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South African leader praised for promoting LGBT equality


By MICHAEL K. LAVERS mlavers@washblade.com LGBT advocates joined world leaders this week in honoring the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95. Our nation has lost its greatest son, said South African President Jacob Zuma as he announced on South African television that Mandela had passed away at his Johannesburg home. Nelson Mandela brought us together. And it is together that we will bid him farewell. Born in Cape Province on July 18, 1918, Mandela spent 27 years in jail for opposing South Africas Apartheid-era government until his release in 1990. Mandela was the countrys president from 1994-1999. South Africa in 1994 became the rst country in the world to add a ban on discrimination based on sexual
Former South African President NELSON MANDELA died last week at age 95.
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Former Wizards center faces ultimate deadline of March 1


By MICHAEL K. LAVERS mlavers@washblade.com
Former Washington Wizards center JASON COLLINS came out six months ago in a Sports Illustrated op-ed.

NEW YORK Former Washington Wizards center Jason Collins told the

Washington Blade on Tuesday that his sexual orientation is not a factor in the fact he remains unsigned more than six months after coming out. Theres a lot of speculation as to why I havent signed, Collins said during an interview that took place as he attended a Manhattan fundraiser for the LGBT advocacy group United for Equality in Sports

and Entertainment. I choose to focus on what I can control and thats how hard I work out. Collins on April 29 became the rst male athlete who actively played in a major American professional sports league to come out as gay when Sports Illustrated published his op-ed on its
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Dupont Circle gets in the holiday spirit


Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets held a tree lighting ceremony on Saturday evening in front of La Tomate. Santa and his elves were joined by members of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission and D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) for the event. Evans told Santa that for his Christmas wish, I want to be mayor! The assembled crowd laughed and applauded. MICHAEL KEY

Vandalism of Blade boxes, theft of papers continues


Excrement placed in boxes in Dupont Circle, 17th Street area
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com Unidentied perpetrators are emptying some of the Washington Blades newspaper distribution boxes of papers on the day they are delivered and vandalizing others by smearing human excrement on the papers and the inside surfaces, preventing readers from gaining access to the Blade in locations throughout the city. Blade Publisher Lynne Brown said that while the bulk theft of the papers and the vandalism of the boxes have been taking place for the past two years, the frequency and intensity of the incidents appear to have increased during Thanksgiving week. We restock and clean as fast as possible, Brown said. But theres a loss of property. This is our product. Its being destroyed, she said. And the condence of our readers is being challenged. John Ryan, co-owner of Media Point LLC, a newspaper distribution company that delivers the Blade each week to the street boxes and other locations, such as bars, bookstores and restaurants, said his drivers remove the boxes soiled by excrement and take them to a company warehouse, where they are steam cleaned. Ryan said during the past month or two, the unidentied perpetrator or perpetrators have repeatedly targeted Blade boxes on 17th Street outside some of the neighborhoods popular bars and restaurants, including the gay bar Colbalt at 17th and R streets, N.W. I dont know how they are getting it into the box, but its the fth time with these boxes that weve had to pull them off the street and clean them and put them back, he said in referring to the boxes smeared with excrement. Were at wits end as far as that goes because that is a nasty job as you can imagine, he said. And three days later theyre doing it again, and we have to pick them back up, said Media Point supervisor Richard Goldsmith, who is in charge of the Blade distribution operation. D.C. police spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump said earlier this year that the department is very committed to addressing reports of vandalism of newspaper boxes. But Crump and other police ofcials have said the U.S. Attorneys ofce has determined that its not a crime to take a free newspaper,

Accused killer incompetent to stand trial


A D.C. Superior Court Judge on Dec. 2 ruled that a 57-year-old man charged with rst-degree murder while armed for the February 2012 stabbing death of transgender woman Deoni JaParker Jones is incompetent to stand trial. Judge Robert E. Morin ordered Gary Niles Montgomery transferred from the D.C. jail to St. Elizabeths Hospital for competency restoration and scheduled a court hearing to assess his mental health status for Feb. 7. According to court records, Morin based his decision on a 30-day competency examination of Montgomery conducted at St. Elizabeths, the third such examination given to Montgomery since the time of his arrest two weeks after the Feb. 2, 2012 murder. The rst two exams found him competent to stand trial and prompted Morin to set a trial date for April 4, 2014. During the Dec. 2 hearing Morin vacated the trial date pending the outcome of further evaluation of Montgomery. At the request of Montgomerys defense attorneys, Anthony Matthews and Colle Latin, Morin agreed in October to send Montgomery to St. Elizabeths Hospital, a city-run psychiatric facility, to undergo a third mental competency evaluation. A copy of the report for that examination, on which Morin based his decision to declare Montgomery incompetent to stand trial, couldnt immediately be obtained. Alvin Bethea, the stepfather of Jones, told the Blade this week he is troubled over the judges decision to declare Montgomery incompetent for trial. He said he also remains concerned that prosecutors have yet to classify the murder as an anti-transgender hate crime. LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Vandals appear to have stepped up their attacks on Blade distribution boxes.


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Wells Fargo unveils LGBT-themed mural


The Desoto Branch of Wells Fargo Bank in Logan unveiled an LGBT-themed mural on Monday. The installation depicts gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny, lesbian photographer Francis Benjamin Johnston and buttons from the 1979 National March for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Wells Fargo Area President Christopher Scotti informed the crowd that the piece is the second LGBT-themed mural in a Wells Fargo branch with more planned in cities across the country. MICHAEL KEY

even large quantities of the paper. Maryland and other states have passed laws that make it a crime to remove large quantities of free newspapers if the intent is to deprive others from reading them or obtaining them. D.C. has yet to adopt such a law, police ofcials have said. Brown said that with the vandalism appearing to be increasing, she plans to more aggressively report the incidents to police at the time the delivery drivers discover the damaged boxes. According to Brown and Ryan, in addition to the excrement smearing, vandals have started to smash the plastic window on the boxes and break off a clip that holds one copy of the paper against the window so readers can read the headlines and determine if a new issue has been delivered. Ryan and Goldsmith said they take steps to repair and replace the broken windows and clips on the boxes as fast as they can, but in certain locations the vandals return and break them almost as soon as the repaired boxes are put back on the street. If a hate crime is a factor, one of my concerns is what if a reader is taking a Blade out and this hateful, spiteful person whos kicking out the window on the box decides to attack a Blade reader?

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Graham to run for fth term


reprimand by his Council colleagues and the ethics board ruling would likely make the outcome of Grahams re-election closer than it has been in Grahams four previous elections, in which he won by signicant margins. In the 2010 general election, Graham won with 81 percent of the vote. Ward 1 ANC Commissioner Marc Morgan, who ran against Graham as a Republican in the 2010 general election, said Graham remains highly popular among many Ward 1 residents based on his years of constituent service work in support of many of the wards diverse neighborhoods. In trying to put political bias aside, I must admit Im a fan of Jim Graham, Morgan told the Blade. I can tell you that in my area the residents are extremely satised with him. The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the citys largest LGBT political organization, has endorsed Graham in each of his past races for the Ward 1 Council seat. But this time Weaver, who is viewed as a longtime friend of the LGBT community, is expected to compete for the Stein Club endorsement. Stein Club ofcials said they have yet to develop a timetable for making endorsements in the April 1 primary, but said an endorsement meeting and forum for Council candidates would likely take place in February or March.

Gay D.C. Councilmember JIM GRAHAM (D-Ward 1) announced his re-election bid on Bruce DePuyts show Monday.
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Gay D.C. Council member announces re-election bid


By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com Gay D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) announced on Monday that he will run in the April 1, 2014 Democratic primary for a fth term in ofce. Graham made the announcement on the News Channel 8 TV program Bruce DePuyt Live a little more than a month after he formed an exploratory committee to help him decide whether or not to run for re-election. In a statement released at the time of the announcement, Graham said that in discussions with Ward 1 residents he was reminded of the major economic development he helped bring about in all parts of the ward and his work in making sure the development beneted the residents. He also pointed to his constituent service work that he noted has been praised as among the best on the Council. It came down to, Jim, do you want to serve another four years? Graham told DePuyt. Is this really something you want to do? Do you want to be of service? And the answer I came up with is yes. As of Dec. 6, three others had led papers to run in the Democratic primary for the Ward 1 Council seat, according to a candidate list provided by the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. All candidates must submit the required number of petition signatures by Jan. 2 to qualify for placement on the ballot. The three running against Graham are longtime community activist and former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Bryan Weaver; public relations consultant and community activist Brianne Nadeau; and Carnegie Mellon University professor Beverly Wheeler,

who is a former chief of staff for D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson (D-AtLarge) before Mendelson became chair. Graham, 68, has been among the Councils strongest advocates for LGBT rights and people with HIV/AIDS. Prior to winning election to the Council, Graham served for more than 15 years as executive director of the WhitmanWalker Clinic, the citys largest private, non-prot organization providing services to people with HIV/AIDS. Grahams three opponents have expressed support for LGBT equality. Weaver, who ran and lost to Graham in the 2010 Democratic primary, has been the most outspoken this year among the three candidates challenging Graham on the issue of ethics. In a statement released Monday immediately after Graham announced he was running for re-election Weaver raised the issue of the Councils decision in February of this year to reprimand Graham over an allegation that he improperly intervened in the negotiating process for a city contract with a developer. The Councilmembers decision to seek re-election reects just how out of touch he has become about the importance of the publics trust in our government, Weaver said. The Council voted 11-2 to issue the reprimand after the citys newly created independent ethics board ruled that Graham, while not violating any law, breached a code of ethics as a Council member by intervening in the contract process. Graham has strongly disputed the claim that he acted improperly. He has said he favored one developer over another for a Metro-related project in his ward based on the belief that the company he favored was better qualied to do the work. Political observers have said the

Catania explores run for mayor


D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At-Large) led papers last week to create an exploratory committee for a possible run for mayor, raising the possibility that he could become the rst openly gay mayor of the nations capital. As a 16-year veteran on the Council, Catania has been credited with taking the lead on many far-reaching legislative initiatives, including the citys samesex marriage law, the expansion of health insurance coverage to nearly all city residents long before Obamacare and sweeping reforms at the Department of Health and the AIDS ofce. In a letter to city residents posted on his exploratory committees newly launched website, Catania said improving the D.C.s public education system is currently his top priority as a Council member and would be his highest priority as mayor should he choose to enter the already crowded mayoral competition in 2014. Mayor Vincent Gray and four of Catanias Council colleagues are among the 11 candidates that have entered the Democratic mayoral primary. A Statehood Green Party candidate and Libertarian Party candidate have also entered the race and are expected to be on the ballot in the November general election along with Catania should he decide to run. In 1997, as a political outsider, I ran for the Council of the District of Columbia, he said in his open letter. I believed that through hard work and standing up for whats right, I could contribute to a brighter future for our city and its residents. Since then, we have made incredible progress as a city, and I am proud to have played a part in it, he said. Catania won his rst race for the Council in 1997 as a Republican running in special election to ll a vacant at-large seat. He won re-election the following year followed by election wins in 2002, 2006, and 2010. In 2004, Catania withdrew from the Republican Party in response to the support by then-President George W. Bush and the Republican Party leadership of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. He has remained an independent since that time. Should he decide to run for mayor next year he would have to give up his Council seat since that seat is also up for election in 2014. But as an independent, Catania would have the advantage of knowing who wins the Democratic primary scheduled for April 1 before the deadline for ling as an independent mayoral candidate in June. And if he chooses to run, he would be considered a signicant challenger to the Democratic nominee in a city where the mayoral contest has almost always been effectively decided in the Democratic primary. No nonDemocratic candidate has ever won election as mayor since D.C.s rst home rule election for mayor in 1974.
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Victory Fund urged lawmaker to remain in closet: report


