PRIDE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL 2016
THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO CAPITAL PRIDE 2016
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GREETINGS! On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Capital Pride Alliance, our staff and volunteers, I want to welcome you to the 41st celebration of Pride in the Nation’s Capital! As we begin this wonderful event, we are mindful that a few weeks from now will mark one year since the U.S. Supreme Court’s monumental decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. That ruling represented a substantial change that many of us thought would never be possible. However, as significant as that case was – and there is no denying its importance – it represents one step on the path toward equality and acceptance, but not the ultimate achievement of those goals for members of the LGBT community.
DENIS LARGERON | PHOTOGRAPHIE
BERNIE DELIA PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF Friends and allies rightly rejoiced with us in DIRECTORS that victory. However, the reaction from our CAPITAL PRIDE opponents to this critical expansion of our rights was predicted, predictable, and swift. And, it has been a sobering reminder thatALLIANCE while we have made great strides during the past five decades, we still have much left to do on a number of fronts. Our hard work has been the “magic” that has gotten us this far – and will continue to propel us into the future. If “the price of liberty is eternal vigilance,” then we are compelled to be ever watchful for any encroachments on our hard-fought victories. For example, the so-called “religious freedom” legislation that has popped up around the country is simply one way for opponents to attempt to eviscerate our guarantee to equal treatment under the U.S. Constitution. It has been exceptionally gratifying to see those who have leapt to our defense and helped push back on these efforts to legalize discrimination. Indeed, those ranks have included many in the business community who also serve as partners and sponsors of Capital Pride. In addition to insuring that we do not lose any ground, our tasks simultaneously include achieving federal and state civil rights protections; helping to solve the problems facing LGBT youth; securing rights for members of the transgender community; easing the difficulties faced by LGBT asylum seekers; and bettering the lives of our sisters and brothers around the world in countries and places where they have not yet benefitted from the blessings of a more tolerant, open, and accepting society. These labors may seem insurmountable, but we have come so far together, and that strength in unity and purpose will bring us ever closer to our aspirations and objectives to assure that our lives are lived in freedom from prejudice and intolerance. Have a wonderful Capital Pride and continue to “Make Magic Happen” throughout the year!
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Table Of Contents Forty First Capital Pride 2 2014 Capital Pride Sponsors
6 Masthead | Contributors
58 Festival Entertainment 60 Festival Headliners
8 Table of Contents
Welcome To Pride
7 Bernie Delia, President, Capital Pride
Living An Out Life
9 Ryan Bos, Executive Director
Rural America To Gayborhood And Back Again
A Message from the President of the United States
13 Mayor Vincent Gray 16 Elected Voices On The Record 18 Capital Pride Board and Staff 19 2014 Capital Pride ProductionTeam
28 Events Calander 62 Pride Heroes and Honorees 34 Pride Parade Contingents
By Joey DiGuglielmo
By James Hurley
Not-So-Golden Age For Gays
Out In Our Own Voices
Collect, Preserve & Share
PLAY BALL DC Hosts the Gay World Series
By Doug Rule
Collected By Michelle Mobley By: Anne McDonough and Vincent E. Slatt
By Wayne Williams
102 Serious Sports
A Photo Review
Pride Around The World
Collected By Ryan Bos & Al Pellenberg
123 From Russia With Love
By Kris van der Veen
68 2016 Partipants
132 Frank Kameny House
130 Concert Stage Headliners
135 Now We Are QUEER
132 Featured Performers 134 Concert Stage Line Up 135 Dupont and Monument Stages 136 Parade Grand Marshal
By Rebecca Miller
By Katy Ray and E. Sansing
139 ProFIles In Art
By Doug Rule
144 Almost Forty
By Ryan Bos
146 Parade Route 148 Festival Map 150 Survival Guide
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The accomplishments and progress made toward social justice and equality for the LGBTA community have been the result of the hard work and dedication of many individuals over the course of many decades. It is because of this commitment to equality that we come together annually to make our voices heard while sharing our stories of success. The current political environment reminds us that not only is there a great deal of work to do, but how necessary it is to reflect, reinvigorate, rejoice, and move forward with Pride. For 2016, we chose the theme “Make Magic Happen,” because we feel it speaks to the power we have as a community to effect change that strengthens the LBGTA movement locally, regionally, and nationally. The desire to be a part of this change is a spark that inspires us to avidly pursue equality at every level and work to preserve the victories that we have secured.
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RYAN BOS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Countless hours have been spent organizing a great 2016 Celebration of Pride in the Nation’s Capital, as well as a calendar full of events and activities in support of the LGBTA community throughout the year. From the annual Pride Reveal, Outdoor Movie Nights, and Capital Trans Pride, to our Heroes Gala, Music in the Night, and Opening Night Party, not to mention the Parade, Festival and Concert, there is something for everyone during the annual celebration of Pride in the Nation’s Capital and the remainder of the year. We are fortunate to have so many outstanding organizations in the national capital region, many of whom are Pride Partners, to help “Make Magic Happen.” Thank you to our volunteer production teams, staff, board, and hundreds of on-site volunteers who spend their time and energy to make Pride in the Nation’s Capital the best it can be. Thanks also to our amazing sponsors, who every year step up to help support this inspiring celebration. This is a testament to the growth and progress of our business community, whose members support their LGBT employees and customers. We here at the Capital Pride Alliance acknowledge that we not only have pride in June, but we “Have Pride 365.” You are encouraged to share what you have pride in by visiting www.havepride365.org, a website that we have recently launched, and tell your stories via photos on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. It is important that we share with each other the many positive accomplishments of the LGBTA community. As you celebrate this June and through the rest of the year, we encourage you to post, tweet, and share your stories with #havepride365 #dcpride and #makemagichappen. Together let’s “Make MAGIC Happen!”
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Elected Voices On The Record
ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON
The progress our country is making on LGBT equality reflects the American understanding that discrimination in any form should never be tolerated. Bolstered by recent victories in the Supreme Court, we are committed to growing the LBGT equality movement here in the District of Columbia and across the nation until total victory is won.
It is a pleasure to extend a warm welcome to everyone taking part in the 2016 Celebration of Pride in the Nation’s Capital. The District led the way in support for marriage equality—having done so through proactive legislative action—and I am gratified that the nation has now moved to the position we adopted seven years ago. We have also been a leader among the states with our human rights laws. But the fight against bigotry is not over. I will continue to be a fierce advocate for LGBTA rights. Happy Pride!
Welcome to the 41st anniversary of Capital Pride, which is celebrating “Make Magic Happen.” The Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, is working to make magic happen every day, whether it’s finding a home for a young person who’s been displaced as a result their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or working with the Metropolitan Police Department to keep LGBT residents safe and respected. Mayor Bowser’s administration has prioritized safety, housing, and a pathway to the middle class for LGBTQ residents. We are committed to overcoming barriers that stand in the way of many LGBTQ people and their ability to live a life free from discrimination. On behalf of the District of Columbia, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ communities and the best jurisdiction for protecting the civil and human rights of LGBTQ identified residents, we wish you a happy and safe Capital Pride!
National LGBTQ Task Force-Ex Director
As we celebrate Capital Pride this year, we can all reflect on how—working ever more closely together—we have made some of what once seemed impossible, possible in terms of advancing freedom, justice, equality and equity. Of course as we celebrate progress, we also need to save some energy for the fight ahead. The opponents of equality are prepared to do anything—even manipulate faith—as an excuse to legitimize and legalize discrimination against others. We won›t let them win. In the work that lies ahead of us, we have the opportunity to be extraordinary. If we do this right, we can make this next era of the LGBTQ movement our most dynamic, powerful, and inclusive moment for leadership and transformation yet.
DAVID GROSSO DC Council
Office of LGBTQ Affairs-Chair
Welcome to Capital Pride! While the rest of the country has taken some steps back, the District of Columbia is striving to maintain our status as an LGBTQ leader. This year we’ve passed a law requiring LGBTQ cultural competency training for medical providers, which will be particularly beneficial to our transgender residents. We passed a youth suicide prevention bill that has become a national model. And we are going to ensure that our government employees do not have to travel to places that condone active discrimination. I’m excited to celebrate our accomplishments with you, and celebrate the LGBTQ community’s contributions toward a greater quality of life in the District of Columbia.
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5K RUN & WALK • JUNE 10, 2016, 7 PM • WASHINGTON, DC Get your Pride weekend off to a running start! The DC Front Runners Pride Run, an official event of Capital Pride, is a fun 5K run & walk, celebrating community and friendly competition. The chip-timed race is followed by a Finish Line Party sponsored by JR’s, featuring beer for race participants, a live DJ, entertainment, awards for the race’s top performers & random prize drawings. Funds raised support SMYAL, a DC Center youth literary scholarship, and Capital Pride. Line up with friends and make magic happen! PRESENTING SPONSOR
FINISH LINE PARTY
Capital Pride Board of Directors and Staff
PRIDE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
TOP ROW Bernie Delia (President) Justin White (Treasurer) Raymond Panas (Secretary),Michelle Benecke, Jesse Bonales, Kyle Collins, Daniel Frantti, BOTTOM ROW: Scott Jackson, Vince Micone, Mary Paradise, Vince Rodriquez, Ashley Smith, Collin Stewart, Thomas Wieczorek, Robert York NOT PRESENT Ken Dean (Vice President), Jessie Washington
TOP ROW: Mike Alexander, Development Director Peter Morgan, Marketing Director MIDDLE ROW: Rob Corbett, Operations Director Ncole Barnes, Financial Director Devin Hansen, Special Projects Administrator FRONT ROW: Ryan Bos, Executive Director NOT PRESENT Al Pellenberg, Art Director
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ACCESSIBILITY Michael Creason BEVERAGE GARDENS Matt Gillette CAPITAL TRANS PRIDE Holly Goldmann Bianca Rey JaeLee Waldschmidt ENTERTAINMENT Jerry Houston Vernon Wall FESTIVAL Joey Allen Aaron Fishbach HEROES GALA Jonathon Sorge HOSPITALITY/VIP Megan Eimerman-Wallace Matt Kuder LOGISTICS Jennifer Hall MUSIC IN THE NIGHT Will Cruttenden James McBride Joshua Morgan OPERATIONS Alan Thompson PARADE David Arwood Rick Deus
PARADE FLOAT Siobhan Fisher John Marc Jami Vallesteros SAFETY & SECURITY Lindsay Imon Bryan Pruitt ACCOMMODATIONS Joshua Beeson VOLUNTEERS Chelsea Bland James Leslie
Brightest Young Things Center Faith Cobalt DC Bike Party DC Front Runners Distrkt C DJ Chord LURe Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs TAGG Magazine The Cherry Fund The Welcoming Committee Whitman-Walker Health Wunder Garten Story District
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Marilyn Akindo Free Akins PJ Albert Rose Aruta Chris Avery Destiny B. Childs Julian Baker Christopher Barth Gregory Bates Blake Bommelje Hua Boonyapisomparn Ophelia Bottoms Imani Brown Sarah Bryce Alec Buckley Craig Cassey Joseline Castillo Ron Crognale Will Cruttenden Brian Davis Yadiell Deautriell David Delewski Tom Donohue Maurice Douglas Robert Duncan Teal Dye Leah Edwards Richard Edwards Siobhan Fisher J. Clarence Flanders Christine Forbes
Amanda Gamage Michael Garcia Michael Graham Kurt Graves Kevih Hawkins Anthony D. Hinnant William Hopfer Aaron Howard D’Angela Howard Bill Huff Joi Jenkens Sean Johnson Todd Jones Terry Klugh Denis Largeron Deonte Leach Angela Love Jonathan Marcwille Abigayle Marks Ashley McKinley Randy Meck Kathy Neal Caleb Nixon Tavis Northam Charlotte Oliver Keenan Orr Daniel Ostick Cole Pates-Clift Matthew Peschke Chad Phillips Nina Ramirez
Courtney Ramsey Jack Rayburn Gregory Robertson Anna-Alexandra Rojo Ryan Rosado Lyn Royster Holly Russell Jonan Sayo Bernie Schwartz Allen Sexton Mikelle Smith Kirk Sobell Jay Soriano Jose Soriano Taylor Sprague Stuart Symington Nicholas Taylor Melvin Thomas Andre Thomas Brock Thompson Alan Thompson Octavia Thompson Natalie Thompson Diamond Thompson Octavia Thompson Mild Vachananda Shawn West David Williams Ryan Williams Christopher Wingert Anthony Wisenwski Edmund Wong
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Heroes Gala HEROES GALA PRESENTED BY HILTON & HOSTED BY HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON, D.C. Music sensation Jeffery Austin will perform and dazzle at this elegant evening honoring Capital Pride Heroes, Engendered Spirits, and others who have made significant contributions to the LGBTA community in the national capital region. The event will take place in the historic Carnegie Library, where you’ll be wined and dined, and perhaps encounter a magical surprise or two. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 7PM - 11PM
CARNEGIE LIBRARY 801 K ST NW Metro: Green/Yellow—Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street/Convention Center For information on the 2016 Honorees, go to page # here in the Pride Guide. capitalpride.org/gala #capitalprideheroes *ASL interpreter present
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DC BIKE PARTY PRIDE RIDE WITH CAPITAL PRIDE ALLIANCE Enjoy a spellbinding bike ride through the enchanted streets of DC. The Capital Pride theme this year is “Make MAGIC Happen,” so deck yourself and your bike out in your favorite outrageous magical costume—we know you have one! As the ride ends, the after-party begins. FRIDAY, JUNE 3 ,7PM
DC Bike Party FREE EVENT
DUPONT CIRCLE ASSEMBLE, 8PM PRIDE RIDE BEGINS Metro Red—Dupont Circle After Party: Hosted by Wunder Garten in NoMa, 1005 First Street NE Metro: Red—NoMa/Gallaudet U capitalpride.org/events/bikeparty #capitalpridebikeparty
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION PRESENTED BY HOTEL PALOMAR Mandatory orientation for all volunteers supporting the community during the 2016 Celebration of Pride in the Nation’s Capital, specifically the Pride Parade and Pride Festival. Food, beverages, and fun will be provided to keep up the energy for an amazing week. NEW VOLUNTEERS ARE WELCOME TO REGISTER AT THIS EVENT.
