despite these desperate times, there is ence itself was so close to the devasta-
a movement, and perhaps a majority of tion. As a result, our large group shifted
us, that still have a positive outlook for focus from education to relief. With only bris littering the road. But then, as we but the floodwaters that rose around it. It
the future. Out of every tragedy, there about 13 days to plan, the original events pulled into what was previously a typical was like entering a war zone.
emerge heroes willing to risk their lives to were cancelled, buses were booked and middle-class housing development, the
help others, and communities strength- supplies were ordered to allow the 10,000 evidence became overwhelming: lines n CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
ening to help its weakest members. We original attendees to change roles to di- of piles of debris littering front yards of
may not always see it in the news, but saster assistant volunteers. every single house as crews worked to DAVID BEDIZ is a 13-year veteran Realtor and a
these movements happen. I saw it myself We boarded buses from Austin starting remove the things of peoples lives from leader in the community, serving on the Board
in Houston two weeks ago. at 7 each morning for several days in a their homes. One house was completely of Directors for both DCAR and GCAAR, the two
local Realtor associations. His top-producing
Every year, our brokerage, the largest row. As we got closer to Houston, the re- burned out, with nothing left standing but team was named 2015 Best of Gay DC Real Es-
in the world now, gets together in Austin, mains of the devastation Harvey caused the brick walls that made up its perim- tate Group by the Washington Blade, and has
Texas for a week of education, collabora- became more common: flooded fields, eter. Perhaps it burned during the flood been nominated for the award again this year.
He can be reached at 202-642-1616 or www.
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