Critic claims gay group wanted Sims, not Fleck, to be rst out Pa. ofcial
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com A gay Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives created a stir last week when he told the Philadelphia Gay News in an interview that the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund urged him to delay coming out until after the November 2012 election and possibly later. Denis Dison, the Victory Funds senior vice president for programs, disputed claims by critics that the group pushed for Rep. Mike Flecks delay in coming out because it wanted another candidate it endorsed to become the states rst openly gay state lawmaker. Fleck, who won election in 2006 in the states rural, conservative 81st District, told PGN he was ready to come out as gay in the spring of 2012. At the time he had secured the Republican Party nomination for re-election and learned that no Democrat planned to run against him in the November general election. I was running unopposed so I didnt see what the fallout would be, PGN quoted him as saying. But Victory Fund frowned upon that and said, No, no, youve got a lot of people in tough races, your colleagues, and this isnt an issue in their race. You cant come out and put them like a deer in headlights, have them asked things like, Your best friend just came out, where are you on equality legislation? PGN reported that Fleck said when the election came and went the Victory Fund continued to urge him to delay coming out. But this time he ignored the advice and arranged for his hometown newspaper, the Huntington Daily News, to do a story reporting his coming out in its Dec. 1, 2012 edition. The story of his coming out was picked up by other media outlets in the U.S. and even abroad and quickly went viral. Flecks comments to PGN prompted lesbian commentator Faith Elmes to write a column for the Pennsylvania blog Keystone Student Voice questioning the Victory Funds motives in reportedly urging Fleck to postpone coming out. Elmes accused the Victory Fund of pushing for Fleck to stay in the closet long enough so that gay activist and attorney Brian Sims, a Democrat, would emerge as the states rst openly gay member of the Pennsylvania House in his bid for a seat in a liberal, Democratic district that includes part of Philadelphia. The Victory Fund endorsed Sims election bid and promoted him to potential campaign donors as being poised to become the rst openly gay member of the state legislature. Sims defeated a pro-gay incumbent in the Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the November 2012 general election in what observers say is a safe Democratic district. Elmes noted that Sims served on the Victory Funds campaign board that decides which candidates the group should endorse in its role as the nations leading advocate for the election of openly LGBT candidates for public ofce. If Mr. Sims secured the full title of rst openly gay legislator in PA, the organization would have amplied media presence after their guy won, Elmes wrote. The Victory Fund could claim credit for prevailing in what they call on their website a Horizon State [in which no out LGBT person held elective ofce to the state legislature]. Sims, who takes strong exception to Elmes assertions, said he resigned from the Victory Funds board before he announced his candidacy for the 182nd House district, as is required under Victory Fund rules for all board members seeking to run for public ofce. Dison, citing strict condentiality rules in the Victory Funds role in advising closeted elected ofcials on how best to come out, declined to comment on what the group said to Fleck during the time he deliberated over whether to come out. However, in a written statement to the Blade, he disputed claims that the Victory Funds endorsement of Sims played any role in its advice to Fleck. Whats important to us isnt who was the rst, but that the LGBT community nally gained not one but two authentic voices in the state legislature in the same year, Dison said in his statement. Our work assisting closeted ofcials who want to come out is aimed at increasing the likelihood they can remain public servants, he said. That was our only consideration when we advised Rep. Mike Fleck last year, said Dison. Other theories are false. Some media outlets reported that Fleck became the states rst openly gay state representative by way of coming out in the Dec. 1, 2012 newspaper story. These reports note that Sims didnt take ofce until Jan. 1, when he took the oath of ofce at the state capital in Harrisburg. But others, including Sims, point to the state constitution, which declares that the legislative session ofcially begins on the rst day of December following the November election. For all of the things that are sort of gray and up in the air this is not, Sims told the Blade in a phone interview on Tuesday. Article 2, Section 2 of our state constitution is two lines, and its very clear. My term began on the rst day of December. My ceremonial swearing in was just that, a ceremonial swearing in on Jan. 1. Assuming Sims interpretation of the state constitution is correct, he and Fleck became openly gay lawmakers on the same day. Fleck couldnt immediately be reached for comment. Sims said he did not know that Fleck planned to come out until a day or two before the newspaper story reporting his status as a gay man was published last December. He said he and Fleck are on good terms. Sims said a few days after Fleck came out he wrote a column in the Hufngton Post welcoming Fleck. I was really frustrated that there were people who felt like Mike was trying to steal the spotlight or trying to race me somehow to this mythical title of rst gay whatever, Sims said. That wasnt the case.

Indian LGBT rights advocates in Mumbai on Dec. 11, protest the Supreme Court of Indias decision to reinstate the countrys sodomy law.
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India court reinstates sodomy law


The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday ruled consensual same-sex sexual activity remains illegal in the country. The decision overturns a 2009 Delhi High Court ruling that decriminalized homosexuality in the worlds second most populated nation. Indias top court also said only lawmakers can repeal the colonial-era sodomy law that has been in place since 1860. NDTV reported LGBT rights advocates who had gathered outside the court began to cry when they heard the ruling. Others gathered in the streets of Mumbai to protest the decision. NDTV said the Naz Foundation Trust, an HIV/AIDS advocacy group that sought to overturn the sodomy law, plans to challenge the ruling. It is a tragedy that this judgment forgets the vision of the founders of the Indian republic which was so eloquently captured by the Delhi High Court, a group of Indian LGBT advocates that includes Voices Against 377 and the Alternative Law Forum said in a statement. Sapna Pandya, president of KhushDC, a group for LGBT South Asians who live in the Washington metropolitan area, also criticized the decision. Todays ruling is a setback, Pandya said. More than 70 countries continue to criminalize consensual same-sex sexual activity. To deny gays and lesbians the right to live freely and to threaten them with discrimination and even death is not a form of moral or religious Puritanism, said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power on Tuesday as she spoke to a group of LGBT rights advocates the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission brought to the U.N. for the 65th anniversary of the ratication of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Its in fact barbarism. MICHAEL K. LAVERS

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Medicare to examine ban on gender reassignment


Rationale for policy not complete and adequate
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com The Obama administration is set to re-examine the ban that prohibits Medicare from covering gender reassignment surgery, according to a memorandum obtained Tuesday by the Washington Blade. The document from the Department of Health & Human Services, dated Dec. 2, nds that the reasoning for the ban is not complete and adequate to support denying Medicaid coverage for transgender people seeking the procedure. The HHS Department Appeals Board states the ban which is codied as National Coverage Determination 140.3 fails to account for development in the care and treatment for transgender people over the course of the last 30 years. The next step, the memo states, is proceeding into a discovery phase for the taking of evidence to determine whether the ban can be justied. Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said there really isnt that much to say at this point in the process. This is really a preliminary step, Keisling said. Its a good sign, but we have more to go on this. Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center, was optimistic the ban would be lifted following the discovery process. Current Medicare standards are based on science from the 1960s, so its about time for a review, Davis said. Because the current scientic evidence overwhelmingly shows that sex-reassignment surgeries are effective and medically necessary treatments for some transgender individuals, we are hopeful the board will nd the exclusion is not supported. The DAB initiated the review of the ban on Medicare-provided gender reassignment surgery in response to a request led in March by a quartet of LGBT advocates: the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and civil rights attorney Mary Lou Boelcke. The challenge was led on behalf of Denee Mallon, a 73-year-old transgender woman in Albuquerque, N.M. A Medicare recipient, Mallon was recommended to have gender reassignment surgery by doctors to treat her gender dysphoria In a joint statement provided to the Washington Blade in response to the HHS memorandum, the ACLU, NCLR and GLAD expressed optimism that DAB would come to the conclusion after discovery that the ban on Medicareprovided gender reassignment surgery should be lifted. Because the current evidence overwhelmingly shows that sexreassignment surgeries are effective and medically necessary treatments for some individuals with gender dysphoria, we are hopeful the Board will nd the exclusion is not supported, the statement says. According to the memorandum, the ban was put in place in 1989 as a result of a 1981 report from the National Center for Health Care Technology, an arm of HHS. The report concluded transsexual surgery not be covered by Medicare at this time because of the high rate of complications and questions about whether it was effective in treating gender identity disorder. Transsexual surgery for sex reassignment of transsexuals is controversial, the regulation states. Because of the lack of well controlled, long term studies of the safety and effectiveness of the surgical procedures and attendant therapies for transsexualism, the treatment is considered experimental. Moreover, there is a high rate of serious complications for these surgical procedures. For these reasons, transsexual surgery is not covered. Despite the institution of this policy, the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association support gender reassignment surgery for transgender people as a means to treat gender identity disorder.
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By MICHAEL K. LAVERS mlavers@washblade.com UNITED NATIONS LGBT activists this week used the 65th anniversary of the ratication of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the U.N. to highlight efforts to combat homophobia and transphobia in sports. Gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts on Dec. 10 moderated a U.N. panel at the U.N. on which retired tennis champion Martina Navratilova, former Washington Wizards center Jason Collins, South African activist Thandeka Tumi Mkhuma, intersex advocate Huda Viloria, Anastasia Smirnova of the Russian LGBT Network and U.N. Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic sat. Singer Melissa Etheridge and Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, were among those who also attended the event. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a video that Navratilova, who came out in 1981, inspired him. He added the retired tennis champion paved the way for Collins and other LGBT athletes to publicly declare their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. They understand an abuse against any of us is an affront to all, said Ban. Human rights can only be visible when we stand in solidarity as one. Smirnova said the attention the Kremlins LGBT rights record has received ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics that will take place in Sochi, Russia, in February has allowed her organization to shed light on the most ugly developments happening in the country. She added the Olympics and other international sporting events can be a great celebration of excellence and diversity. As a celebration of diversity, it has great potential to show common universal commitment to humanity, to show dignity, to show international solidarity with those who are experiencing hardships, said Smirnova. Mkhuma paid tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela during the panel, noting he unied his country through sports. The antiApartheid champion presented the 1995 Rugby World Cup championship trophy to Francois Pienaar, a white South African who was the then-captain of the Springboks, while wearing the team jersey with his number. Mkhuma said her stepfather, who is a pastor, kicked her out of her home when she was 16 because she is a lesbian. South African authorities have yet to arrest the person who beat and raped her in 2009. Mkhuma said the lesbian soccer team she joined has become her family and my community. As a survivor of rape, it is still hard for me to live in South Africa, she said as her voice quivered and Navratilova comforted her. It is all our responsibility to end hate and to end violence. The U.N. General Assembly on Dec. 10, 1948, ratied the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The U.N. in 2011 adopted a resolution in support of LGBT rights. The [U.N.s] Universal Declaration of Human Rights promises a world in which everyone is born free and equal in dignity and rights no exceptions, no one left behind, said U.N. High Commission for Human Rights Navi Pillay in July during a Cape Town, South Africa, press conference at which the U.N. launched a campaign in support of global LGBT rights. Yet its still a hollow promise for many millions of LGBT people forced to confront hatred, intolerance, violence and discrimination on a daily basis. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power on Tuesday described the Russian law that bans gay propaganda to minors as outrageous and dangerous during a meeting with nearly 30 LGBT rights advocates at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. in New York that IGLHRC organized. Turkish Parliamentarian Melda Onur, Maria Fontenelle of the St. Lucian LGBT advocacy group United and Strong, Thilaga Sulathireh of the Malaysian organization Justice for Sisters and Family Equality Council Executive Director Gabriel Brau are among those who attended the roundtable. LGBT rights advocates from Namibia, Malawi, Cameroon, Zimbabwe and other African countries also took part in an IGLHRC brieng in lower Manhattan on Dec. 9. To deny gays and lesbians the right to live freely and to threaten them with discrimination and even death is not a form of moral or religious Puritanism, said Power. Its in fact barbarism. Etheridge joined Milk producer Bruce Cohen and Smirnova on Dec. 9 for the formal launch of the Uprising of Love campaign that seeks to support LGBT Russians. Collins is among those who attended a Manhattan fundraiser for United for Equality in Sports and Entertainment the following day. U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Dec. 5 held a reception at her Tokyo residence to commemorate the ratication of Universal Declaration

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA came out in 1981. She participated in a panel discussion at the U.N. this week targeting homophobia in sports.
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of Human Rights. Gay Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims is among those who spoke. Today, we recognize that human rights include womens rights, reproductive rights, racial and ethnic justice, the rights of the ill and inrmed, the rights of the differently abled, and the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, said Sims in his speech.