SATURDAY, JUNE 4 11AM-1:30PM
Volunteer Orientation TICKETED
HOTEL PALOMAR 2121 P ST NW Metro: Red—Dupont Circle capitalpride.org/volunteer #capitalpridevolunteer *ASL interpreter present
THE WELCOMING COMMITTEE PRIDE CRAWL The second-ever U Street Bar Crawl is not just any crawl. It’s the official Capital Pride Bar Crawl! That means it’s going to be twice the size of last year, and a total LGBTQ takeover as the city is crawling with folks in town for Pride Week. Expect amazing drink specials, swag, and brand-new friends as you hop from bar to bar. Buy tickets in advance for Early Bird discount. SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2PM
SUDHOUSE 1340 U ST NW Metro: Green/YellowU Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo capitalpride.org/events/crawl #capitalpridescrawl
Pride Crawl TICKETED
OUT/SPOKEN IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STORY DISTRICT. Story District returns to the 9:30 Club with Capital Pride Alliance to present its sixth annual Pride show: Out/Spoken: Queer, Questioning, Bold, and Proud. Enjoy eight hilarious and heartfelt true stories about LGBTQ life from the best storytellers in town—once dubbed “the gold standard in storytelling” by the Washington Post. Save on fees when you purchase in person at the 9:30 Club Box Office. SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 6PM
9:30 CLUB 815 V ST., NW Metro: Green/Yellow—U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Capitalpride.org/events/outspoken #capitalprideoutspoken *ASL interpreter present
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CAPITAL PRIDE WOMEN’S KICK-OFF CELEBRATION PRESENTED BY MAUTNER PROJECT OF WHITMAN-WALKER, HOSTED BY TAGG MAGAZINE AND LURe Celebrate the queer women of D.C. as well as 26 amazing years of the Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker Health! This year’s party will be Capital Pride’s Women’s Kick-Off Party with co-hosts Tagg Magazine and Ladies of LURe! This not-to-be-missed, all-night dance party takes place on the Warner Theater stage, and includes featured cocktails, inviting food, and a majestic backdrop.
Womens Kick Off
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 8PM - 1AM WARNER THEATER 513 13TH ST NW Metro: Red/Orange/Silver/Blue Lines—Metro Center capitalpride.org/events/womenskickoff #capitalpridewomenskickoff
SUMMER POP-OFF & VOLUNTEER KICK-OFF WITH DJ CHORD. Make your summer playlist “pop” with a night of music dedicated to all the best sounds of 2016. DJ Chord knows all about spinning “magic” with eclectic style, so hang on and let loose! Capital Pride volunteers who attended the volunteer orientation will enjoy this night with free entry courtesy of Town.
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 10PM - 3AM
Summer Pop-Off & Volunteer Kick Off KICK OFF PRIDE WEEK WITH DC’S PREMIER PARTY! JUNE 4 TH ONLY AT TOWN DANCEBOUTIQUE.
TOWN DANCEBOUTIQUE 2009 8TH ST NW Metro: Green/Yellow—U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo capitalpride.org/events/popoff #capitalpridepopoff
SUNDAY FUNDAY PRIDE DRAG BRUNCH PRESENTED BY TORTILLA COAST A cocktail or two at brunch is always civilized, but toss in some legendary drag hosts, and mix it up with the amazing flavors of Tortilla Coast’s food and beverages, and you’ll have the best Sunday Funday ever! SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 12PM - 3PM
TORTILLA COAST 1460 P ST NW Metro: Red—Dupont Circle capitalpride.org/events/dragbrunch #capitalpridedragbunch
Sunday Fun Day Brunch FREE EVENT
THE LAVENDER SCARE: A CONVERSATION WITH DAVID JOHNSON AND JOSH HOWARD The Historical Society, Capital Pride, and the Newseum are proud to bring David Johnson and Josh Howard to Washington, D.C., to recount the stories behind the book and documentary, and the important national impact this local story had long before the Stonewall riots. The presentation will also feature unseen clips from the documentary, which will be released this fall. The session is moderated by Lou Chibbaro, Jr., a Washington Blade reporter who has focused on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years.
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2:30PM – 4:30PM
NEWSEUM 555 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW Metro: Green Line—Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter Capitalpride.org/event/
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DRAG BALL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STONEWALL KICKBALL RuPaul’s Drag Race has nothing on this annual tradition! When the beautiful gurls of Stonewall Kickball don drag, they’ll bring you an all-out kickball battle where there is sure to be a weave snatched. Grab your best heels, maybe a new wig, and meet us at Stead Park for an afternoon you won’t soon forget.
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, GATE: 3PM, GAME: 4PM STEAD FIELD 1625 P ST NW Metro: Red—Dupont Circle capitalpride.org/events/dragball #capitalpridedragball
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Musis In The Night
Hosted by: Joshua Morgan Janet Aldrich Shayna Blass Michael Mainwaring Farrell Parker Jobari Parker Nova Payton Grant Saunders Special Guests: Kyle Dean Massey Wesley Taylor
MUSIC IN THE NIGHT PRESENTED BY THE HAMILTON LIVE Enjoy an engaging night of musical theater, magnificent libations, and good vibrations. Back by popular demand for a fifth year in a row, the illustrious Joshua Morgan returns from Broadway as host and performer, and shines a spotlight on our local musical theater talent with special guest performers. MONDAY, JUNE 6, 8PM - 11PM (DOORS OPEN AT 6:30PM) THE HAMILTON LIVE 600 14TH ST NW
Metro: Blue/Orange/Red/Silverâ€”Metro Center capitalpride.org/music #capitalpridemusic *ASL interpreter present
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33rd CAPITAL PRIDE INTERFAITH SERVICE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CENTER FAITH. The 33rd Annual Pride Interfaith Service will address the theme of Celebrating the Magic of Faith and Pride. Featured speakers include Rev. Lesli Watson Malachi, Director of People for the American Way’s African American Ministers In Action; Rev. Orion Foxood, Elder, Romano Celtic Traditional Craft, Faery Seership, and Southern Folk Magic; and, Rev. Katrina Messenger, Minister, Shaman and Founder of Reflections Mystery School. Plus, the Interfaith Community Choir will be led by Rev. Darryl LC Moch, Inner Light, Inc.
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 7:30PM – 8:30PM
COVENANT BAPTIST UCC 3845 S. CAPITOL ST SW capitalpride.org/events/interfaith #capitalprideinterfaith
WOMEN’S NIGHT OF EXPRESSION (SPOKEN WORD) IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BUSBOYS AND POETS Exchanging stories can be powerful and that’s what tonight is all about. The mic will be open for two hours to womenidentified folks of all backgrounds to share their stories through words. There’ll also be DJ, a live band, music, burlesque, and the host Shelly Bell. This event is very popular, and therefore a FULL-STORE event. All gender identities welcome and encouraged to share their words on the mic. TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 8PM – 11PM
Women Night of Expression TICKETED
BUSBOYS AND POETS 1025 5TH ST NW Metro: Green/Yellow—Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street/Convention Center capitalpride.org/event/womenexpress #capitalpridewomenexpress *ASL interpreter present
MEN’S SEATED SPEED DATING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PROFESSIONALS IN THE CITY Bringing intimacy and romance back to the art of fast-track dating, you’ll date for approximately one hour, meeting intriguing members of the same sex as you spend a few sweet minutes with each new acquaintance. All gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer men are invited. TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 7PM - 9PM
GayMensSeated Speed Dating FREE EVENT
FINN AND PORTER 900 10TH ST NW Metro: Red/Blue/Orange—Metro Center capitalpride.org/event/mendate #capitalpridemendate
COMMUNITY CHECK- IN IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MAYOR’S OFFICE OF LGBT AFFAIRS With an introduction by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, this dynamic group discussion between community members and local leaders will cover topics that range from current issues and events in the national capital region, to national and international affairs. Be prepared for thoughtful and thoughtprovoking exchanges. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 6PM - 8PM
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WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 400 I ST SW Metro: Green—Waterfront capitalpride.org/event/conversation #capitalprideconversation
WOMEN’S SEATED SPEED DATING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PROFESSIONALS IN THE CITY All lesbians, bisexual, transgender, and queer women are invited, for a night of speed dating where guests have the opportunity to meet new people in an intimate and romantic setting! WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 7PM - 9PM
Women’sSeated Speed Datng TICKETED
Hocus Pocus TICKETED
FINN AND PORTER 900 10TH ST NW Metro: Red/Blue/Orange—Metro Center capitalpride.org/event/womendate #capitalpridwomendate
CATCH ME: A MAGIC DUEL PRIDE EDITION After years of successfully plying their trade around the world, acclaimed magicians Brian Curry and Mark Phillips have decided this town isn’t big enough for both of them. In “Catch Me,” these two sleight-of-hand masters battle live, on stage for the title of “Washington DC’s Favorite Magician.” During the show, the audience will select various styles of magic the contestants must perform. Audience members then cast their votes for “Washington DC’s Favorite Magician,” and award the coveted “Golden Wand WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 8:00PM - 10:00PM CAPITAL HILTON 1001 16th ST NW Metro: Blue/Orange/Silver – McPherson Square Capitalpride.org/events/magicshow #capitalpridemagicshow
ROOFTOP POOL PARTY AND RALLY PRESENTED BY VIDA/PENTHOUSE POOL CLUB & LOUNGE Tonight is the night for bewitchment…by the stunning views of the city under the stars and a dip in the rooftop pool, while connecting with friends, or making new ones. Capital Pride Alliance volunteers, donors, and supporters love this event. Drop by and dip in. THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 7PM – 10PM
Rooftop Pool Party and Rally REGISTRATION
VIDA/PENTHOUSE POOL AT THE YARDS 1212 4TH ST SE Metro: Green—Navy Yard/Ballpark capitalpride.org/events/pool #capitalpridepool
DC FRONT RUNNERS PRIDE RUN 5K WITH CAPITAL PRIDE ALLIANCE Run for a cause and show your pride as you “Make MAGIC Happen!” This chip-timed 5K race will be followed by a Finish Line Party sponsored by JRs Bar. The race raises funds for SMYAL, which supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, and a new DC Center youth literary scholarship. FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 7PM
Pride Run 5K
CONGRESSIONAL CEMETERY 1801 E ST., SE Metro: Blue/Orange/Silver—Potomac Ave capitalpride.org/events/run #capitalpriderun Logo: DC Frontrunners, Choice Hotels
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HEX Opening Party
HEX—THE ABRACADABULOUS OPENING PARTY: CAPITAL PRIDE AND BYT One of the most exciting music and dance parties of the year. Located in the fun and funky NoMa neighborhood, you’ll experience the best DJs, fantastic drinks, and the Opening Party’s enthusiastic following. Hex is not to be missed! FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 9PM
UNION MARKET 1309 5TH ST NE Metro: Red—NoMa/Gallaudet U capitalpride.org/opening #capitalprideopening
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“So that guy wants to go home and put a dress on?”