Ambassador slams Russia anti-gay law


In an earlier event marking the declarations anniversary, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power strongly criticized Russias law that bans gay propaganda to minors. The recent enactment of Russias anti-propaganda law is as outrageous as it is dangerous, she said as she opened a meeting with more than 30 LGBT rights advocates at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. It is a reminder that whether the struggle of equality takes the form of equal employee benets or protection from being imprisoned or executed, we have a long way to go. Power also noted during her speech that coincides with the 65th anniversary of the ratication of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that 78 countries continue to criminalize consensual same-sex sexual activity. Homosexuality remains punishable by

death in Mauritania, Sudan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and northern Nigeria. To criticize the criminalization of LGBT status is not cultural imperialism, said Power. To deny gays and lesbians the right to live freely and to threaten them with discrimination and even death is not a form of moral or religious Puritanism. Its in fact barbarism. Power also stressed the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela last week reminds us of what one fearless and passionate voice can achieve when raised in a righteous cause. Her comments came hours after President Obama made a veiled reference to LGBT rights during his speech at the memorial service for the anti-Apartheid champion in Johannesburg. National Security Advisor Susan Rice last week said in a speech she gave during Human Rights Firsts annual summit in D.C. that LGBT rights remain an essential part of U.S. foreign policy. Lesbian Russian journalist Masha Gessen and Juliet Mphande, executive director of Rainka Zambia, spoke during the meeting with Power before the Washington Blade and the handful of reporters from other media outlets were asked to leave the room. Turkish Parliamentarian Melda Onur, Wilson Castaera of the Colombian LGBT advocacy group Caribe Armativo and Center for Global Equality Chair Mark Bromley were among those who also attended the roundtable.

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Backlash over congressmans anti-gay crusade
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com Gay Republican groups are criticizing Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) over his reported comments that gay congressional candidates should not receive money from the Republican Party to run for ofce. The groups were responding to an article published last week in Politico, which cited a half-dozen anonymous sources as saying Forbes has undertaken a lengthy crusade to convince the National Republican Congressional Committee to drop support for gay Republican candidates. Gregory Angelo, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, said Forbes position indicates he wants to relegate Republicans to minority status in the U.S. House. You either want Republicans to win, or you dont its as simple as that, Angelo said. Apparently, Congressman Forbes does not. Thankfully, the real GOP leaders in the House know how to pick winners, and their money is on Richard Tisei and Carl DeMaio. Among the gay Republican congressional candidates cited by Politico are Massachusetts Republican Richard Tisei, who narrowly lost in his challenge to unseat Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) last year and is considering a rematch, as well as Carl DeMaio, whos seeking to represent the San Diego area in the House. to the Washington Blades request for comment, and Innis couldnt be reached. Ross Hemminger, co-director of GOProud, said Forbes behavior is disappointing. This type of rhetoric is symptomatic of someone who does not understand the importance of being a team player, Hemminger said. Our party cannot win elections by appealing to the lowest common denominator amongst the minority of American voters. This type of rhetoric embarrasses Republicans everywhere, and it is not helpful. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was succinct when asked about the issue during his news conference on Thursday. In response to a question about whether Republican money should go to gay congressional candidates, Boehner replied, I do. Drew Hammill, a spokesperson for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), accused Boehner of being disingenuous in his answer and took the opportunity to bash gay Republican candidates as well as the speakers failure to bring up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act for a vote. LGBT Americans are more interested in passing ENDA and expanding freedom and equality in our country than Speaker Boehners insincere efforts to marry himself to extreme gay Republican candidates, Hammill said. Forbes, who scored 0 in the Human Rights Campaigns most recent congressional scorecard, is known for his anti-LGBT record in Congress. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Virginia Republican has supported the anti-gay American Family Association and was set to headline one of its fundraisers before canceling at the last minute. Forbes is among the 59 sponsors of a proposed U.S. constitutional amendment in the House that would ban same-sex marriage throughout the country. As ThinkProgress notes, Forbes spoke out against ENDA on the House oor in 2007, saying the LGBT anti-bias bill will lead activist judges to redene the institution of marriage. In the Politico piece, Forbes is quoted as saying he believes Republican leaders can do whatever they want to do in terms of giving money to congressional candidates, but is concerned about House members being asked to contribute to the campaigns. There would be a different situation if they tried to force other members to give money, Forbes said. As Politico notes, the NRCC is partially funded by collecting tens of millions of dollars from House Republicans, who pay dues to the organization. NRCC Chair Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) was quoted as saying in Politico that the policy of his organization is to contribute money to Republican candidates even if they identify as gay. Our decisions on the Republican nominees we support will not be based on race, gender or sexual orientation but will be based on the strength of their candidacy and their ability to defeat Democrats, Walden said.
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Rep. RANDY FORBES (R-Va.) has expressed concerns over Republican money going to support gay congressional candidates.

Another gay candidate seeking to carry the Republican banner in a bid for a congressional seat not mentioned in the Politico piece is Dan Innis, a University of New Hampshire administrator in a same-sex marriage whos seeking to unseat Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.). In a statement provided to the Blade, DeMaio said he focused on winning his congressional race and not the comments from the Virginia politician. Under Mr. Forbes, San Diegans are not focused on sexual orientation, DeMaio said. To the contrary, Im winning this district because San Diegans are looking for fresh leadership in Washington to reform wasteful government spending, revitalize the economy and hold government programs accountable. Tisei didnt immediately respond

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website. The former Wizards centers interview with the Blade is the rst time he has spoken to an LGBT media outlet since he publicly declared his sexual orientation. CBS News over the summer reported the Detroit Pistons and the Brooklyn Nets passed on signing Collins. The deadline for teams to send their playoff rosters to the NBA is March 1. Thats the ultimate deadline, Collins told the Blade. But up until that date Im going to continue to work out, continue to train. I consider myself a free agent and Im ready when and if an NBA team calls my name. Collins has become an increasingly visible LGBT rights advocate since coming out. He has attended events for the Human

Rights Campaign; GLAAD; the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network; the Trevor Project and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. He also marched in Bostons annual Pride parade in June with Massachusetts Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, III, with whom he lived while they attended Stanford University. Collins in May headlined a Manhattan fundraiser for the Democratic National Committees Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Leadership Council with First Lady Michelle Obama. He introduced Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the MTV Video Music Awards in August before they performed their song Same Love that advocates for marriage rights for same-sex couples. Collins spoke with the Blade during the United for Equality in Sports and Entertainment fundraiser that took

place hours after he joined retired tennis champion Martina Navratilova, South African activist Thandeka Tumi Mkhuma, intersex advocate Huda Viloria, Anastasia Smirnova of the Russian LGBT Network and U.N. Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic on a United Nations panel that gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts moderated. The former Wizards center described Navratilova, who came out as a lesbian in 1981, as one of my heroes. Collins said Navratilova e-mailed him after he came out. The two met face-toface for the rst time on Tuesday before the U.N. panel. Growing up she was so dominant, such a great role model and an example of someone who lived her life on and off the court, he said. [She] exemplied

everything as far as being a winner and then also empowers others by just being vocal. I cant say enough good things about her. President Obama, NBA Commissioner David Stern, Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Oprah Winfrey and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray are among those who applauded Collins for coming out. Several of the former Wizards centers then-D.C. teammates also praised his decision to publicly disclose his sexual orientation. I wasnt expecting a call from the president when I made my announcement, Collins said. I was extremely humbled to get a call from him and so many other celebrities, in addition to friends and former teammates, coaches, fans. Its been really overwhelming the response to my announcement.

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orientation into its constitution. Mandela in 1994 nominated Edwin Cameron, a gay man with HIV, alongside four others to sit on South Africas highest court. I became the rst openly gay judge in South Africas history and, at that time, one of the very few openly gay judges anywhere in the world, wrote Cameron in an op-ed for the South African website Mambaonline in July that he provided to the Washington Blade. Mr. Mandela was not only happy to appoint me he did so with emphatic personal warmth, which he personally expressed to me and to others. South African LGBT rights advocate Phumzile Mtetwa also recalled Mandelas LGBT legacy in an op-ed the South African newspaper Mail and Guardian published in July while the former South African president was in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital for what his doctors described as a recurring lung infection. Mtetwa noted Mandela was president of the African National Congress in 1993 when it added the extension of rights to LGBT South Africans to its platform. The ANC in 1997 adopted a resolution opposing discrimination based on sexual orientation. Mtetwa wrote Mandela became an important icon of the movement in contrast to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and other anti-LGBT African heads of state. As a queer activist I will remember uTatu Dalibhunga for the dreams of freedom he symbolized, Mtetwa said. Gavin Hayward, editor of Exit, a South African LGBT newspaper, told the Blade from Johannesburg last week that LGBT South Africans continue to acknowledge Mandelas pro-gay legacy. He noted his own interracial relationship would have been banned under Apartheid. He was such a great man, with such compassion and selessness to devote his life to a cause really for the benet of others, Hayward told the Blade. Thats huge and of course I admire him immensely. God knows where the country would have been if we hadnt had a great man like that around. Obama described Mandela as one of the most inuential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth. Through his erce dignity and unbending will to sacrice his own freedom for the freedom of others, Madiba transformed South Africa and moved all of us, the president said. His journey from a prisoner to a

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president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray were among those who also mourned Mandelas death. Nelson Mandela tore down oppression, united a rainbow nation and always walked arm-in-arm with his LGBT brothers and sisters and with all people toward freedom, said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Grifn in a statement. Though every man, woman and child who seeks justice around the world mourns this loss, his vision of an equal future lives on undimmed. Rev. Nancy Wilson, moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches, described Mandela as one of the greatest leaders in history. Because of Nelson Mandela, South Africa became the rst country in the world to include constitutional protection for same-gender loving persons, she said. As the head of a church with many gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer members in 40 countries, including South Africa, I honor the liberator, Mandela.

President Obama referenced the struggle for gay rights across the world in his speech at Mondays memorial service in South Africa honoring Mandelas life. Obama made the reference to gay rights saying people around the world are still persecuted for who they love when making a generalized statement about the struggle for equality. The struggles that follow the victory of formal equality or universal franchise may not be as lled with drama and moral clarity as those that came before, but they are no less important, Obama said. For around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger and disease. We still see run-down schools. We still see young people without prospects for the future. Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs, and are still persecuted for what they look like, and how they worship, and who they love. That is happening today. In remarks delivered at First National Bank Stadium on a rainy day in Johannesburg, Obama honored Mandela. In his 15-minute speech, Obama said Mandela served as an inspiration in part because his

willingness to admit imperfection encouraged others to make similar endeavors in pursuit of equality. For nothing he achieved was inevitable, Obama said. In the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shrewdness, and persistence and faith. He tells us what is possible not just in the pages of history books, but in our own lives as well. Obama received a big roar of applause from the crowd when he concluded his remarks. In addition to shouting and applause, the sound of the horn made famous during the World Cup, the Vuvuzela, lled the stadium. As Obama walked away from the stage, people rushed through the stands to see him. Also in attendance for the memorial service were rst lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. President Obama made headlines by shaking the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro, who also spoke.
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Morgan State Universitys chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity was placed on probation until the fall of 2015 for violating university policies on discrimination after a student, Brian Stewart, 20, complained that the fraternity rejected him because he is gay. In late October, Stewart, a senior, led a formal complaint with the university offering derogatory social media messages he said were sent among fraternity members as proof. Its very rare to get a complaint like this from students against other students, Morgan spokesman Jarrett Carter, Sr. told the Baltimore Sun. Its not something that the university tolerates or takes lightly. Stewart said he no longer wishes to join the fraternity but wanted to raise awareness as his motive in ling the complaint. He thought that his academic achievements presented at the interview would have been sufcient for being accepted by Kappa Alpha Psi members, but he was rejected the following day. According to the Sun, the probation means that Morgans chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity cannot register as an ofcial organization, participate in university-sponsored events or host events on or off campus. Since news of the complaint circulated through the campus, students at Morgan have held two campus-wide discussions about discrimination against gay people, drawing hundreds of participants. Stewart did not respond to a Blade request for comment.
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SAN FRANCISCO The Human Rights Campaign, the nations largest LGBT advocacy group, reports that more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies and 90 percent of all large employers it surveyed are offering health insurance and other spousal benets to same-sex domestic partners of their employees, the Associated Press reports. Among rst-time additions to the companies are Walmart Stores Inc., Hormel Foods LLC and Wendys International Inc. The groups 12th annual Corporate Equality Index, which rates private companies on policies affecting LGBT workers and consumers, also found a record number of businesses adopting policies prohibiting discrimination against transgender workers and job applicants. They include 61 percent of the Fortune 500, up from 57 percent a year ago, and 86 percent of the 737 companies evaluated, the AP report said.

LANSING, Mich. A Michigan member of the Republican National Committee drew criticism last week after saying gays want free health care because theyre dying of AIDS, LGBTQ Nation reports. Dave Agema made the comments while speaking Dec. 5 at the Berrien County Republican Party Holiday Reception according to Equality Michigan. In a speech against same-sex marriage, Agema said during his time with American Airlines, he saw LGBT employees claim someone with AIDS as their partner simply to get medical benets, LGBTQ Nation reports. They want free medical because theyre dying between 30 and 44 years old, he was quoted as having said. To me, its a moral issue. Its a biblical issue. Traditional marriage is where it should be and its in our platform. Those in our party who oppose traditional marriage are wrong. Equality Michigan has called on Republican leaders to denounce Agemas remarks and have him removed as a committee member of the party, LGBTQ Nation reports. It is unconscionable that in 2013 a political gure in a prominent position would feel so comfortable spewing lies about real people in a pathetic attempt to deny fundamental rights to families in Michigan, said Equality Michigans Emily Dievendorf.

Gays near San Fran voice health concerns


SANTA CLARA, Calif. A newly elected county supervisor in Californias Santa Clara County, whos the rst openly gay elected ofcial there, wants his constituents to have access to quality LGBT-focused health care, the Peninsula Press, a regional news outlet, reports. I very much want to have programs here so no resident has to go to another county unless they want to for the services, the Press quoted Ken Yeager, Santa Clara County Supervisor, as saying in a Dec. 5 article. The Press said as many LGBT residents live in the Peninsula as do in nearby San Francisco but they make up a smaller percentage of the population according to the California Health Interview Survey data. Residents are also concerned about whether local physicians are knowledgeable about the LGBT experience. Though 65 percent of all respondents said they have disclosed their sexual identication to their health care provider, some have noticed that their doctors are not as aware of the latest health concerns of LGBT people as perhaps they should be, the Press reports.

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As the cold weather hits and the season changes, one of the biggest shifts in behavior I see in the gym is a decline in cardio activity and an increase in weight. Believe me, I understand. Its hard to drag yourself to the gym to do 30 minutes of cardio on a cold snowy day when all you want is to be nestled up with a nice big blanket surrounded by your favorite holiday comfort foods like chocolate chip cookies and peppermint mochas. To ensure you dont fall into the winter doldrums and keep the weight off for the holidays, here are some easy tips on keeping your cardio exciting during the holiday season. Keep moving. While this may seem like a very simple tip, it proves to be very effective for losing weight. Recent studies have found that the more you move during non-exercise physical activity the more calories you can burn in a day. So whats non-exercise physical activity? Try dancing while putting away the dishes or folding laundry. When on a work conference call or talking to a friend on your cell phone, stay standing or walk around the room. When leaving or entering your apartment building opt for taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Do intervals. Intervals are a fantastic way to drop weight in a short amount of time. According to the Journal of Obesity, doing 90 minutes of interval training (interspersing various

activities with rest periods) a week is the equivalent of doing ve hours of cardio at the same speed and time (static cardio). Therefore, you should try doing 20-25 minutes of interval training four days out of the week. Whats even better is that almost all cardio machines come with the interval training option built in. All you have to do is nd the option on the machine, set it and go. Use your body weight. Who says you need a cardio machine to have a great cardio workout? Using your own body weight is one of the best, if not the best P090102 04/09 State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, State Farm Indemnity Company, Bloomington, IL tool you have in the toolbox for losing weight. Why? When you do exercises that involve your body weight, you and end up engaging a variety of different muscle groups and planes of movement, which in turn makes your body have to think more and burn more calories at the same time. I love a body weight workout I created called the J workout. It includes exercises with word jump in. I do four sets of each of the following exercises at one minute per exercise with no breaks in between jumping jacks, jump rope, split jumps and box jumps. Change your cardio machine. One of the worse patterns that I see people fall into at the gym is doing the same cardio machine for the same amount of time at the same speed every day. After about three or four weeks, your bodys muscle memory pattern adapts to what you are doing and in turn, you burn less ADVERTISING calories and fat. Therefore, you should PROOF #2 ISSUE DATE: 12.02.11 SALES REPRESENTATIVE: BRIAN PITTS (bpitts@washblade.com) try doing a different cardio machine every day for a week. For instance, I did REVIEW AD FOR COPY AND DESIGN ACCURACY. Revisions must be submitted within 24 hours of the date of proof. Proof will be considered nal and will be submitted for publication if revision is not submitted within 24 hours of the stair master, elliptical,REVISIONS row machine, the date of proof. Revisions will not be accepted after 12:01 pm wednesday, the week of publication.Brown naff pitts omnimedia llc (dba the washington blade) is not responsible for the content and/or design of your ad. Advertiser is treadmill, ski urg and stationary bike last responsible for any legal liability arising out of or relating to the advertisement, and/or any material to which users REDESIGN can link through the advertisement. Advertiser represents that its advertisement will not violate any criminal laws or TEXT REVISIONS any rgihts of third parties, including, but not limited to, such violations as infringement or misapporpriation of any week. Try them all on different days. copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, music, image, or other proprietary or propety right, false advertising, unfair IMAGE/LOGO REVISIONS competition, defamation, invasion of privacy or rights of celebrity, violation of anti-discrimination law or regulation, Slow and steady wins NO theREVISIONS race. This or any other right of any person or entity. Advertiser agrees to idemnify brown naff pitts omnimedia llc (dba the ADVERTISER SIGNATURE washington blade) and to hold brown naff pitts omnimedia llc (dba the washington blade) harmless from any and all By signing this proof you are agreeing to your contr a great bit of advice for anyone who is liability, loss, damages, claims, or causes of action, including reasonable legal fees and expenses that may be incurred washington blade newspaper. This includes but is n by brown naff pitts omnimedia llc, arising out of or related to advertisers breach of any of the foregoing representations payment and insertion schedule. and warranties. building up to do a 5K or half marathon over the winter months. Increase both your time and speed in small increments everyday for 30 days. For example, try starting at a base speed of 4.5 and a time of 15 minutes. The next day increase to a speed of 5 and a time 16 minutes. Everyday increase the speed by .5 and the time by one minute. This approach will keep you focused and t during the winter months.

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D.C. politicians can learn from Mandela


South African hero prized patience and pragmatism
that he read, thought and understood that violence wasnt the way to achieve his goals. Mandela left jail a fully formed leader. His strength radiated from his core; he refused to be consumed by hatred and willingly worked with his enemies to achieve his goals. He even recognized that it was the white business leaders in South Africa who would help him achieve them by making the economy more open to all. He seemed to have no fear moving forward what he knew to be right. His ever-ready smile symbolized hope and warmth and masked an iron will. The patience and pragmatism of Mandela is something that our politicians in D.C. could learn from. As of today there are ve members of the Council running or exploring a run for mayor, challenging the incumbent who is running for a second term. Mandela showed us we can right wrongs and achieve greatness without the malice that so often seems to consume our politicians. Rather than Mandelas warmth, they often radiate anger. At least one has a well-earned reputation as a bully that neither engenders trust nor respect. Some of our politicians wear an air of righteousness on their sleeves rather than having accomplishments that would lead others to believe they are righteous. Michelle Rhee was an example of someone in D.C. whose accomplishments often got lost in her desire for self-promotion. The District of Columbia comprises eight Wards and at least two cities. Our divisions are mostly rich and poor but often get translated into white and black because so many of our poorer residents are black. Add to that the lingering racism that still exists and we have a long way to go to achieve a fair and just society where all our children will be born with an equal opportunity to live their lives to their full potential. As we move toward our mayoral election, we need to look at the candidates not only for what they say about themselves but for who they really are. How have they spent their lives? Not one of the candidates running is so pure that they should be willing to challenge another candidate to do better without challenging themselves to do the same. They shouldnt be able to win an election by simply tearing down the opposition. Those candidates who are in ofce now should have to answer the question of why any new proposal they present in the election wasnt something they tried to do in their current ofce. What stymied their efforts and what will change to let them do it now? A focus of this campaign will be ethics. All candidates will challenge the current mayor over his 2010 campaign and he will need to give the public both an explanation and an apology. But then all the candidates will have to share what they did with their lives before they entered politics. How did they work for those less able to help themselves and how did that work benet others? Some will have to explain what they did in ofce to make big money in other jobs. Did they use their inuence as elected ofcials to enrich themselves? How do the principles they have lived by compare to the ones that Nelson Mandela lived his life by? The Nelson Mandelas of the world come along rarely. But our ability to measure ourselves against him, even knowing we will come up short, gives us the opportunity to work to make ourselves better. We need to elect candidates who will give the voters of the District specics of what they will do as mayor and show people how those things will give us hope for a better life for ourselves, our children and future generations.

PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly for the Blade.

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Maryland advocates must unite to pass trans bill


The Washington Blade agreed to withhold the authors last name due to her ongoing struggle with employment discrimination.

Competition, strife among groups is counterproductive


By ANGELA The end of 2013 means the 2014 Maryland legislative session is soon to begin. Like in years past, 2014 will open with no federal or statewide law expressly banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity. The absence of these protections leaves the Maryland transgender community uniquely vulnerable to rampant discrimination. A widely cited study published in 2010 conrms that transgender Marylanders are experiencing crisis levels of discrimination. Seventy-one percent of transgender Marylanders reported harassment in the workplace and nearly half reported losing a job, not being hired or being denied promotions simply because of who they are. More than half reported being harassed in public spaces. Perhaps most tellingly, 43 percent reported having attempted suicide. The general public attempted suicide at a rate of 1.6 percent. In short, discrimination against transgender Marylanders is the norm and, with

We are so close to success in passing the bill that I suspect the only thing we lack is unied focus on the legislation instead of on competition among advocacy groups.
little hope for fairness, they are escaping through death. One need not be a transgender person to be alarmed. Each year, transgender people and their allies advocate for Marylands legislature to pass a statewide ban on gender identity discrimination in Maryland. The statistics above, and peoples individual stories, show that these protections are desperately needed. Each year, this newspaper covers the campaign to ban gender identity discrimination and the obstacles that stand in the way. But for all that has been written on this topic, one thing has been missed: the need for greater unity and cooperation among all who care about transgender people in Maryland and support legal protections against gender identity discrimination. Last year, I served on the steering committee of the Maryland Coalition for Trans Equality, which counts among its members virtually all of Marylands transgender-focused advocacy organizations except for one. My position made me a rst-hand witness to the conict among activist groups seeking passage of last years gender identity bill, the Fairness For All Marylanders Act. Last years conicts, as with years past, extended far beyond mere disagreement. They included advocacy organizations actively opposing one anothers efforts to pass the bill. For example, I witnessed one organization holding a lobby day event and rally to gather support for the bill. I saw a rival organization actively work to suppress participation. I saw one organization try to tear down its rival by persuading its membership to resign from it. If we support gender identity legislation, then this is the type of dissension we cannot afford. Efforts need to be directed toward passing gender identity protections rather than tearing one another down. Disagreements are normal, and even a necessary part of making progress. But

active attempts by gender identity advocates to suppress efforts at passing gender identity legislation are neither normal nor productive. The Fairness for All Marylanders Act failed by a single vote. You have to wonder if its fate might have been different had advocates set aside their differences and worked together to focus their efforts on passing a bill that the entire transgender community and all of its allies could stand behind. Indeed, we are so close to success in passing the bill that I suspect the only thing we lack is unied focus on the legislation instead of on competition among advocacy groups. Marriage equality came to Maryland once its advocates unied and formed a coalition to work together on achieving it. Passing gender identity legislation requires its supporters to do the same. The transgender community needs advocates who will focus their energy on ghting for it instead of ghting among themselves. All of us who care for transgender people hope that the lessons of last year, and of years past, have been learned and that this year will be different. We all want the advocates to set aside their differences, pull together and get this done. Lets stand together and make this the year we all succeed.