Decades ago, the average American might have asked such a question about a gay man. Gays were as unknown and peculiar—queer—as transgender people are today. Today, the typical non-LGBT American feels bewildered when shown footage of a bald, bearded man and told he’s transgender, having been born a woman. “No, that guy is a man,” Andy Garcia of the Equality Federation responds to perplexed straight participants in focus groups. “That’s a trans man. This is who you’re asking to use the women’s room.” If nothing else, growing transphobia and fear over bathrooms, whipped up by anti-gay politicians especially in conservative parts of the country, are all the evidence one needs that full equality, much less acceptance, has not been realized for LGBT Americans even with the right to marry now guaranteed nationally. Sure, on the face of it, the fear over bathroom access— however unjust and unfounded—may appear to be strictly a problem for transgender people. But it is one that affects everyone else in the movement, whether gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Curiously, the current debates over bathroom bills do betray progress. “For the first time,” Garcia adds about his LGBT advocacy group’s experience with focus groups, “we’re hearing people say, ‘I don’t really care if you’re gay or not, but this trans thing, I don’t really get it.’” Yet if marriage equality, and the broader understanding and acceptance of gays and lesbians that undergirded it, marked one step, or even two steps, forward, the entire LGBT movement has been dealt a 38
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the foreign—motivates discrimination and persecution all around the world. And it inevitably affects all of us, too—not just by compelling more immigrants to seek refuge in America, but also, fascinatingly, disturbingly, by impelling American conservatives to export their brand of anti-LGBT hostilities elsewhere. When it comes right down to it,fear of the queer is fundamentally a fear of queer sex—a reality that has contributed to various societal problems, as well as one that has occasionally complicated the movement’s path toward greater acceptance. Gay men especially have so internalized this sense of fear that we reflexively keep our sexuality under wraps when in mixed company—refraining, at least traditionally, from much in the way of public displays of same-sex affection. This fitting-in behavior is something that has become known as “covering”—a term coined by New York University law professor Kenji Yoshino and most recently adopted by Michelangelo Signorile. The provocative liberal journalist was ahead of his time nearly three decades ago when he embraced the concept of outing gay and lesbian public officials and celebrities. In his most recent book, It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia and Winning True Equality, Signorile argues that LGBT people have reached a point of acceptance in American society that goes beyond the value we once derived from covering. He argues that we should be showing and celebrating our differences instead, not censoring ourselves or letting the media sanitize our lives. Whether Signorile is once again ahead of his time, the present reality is that being open and honest about queer sexuality—un-covering, as it were—is still no walk in the park. Our identity as mere sexual beings still threatens far too many people. Yet the outing effort proved that there’s real power in greater exposure and visibility. The sight of more people living openly and in their truth eventually defuses the apparent threat and helps increase acceptance. So, the more familiar we all become with trans people, the less they can be used as bogeymen, or By Doug Rule as a distraction from the real issue—the real threat to us all. “Prohibiting trans people from using the bathroom [of the NC Gov. Patrick McCrory Signed The Notorious Bathroom Bill gender] they identify with—that was not the end game,” Garcia explains of anti-LGBT conservatives. “That’s the strategy big setback due to conservatives’ “silver bullet”—that is, as that they’re using. The end game for them is to completely gut Garcia explains it, “the fact that people don’t understand LGBT non-discrimination protections.” transgender people at all, and are afraid of them, and will What follows is an overview of some key developments affecting vote against all protections.” LGBT people—as well as a dozen calls for action—in three broad Gay and trans people share similar struggles—acceptance areas: U.S. Politics; International Affairs and Immigration; and of non-straight sexual orientation and non-binary gender Health and Well-Being. identity are distinct but related issues. More importantly, we share similar challenges—including the same unenlightened U.S. POLITICS foe. “The opposition views us all the same,” Garcia continues. “They just view [it] as, if you’re gay, you might as well be In hindsight, it’s clear that the honeymoon following the trans…. If you’re a lesbian and you don’t want to be with a legalization of same-sex marriage lasted too long for some man, you might as well be a man. They’ve always blurred leaders in the movement, obviously caught unawares by the brewing conservative backlash. Perhaps LGBT activists should that.” not have honeymooned at all last June. In other words, it’s the same old homophobic song and dance, just in a new identity key. Now as ever, fear is a To be sure, the Supreme Court’s ruling making marriage powerful motivator. Fear—of the queer, of the different, of equality the law of the land was something worth celebrating. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO CAPITAL PRIDE 2016
It stands as the greatest victory the LGBT movement has yet achieved. Yet marriage wasn’t the goal for many in the movement—and it certainly remains a luxury issue compared to more pressing matters, from employment to housing, health care to safety and security. And the reality is, it’s still possible to fire or discriminate against LGBT people in 26 states (as of April)—not just Mississippi, North Carolina, and the others that have been in the news with recent antiLGBT legislation. Queer people are still getting fired, harassed, denied service, bullied, beaten up, even murdered. Although doing better than ever before, the U.S. can do better still by its LGBT citizens.
these are bans on gay-to-straight “conversion therapy,” which have gone into effect in four states and D.C.—yet anti-LGBT politicians have so far managed to prevent such bans proposed in other states, including Colorado, and are expected to stand in the way of a national ban introduced by Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Also of note are legal challenges supporting the Obama Administration’s position that protections granted by Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in schools, extend to transgender students—meaning, among other things, they should be granted access to the school’s bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
Yet additional gains won’t come quickly and are likely to be hard-fought. Anti-LGBT politicians have been itching for a new fight since long before the case of Obergefell v. Hodges forced them to concede on marriage equality. In fact, you may remember a test shot they fired in the post-marriage antiLGBT battle, one focused on making it legal to discriminate against LGBT people. It hit exactly three months before the country became mirthfully distracted by the Supremes. On March 26, 2015, Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence signed into law the first so-called “religious freedom” bill allowing businesses in the state to refuse to serve gay people and same-sex couples based on religious grounds. Then, last November, conservatives experimented with another new line of LGBT attack, this time over a broad anti-discrimination ordinance in Houston. They cried trans “wolf” in women’s bathrooms and made that the sole focus of an aggressive campaign that ultimately swayed voters in Texas’s largest city—and America’s sixth largest—who had been expected to vote yes on the measure.
Though it certainly seemed to take some groups, most notably the Human Rights Campaign, by surprise, Garcia explains that the “bathroom scare” tactic has been brewing for years now. It first reared its head when legislators in states, including New York and Wisconsin, wanted to add protections for gender identity to previously passed nondiscrimination laws offering protections for sexual orientation. “That’s when we started to see pushback,” Garcia explains. “That’s when we started to see people say, ‘Well, what if I’m an employer and someone tries transitioning on the job?... Or, ‘I own a business, I don’t know that I want to be forced to let trans people use my bathroom and scare other customers.’ “So it wasn’t a surprise,” he continues. “I think what was a surprise was just how effective it really proved to be this year.” As a result, we’ll no doubt see a lot more bathroom bills to come— and with them, more hysteria over gendernonconforming people. Ultimately, though, it’s hard to predict what will come next, and to what effect. “What the opposition has been doing for the past two or three years,” Garcia explains, “has been throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks. And then revising their strategy, their playbook, accordingly.” Of course, while these discriminatory tactics get the lion’s share of publicity, there are plenty of other LGBT-related activities taking place in domestic politics. Foremost among 40
1. Continue the Push for Nondiscrimination Bills—Including the Federal Equality Act In poll after poll, according to Garcia, the public generally agrees with notions that landlords and businesses shouldn’t be allowed to deny housing, service or work to LGBT people. Yet all of those types of discrimination remain possible in more than half the states. With anti-LGBT politicians effectively standing guard to prevent further protections, it’s hard to imagine imminent progress at the state level. Of course, it’s never been an easy row to hoe at the federal level—yet the proposed Equality Act may be more important now than ever, since its passage could supersede all these state laws, according to Anthony Winer of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. “In terms of a political takeaway,” he told Metro Weekly in April, “the real lesson is, we need a federal employment nondiscrimination act.” 2. Engaging More Voters; Supporting Better Candidates for Elections The likelihood of seeing more LGBT-friendly legislators in the most conservative states—not to mention in Congress—is all-but impossible in the near-term, due to extensive gerrymandering and increased voting restrictions effectively suppressing more liberal-leaning voters. Yet we know one thing for certain: We’ll never win if we never try. One encouraging effort is the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina. LGBT activists have joined other progressives in that state to engage more voters and recruit more candidates to run for office. “Let’s work on getting better folks elected…. Every progressive cause would hope that that happens,” Garcia says, before acknowledging that “we can’t pin all of our hopes on that.” 3. Outreach to Republicans and Anti-LGBT Politicians Getting more pro-LGBT progressives to become politicians should be seen as only one among multiple tactics that, pursued in tandem, may achieve a better, gayer political tomorrow. Another is an irrefutable truth given our bipartisan system of government: “What we’ve learned is that we have to work with Republicans,” Garcia says. “There are plenty of them who are supportive, if for no other reason than the bottom line: They want to attract corporations, they want to attract younger talent.”
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North Carolina resident at a rally in support of the anti-LGBT law
4. Improving Education about Trans People Houston proved we have a problem, but North Carolina and more recently Pennsylvania, where a nondiscrimination bill went down the women’s bathroom drain, confirmed it: Transphobia has become a key to keeping us from making any more legislative gains, even setting us back. Obviously, the antidote lies in greater awareness and education. “I would say,” Garcia says, “that the real story is that we’ve got to start educating, both inside the LGBT community and the public at large, about transgender folks.... We’ve got to start showing trans people in the context of their lives, that they’re loved, that people support them, that they have friends.”