YOUTH VOICES

The stranger who helped me discover Im bisexual


The Washington Blade agreed to withhold the authors name due to her age.

Chance meeting at Capital Pride leads to awakening


By ANONYMOUS June 9, 2013. The Capital Pride Festival was taking place on Capitol Hill. The streets were lled with people and the rainbow ags waved high and proud over the crowd. It was a gorgeous day, and one Ill always remember. I arrived with my friend, Angie; we are huge supporters of Capital Pride and when we found out that Icona Pop was going to be there, lets just say we were ready for the weekend. We made our way to the stage area. While we were waiting for the pop duo to perform, my heart stopped. I know it sounds like a clich, but thats what

Miriam. That was her name. The girl. My knees buckled, my palms got sweaty, and my breath quickened.
happened, thats the cold, hard truth. I saw a girl. I didnt know her name, her age or her story, but I felt something when I looked in her eyes; a feeling I get only when I swear I know a stranger on the street from a past life. She was beautiful, but not the mainstream all-American girl type, in a unique way that made me want to get to know her. This was amazing, but also nerve-wracking as hell. I knew I was attracted to both boys and girls, but I never pursued any girls, because of the fear of being judged. As I was standing around pondering my next step, a girl came up to Angie and me. I didnt recognize her, but she began to speak to us. She asked if we were a couple. We replied with a quick no and explained that we just match our outts purely for the fun of it. Then she left, retreating back to her group of friends. Thats when I noticed that she was talking to the girl. My knees buckled, my palms got sweaty, and my breath quickened. The girl who spoke to us returned, and she asked us about our sexual orientation. Angie said she was straight, and I said I was open to both boys and girls (I didnt feel quite right saying I was bisexual before I had even been with a girl). The girl was thrilled

and pulled my hand, and I took Angies. We were brought over to her group of friends. Miriam. That was her name. The girl. We were introduced and we began to talk. I was still nervous, but she was so cool. In the short amount of time that we got to talk, I learned a lot about her, and we had a lot in common. I felt my stomach turn and my heart beat rapidly with excitement. I really liked this girl. We exchanged numbers and I texted her once later that summer, but nothing ever happened. I let her go. I owed Miriam a lot; she helped me truly discover who I am. I am bisexual. I felt for her the same way I felt for boys or other girls, with one exception: I wanted to get to know her more. But I let her go. I still have her contact in my phone, and Im tempted to call or text, but I dont, because I think she no longer remembers me, but that doesnt stop me from remembering her.

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Representing best interests of Adams Morgan


Criticism of ANCs liquor license debate off base
By BILLY SIMPSON Last Wednesday night, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C voted out its nal recommendations to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board with respect to the Adams Morgan moratorium on new alcohol licenses. With our voting concluded, Im now ready to respond to Mark Lees opinion piece in the Blade from Nov. 22. I dont generally follow Lees writing. But this is the second time in just a couple of months that his columns have been forwarded to me by friends and members of the Adams Morgan community. And it is the second time that I have been completely underwhelmed by the quality of Lees thought. In his piece, Lee criticized me for proposing a convoluted litany of restrictions that would likely dissuade potential business interests from opening. But this assessment fundamentally misunderstands the democratic process and ignores the clearly articulated objective of ANC1Cs moratorium-related resolutions. With respect to the democratic process, I considered it to be my duty as chair of the Commission to bring to the table as many of the ideas that fellow commissioners had offered up as possible. Our commissioners then spent the bulk of our meeting on Wednesday working through those proposals, removing some of them and rening others. The process was so successful that we were able to achieve the agreement of six of seven commissioners on most of our moratorium-related resolutions, and unanimity on the rest (one of our commissioners was unable to attend the meetings). With respect to the clarity of our objective, it is simply the case that the residents of Adams Morgan overwhelmingly do not want to live in a nightclub district. This is not the view of some vocal minority. Our Commission sought input from the community over several months, including at an ABC and Public Safety Committee meeting on Sept. 11, at a special forum on Oct. 9, at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Commission on Nov. 6, and by email. All in all, we received hundreds of public comments. Accordingly, ANC1Cs resolutions call on the ABC Board to allow additional restaurant licenses in Adams Morgan, provided that the establishments operate as bona de restaurants. Theres nothing confusing about that, unless one pretends not to understand the difference between dining on the one hand, and clubbing on the other hand. And our residents are supported in their desires by the law that governs all planning for the District of Columbia. In Mid-City Policy 2.4.2, the Districts Comprehensive Plan instructs as follows: Enhance the local-serving, multi-cultural character of the 18th Street/Columbia Road business district. Encourage small businesses that meet the needs of local residents, rather than convenience stores, large-scale commercial uses, and concentrations of liquor-licensed establishments. Consistent with this policy, the conversion of restaurants to night clubs or taverns and the expansion of existing night clubs or taverns into adjacent buildings should be discouraged. One of Lees mistakes was to judge our product before it was complete. But the deciencies in his perspectives seem to go far beyond that. In his weekly email on Dec. 5, Lee circulated a graphic describing Adams Morgan (and a few other D.C. neighborhoods) with a reference to the Prohibition Era of the 1920s. Really? Adams Morgan, which has in the range of 75 alcoholserving restaurants and taverns within a half-mile stretch? It just highlights the fatuousness of Lees opinions. If Lee would like to move to Adams Morgan, my fellow commissioners and I would be happy to begin to care at all about what he thinks our neighborhood should look like. Until then, we will do the job that we have sworn to do: Represent the residents of Adams Morgan who voted us into ofce.
BILLY SIMPSON is chair of ANC1C. The full text of ANC1Cs moratorium-related resolutions can be found at anc1c.org.

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When minority communities intersect


Queer, blind woman encounters unexpected bias
the middle, he said. Like many blind people, I walk most places by myself. But, as Penny Reeder, who has a masters in special education from George Washington University told me, few visually impaired people could follow directions in a building as labyrinth-like as LOC. Eldritch, whos committed to working with the disability community, later apologized to me for his insensitive (though well-meaning) comments about directions and my fangs disappeared. The event Portrayal or Betrayal: People with Disabilities in Film and Media was engaging. Sponsored by LOCs Motion Picture, Broadcast and Recorded Sound Division and the American Association of People with Disabilities, the panel discussion was an eye-opener on the ways in which disabled people have been excluded from and stereotyped in the media. Yet, I couldnt help thinking: how ironic to encounter ableism (insensitivity toward people with disabilities) when trying to get to a gathering on issues of inclusion of disability in the media. Why am I telling you this? Because my story isnt unique. Daily, the 20 percent (according to the U.S. Census Bureau) of Americans who have disabilities experience exclusion from wheelchairinaccessible bars to workplace discrimination to being nearly invisible on TV. Three to ve million people with disabilities in the United States are LGBT, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. My experience coming to an understanding with Eldritch reminded me that many of us arent members of just one community. Millions of us are not only LGBT, but Latino, African-American, Asian-American, Jewish, disabled, young, old, married, single, parents, childless any permutation of humanity you can imagine. We live in the sometimes conicted, sometimes parallel intersections of our communities. Carolina V. Alcade, Latina and lesbian, became a paraplegic at age 37, when a tree fell on her back while she was riding her motorcycle in Washington, D.C. This disability is the most apparent part of me that is susceptible to discrimination and I need to educate myself about my new extended family, Alcade emailed the Blade, just as I consistently do with my Latino and LGBT communities. The issues of discrimination are all the same, Alcade continued, it takes a community and allies to help bring these issues to light. Both the LGBT and disability community have been portrayed inadequately by the media, Ray Bradford, a gay man and former national EEO director of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, emailed the Blade. Because these communities are at the forefront of civil rights in the workplace and across the land, said Bradford, a national executive board member of Pride at Work, an AFL-CIO group, the ties that bind are more apparent than most may think. Just as with LGBT youth, young people with disabilities increasingly feel a sense of disability pride, said Tari Hartman Squire, CEO of EINSOFcommunications, a company that works with marketing and diversity, in a telephone interview. Increasingly, LGBT groups such as GLAAD and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce are working as allies with the disability community. (GLAAD includes disability in its Where We Are on TV reports.) Living in the intersections of communities is a hard, but vital part of our lives. Lets work as allies to meet, and even savor, this challenge.

Kathi Wolfe is a writer, poet and regular contributor to the Blade. She can be reached through this publication.

Recently, I, a mild-mannered, queer, legally blind, writer morphed into a ticked-off diva. I was invited to an event held at the Library of Congress on Dec. 3. Because my visions impaired, I asked LOCs Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator Eric Eldritch to have someone escort me from the Librarys entrance to the gathering. Eldritch said LOC would accommodate my request if it could, but that the Library might not be able to assist me. I didnt have a problem with this. Heres what angered me: If LOC couldnt accommodate me, Eldritch said, I could get to the event by following his directions. Just go toward the elevators in

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Reeves Center redevelopment raises questions


New deal should allow gay community center to remain
By JIM GRAHAM I recall learning that the shortest distance between two points is usually a straight line. The plan for a new DC United soccer stadium is anything but. Its instead a meandering country road with all manners of detours and pitfalls. Remember how the Nationals baseball stadium was built? It was pretty straightforward the D.C. government obtained the land, provided the money and built it. Thus bringing major economic revitalization to an otherwise underused area of D.C. Soccer promises to transform Buzzards Point, so called because the slaughterhouses dumped the remains of animals there to the delight of buzzards. Permit me to be just a little facetious by saying the buzzards are back since certain key landowners are central to the deals complicated path involving multiple land swaps of public land and private developments. We havent received much detail since the announcement in July. I have questions. Cost is No. 1. Another concern to me as Ward One Council member is the proposed relocation and land swap involving the Reeves Center, located at 14th and U, now housing several District agencies, the popular 14th and U Farmers Market, and the new home of the DC (LBGT) Center (an achievement in which I was actively involved.) In this plan, the government ofces at Reeves will be moved to Anacostia, and the building will be sold, without competition to the same developer who owns parcels relevant to the soccer stadium in Buzzard Point. The Reeves Center and the corner of 14th and U are operating better than they have in a long time. When I came into ofce, the buildings rst oor was a mess and the weekends were like Dodge City with late night violence. The Reeves Center opened in 1987. There is no doubt that the Reeves Center, along with the opening of Metros Green Line, was a driving force behind the revitalization of the 14th and U streets corridor from Thomas Circle to Columbia Heights. In 1967, a year before the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the corner was the home of D.C.s branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC), the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, a cab company, hardware store, auto parts store, Zanzibar Restaurant and other businesses. U Street was the center of D.C.s Black Broadway, a vibrant commercial corridor lined with locally owned retail, professional ofces, and entertainment venues like the Lincoln and Howard Theatres. If Reeves is to be redeveloped a deal the Council must approve 14th and U does not really need more high-end condominiums and market rate apartments. Historically, the corner has been a centerpiece of daytime commerce and service. And it should remain so. Daytime commerce is the key to the new prosperity of U Street. The neighborhood is now engaged in controversy regarding a proposed moratorium on new liquor license establishments. Amid the disagreements, there was widespread agreement on three quality of life issues that affect all residents the desire for additional daytime commerce, cleanliness and safety. I am willing to consider this deal even with all its complexities if it includes a new ofce building that will include the Gay Center and farmers market and other opportunities of small business and non-prot ofce space. If the proposed soccer stadium agreement moves forward, the District may have a unique opportunity to help stimulate daytime commerce at 14th and U. It worked in 1987. And it will work again. A major private commercial ofce building ought to nd this space very attractive, just blocks from downtown, excellent public transportation and amenities. If we must have this complex adagio, then this must be one of its accomplishments.
JIM GRAHAM represents Ward One on the D.C. City Council.

OUR BUSINESS MATTERS

Catania is correct: Voting gay no longer common


LGBT equality, cultural assimilation bring ballot box normalization
ery sentence in every report, every story that came out in the weeks following my election there was always a comma openly gay. It was a label that no matter what I was talking about it always included my sexual orientation. And 16 years later we dont see that anymore. In other words, it now matters little that he is gay. Or not. Catania is correct. There is, however, another side to the equation. No more than perhaps a small number of District voters might reexively hesitate before casting a vote for an openly gay candidate for public ofce solely due to sexual orientation. Conversely, there no longer exists much inclination by LGBT voters to support a candidate merely because he or she is gay. With an estimated 10 percent of District adults being LGBT, the pool of gay voters is sizable. In fact, some political observers suggest that the communitys share among those casting votes might be even higher due to perceived greater electoral participation rates. The impact of such a transition in LGBT voting proclivities is potentially substantial in D.C., if only as a factor for which a gay candidate cant count on reaping a baseline benet. Were also more likely to react negatively to a vote-seekers too-transparent pandering based on our sexual orientation, whether by gay or non-gay candidates. In a city where essential rights and responsibilities convey without restriction to all residents, LGBT voters will turn their attention to other issues affecting their lives and the community in which they live. There will undoubtedly be additional issues particular to LGBT voters despite the overall equality environment. However, as we have witnessed in recent months on matters of public policy affecting transgender residents, for example, there is little-to-no opposition among elected ofcials. There simply isnt much left to ght over these days in D.C. Likewise, as equality broadens among jurisdictions across the country and LGBT issues decline in signicance for politically integrated gay voters, it is likely that previous differentials in voting patterns and party preferences will diminish over time. The new reality in D.C. politics the result of a gradual evolution rather than a dramatic tide-turn in ballot box behavior has broad implications for both local and national politics and political parties. We will increasingly enjoy the freedom to choose based on the same types of considerations and evaluations inuencing every other voter. We will vote more like the America that we have battled to become a part. LGBT cultural assimilation and political normalization will increasingly become the standard across the country. Some among us may mourn the loss of a stronger community identity or the prospect of exploring fundamentally distinct options for organizing our lives, constituting our families and constructing our friendships. In a larger context, however, we sold our souls a long time ago on much of that in an effort to seek the comfort of ordinariness. Former political allegiances and party preferences based on the politics of our sexuality will be far less a factor, if much at all, in the future. Advancements toward equality that unfold in the nations towns, cities and states will bring closer the day we will come to be conventional citizens and just-your-average voters. That is what equality will look like and, to quote a shopworn slogan, wed better get used to it.

MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur and community business advocate. Follow on Twitter: @ MarkLeeDC. Reach him at OurBusinessMatters@ gmail.com.

When D.C. Council member David Catania last week announced that he had formed an exploratory committee to consider a possible run for mayor as an Independent candidate in next years general election, he made a signicant observation in an interview with Washington Blade reporter Lou Chibbaro. Recalling his rst, and successful, run for Council as a then-Republican in a 1997 special election to ll a vacant At-Large seat he has held ever since Catania noted that 16 years ago when I was rst elected to the Council in ev-

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Phones and laptops are so 2012. This year ushered in a new era for tech and theres no doubt that wearables are making the technophiles salivate. If you want to put that special geek on your list ahead of the curve for 2014, its time to leave your device comfort zone. But with such vast differences between options, which wearable is right for you?

The Sony SmartWatch is the best value. Like most watches on this list, the wrist device uses Bluetooth to pair with the phone in your pocket (and other accessories, like Bluetooth headsets) to allow you to control basic phone operations such as check notications, read Twitter updates, compose text messages and even take calls without taking your phone out of your pocket. The downside of the Sony: its little more than a remote control for your Android smartphone. You can operate your phones music player or quickly reply to text messages, but if you want to take that call, you need to take your phone out of your pocket or have an earpiece in. Still, it has a vibrant color screen and looks classy.

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Similar to Sonys, but slightly more robust is the Kickstarter darling, Kreyos. While the Kreyos only has a black-and-white screen, it goes beyond touch control and supports voice commands and even gesture commands. Wave your notications away quickly instead of tapping through menus and tell your phone to move on to the next song, rather than click. Also, while the Sony watch only supports Android phones, Kreyos supports any smartphone with Bluetooth. Watch bands for the Kreyos offered on the site are limited to the bright colored silicone, so this is no boardroom watch. Oh, and the rst Kreyos wont be delivered until January, so if you planned on gifting it, you better gift yourself some printer ink rst, because the only thing youll be able to give on Christmas will be a printout verifying the purchase. That said, the apps available for this watch are pretty impressive and it looks like it could be a viable competitor in the smartwatch eld.

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sweating, all the time, he said, Oh the hell women go through. But I think the movie shows him for what he really was a much shyer, nicer person. That was a character he played and once we established that character, and turned him around and shocked people more by having him play a housewife, a loving mother, then he got good reviews. And I think it was frustrating to him. I was always happy when he had success away from me because I knew that was very frustrating for him because til the day he died they brought up about the eating shit thing. I could never live up to it and he could never live it down. Its true, and so I understand the dilemma he was in. Its not easy to get parts when youre a 300-pound man no matter what you want to play but he did pretty well with it, and its just a shame because I think that Married With Children thing would have been a hit. BLADE: Whats the strangest question youve ever had during the Q&A session in your show? WATERS: Just recently a woman said, Have you ever eaten pussy and I said, Once, really a long time ago. And another question at a nightclub in New York, a straight guy in the audience and he was straight, I think, said, You know Ive never kissed a guy, can I make out with you? I said, Sure come up, and he was really cute and we did, the audience went crazy, his girlfriend applauded. But then I hate to say this but then an old leather queen said, Can I? and I said, No, the kissing booth is shut. But that was a new one for me but mostly no, I think most of the time the questions are pretty good. The only bad ones are when they just want to talk about themselves. BLADE: Youve said how hard it is to get nancing in recent years. Lots of indie artists and lmmakers are doing these Kickstarter campaigns. Would you ever do one? WATERS: I wouldnt. But you know Jeffrey raised a lot of money for I Am Divine that way. If I was younger and making Female Trouble, youre damn right I would. But I think for me its a little much for me to publicly beg. I own three homes, its not like I dont have a penny. It just doesnt seem to me that Im a lmmaker who is struggling to begin, so I would feel uncomfortable doing it but I totally understand why other people do it and I think its a great idea.

BLADE: Are you still interested in making lms? WATERS: Of course I have a desire to. With Fruitcake, I dont even talk about it anymore because its been like ve years and it didnt happen but I had a really good Hollywood development deal and they liked it and then everything changed. But Ive been lucky, my whole life. Im a writer. I wrote all my movies, I wrote my stage show, Ive written a bunch of books theyre all still in print. Even Shock Value, which came out in 1980. Luckily I have several careers and theyre equally important to me. I dont ever think one is better. I never say, Oh Im really a lmmaker but I also write books, I dont think that. I would make another movie in a minute, yeah. But what am I going to do next? Probably write another book. My new book comes out next June. My last one was a bestseller. Ive had good luck with that. BLADE: Whats the book in June? WATERS: Car Sick. I hitchhiked across America. It comes out June 3. I just saw the cover this week, it looks great. BLADE: Has it typically taken any special negotiating to get stars who were well known before your lms to be in them? People like the Kathleen Turners or the Johnny Depps? WATERS: Well if they hesitated, it was maybe with their agent before they met with me. The fact that they had meetings with me, it usually meant they were interested in doing it. I tried to bring up anything they were uptight about in the script, the very rst thing. I think they think the critics even if they hate the movie, it will give them some street cred by not taking themselves so seriously and playing with their image which most of them all do. And if its a bomb, I get blamed, they dont. I think it hasnt been that hard. Ive tried to get meetings with Meryl Streep and its never happened but Ive met her at a party and she was real sweet. I dont think shes knocking down my door to work with me. But Ive had really good luck. The stars that I like are the ones that generally have a sense of humor about themselves theyve had some success for awhile. The worse ones are generally people that got a huge amount of success in their rst project
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BLADE: Tell us about the I Am Divine documentary. I know you participated. Do you feel Divine is nally getting her due with this? WATERS: I think Divine always got a certain amount of great acclaim. I think Divine changed drag queens. Theres no such thing almost anymore as a normal drag queen. Theyre all kind of hip, theyre all kind of edgy, so I think Divine was appreciated. But I think what this movie did and Im just a talking head in it but I encouraged Jeffrey (Schwarz) and gave him contacts I had and told everybody to do the lm was really show what Divine was like in real life. People thought he walked around like the Divine character every day, which he never did and he was not a transvestite, he didnt want to be a woman. He was an actor. He certainly was gay, he was a drag queen but he hated wearing it it was hot, he was fat, he was

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How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell? I came out my rst year in college. The toughest person to tell was my best friend from high school. I kept so much of my personality guarded, so when I wanted to share that part of my life, even with someone close to me, it was like reintroducing myself. Whos your LGBT hero? Teresa Butz. As she and her partner were repeatedly raped and stabbed, Teresa sacrificed her life fighting off the attacker to give her partner a chance to escape. While opponents of equal rights continue to question the legitimacy of LGBT relationships, Teresa is an undeniable example of the love that can exist between two people, whatever their sexual orientation.
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If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do? The world is only as interesting as the people living in it. I denitely wouldnt want to live in a less diverse world, so I would encourage everyone to embrace what makes them unique, and to share that with those around them. What do you believe in beyond the physical world? I believe were all connected on some level. Every action, whether positive or negative, has consequences, so its important that we think about how our actions might affect someone else. Whats your advice for LGBT movement leaders? I think its important to highlight the unique accomplishments and social contributions of LGBT people. Its also vital that members of the LGBT community live lives that exemplify the values we wish to see in the world. What would you walk across hot coals for? Really good sushi. I was only recently turned on to sushi and now I cant get enough of it. What LGBT stereotype annoys you most? When straight friends think that their gay friends should date, just because theyre gay. Oh youre gay? I have a gay friend, Ill have to set you up! Whats your favorite LGBT movie? To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. My grandmother let me watch it on Pay-per-View when my parents werent home. I dont think she cared for it, but I thought it was great. It still makes me laugh and the ending gets me every time. Whats the most overrated social custom? Asking How are you? We say it out of ritual, just to be polite, but we rarely stop to listen to the answer. What trophy or prize do you most covet? The TED Prize (Technology, Entertainment, Design). Its a grant awarded to an extraordinary thinker to help them inspire others to change the world. It would be an incredible opportunity to leave a lasting mark on the world. What do you wish youd known at 18? I know its a cheesy clich, but I wish I had truly understood that tting in is really about being comfortable in your own skin. Why Washington? If youve never gone to the National Mall for the Fourth of July, do it. Every summer, relaxing between the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument with thousands of other Washingtonians to enjoy the reworks, Im reminded how awesome this city is.

By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO joeyd@washblade.com Doug Yocum loves choral singing so much, hes in several local groups. He sings in the National Cathedral choir, another group called District 8 and a Spanish group called Coral Cantigas. His group Chantry, which specializes in Baroque and Renaissance early music, has two concerts this weekend. Though he loves singing different types of music with the various choirs, he says the balance of parts in early music makes singing with Chantry especially enjoyable. It really provides an opportunity to interact with the other singers, he says. Youre not just up there watching a conductor wave his hands. We do have a conductor, but theres something about the way we sing thats really special. You can truly interact with each other and the music is really a dialogue. Chantry has two concerts in the region this weekend. Tonight (Friday), its members will be St. Bernadettes (70 University Blvd. East in Silver Spring) at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 8, the group will perform at St. Mary Mother of God (72 Fifth St., N.W.) in Chinatown. The group will perform Spain in the Sistine at Christmas a Mass by Cristobal de Morales. Tickets are $35 and $15 for students under 24. Visit chantrydc.com for details. Yocum has been in the group for about a year. The 27-year-old Philadelphia native came to D.C. to go to school at the University of Maryland. By day, he works as a sales and supply support specialist for IKEA at its College Park, Md., location. Yocum is single and lives in Columbia Heights. He enjoys music, kickball and exploring new bars and restaurants in his free time.