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND IMMIGRATION The movement for greater LGBT rights—and especially marriage equality—marches ever onward in many places around the world. Some of the countries making great strides may surprise you, such as Colombia. Although the conservative Catholic country is still far from being a bastion of peace and acceptance for its LGBT citizens, just this April Colombia’s highest court proclaimed marriage equality the law of the land, putting it in good company with its Latin American neighbors Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. Of course, in recent years some conservative countries have bucked the trend by becoming more hostile and homophobic—Russia being the most dramatic and tragic THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO CAPITAL PRIDE 2016
example. And yet Russia isn’t the worst offender, at least not officially. Competing for that crown are 10 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Nigeria, in which same-sex relations are legally punishable by death. Another contender is Indonesia, where last year a religious court recommended the ultimate punishment for those who commit “crimes of homosexuality”—though that fatwa isn’t official law. But arguably the most outrageous anti-LGBT development in recent years on the international scene doesn’t stem from just one country, but rather from one religion. And no, it’s not Islam. Certainly, declarations encouraging honor killings and other acts of violence against LGBT peoples in the name of Islam are unconscionable. Yet just as infuriating to most LGBT Americans—especially those whose struggle to come out was complicated by religion—is the fact that similar calls and crackdowns on LGBT people in various countries have been issued in the name of Christianity—even in the name of America. “Faced with decreasing support in the United States, Christian missionaries have taken their talents to Africa, [exporting their] Western brand of hatred,” Jon Green wrote in an Americablog essay last year at the time of President Obama’s historic visit to Kenya (where, to his credit, the president did criticize the country’s stance against LGBT rights). In fact, many anti-LGBT religious conservatives have been emboldened by anti-gay laws and attitudes they’ve encountered on the continent. 41
“They’re trying to do what they couldn’t accomplish here in the United States,” explains Matthew Corso of Center Global, a program of the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Trying— and succeeding. They’re spreading their American brand of hatred and homophobic ideals especially in countries of subSaharan Africa, including Uganda, Nigeria, and Cameroon. “They’re organized there,” Corso says. “They’re using their church dollars that they raised through their congregations to influence policy and public measures.” Let that sink in for a second and surely you’ll come to the same conclusion as Corso: “It’s completely outrageous. Especially since they’re all classified as nonprofit organizations. So much for the public good.” These homophobic religious zealots are proselytizing for Jesus and casting homosexuals as of the Devil—stirring up queer fear and loathing and encouraging stronger enforcement of existing anti-LGBT laws as well as creation of new, more stringent policies. Remember the “kill the gays” bill in Uganda a few years ago? A couple of virulently anti-gay American ministers advanced this bill, and other prominent American fundamentalists have continued to whip up anti-gay fervor in the country. The AntiHomosexuality Act, passed in 2014, included some draconian anti-LGBT measures, but it mercifully stopped short—thanks to international donor pressure— of calling for death to gays. If these far-right American activists are as anti-immigrant as they are anti-gay, they’re not exactly helping that situation, at least not back home: More LGBT and progressive-minded Ugandans have been seeking refuge in more tolerant countries such as the U.S. As only one example, Center Global has seen an increase in recent years in the number of people seeking asylum from sub-Saharan Africa, including Uganda. Actually, the all-volunteer organization has been seeing increasing numbers of immigrants from all over, now helping as many as six or seven a month—double the number from only a year ago—and over 120 since the program started nearly four years ago. Corso, who works by day in communications at the United States Agency for International Development, helped found Center Global partly to raise awareness of global human rights issues among D.C.’s LGBT community. But the primary focus is helping LGBT asylum seekers and refugees as they go through the arduous immigration process and adjust to a new life as strangers in a strange land. “Asylum seekers who are coming here—they honestly would prefer to live in their home country,” Corso explains. “[But] physically, they cannot live in that country because they fear for their own [lives]. And state institutions and the other systems 42
that are in place in those countries will not protect them.” In fact, LGBT asylum seekers in the U.S. are often further in a bind, unable to turn to fellow expats or diaspora groups, “because those groups are often just as homophobic if not even more so than was their home country.” Taking Action 1. American LGBT Organizations Should Partner More with Overseas Counterparts More LGBT Americans should think of themselves as global citizens, aware of and engaged in what’s going on elsewhere. And more domestic LGBT organizations should become active on the global human rights scene. Sharing information and good practices could be mutually beneficial for both American nonprofits and nascent advocacy organizations in developing countries—yet only if handled in a culturally respectful and sensitive manner. “What’s happening here in the United States is not the same thing that’s happening in other countries,” Corso explains, “and we can’t just take all of our great organizing work that we’ve done and transplant it in another country.” 2. Advocate for U.S. Immigration Policy Reform The United States is in dire need of comprehensive immigration reform, yet the whole issue seems to have become a bit too charged and polarizing for reasoned debate or consensus. Short of a total overhaul, some specific policy changes should take precedence. Among these: Allowing immigrants more than just one year to file for asylum, which, as Corso explains, is a “very extensive, complicated, long, drawnout process” even under the best, most expedited of circumstances; and reforming Border Patrol policies and practices to reduce what the ACLU and other organizations have described as “widespread and deplorable detention conditions.”
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3. Advocate for More Local Support for Asylum Seekers Asylum seekers are not typical immigrants and they deserve more support than the average—and more than they currently receive. As Corso explains, asylum seekers “have often been persecuted, some of them have been tortured. [It can be] really hard for them to focus on healing from that experience, and then having to deal with all of the day-to-day survival things…. Asylum seekers are not able to access any local government services, so that they’re entirely reliant on community-based services.” Corso suggests local governments, including D.C., should offer funding for providers offering legal or health services for these immigrants.
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4. Advocate for More Scrutiny of Americans’ Anti-LGBT Efforts Overseas An increasing number of organizations are working to monitor and counter anti-LGBT activity around the world— including the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which has been keeping particular watch on the Rockford, Ill.-based World Congress of Families. This convening organization, according to SPLC, “is one of the key driving forces behind the U.S. religious right’s global export of homophobia and sexism,” and it features as member partners the anti-gay conservative groups you’ve no doubt heard of—from the Family Research Council to the National Organization for Marriage. Another newer, notable watchdog effort, with a more activist approach, is known as KYNship, which stands for Know Thy Neighbors, a collaborative project of two social justice organizations, the think tank Political Research Associates and the LGBTfocused Soulforce. The KYNship Campaign for Transnational Solidarity aims to inspire everyday citizens to call-out and confront head-on anti-LGBT “fundamentalist leaders both here in the U.S. and abroad.”
HEALTH AND WELL-BEING “There’s still this misconception out there that gay people are well-off, or better off than the general population,” says Daniel Bruner, senior director of policy at Whitman-Walker Health. In fact, recent statistics from community surveys by the Williams Institute find that LGBT people are slightly less likely to be thriving across a range of measures of wealth and health than the general population. The gap is most pronounced among couples with children: Nearly 25 percent of children living with a male same-sex couple and just over 19 percent of children living with a female samesex couple are in poverty, compared to just over 12 percent of children living with different-sex couples. Furthermore, samesex couples raising children experience disproportionate levels of food insecurity, and are approximately twice as likely to receive food stamps as different-sex couples with children.
have access to those choices without fear of criminalization or retribution or violence.” Of course, sex work is illegal in D.C., just as it is everywhere in the U.S. outside of Nevada. But other jurisdictions around the country are considering decriminalization of what has been called the world’s oldest profession, with the D.C. Council expected to do so in the near future. Amnesty International and an increasing number of national LGBT organizations have endorsed the idea, including the National LGBTQ Task Force, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the National Center for Transgender Equality. Shawn Jain, communications director at Whitman-Walker Health, says D.C.’s largest LGBT health organization is “closely studying the issue [to be] fully prepared” when the D.C. Council takes up the idea—but has no position on the issue for now. Meanwhile, Jinadasa, speaking for HIPS, says: “We find that decriminalization is really paramount to creating a safer space for sex workers, particularly LGBT sex workers, particularly trans women of color, in the District. [Sex work] is a job that does not hurt anyone else. And [it] has the potential for exploitation within the interaction, just like there is potential for exploitation in nearly all work environments.” As it stands now, she adds, sex workers are “one of the primary targets of criminalization and police harassment and brutality.”
“A lot of people want to sweep sex workers under the rug unless they’re willing to change their behavior,” Jinadasa says, noting that many people, at least historically, approach gay people the same way. “A lot of folks are willing to help them if they’re more respectable or willing to change, or be a certain way in public.” But sex workers should be invited—as they are—to take part in community discussions ranging from violence and neighborhood policing to sex and health care. “HIV/AIDS strategy, time and time again,” according to Jinadasa, “excludes sex workers despite sex workers being a primary potential for education, as they see a large percentage of folk[s] who might need sexual health Sasanka Jinadasa has a good vantage point from which to education.” The community, she adds, would be better off seeOFFICIAL the needs of the marginalized THE GUIDE TO most CAPITAL PRIDE 2016 in our community. “really starting to think about sex workers as ambassadors Jinadasa is a manager at the harm-reduction community- for sexual health and reproductive justice.” based agency known as HIPS. Through a daytime drop-in center, an overnight outreach program and a 24/7 hotline, Speaking of HIV, any discussion about sex and health in our HIPS, Jinadasa explains, “focuses on supporting people community will inevitably turn to the epidemic, initially who live and work on the streets, particularly sex workers tagged “the gay disease” when it ravaged our community and drug users, and the communities they come from.” first more than three decades ago. These days, the talk is as LGBT people, according to Jinadasa, “are disproportionately likely to focus on promising prevention techniques such as represented in sex work, just the same way LGBT youth are PrEP, as it is on the dogged persistence of the virus among disproportionately represented among the homeless.” To gay and bi men, as well as trans women. “The HIV epidemic get on their feet, or to get ahead, many consider sex work. is still largely centered around gay men,” Whitman-Walker “Some people really feel empowered by sex work,” Jinadasa Health’s Jain says. Nevertheless, “the exciting thing about says, “and some people would rather be doing something where we’re at now in terms of HIV is, with prevention, we else. But either way, sex workers and trans women deserve to have more to say than just ‘condoms,’ which is what we had THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO CAPITAL PRIDE 2016
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RESILIENCE AND RESISTANCE IN THE SOUTH When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges and marriage equality became the law of the land, many people both inside and outside of the LGBT rights movement began to ask what was next. Some even went so far as to proclaim that the goals of the movement were mostly met, and began to encourage donors, volunteers, and activists to look to other causes. As we prepare to celebrate the one-year anniversary of that ruling and the 47th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, it should now be clear to all that despite significant gains, there is still much for us to do across the country to ensure that all people are treated equally under the law regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity. In 2015, groups such as HRC and Equality Federation tracked over 100 anti-LGBT bills that had been introduced in state legislatures around the country. In 2016 that number nearly doubled and the number of states where these laws were debated grew from 29 to 34. While our movement has become quite adept at fighting these bills, legislation signed into law in states such as North Carolina and Mississippi prove we are still a community under attack. Our battle in Georgia actually began in 2014 when the first of dozens of so-called â€œreligious freedomâ€? bills was introduced. On the surface the bill seemed relatively
harmless and seemingly served only as a state-based echo of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that had been introduced in 1993 by stalwart liberal senators Chuck Schumer and Ted Kennedy and passed with almost unanimous support in Congress. However, as we quickly learned, the Georgia bill was actually the latest strategy by religious extremists to push back against LGBT rights on the state level. At that point, some 20 states had enacted some form of RFRA. Many had done this in the 1990s, but the number of bills introduced was increasing and several that had seemed benign at passage were being amended to specifically target the LGBT community for discrimination. In 2014, Arizona became the cautionary tale when Governor Jan Brewer was forced to veto the legislation when the NFL threatened to move the Super Bowl out of the state. Here in Georgia we quickly organized in opposition and on one extremely long day at the State Capitol over 150 people sat for hours waiting for a House hearing on this bill. The number of people at that hearing was the talk of the Capitol. This drew so much attention that both the Republican governor, Nathan Deal, and his Democratic challenger made brief appearances to see what was going on. Out lesbian state representative Simone Bell made a passionate speech imploring her colleagues to realize that
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does a disservice to the number of faith traditions and denominations that have embraced the LGBT community over the past 30 years. For every press conference in which Southern Baptists spoke of their fears in a changing secular world, there was a counter press conference with a rainbow coalition of Jews, Presbyterians, Methodists, Unitarian-Universalists, and liberal Baptists talking about how their faith compels them to love all and to do no harm in the name of religion. Rabbi Joshua Heller summed up this sentiment when he encouraged the legislature to reject this type of legislation by stating: “Not in my name. Not in our name. Not in God’s name!”