Whats Washingtons best nightspot, past or present? MOVA. The bar is beautiful and the bartenders are friendly. The location is also convenient, and the rooftop is amazing in the summer. Describe your dream wedding. Ive always dreamed of a big, traditional wedding mixed with some fun, quirky elements. It will be one of the most important days of my life, so I want to be able to share it with my family and friends. What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about? Animal rights is an issue close to my heart. We all have a responsibility to advocate for animals. They cant speak for themselves, so when we see injustices against them, its up to us to raise our voices. What historical outcome would you change? The 2000 presidential election. In addition to undermining the electoral system, it put us on a path that turned away from progress and reconciliation. Whats been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime? Probably the Janet Jackson nip slip. I was at a Super Bowl party with my church youth group when it happened, which, of course, resulted in immediate chaos, making it even more laughable for me. Wardrobe malfunction jokes were totally in vogue for months after. On what do you insist? Punctuality. Its such an easy way to show respect to others. What was your last Facebook post or T weet? An Instagram of the National Cathedral in the snow. If your life were a book, what would the title be? Wall Cats, Temper Tantrums and Other Short Stories

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Holiday concerts continue throughout December


Washington Ballets The Nutcracker plays at the Warner Theatre (513 13th St., N.W.) through Saturday. Tickets range from $42-$107. Purchase tickets at warnertheatredc.com. Pianist/composer Matt Conner and friends perform favorite Christmas tunes in A Matt Conner Christmas at Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.) through Sunday. Tickets are $48.60 and can be purchased at signature-theatre.org. Christmas Gift! runs at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, Md.) today and Saturday. The musical tells the story of the holiday gift exchange tradition in the African-American community. Tickets range from $10-$35. Purchase tickets at claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. The National Philharmonic performs Handels Messiah at The Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Ln., North Bethesda, Md.) Saturday and Sunday. The Messiah is one of the most frequently performed works in Western choral literature. A free pre-concert lecture will be held before each performance. Kids ages 7-17 are free. Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased at strathmore.org. Coyaba Dance Theater holds its annual Kwanzaa celebration at George Washington Universitys Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre (800 21st St., N.W.) Saturday at 8 p.m. Enjoy live music, dancing and singing in a performance for all ages. Tickets range from $15-$25 and can be purchased online at coyabadancetheater.org. The Birchmere presents What Christmas Means Tour 2013: A Holiday Experience with JEM & Friends with special guests Patti Labelle and Ron Isley at DAR Constitution Hall (1776 D St., N.W.) Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000.

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Cobalt hosts Christmas pageant


Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) presents Mr. and Mrs. Cobalt, a Christmas pageant hosted by drag performer Kristina Kelly, Monday night from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. The pageant is divided into four parts. First there is a presentation titled Its Christmas. The evening gown/formal wear, on-stage question and talent portions of the contest follow after. There is a $500 cash prize and monthly bookings for the winner. For more information, visit cobaltdc.com.

Holiday Follies begins Signature engagement


Holiday Follies, a troupe of local performers performing holiday music, begins its one-week run at Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.) starting Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 23. The show features favorite holiday songs with arrangements made famous by The Jackson 5, Spice Girls, Nat King Cole and Frank Zappa among others. Performers include Madeline Botteri, Austin Colby, Maria Egler and more. Tickets are $48.60. For more details, visit signature-theatre.org.

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By JONATHAN HOWARD When the weather is gross, theres something comforting about a nice bowl of pasta. It seems to warm your entire body with every bite. So after a snowy afternoon spent Christmas shopping, my husband and I decided to try a restaurant that had been recommended to us on many occasions. Red Hen (1822 1st Street N.W./theredhendc.com) is an Italian/ American restaurant located in the vibrant Bloomingdale neighborhood. With a fantastic wine list as well as creative and delectable modern Italian dishes, this cozy restaurant turned out to be the perfect location to hunker down and spend this stormy evening. Proprietors and longtime friends Michael Friedman, Michael OMalley and Sebastian Zutant joined forces to bring this sophisticated establishment to the city. The rich tones of the rustic wood throughout the space create a warm and comfortable restaurant that does an excellent job complementing the food. Chef Friedman has spent a great deal of time cooking and eating around the world, including in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Northern Africa. He perfected his craft in the kitchen at Proof under the tutelage of Chef Haidar Karoum before opening Red Hen. When we arrived, we were welcomed by a charming hostess who brought us to our table and handed us our menus, and then our waiter Brendan assisted us in selecting the perfect red wine for the night. We agreed upon the Mediterra Poggio Al Tesoro super Tuscan. The wine list at Red Hen is impressive, so we appreciated the assistance. Brendan was a helpful and attentive server the entire evening, without being intrusive. As a starter we selected the smoked ricotta crostini with balsamic brown butter and trufe honey. We loved the crunch of the crostini, the creaminess of the ricotta and the touch of sweetness that the honey gave the entire dish. As we devoured our appetizer, we began thinking about what we were going to have as a main course; there were many dishes that piqued my interest. However, I really was in the mood for pasta, so I selected the Mezza Rigatoni with fennel sausage ragu and pecorino Romano. Greg decided to have the caramelized scallops with soft polenta, Brussels sprouts, bacon and balsamic. The rigatoni in my dish was perfectly al dente and the full-bodied avors of the fennel sausage ragu made it one of the best pasta dishes I have had all year. Its amazing what a simple dish that is so elegantly prepared can achieve. The caramelized scallop dish was equally impressive. The scallops were beautifully cooked and had a velvety smooth texture that slowly melted away and enveloped your taste buds with their fresh avor. The creamy richness of the polenta was an excellent counter to the lightness of the scallops. We sat back to briey stretch our stomachs when Brendan reappeared and asked us if we would like to see the dessert menu. After experiencing what the kitchen could create for the savory side of the menu, there was no way that I was going to miss the opportunity to try the sweet creations. Upon seeing the menu we knew that the proper dessert choice was the chocolate cake with fudge sauce and a white chocolate and peppermint gelato. This dessert was every bit as amazing as we anticipated and it was great way to end our culinary adventure for the evening. Usually when I want beautifully prepared Italian cuisine served up by a knowledgeable wait staff that is always smiling, I go to Ristorante Posto, but the Red Hen may steal me away from my regular stomping grounds at times due to the impeccable dishes and friendly service I experienced. I would never abandon you Posto, you may just see a tiny bit less of me.

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THEATRE
A Christmas Carol. Thru Jan 1. Fords Theatre. 800-982-2787. fords.org. Nolan William Jr.s Christmas Gift!. Dec 13-Dec 14. Clarice Smith. 301-405-2787. claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. The Apple Family Plays. Thru Dec 29. Studio Theatre. Edgar and Annabel. Thru Jan 5. 202-232-3300. studiotheatre.org. Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie. Thru Dec 14. Theater J. 800-494-8497. theaterj.org. The Pajama Men: Just the Two of Each of Us. Thru Jan 5. Woolly Mammoth. 202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net. An Irish Carol. Dec 13-Dec 29. Keegan Theatre. 703-892-0202. keegantheatre.com. The Lyons. Thru Dec 22. Round House Bethesda. 240-644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org. The King and I. Thru Dec 29. A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Thru Dec 29. Olney Theatre. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org. Protest. Thru Dec 15. Ambassador Theater. Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. 703-475-4036. aticc.org.

the Epiphany. 202-633-3030. smithsonianassociates.org. The Joy of Christmas. Dec 14-Dec 15. Cathedral Choral Society. WNC. 202-537-2228. cathedralchoralsociety.org.

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National Gallery of Art. Yes, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press. Thru Jan 5. Northern Mannerist Prints from the Kainen Collection. Thru Jan 5. Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris. Thru Jan 5. Tell it with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens Shaw Memorial. Thru Jan 20. Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. Thru Mar 2. Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700 - 1830. Thru Dec 31. 202-737-4215. nga.gov. National Geographic. Lions, Tigers, and Bears. Thru Feb 2. Women of Vision. Thru Mar 9. One Cubic Foot. Thru Mar 31. A New Age of Exploration. Thru Jun 8. 202-857-7000. nglive.org. Folger Shakespeare Library. Here Is A Play Fitted. Thru Jan 12. folger.edu. National Archives. Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage. Thru Jan 5. 202-357-5000. archives.gov. Corcoran Gallery of Art. Recent Acquisitions: American Art from the Johns Collection. Dec 14-Feb 9. Question Bridge: Black Males. Thru Feb 16. NOW at the Corcoran Mia Feuer: An Unkindness. Thru Feb 23. Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd. Thru Mar 9. American Journeys Visions of Place. Thru Sep 21. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org. Kreeger Museum. Mindy Weisel: Not Neutral. Thru Dec 28. 202-337-3050. kreegermuseum.org. Museum of Women in the Arts. Wanderer: Travel Prints by Ellen Day Hale. Thru Jan 15. Equal Exposure: Anita Steckels Fight Against Censorship. Thru May 9. Making her Mark: Publishers Bindings by Women. Thru Nov 1. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org. The Phillips Collection. Shaping a Modern Identity: Portraits from the Joseph and Charlotte Lichtenberg Collection. Thru Jan 12. Van Gogh Repetitions. Thru Jan 26. Duncan Phillips and New York Collections. Thru Feb 28. 202-387-2151. phillipscollection.org.

E L F T HE M U SI C AL DEC 1 7 -J A N 5 . K E NNE DY C E NTE R. 2 02-467-4600. K EN N ED Y-CE NTE R.ORG . One of Hollywoods most beloved holiday hits is born again--on stage! Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, an orphan who leaves the North Pole to nd his true identity. This modern Christmas classic will make everyone embrace their inner elf. G Y PS Y DEC 1 7 -J A N 2 6 . SI G NATUR E THE ATRE. 703-820-9771. S IGN AT U R E-THE ATRE .ORG . Sherri L. Edelen (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Company, Hairspray) stars as the iconic Momma Rose in the award-winning backstage musical favorite. Bold, brassy, yet remarkably charming, Momma Rose puts todays Dance Moms to shame. REEL WOMEN FILM FESTIVAL DECEMBER 11-15. GALA HISPANIC THEATRE. 202-234-7174. GALATHEATRE.ORG. REEL Women will present ve contemporary lms that present the world as women experience it, and a panel discussion about women in lm with Mexican lmmaker Natalia Beristain and Spanish lmmaker Paula Ortiz. There will also be a special screening of the iconic 1940s Mexican lm, Mara Candelaria. WO L F K A H N : P RI NTMAK I NG WI TH L INE A ND COLOR T HR U J A N 1 1 . NE P TUNE FI NE ART. . 202 338-0353. N EPT U N EF INE ART.C OM . The artist revisits themes and locations as an integral component in his working process. He seamlessly blends observation and invention, capturing seasonal changes and eeting moments.
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DANCE
The Nutcracker. Thru Dec 29. The Washington Ballet. Warner Theatre. 202-397-7238. washingtonballet.org.

MUSIC
Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Salsa Navidad. Dec 13. Zemer Chai. Dec 15. Coral Cantigas. Dec 18. Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org. NSO Pops with Brian Stokes Mitchell. Thru Dec 14. NSO Handels Messiah. Dec 19-Dec 22. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org. What Makes It Great? Schuberts Wanderer Fantasy. Dec 15. WPAS. Baird Auditorium. 202-785-9727. wpas.org. Vienna Boys Choir. Dec 13. American Festival Pops. Dec 14. Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano. Dec 15. GMU Center for the Arts. 888-945-2468. cfa.gmu.edu. The Capital Hearings. Dec 15. Holiday Swing with Daryl Davis and Gotta Swing. Dec 19. BlackRock Center for the Arts. 240-912-1058. blackrockcenter.org. A Candlelight Christmas The Washington Chorus. Dec 15-Dec 22. Kennedy Center. Dec 19-Dec 23. Strathmore. 202-342-6221. thewashingtonchorus.org. Handels Messiah. Dec 14-Dec 15. National Philharmonic. Strathmore. 301581-5100. nationalphilharmonic.org. Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Dec 14. Church of

Count Down to the New Year with CultureCapitals Holiday Cheer!