Despite the claims of the bill’s supporters that discrimination was not a part of their intent, when language was eventually added to the bill stating that the government has a compelling interest in “protecting individuals against discrimination on any grounds prohibited by federal, state and local laws” the bill was quickly tabled by the bill’s sponsors. In making the motion to table the bill, one exasperated House member stated that the nondiscrimination provisions would gut the intent of the bill. Days later the controversies of Indiana’s RFRA bill made the national news and there was no additional movement on the Georgia bill.
The national movement to enact various forms of religious exemptions spread like wildfire in the weeks and months BY JEFF GRAHAM, following the Obergefell ruling. Kentucky county clerk Kim Georgia Equality Executive Director & Equality Federation Board Co-Chair Davis put a face on the movement when she went to jail rather than issue marriage licenses. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore urged judges throughout his state to refuse to this legislation was about “more than a piece of cake” and implement the ruling and elected officials in the South took had discrimination as its sole intent. to the airwaves to condemn the decision as an attack on family values. Over the next few weeks, Georgia-based corporations such as Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, UPS, and Home Not everyone, however, was jumping on the anti-LGBT Depot all made statements expressing concern about the bandwagon. Here in Georgia, not only did all 159 counties legislation, and it died without further action. issue marriage licenses the day of the Obergefell ruling, our governor and attorney general (both conservative Unfortunately for Georgia and the rest of the South, the Republicans) made public statements that the state would latest fight over LGBT rights was just beginning. At the follow the law. Our governor even went so far as to declare start of the 2015 legislative session, twin RFRA bills were a special enrollment period so that gay and lesbian state introduced in the state House and Senate. Southern Baptists employees could enroll their spouses in the state benefits held prayer vigils and wrote editorials in an effort to paint plan. This was done specifically to benefit those whose these bills as harmless on the one hand and necessary marriages prior to that ruling had not been recognized by to protect people of faith from government overreach on the state. the other. When pressed, it became increasingly clear that the “overreach” they were concerned about were Georgia voters also rejected the use of religion to local ordinances such as the one in Atlanta that prohibited discriminate when a special election in a staunchly LGBT discrimination in employment, housing, and public Republican district in suburban Atlanta was won by a accommodations. Democrat who ran his campaign as a statement against RFRA legislation out of concerns that it would harm his out In 2015, we worked tirelessly to engage and mobilize lesbian mother. faith communities against these bills. We knew from a 2011 survey of Georgia’s LGBT community that two-thirds When legislatures convened in 2016, flurries of bills aimed of LGBT Georgians see themselves as people of faith. at creating religious exemptions to various laws were To cede the mantel of faith to religious conservatives is introduced in Georgia and around the country. There was not only dangerous from a political perspective, it also THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO CAPITAL PRIDE 2016
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also an increase in the number of bills introduced that specifically targeted transgender people. Emboldened with the belief that the public would support them, backers of these bills dropped any pretense that the intent of this legislation was anything other than backlash against the social and political gains made of the LGBT community.
Southern Poverty Law Center, and the NAACP became vocal in their opposition and began to make comparisons to similar arguments made over the decades to stigmatize and deny legal equality for women, immigrants, and people of color.
One Georgia bill was modeled after the federal “First Amendment Defense Act,” a piece of reactionary legislation hastily crafted and introduced in Congress after the Obergefell decision. It clearly stated that no one should be forced to recognize same-sex couples as married or provide services to individuals engaging in sexual relationships outside of the confines of a marriage between one man and one woman. In response to hysterical claims that pastors were about to be jailed and churches would lose their tax-exempt status, another bill was crafted to ensure that no clergy would have to perform, nor would places of worship have to host, a same-sex wedding if it violated the views of the congregation. In response, hundreds of Jewish and Christian clergy and faith leaders began to mobilize against these bills. Over 550 businesses of all sizes signed a public pledge stating their view that a good business climate was dependent upon ensuring that diversity in all its forms, including sexual orientation and gender identity, was respected under state law. Well-respected civil rights organizations such as the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the 84
Georgia is only one of five states without a state civil rights law, so we redoubled our efforts and began to argue that not only should these discriminatory bills not pass, but Georgia’s elected leaders needed to pass civil rights legislation that would protect all people from discrimination, including the LGBT community. A bipartisan group of leaders introduced the Georgia Public Accommodations Civil Rights Act, and 17 Republicans joined the entire House Democratic Caucus in cosponsoring the Fair Employment Protections Act, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protections offered to state employees. When the extremist rhetoric of the national presidential campaign came to Georgia, the pressure was too much for our conservative legislature and a bill did eventual pass and head to the governor’s desk. This was only accomplished through a series of legislative shenanigans that limited public debate and scrutiny with canceled hearings and the introduction of substitute legislative language less than an hour before a floor vote. However, even in that climate, a total of twelve Republicans voted against the final bill.
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Less than a week after the legislature passed the bill, the governor issued a very public veto. At the press conference, Governor Deal—himself a devout Baptist—said of his decision, “We do not have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia.” But the resistance and resilience has not been limited to Georgia.
When North Carolina’s governor called a special session to pass the infamous HB 2, not only did the economic backlash and public ridicule dominate national media, but Democrats moved to force the governor to appoint the head of the LGBT rights group Equality North Carolina, Chris Sgro, to the legislature to fill the term of a House Democrat who had died shortly before the start of the regular legislative session. And on the first day of that session, petitions were delivered to the Capitol from some 190,000 North Carolinians demanding that the bill be repealed.
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When it became clear that some version of a religious exemption bill would head to the governor’s desk, tens of thousands of Georgians began to speak publicly against the bill. In a period of just over four days, 75,000 emails were generated by Georgians and hand-delivered to the governor urging him to veto the legislation. Editorial boards from newspapers throughout the state expressed concern about what the legislation would do to our reputation. Dozens of celebrities, film companies, and professional sports teams spoke against it.
Elsewhere, the ongoing efforts of Equality Florida have led to the passage of local ordinances that now protect over 50 percent of the population against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And advocates from both local and national organizations were able to put pressure on legislators and governors in Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Virginia that prevented dozens of harmful bills from becoming law. This year as we celebrate Pride, let us also celebrate the hard-won victories in some of the most conservative regions of the country. Yes, there are still 29 states that fail to protect people against discrimination based on sexual orientation and 33 states that have no protections for transgender individuals. Due to the gridlock in Congress, there is no clear path forward for passage of the federal Equality Act. However, activists around the country remain determined to continue the hard work of changing hearts and minds and educating the public on the reality of the lives of LGBT people and our families. That is the work that led to the celebration of the marriage decision a year ago and it is the work that we lead us to the day when no one has to fear losing their job, being denied housing, or being turned away from a business because of who they are and whom they love. 51
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Capital Pride Heroes Bishop Allyson Abrams Bishop Abrams adopted Detroit, Michigan as her hometown, but she was born
and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She established deep roots in Detroit, where she raised her three college-aged children and served as an elected official on the Oak Park School Board, seminary adjunct professor, Vice President of a local NAACP, Detroit Public Schools police chaplain, and numerous other clergy community capacities. She became the youngest female called to pastor a historic Black Baptist Church in Detroit where she served for over five years as Senior Pastor. Bishop Abrams was consecrated bishop in April 2012 and serves as presiding bishop of Pneuma Christian Fellowship. One Sunday morning during worship at her Detroit parish, Bishop Abrams disclosed that she married the woman she loved and proclaimed her authenticity as an LGBT bishop. Due to her proclaimed status, Bishop Abrams later resigned her position as senior pastor of her Detroit church to walk in her authenticity. After much discrimination, hatred, and heterosexual bullying, Bishop Abrams relocated to the Washington, DC area and founded a radically inclusive ministry that celebrates all of God’s children. Empowerment Liberation Cathedral was founded in May 2014.
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Capital Pride Heroes are dedicated individuals whose body of work has had a positive, significant, and lasting impact on the LGBTA community.
Bishop Abrams graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. She then attended Miles College Law School for two years before accepting her call to ministry. She received a Master of Divinity in 2000 from United Theological Seminary, and her Doctor of Ministry from United Seminary in 2005. Bishop Abrams is the author of three books. Bishop Abrams has served the Washington, D.C metropolitan community in numerous ways. By founding Empowerment Liberation Cathedral, she has re-opened the doors of the church for many in the LGBT community who have been wounded by the mainstream church. As part of her social justice advocacy she has served on numerous boards, taught about spirituality and sexuality, and spoken about diversity and inclusion, and championed marriage equality nationwide. Bishop Abrams has spoken for Black Pride, NBJC, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Summit, Anne Arundel Community College, and others. Bishop Abrams and Empowerment Liberation Cathedral have been acknowledged as being a voice for the voiceless. Bishop Abrams is married to Bishop Emeritus Diana Williams and they have 3 adult children.
Kathleen Matthews Kathleen Matthews is a true progressive and has been lifelong advocate for equality
and human rights in her community and throughout her career as a journalist, business executive, and most recently as a candidate for U.S. Congress. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, she graduated from Stanford University in 1975 and moved to Washington, D.C. to start her career as a journalist. For 25 years, Kathleen was a reporter and news anchor at WJLA-TV where she covered education, women in the workplace, and the fight for LBGT equality, including the first Pride Day celebrations. In 2006, she went to work for Marriott International as Executive Vice President for Global Communications and Public Affairs, and it is her work as a business leader that makes her a true Hero. While at Marriott, Kathleen fought for equality around the globe and developed partnerships to train and mentor women and disadvantaged youth for hotel careers in Rwanda, Haiti, India, and around the United States. She was an outspoken advocate for LGBT recognition and equality. She served on Marriott’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council where she led Marriott’s efforts to join amicus briefs to repeal DOMA and support marriage equality. Under her leadership, Marriott lobbied for passage of ENDA, immigration equality, and other anti-discrimination legislation. These efforts enabled Marriott International to score a 100 percent on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. In her 2016 campaign for U.S. Congress in Maryland, she was an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights, including expanding transgender Americans’ protections through a federal Equality Act that mirrors Maryland’s version. She believes that LGBTQ discrimination is an international human rights issue and the U.S. should incorporate that principle into our foreign policy and diplomacy. Kathleen and her husband Chris have three grown children: Michael, Thomas, and Caroline. They live in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She is active in her community and on national issues, and has served on many boards including Ford’s Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Suited for Change, and the Black Student Fund. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO CAPITAL PRIDE 2016
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Capital Pride Heroes are dedicated individuals whose body of work has had a positive, significant, and lasting impact on the LGBTA community.
Beyond Beyond being a staple of the DC-area’s Black LGBTA community, Rayceen Pendarvis is known in many circles, transcending geography, ethnicity, color, orientation, and generation. Rayceen was part of the inaugural DC Black Pride, has been emcee of multiple pride festivals and events, was an activist early in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and served as an openly gay elected ANC Commissioner at a time when such a thing was unheard of.
In addition to providing a safe space for LGBTA people to connect, Rayceen uses “The Ask Rayceen Show” as a monthly forum for discussions about issues impacting LGBTA people. Rayceen is the “Queen of the Shameless Plug” due to more than self-promotion; the show is a vehicle for LGBTA businesses and organizations to gain attention. Rayceen may enjoy being in the spotlight, but it is always generously shared with others. “The Ask Rayceen Show” itself is a labor of love, for which the host not only receives no financial gain, but incurs various costs and expenses. Rayceen uses the show and other Team Rayceen events as platforms for fostering understanding for marginalized people and educating the community, while also showcasing local talent and highlighting the work of non-profit organizations. Along with hosting duties, performances, and work with various organizations, Rayceen has advised, counseled, and comforted countless people. For years, Rayceen has hosted and made appearances at events to help bring them needed attention, often without compensation. Over decades of service to our community, Rayceen, a lifelong Washingtonian, has earned the moniker “The Goddess of DC.” Rayceen Pendarvis, Team Rayceen, and “The Ask Rayceen Show” are on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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Peter D. Rosenstein
Peter was born and educated in New York, taught public school in Harlem, and worked as an aide to Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY). He was Coordinator of Local Government for the NYC Mayor’s Office and executive director of the White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals/Implementation Unit in the Carter administration. Afterwards, he spent 35 years as CEO of national associations in the healthcare and education areas. Peter left the association field last year and opened PDR & Associates a consulting firm. He has lived in D.C. since 1978 and for decades has been a prominent community and LGBT rights activist in D.C. and Rehoboth Beach where he also has a home. Peter worked with and inspired generations of activists in D.C. He’s smart, committed and professional, working within the government to bring about change for D.C.’s LGBT community. He has a long commitment to racial justice and women’s rights and brought those lessons to bear on D.C.’s LGBT rights struggle, playing a lead and integral role in bringing marriage equality to the city years before the Supreme Court ruled in favor of such rights nationwide. He’s been active for years in local and national political campaigns and is a generous supporter of the arts in the city. Peter is tireless, devoting countless hours to local charitable groups like Whitman-Walker Health and ARTS in ACTION, while working as a columnist on LGBT topics for the Washington Blade, and writing for the Huffington Post and Georgetown Dish. Peter is passionate, generous and devoted to the city and especially to its LGBT residents. Peter has a long record supporting the LGBT community, including advocating for LGBT issues while working as the issues chair or co-chair for a string of D.C. mayors and mayoral candidates. Peter’s accomplishments include: President/founder ARTS in ACTION; former Community Board Member, WhitmanWalker Health; founding board member, Media Matters; former Vice-chair UDC Board of Trustees; founding member and president, Campaign for All D.C. Families, which led fight for marriage equality; Issues chair, Jarvis for Mayor, 1990; Co-chair Issues Committee, Schwartz for Mayor, 1994; Issues co-chair, Anthony Williams for Mayor, 1998 and 2002; Issues chair, Fenty for Mayor, 2006; Member, Obama 2008 National LGBT Steering Committee; Finance committee member, Hillary for America 2016. 57 THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO CAPITAL PRIDE 2016
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Chelsa Bland Chelsea Bland is a young worker and proud union member working to leave
her mark on the labor movement. She is a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights and for supporting spaces of intersectionality within the labor movement. With her union, the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 2, she serves as the LGBTQ committee chair. Through this committee she is committed to creating awareness, educating union members about the challenges facing LGBTQ folks on the job, and sharing the role unions can play in ensuring workplaces are safe, accessible, and inclusive. In her community service work with OPEIU Local 2, she was part of a team that received the 2014 Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO Thomas M. Bradley Community Services Award.
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The Bill Miles Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service acknowledges exemplary contributions to the annual Capital Pride celebration.
Chelsea also serves as the volunteer co-producer for the Capital Pride Alliance. She has volunteered with the organization since 2012, and stepped into the volunteer co-producer role in 2015. With Capital Pride, she enjoys meeting new volunteers, connecting with other producers on their projects, and the hustle and bustle of being a part of one of the largest pride celebrations in the country. Chelsea loves Capital Prideâ€™s Have Pride 365 campaign that focuses on sharing what the community has pride in each and every day. During her day job she works as a communications specialist at the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). She assists AFGE members with media outreach, captures organization events through photos, and trains AFGE members on storytelling. She is also a union steward, representing the hardworking staff at AFGE.
Michael Creason Michael Creason is a Nationally Certified Sign Language Interpreter and is thrilled
to be receiving the Bill Miles Award. Michael began his involvement with the Deaf community beginning with his studies of American Sign Language in 2005. In 2009 he received his first certification. Michael works full time as a sign language interpreter. In 2012, he volunteered with Capital Pride for the first time and has been involved ever since. In 2013, Michael assumed his current position as Producer of Accessibility for the Capital Pride Alliance. Michael not only coordinates services for all Capital Pride Alliance events, but he also donates many hours of interpreting services himself at these events. Since he began his role, Capital Pride has expanded its services to include individuals with disabilities. In addition, Capital Pride now provides interpreting services for many LGBT organizations around the DC area including Youth Pride, DC Leather Pride, and the Cherry Fund. It is Michaelâ€™s sincere pleasure to receive this award and thanks the members of the Capital Pride Alliance Board and Executive team for their unwavering support and commitment to back him in his goal to make Capital Pride the most accessible celebration in the country.
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Beyond the daytime job, union activism, and Capital Pride, Chelsea is also a freelance photographer. She enjoys capturing personal portraits, social justice events, and sunsets. Some of her work has been featured in Tagg Magazine. Chelsea was born in North Carolina and raised in Maryland. She earned a degree in broadcast journalism at the University of Maryland (Go Terps!) and currently resides in Arlington,VA.
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Engendered Spirits are those individuals who have made significant contributions to the transgender community.
Julius Agers is a Two-Spirited and Transgender Advocate who is currently living in Washington D.C. Throughout his life he has dedicated himself to volunteerism and civil service with a focus on improving the health and well-being of the LGBT community. Before moving to Washington D.C. he was a volunteer in Minneapolis for several organizations, including The Aliveness Project HIV Community Center and The Minnesota Aids Project (MAP). He participated in “The Honor Project” – a groundbreaking harm-reduction and needs assessment study of Two-Spirited and LGBT people of American Indian heritage developed by the Indigenous Peoples Task Force along with The University of Washington. Julius also worked on a variety of political campaigns in Minnesota to help elect Pro-Equality candidates to public office. After moving to D.C. he worked on the 2008 election campaign where he focused on volunteer recruitment and political organizing to support President Barack Obama. Julius later served as Vice-President of Political Affairs for The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club. Passionate about the rights of all District residents, Julius is a stalwart advocate for full voting representation in Congress and full control over local affairs. He currently works at the D.C. Fire and EMS Department (Office of The Fire Chief) and serves on Mayor Bowser’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee.
Since her arrest for the “crime” of being transgender in 1983, Jeri Hughes has been an outspoken advocate for all human rights. Although the focus of her fight has centered around the struggles faced by the transgender community, she has extended her efforts to embrace the LGBT community and basic human rights in entirety. Ms. Hughes was among the first to promote direct action within the community to expand the existing domestic partnership laws into full blown marriage equality. She actively participated in the fight to repeal DADT.
Ms. Hughes initiated and filed the complaint against the DC Department of Corrections with the Office of Human Rights, while simultaneously engaging the collective LGBT community to participate, resulting in shift of DOC policy respecting the rights and dignity of transgender prisoners. Ms. Hughes participated with the effort to reform policy within the Metropolitan Police Department, resulting in a new General Order respecting gender identity and expression. Working completely alone in 2009, Ms. Hughes initiated the effort to reform the discriminatory employment practices targeting the transgender community. Her efforts, again, engaged the entire community to participate, resulting in open discussion and the creation of a Transgender Cohort within the Project Empowerment program. She continues in this effort, and is currently employed as a Workforce Development Specialist at the American Job Center Headquarters. Jeri never fails to support the community and individual trans people who come across her path when she is in a position to assist them. She regularly uses her network to connect trans people to employment opportunities whenever she can. Over the years, Ms. Hughes has volunteered and worked for several organizations including Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS), the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS), Transgender Health Empowerment (THE), the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), and the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE). She is a long time and active member of the Gertude Stein Democratic Club and the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance. (GLLA). She also volunteers her time at the DC Center co-facilitating the Center Careers Program where she uses her professional skills to assist LGBT job seekers and help connect them to available resources in the District. Ms. Hughes lives in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C. 59
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As Charlie Puth gears up to release his debut album Nine Track Mind, it’s worth looking back at the extraordinary ride this multi-talented vocalist, musician, producer, and versatile songwriter has been on ever since he arrived in Los Angeles as an aspiring artist in July 2014. In short order, Puth signed with Atlantic Records and co-wrote, co-produced, and was featured on Wiz Khalifa’s Furious 7 ballad “See You Again”—a smash that topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 12 weeks, tying the record for the longest run at No. 1 for a rap song, and became No. 1 in over 100 countries, while its video racked up more than a billion YouTube views. He followed that up with the British chart-topper “Marvin Gaye,” featuring Meghan Trainor, which gave Puth another platinum record and his second Top 40 hit in the U.S. He made the morning talk show and late-night TV rounds, hit the road opening for Trainor on her U.S. tour, and ended 2015 with an array of accolades, including two Teen Choice Awards, a Hollywood Film Award, two American Music Award, MTV Video Music Award, and MTV Europe Award nominations, plus a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. As if that weren’t enough, Puth received an impressive three GRAMMY® nominations including the coveted Song of the Year category that specifically recognizes songwriters. Along the way, Puth wrote and produced songs for an array of A-list pop and urban artists, including Lil Wayne, Jason
Derulo, Stevie Wonder, Trainor, Trey Songz, and Fergie, among others. Entertainment Weekly called him “the next big thing in music,” while Forbes predicted Puth would become “a global superstar.” Puth said, “I played for 7,000 people in the Philippines, and they knew every single word to all of the songs, even the ones that haven’t come out yet.” Puth first fell in love with music growing up by the shore in Rumson, New Jersey. He credits his supportive parents for his early music education, citing his idol James Taylor as his primary influence. “My mom would put headphones on her belly and play his records to me while she was pregnant,” he says. Puth played piano throughout his childhood and began studying jazz at the age of 10. As a high-school student, he spent his Saturdays commuting into New York City to study classical and jazz at the Manhattan School of Music in Harlem. He began writing his own songs and eventually posting them on YouTube, along with covers. Puth’s most fervent wish is that his fans will be as inspired by his story as he is by theirs. “I’ve gotten some pretty powerful messages from fans,” Puth said. “People go through some crazy shit in this world, and they need some sort of soundtrack to go along with their lives because sometimes it’s really hard. It’s kind of nice to have a comforting voice or an uplifting melody to help you get to wherever you’re going.”