From the traditional to the offbeat, from family to adults onlyweve gathered all the events here, under Holiday Cheer. The Countdown begins now & continues thru New Years Day. Go to CultureCapital.com.

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Artisphere. Westen Muntain: Lovesong. Thru Jan 4. The Imaginary App. Thru Jan 5. Dave Beck: Logjam. Thru Jan 5. Emily Francisco: May I Have The Piano Delivered To You?. Thru Jan 12. Lisa McCarty: Lumen. Thru Jan 12. Alicia Eggert: Everything You Are Looking For. Thru Feb 2. Lina Vargas: Portable Places_Permanent Spaces. Thru Feb 2. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com.

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December 15

HOLIDA Y TANGO CONCERT WITH THE ROBERT POMILI ORCHESTRA (featuring Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena)
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TODAY The Olkiama Ministry of the Unity Fellowship Church of D.C. presents Old School Dance: The Annual UFCDC Olkiama Party at Charlies (7307 Georgia Ave., N.W.) tonight from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets are $15. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. There will be a food and cash bar. For more information and to purchase tickets call 240-460-7265 or 202-285-9670. Women in Their 20s, a social discussion group for lesbian, bisexual, transgender and all women interested in women, meets today at The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) from 8-9:30 p.m. Come meet other queer women in a fun and friendly setting. All welcome to join. For details, visit thedccenter.org. Team D.C. hosts its annual holiday party at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There will be free food and happy hour drink specials. For details, visit teamdc.org. Khush D.C. hosts Jalwa, an LGBT Bollywood dance party, at Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) tonight from 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Come dance to Bollywood, Bhangra and other South Asian tunes played by DJ Geeta Jhaveri. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 before 11 p.m. and $15 after. For more information, visit khushdc.blogspot.com. SATURDAY, DEC. 14 The Latino Queer Bilingual Writing Group hosts its monthly workshop at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) today from 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. The focus will be on memoirs. Open to writers of any genre and levels of experience to share creative work in Spanish or English. Workshop is free and no prior experience is necessary. For details, call 202-6822245 or email washeg@gmail.com. Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) hosts miX-MAS, a Christmas mixtape party, tonight from 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Doors open at 10 p.m. Cover is $10. For more information, visit blackcatdc.com. Black Whiskey (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts Butch Queen: Holiday Edition tonight at 10 p.m. Music is a mix of hip hop, Baltimore house, electronic and more. Admission is free. For details, visit blackwhiskeydc.com. The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) offers free and condential HIV testing today from 4-7 p.m. For more details, visit thedccenter.org. SUNDAY, DEC. 15 BMX (Black Mens Xchange) hosts

A BMX-D.C. Holiday Fundraising Brunch at Archstone First and M (1160 1st St., N.E.) on the rst oor library lounge today from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The buffet style brunch is the rst fundraiser for BMX-D.C. Tickets are $40. For more information, visit thedccenter.org. Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) hosts its third annual Holiday GUILTEA party today from 3-8 p.m. There will be a holiday costume walk-off at 7 p.m. Winner receives a $50 gift certicate to Nellies. There is no cover. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For details, visit neliessportsbar.com. MONDAY, DEC. 16 Adesola Osakalumi, star of the Broadway show FELA! will teach a master class in hip-hop at Princess Mhoon Dance Institute (932 Philadelphia Ave.) in Silver Spring with three other industry leaders today through Dec. 20. Some of the instructors are LGBT. Youth 5-18 are $299 for the full week of classes which run each night from 5-8 p.m. Adults can take drop in classes for $25 per class from 8:30-10 p.m. Register online at princessmhoondance.com. Center Faith, an inter-faith network for the LGBT community, meets at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. The topic will be planning the next Capital Pride Interfaith Worship Service. There will be a brown bag dinner before the meeting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit thedccenter.org. The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts Coffee and Conversation this morning from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT community. Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy complimentary coffee while engaging in a discussion facilitated by Ron Swanda, a member of Mayor Vincent Grays Advisory Committee for LGBT Affairs, about what is important for older adults in town. For more information, visit thedccenter.org. Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave., N.W.) holds a support group for gay black men to discuss topics that affect them today, share perspectives and have meaningful conversations. For details, visit uhupil.org. TUESDAY, DEC. 17 The Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.) premieres Gypsy, a musical about famous burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $36.55$79.10. The show runs through Jan. 26. For details, visit signature-theatre.org. Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts its weekly FUK!T Packing Party from 7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit thedccenter.org or greenlanterndc.com. Genderqueer D.C. holds a discussion group at The D.C. Center (2000 14th St.,

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THURSDAY, DEC. 19 The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts its monthly Poly Discussion Group at 7 p.m. People of all different stages are invited to discuss polyamory and other consensual non-monogamous relationships. This event is for newcomers, established polyamorous relationships and open to all sexual orientations. For details, visit thedccenter.org. Womens Leadership Institute hosts its weekly meeting for LGBT women and their allies tonight at SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) from 5-7 p.m. The meeting is for those ages 13-21 to discuss female sexuality, relationships and womens rights. For more information, visit smyal.org. SMYAL hosts free and condential HIV testing today from 3-5 p.m. For details, visit smyal.org. Jewmongous has its Holiday Comedy Songfest tonight at 8 p.m. at Iota Club & caf (2832 Wilson Blvd.) in Arlington featuring singer Sean Altmans irreverent acoustic rock songs about his awakening Jewish awareness. Tickets are $15. Visit iotaclubandcafe.com or jewmongous.com for details.

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and are young. Theyre the ones that need that school that Motown used to have where they teach you how to do interviews and be gracious about success. Johnny Depp was wonderful. He was at the height of his career but he was giving trouble to everybody but me. He had a TV show at the time and I think thats why he came along with us he didnt want to be a teen idol. BLADE: So did you ask Chris Isaak if he was going to be comfortable masturbating on the toilet for you? WATERS: You know I cant remember. I know that he read the script and it had that in that. Im sure I told him, Were not gonna show your dick. I dont know if I said that, but certainly I got along with Chris. Hes pretty much a wild man, he might have shown it. No, Im just kidding. BLADE: Youve spoken before about the inuence of Herschell Gordon Lewiss lm Blood Feast. Did you see it when it rst came out in 1963? WATERS: Oh yeah. I still have the vomit bag.

BLADE: I cant imagine how that must have seemed at the time. Were you scared? WATERS: No, we were roaring. We were on our asses laughing. I saw it at the drive in, which were so different then from the way they are now. Now theyre for families but back then, thats where you went to have sex, to get drunk and do drugs. We went every night. In the winter when you had heaters in the cars, and thats when Blood Feast would play in the worst weather, like in January at the drive in and everybody would honk on the horn when they saw gore. Today they honk on the horn when they see tits, then they honked on the horn for gore. I was shocked when I rst went but we were roaring with laugher. The main reasons we all went was because of this vomit bag, which was a brilliant, brilliant marketing gimmick. We were shocked because nobody had ever seen a gore movie, that was the rst one and it wasnt illegal. BLADE: Is camp better when its unintentional? WATERS: Well certainly Showgirls,

no matter what he says today, he did not mean that to be funny. And thats why its so good. He says today its a comedy. Ive always said with Mommie Dearest if two scenes had been taken out she would have won the Oscar. Thats why the Liberace movie was not camp until he talked about cunnilingus and cancer. I think there are some movies to this day, where its hard to tell. I just came back from Liverpool, I did my spoken word show and also had a master movie class on the movie Boom with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. To this day, you dont know if its so bad its good, the tone is so hard to read. Tennessee Williams said it was the best movie ever made of his material. I love that its so confusing. I think Russ Meyer later tried to be campy for the intellectuals and his lms are not nearly as good as when he just made them for real people who were just jerking off looking at big tits. BLADE: Did Robert Maier talk to you about his 2011 book Low Budget Hell: Making Underground Movies with John Waters? WATERS: No, he didnt really.

BLADE: Did you read it? Any thoughts? WATERS: Yeah. Ill just say one thing I thought it was kind of disgruntled. Kind of sour grapes from someone I thought was my friend. BLADE: You tour with another show as well, but it seems the Christmas show has a special place in your heart. Is that fair to say? WATERS: I really do like Christmas, Im not lying, but I also recognize that many people hate it and its a tough, tough time of the year to get through for some. I do like 13 cities and always feel like Johnny Mathis or Brenda Lee doing a Christmas tour. I just love the fact that Im working. Im like a drag queen on Halloween if its Christmas, Im working. BLADE: How much does it change from year to year on average? WATERS: I add new material all the time. If you havent seen it for ve years, there would be lots of new material but even if you just saw it last year, there would still be some new material. I cant tell you the exact amount but its always changing.

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By MARIAH COOPER The holiday season brings plenty of festive events for the whole family to enjoy. The Georgetown Jingle fundraiser on Sunday and the Gay Mens Chorus of Washingtons Sparkle, Jingle, Joy holiday concert next weekend are two celebrations that shouldnt be missed. The eighth annual Georgetown Jingle featuring Pamala Stanley returns for a two-part Christmas jubilee at the Four Seasons Hotel WashingtonGeorgetown (2800 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.). The event raises funds for Dr. Aziza Shads pediatric oncology programs at Georgetowns Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. From 1-4 p.m. Santa Claus and friends pay a visit to guests amongst a holiday crafts station, silent auction and rafes. Georgetown Jingle re-opens from 7-11 p.m. for a Jingle Evening with food from favorite D.C. area chefs and a silent auction. Stanley, whose performance is sponsored by Rehoboth institution the Blue Moon, performs both afternoon people and this day is heartwarming. I just want people to have a good time. David Herchik and Richard Looman, two of Georgetown Jingles co-chairs, got the idea for the fundraiser after their clients daughter was diagnosed with cancer. They decorated her hospital room to cheer her up and were inspired to help the cause. Their family-themed fundraiser tries to re-create that feeling. This is the only event in D.C. specically for every member of the family, Herchik says. You can feel comfortable bringing your six-monthold or your teenager. Its all about inclusivity and children. Since 2006 Georgetown Jingle has raised more than $1.5 million that has built the childrens unit, paid for family psychology and continued family services for those who lose their child. The Gay Mens Chorus presents Sparkle, Jingle, Joy at Lisner
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Auditorium (730 21st St., N.W.) with special guest Grammy Award-winner Matt Alber for the holiday season. There are three performances with one on Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. and two on Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The chorus, a 200-member ensemble, mixes fun costumes and lights with Christmas and Hanukkah classics. Its an irresistible evening of holiday favorites, Artistic Director Jeff Buhrman says. Its such an eclectic performance. Just when you expect it to go in one direction it goes in another. Alber returns to perform with the chorus and sing several solos. His music is lled with such heart, Buhrman says. Its truly inspiring. Hes a warm, wonderful performer. Lo, How a Rose Eer Blooming is a combined performance that Buhrman says is expected to be one of the biggest crowd pleasers of the night.
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By SAMMY DWECK Shops are adorned with holiday trimmings, but much like the shelves at Bloomingdales, the real estate market will launch into pre-spring mode shortly after the rst of the year. Trending this coming season: 1. sellers who are looking to leverage a housing inventory crunch; 2. savvy buyers who are prepared to shop in this market; 3. housing supply demonstrating a slight uptick. Dont get me wrong demand will almost certainly still outpace supply this coming spring, but I dont believe that we should be expecting the same ferocious bidding that occurred last year. Through last season, homeowners were fearful that they could not recoup their investments. So, homeowners sat on or rented their homes. But when headlines nally started turning from doom and gloom to its 2006 again, sellers slowly began to gain condence and release their inventory into the market. Eager buyers paid a premium due to the low inventory in their desired urban neighborhoods and sellers took full advantage with vicious bidding wars. This time around, sellers should manage their expectations carefully. There still are a myriad of opportunities to capitalize on wise investments

Enjoy the holiday season because the hectic spring real estate market is closer than you think.

in real estate this season, but buyers in the market will punish sellers who overplay their hands on pricing and negotiations. Wise purchasers should still be prepared to waive appraisal contingencies, present nancing scenarios where most of the loose ends already are tied up, plunk down substantial earnest money deposits and to settle on the sellers schedule. But the days of free rent-backs for sellers and the Ill do

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