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For Meghan Trainor, it started with “All About That Bass.” A bona fide cultural phenomenon, “All About That Bass” spent eight weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Its influence continued long after its release, scoring Top Hot 100 Song and Top Digital Song at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards as well as the 2015 ASCAP Pop Music Award for Most Performed Song. The breakout hit was nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the 2015 GRAMMY® Awards. In addition, Trainor received three American Music Awards nominations and three Teen Choice Awards nominations. An explosive performer, she headlined the MTrain Tour to packed venues across the U.S. during the summer of 2015. Heralding one of 2016’s most eagerly awaited releases, Meghan Trainor’s brand new single “NO” recently made its world premiere. It is the first release from Trainor’s second full-length album, Thank You [Epic Records]. “NO” shows a different side of the singer altogether, illuminating the expanse and confidence inherent in her powerhouse voice while showing off her songwriting prowess. Strutting between a nineties-style hip-hop bounce and an untouchable and unshakable chorus, it’s a feisty, fiery, and fun anthem that’ll get everybody singing, “NO.” She teamed up with THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO CAPITAL PRIDE 2016
producer Ricky Reed [Jason Derulo, Pitbull, Twenty One Pilots] for the track. Thank You is executive produced by Meghan Trainor and Ricky Reed. The premiere of “NO” came just weeks after Meghan won the Best New Artist award at the 2016 GRAMMY® Awards. At the iHeartRadio Music Awards where she performed, Meghan was nominated for Female Artist of the Year and Best Collaboration for “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” with John Legend. Meghan continues to break records, make history, inspire countless fans, and change the landscape of pop music and culture. She began 2016 by winning Favorite Album for her chart-dominating full-length debut, Title [Epic Records], at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards. Last year, Title not only debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, but it became the first #1 full-length debut from a female solo artist in five years. It was one of only seven albums to sell over a million copies in 2015. It also yielded four inescapable Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 smashes: “All About That Bass,” “Lips Are Movin,” “Dear Future Husband,” and “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” [featuring John Legend]. Title was the fifth most-streamed album globally in 2015 and currently has over 900 million streams worldwide. Trainor also has over 2 billion video views on VEVO. 65
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Melanie Martinez wants to tell you a story. It’s fictional, but it’s also about her, in a way that’s somewhat exaggerated and darker than reality. The tale traces through Martinez’s debut album Cry Baby, a collection of pop songs that draw inspiration from folk and hip-hop and follow a character who learns to be more comfortable with who she is. The journey of the character, whom Martinez dubbed Cry Baby, mirrors the musician’s own. Martinez began writing songs and playing guitar at 14. She was influenced both by her dad’s predilection for oldschool hip-hop and her own interest in folk songwriters like Regina Spektor and Feist. After appearing on The Voice, Martinez signed with Atlantic and headed into the studio to begin writing songs. During an early session, after asking her producer to play some toy sounds, she came up with “Dollhouse,” the origin of the story. “Pity Party,” which Martinez made with Kara Dioguardi and CJ Baran, revisits Lesley Gore’s 1965 classic “It’s My Party.” The single, a buoyant pop number that draws in ambient trip-hop beats and string augmentation, is a cathartic release. The visuals for the album go hand-in-hand with Martinez’s narrative themes. She took a lot of the accompanying photos and directed the colorful video for “Pity Party.” Cry Baby debuted at #5 on the Top Albums Chart, #6 on the Billboard 200, and #1 on the Billboard Current Alternative Album chart. 66
Alex Newell’s voice makes the heart swell: it’s a clean, undiluted instrument of joy that soars with the history of classic dance music and the freshness of modern pop. At the age of two, Newell strolled onstage at a state fair’s talent show, grabbed the microphone and started singing a hymn called “Victory is Mine.” He later developed a passion for musical theater, joining his first production at the age of 13—he starred as Snowbell the Cat in a local production of Stuart Little. At 17, he won a guest starring role on Glee as Wade “Unique” Adams, a male-to-female transgender character. It was a groundbreaking piece of television acting, and Newell was eventually promoted to recurring cast member and then main cast member. Newell signed a deal with Atlantic Records in 2013. He worked with “Rather Be” stars Clean Bandit on their empowering track “Stronger,” guested on the Knocks’ dazzling dance single “Collect My Love,” and issued a magnetic cover of Sigma’s “Nobody to Love.” Newell’s playful yet potent approach to disco-injected dance-pop is on full display on his upcoming debut EP, which received a little help from some famous new friends. Funkguitar god Nile Rodgers (Chic, Daft Punk), songwriting legend Diane Warren (Whitney Houston, Celine Dion) and live production maestro DJ Cassidy all contributed to Newell’s first major-label outing, which precedes a debut album and previews the exuberant attitude Newell wants to bestow upon mainstream music
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Naomi Smalls BobTheDrag Queen
Naomi Smalls is a seven-foot glamazon inspired by 90s supermodels, pop culture, and fashion. Her name hails from the edginess of Naomi Campbell coupled with the freshness of Biggie Smalls. As a fashion-obsessed teenager who followed Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, and V magazine, Naomi entered her first drag competition at 340 Nightclub. After several months of attempts she finally won the competition, gaining the confidence that she could go further with her drag. Born Davis Heppenstall in Redlands, California, Naomi has had to travel to Los Angeles or Riverside to perform, due to the lack of a drag scene at home. She describes herself as “bubbly but very chill,” and treats everyone as she’d want to be treated. She has an enormous family of 11 brothers and sisters, so she learned early how to cope with teasing and shade-throwing!
Christopher Caldwell, better known by the stage identity Bob the Drag Queen, is best known for competing on the eighth season of Logo TV’s extremely popular series RuPaul’s Drag Race. After performing for several years in clubs around New York City, she began posting videos of her performances to YouTube. One of his most popular YouTube videos is the tutorial “How To Make A Shirt Into A Dress.” She is a proud New York City native. This funny girl describes herself as “hilarious, beautiful, talented… and humble.” And well she might toot her own horn, having perfected her comedic chops hosting drag shows six nights a week in Manhattan. She is a finalist for Season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Although she may be young, Naomi is a force to be reckoned with. Ultra tall and slim, with a keen eye for fashion, she has a body and heart manufactured for the runway.
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Leslie Jordan is one of the most consistently recognizable faces in popular entertainment. His journey towards stardom has provided one of the quirkier, more varied career trajectories of the past few decades. His arrival in Hollywood back in 1982 (with $1,500 sewn into his clothing by his steel magnolia mother) was the starting point. After a brief career as a jockey, Jordan has enjoyed the full show-business spectrum: the lean days, the bumps in the road, the acclaim, reaching the pinnacle of television performing with award recognition, the ensuing victory laps, followed by an alarming and unexpected down slope, the dangers of being type cast or stereotyped, the challenges to remain “current” and “relevant” in a rapidly changing world of technological advancement, and the ever-present threat of being put “out to pasture” by a youth-obsessed culture and industry. Through it all, Leslie Jordan has remained constant, relevant and—above all—funny! His ability to take it all in stride has kept him moving onward, upward and forward! Jordan won an Emmy Award in 2006 for his performances on Will & Grace. He has enjoyed rapturous reviews for his original stage plays (My Trip down the Pink Carpet, Stories I Can’t Tell Mama, and Fruit Fly), and supporting presence in one
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Anywhere you go, there are certain unwritten rules about how to behave — movie theaters, churches, pretty much any public space. But with the LGBT community so integrated now, there’s more crossover action than ever with straights going to gay bars and vice versa. We checked with several local club owners and entertainers to survey the lay of the land.
“As a business person, I welcome the business,” Schaad says. “I just let them know up front that we have a few rules. I always joke with the bachelorettes and tell them, ‘Your pussy has no power here.’This is not a zoo. It’s not a giant play space to bounce around. This is a safe spot for gay people to come and unwind and relax. We’re all here to have a good time, just don’t act crazy.” Jon Parks, manager of Ziegfeld’s/Secrets, says bachelorette and straight female birthday parties are an “every weekend” thing there. Because of the male nude dancers upstairs at Secrets — and the fact that there are no straight venues for male nude dancers in the region — the gay and straight clientele interact all the time there. “I would say it’s about half and half when it comes to problems,” he says. “Some [straight people] come in and act perfectly well. Others come in and act like they own the damn club. They don’t care about the rules, they’re loud and obnoxious and sometimes come in ridiculously drunk before they even get here because they’ve been drinking in the limousine…I’m telling you, they can be rowdy.” He says it would be disingenuous of gay bar owners and patrons, though, not to welcome straights. He also says that gay customers can cause trouble in equal numbers. “Any bar, there’s going to be problems sometimes,” Parks says. “I have a few people who complain about there being so many women, but it’s a business bottom line. You’re serving people and so everyone should be welcome. We fought too damn long and hard — I marched against Anita Bryant in 1975, my ass is old — but we fought for this so now that we have so many rights, we can’t say, ‘Oh, you’re not welcome here.’ I don’t buy that game. We just need everyone to respect the rules of the club.” Although it seems to be mostly a straight-women-at-gay-bars phenomenon, former Phase 1 manager Angela Lombardi says over a decade of working there, she remembers having to “kick out several creepy dudes who were acting 100 percent inappropriately.” “Yes, there absolutely is etiquette for straight visitors but I really think most of the rules are the same for straights as gays at the end of the day,” Lombardi says. “Like, don’t be a creep. If someone isn’t into you, don’t hit on them and be annoying. If it’s a straight dude in a dyke bar, his advances are mostly likely very unwelcome. But the same rule would apply to any patron annoying another patron.”
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Dustin Schaad, who has performed drag as Ba’Naka for 14 years, says he’s seen an uptick in the number of bachelorette parties at Town Danceboutique and welcomes them as long as they conduct themselves appropriately.
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO, Washington Blade Lombardi says one of the first things she changed at the Phase upon becoming manager was a previous rule that all men in the bar had to have a female escort. “I knew I wouldn’t have appreciated a business that said all gays must have a straight escort or any other variance of that discrimination,” she says. Collin Ranney, who performs widely in the area as Birdie LaCage, says one of the most common annoyances is straight women who take it upon themselves to join drag queens in their routines. “Don’t ever get up to dance on a box or stage unless invited,” Ranney says. “Just because these rules are unwritten doesn’t mean they don’t exist. To the ladies and gentlemen of the hetero persuasion: tip the drag queens, especially if you’re in the front. Don’t linger at the bar, you’re in the damn way. And don’t stand on the dance floor. We need all the space to flit, flaunt, and grind.” Ranney says that sometimes maintaining — or regaining — control is as simple as looking to the friends of the perpetrator for help. “I made it clear to her nearby friends that I hadn’t invited her up,” Ranney says of one aspiring straight dancer in April. “They came and got her down.”
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Parks acknowledges other difficulties with large groups of straight women. “We had to stop taking reservations,” he says, “because we’d set up these tables for 20 girls. They’d come in and Ella [Fitzgerald] usually acknowledges them at the beginning of the show, but that usually doesn’t keep them entertained for very long. She’ll interact with them, they’ll watch a number or two, but then they want to go upstairs where the men are. They’re only interested in the drag show to be seen and acknowledged.” Schaad says the situation has improved over the last few years as he’s gotten more up front about the ground rules. He also says it’s helpful to remind them to pace themselves. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” he says.“I tell them you don’t have to have all your cosmos or martinis at once.” Ranney also sees signs of improvement. “I think with RuPaul’s Drag Race bringing drag to the forefront, many people have a better understanding and appreciation for drag and what it’s about. Most people, gays alike, don’t understand the skill it takes to not only create or put together a look, but to bring it to life as well.” THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO CAPITAL PRIDE 2016
And what about outside the club setting? Demetri Moshoyannis, a former Washington resident who now lives in San Francisco and is general manager of the Folsom Street Fair BDSM event, says although there are inevitably problems anytime the public is involved, overall straight Folsom patrons are mostly respectful and often BDSM enthusiasts themselves. “We have people of all gender expressions and sexual orientations who come to gawk,” he says.“But Folsom Street Fair is the ultimate newcomer experience because there is so much sexual expression on display. People can come and look without commitment to see what they might enjoy back at home. So looking in and of itself isn’t a bad thing. The vast majority of straight people who do come to Folsom are not there to gawk. They’re in attendance to participate fully. If we do have a couple of trouble makers, they are asked to leave by security.” He says about 80 percent of Folsom patrons are LGBT. Organizers and patrons have a “great relationship” with the approximately 20 percent of straight attendees, he says. “We’re lucky,” Moshoyannis says. “We have a large, welcoming and diverse community who can play together for at least one day of the year on the streets of San Francisco.” 93
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A DOCUMENTARY CASE FOR LGBT RIGHTS An internal memorandum issued by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover on June 20, 1951, bore a startling subject line: “Sex Deviates in Government Service.” While the term “sex deviates” might seem sensationalistic, at the time it was a widely used euphemism for homosexuals. The memo, addressed to nearly 50 agents by name along with an unspecified number of “supervisors,” established procedures for recording and disseminating allegations of homosexuality against government employees. “Each Supervisor,” the memo stated, “will be held personally responsible to underline in green pencil the names of any individuals mentioned in any report, letter, memorandum, newspaper article or other communication who are alleged to be sex deviates.” A few years later, on April 27, 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued Executive Order 10450, which effectively banned homosexuals from federal employment because they allegedly posed a risk to national security. The Hoover memo is among the numerous government documents that have been uncovered by the Mattachine Society of Washington, DC, a non-profit organization founded in 2011 that conducts archival research and educational programs aimed at exposing the often-vicious history of anti-LGBT discrimination. It is important to note that the society is not digging up musty old documents for purely academic purposes. Rather, the group is using these documents to support fights in the legislative and judicial 96
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arenas, and to educate the media and the public about the legacy of animus aimed at sexual minorities—animus that ended careers, ruined reputations, and destroyed lives. The society’s mission may be summed up in two words: “Archive Activism.” Today’s Mattachine Society is a successor to two previous groups of the same name. The first was founded in 1950 in Los Angeles by Henry “Harry” Hay, Jr., a British-born actor and civil rights activist. Hay supposedly named the organization after the Société Mattachine, a medieval French troupe of masked players—an allusion to the ways in which modern gay men and lesbians routinely “masked” their sexual identity in public. Unfortunately, infighting and ongoing debates about the organization’s mission led to its demise within a decade. In 1957, Franklin E. “Frank” Kameny, a civilian astronomer with the U.S. Army Map Service, was fired after his superiors found out that he was gay. Prior to that, the vast majority of people who were fired due to their sexuality had gone quietly, fearing that any resistance would further damage their reputations. Kameny, by contrast, chose to fight his dismissal. He filed a legal appeal that eventually made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Although the appeal was unsuccessful, the visibility of the case marked an important milestone in the nascent fight for LGBT rights. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO CAPITAL PRIDE 2016
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In 1961, Kameny co-founded the Mattachine Society of Washington, DC, with John R. “Jack” Nichols, Jr., a writer and son of an FBI agent. Initially conceived as a chapter of the national organization based in Los Angeles, the D.C. group was established as a legally independent entity following the original society’s dissolution. Kameny went on to use the organization as a platform for his tireless advocacy of civil rights for LGBT people. His efforts contributed to the U.S. Civil Service Commission’s 1975 decision to lift the ban on gays and lesbians in government employment. In 2009, Kameny even received a formal apology from the Army Map Service for his dismissal more than a half-century earlier.
jurists, and legislators. The organization has received valuable assistance from the prominent law firm of McDermott Will & Emery. “[The firm] sent out a notice to its staff saying ‘volunteer if interested,’” said Francis, “and 16 people stepped forward.” Asked about the sexual orientations of the volunteers, all of whom are working on a pro bono basis, Francis replied, “No one really knows or cares who among the 16 lawyers are gay or straight.”
The first priority for Francis and his colleagues was to find out as much as they could about the federal government’s ban on LGBT employees and the damage that the ban had caused to individuals’ lives and careers. “We did a deep dive into the In 2006, the Library of Congress acquired Kameny’s papers National Archives in College Park [Maryland] and in D.C. We and related memorabilia, numbering more than 70,000 saw the attorneys at the Civil Service Commission and the items. Charles Francis, a long-time Washingtonian with a OPM [Office of Personnel Management] for decades putting background in public affairs and consulting, assisted Kameny up resistance to any liberalization of government policies in preparing for the transfer of documents to the library. By against homosexuals. They encouraged the Department of the time of Kameny’s death in 2011 at the age of 86, the Justice to prosecute any [such] cases.” One of the documents Mattachine Society of Washington, DC, was long defunct. that Francis unearthed was a 1966 memo issued by Civil Inspired by the experience of sorting through Kameny’s Service Commission chairman John W. Macy, Jr., in which extraordinary papers, however, Francis had a vision for he wrote that one of the main reasons for the ban on resurrecting the society under a new mission. homosexuals in federal employment was the “revulsion” of their fellow employees who would have to sit alongside a “We decided that the legacy of this organization was so noble “known pervert.” and so powerful, that we would re-launch it and repurpose it,” Francis said. “We want to see what we call the evidentiary With the help of the lawyers at McDermott Will & Emery, history that gave us the ‘bad old days’—the memos, the the Mattachine Society turned all of that research into an letters, the emails. We want to find the smoking guns in the amicus brief—a document filed in an appellate court by vaults of the government that labeled us sex deviants, that a non-litigant—in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which got us fired, that ruined us.” resulted in the 5-4 Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015. The brief, dubbed the The new Mattachine Society of Washington, DC, is using that “Animus Amicus” by the Washington Post, traced the culture evidentiary history to aid in the writing of informational of prejudice and hatred that had shaped the government’s briefs and educational papers aimed at the legal community, treatment of LGBT people over the decades. The document MEMBERS OF THE MATTATTCHINE SOCIETY PICKET WASHINGTON DC circa 1965
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argued that governmental bans on marriage equality were an outgrowth of that history of animus, and that such prohibitions were just as outdated and unjust as the longabolished ban on federal employment of gay men and lesbians. The Mattachine Society is building on the success of its role in the Obergefell case by digging more deeply into the oftenprecarious roles of LGBT people in government. Francis visited the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum—better known as the LBJ Presidential Library—in Austin, Texas, where he was given access to the files of Johnson’s secretary, Mildred Stegall. Stegall’s records included documents relating to the arrest of Walter Jenkins, a longtime aide to the president, who was caught having sex with another man in a public restroom at a Washington YMCA. The arrest occurred just a few weeks before the 1964 election, and the administration, worried about the potential impact on Johnson’s campaign, forced Jenkins to resign. Johnson’s opponent, Republican Barry Goldwater, pounced on the scandal—his campaign printed bumper stickers bearing sly references to Jenkins’ arrest—but the public seemed to shrug it off, and Johnson won in a landslide. Another research project of the Mattachine Society has exposed an incident at the historically black Rust College in Mississippi during the “Freedom Summer” of 1964. That year, the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, a statefunded anti-desegregation group, launched an investigation into “homosexuals and oddballs” among the college faculty. Playing on white prejudices and suspicions, the commission suggested that homosexuals were integral to the effort to encourage African American Mississippians to register THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO CAPITAL PRIDE 2016
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to vote. The commission’s report to the Rust College board resulted in the dismissal of the college’s president. Some of the Mattachine Society’s research initiatives involve much more recent events. In partnership with the College of William and Mary, the society has launched an effort to mine libraries throughout the state of Virginia for relevant documents. This led to the discovery of documents relating to a ban on alcohol sales to “known homosexuals” in the state—a law that was on the books until 1991. In that year, a Ramada Inn refused to host a reception for William and Mary’s Gay & Lesbian Alumni organization (GALA) for fear of running afoul of the law. GALA sued and won the case. Francis and his colleagues are also venturing into archives of non-governmental organizations to illuminate other forms of LGBT discrimination and abuse, including discredited techniques aimed at turning gay men and lesbians straight. “We are now putting together the evidentiary history to support efforts across the country to ban conversion therapy,” Francis noted. “I would add that the American Psychological Association has granted us access to their archives here in Washington and at Cornell University. We will be looking at psychologists who were wrong and recanted, and those who were wrong and never recanted.” The new Mattachine Society of Washington, DC, has achieved a great deal in just five years, and yet Francis feels that the group has only just begun to uncover documents that will tell the difficult stories of LGBT history, while perhaps helping to provide direction for the future of the civil rights movement. Francis summed up the relevance of the Mattachine Society for today by citing a famous adage by William Faulkner: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” 99
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Capital Pride turns 41 this year. Against the odds, we’ve made it to middle age! By most measures, the LGBTQ movement for civil rights and inclusion has progressed more rapidly than most other civil rights movements in history. Marriage equality, military inclusion, and the growth in transgender visibility are just a few examples of the relatively rapid progress we’ve made. How did we get here? This progress didn’t happen by magic. It happened because of the hard work and sacrifice, sometimes literally, of our forefathers and mothers—many of them gone way too soon, and many, thankfully, still around to keep teaching us. That so many of us have the opportunity to make it to middle age (myself included…sigh) is in no small part due to their incredible efforts. I stand on their shoulders in my new role as Director of Community Relations at WhitmanWalker Health. And I have big shoes to fill. Justin Goforth, my predecessor, served as an excellent community builder and ambassador in his many roles at Whitman-Walker over the years. I hope I can do the same. Like Justin, I come to the community relations role after serving as a clinician for many years. I am a licensed 106
professional counselor and psychotherapist, and for the last ten years I’ve worked at the intersection of HIV, mental health, and substance abuse, as a therapist, manager and program director. I’ve loved working with clients and staff, and I see this new role as a natural next step in continuing to connect people and organizations, to build bridges, and create community—an ever-broadening and inclusive community. Developmentally, middle age is about creation and productivity; it’s about doing. Yes, it’s a time to look back, take stock, and appreciate what we’ve achieved, but then we must discern the path forward and re-commit to the great work ahead. As a community we’ve come a long way and yet there is still so very much to do. We need to make sure that the transgender community continues to be lifted up and that the recent backlash is halted. We need to ensure that queer youth grow up in a sexpositive and gender-inclusive world. We need to prepare the way for LGBTQ seniors and ensure that there are systems to support them. And, perhaps most urgently, we need to bring biomedical HIV prevention like pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to the underserved, to communities of color, and in particular, to young black gay and bisexual men. We cannot
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Throughout its run, Friends radio conducted live broadcasts from controversial, ground-breaking events like the Black Panthers’ Revolutionary People’s Constitutional Convention, the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, and the Third World Conference of Lesbians and Gays. As a result, program staff recorded hundreds of hours of interviews, broadcasts, musical performances, and speeches. Those recordings that were saved over the decades have been donated to the Rainbow History Project, Inc. (RHP). Thanks to generous donations from the local LGBT community, including the Capital Pride Alliance, RHP has begun digitizing the more than 250 polyester reel-to-reel and cassette tapes it received from founder Bruce Pennington’s estate. So far, the Rainbow History Project has uploaded 115 hours of Friends radio, or about a third of its content, online to Popup Archive at https://www.popuparchive. com/collections/7021.
Since most reels are unlabeled, RHP now seeks volunteers to assist in transcription and the identification of speakers and dates. For example, one Friends host, who went by the name Eco de Marais, appears many times in the nine-year life span of the program—however, we’ve not yet been able to identify who this woman BY THE RAINBOW HISTORY PROJECT RADIO FOR AND BY THE GAY COMMUNITY was. Googling different spellings of Bruce Pennington, Producer of WGTB-FM’s gay radio show. Image courtsey of The Rainbow History Project The D.C.-based Friends radio program was one of the her name has been unsuccessful, but perhaps one of her earliest and longest-running gay-themed radio shows in contemporaries will access her recordings from their home the country. Friends, which aired from 1973 to 1982, was the computer and give us the missing puzzle pieces. “The most key public forum in D.C. to hear the voices of the emerging exciting thing about Friends radio and the digital age is all gay presence. With an hour of programming each week, of the new tools that help us leverage community memory episodes covered progressive issues that our community to write our history,” said the RHP’s director of archiving, still discusses today: gays in the federal government, gay Vincent Slatt. parenting, policing, racial discrimination, and misogyny. “This is our heritage and we want it to be told the way Friends was “radio for and by the gay community” and it really was,” said Cassandra Ake, RHP’s director of it welcomed well-known figures like Frank Kameny, Eva communications. “Our archiving efforts on this project are Freund, Divine, and many more. Friends radio, hosted giving us a way forward on future large collections, such on WGTB-FM, was unafraid to tackle topics of interest as Cheryl Spector’s two decades of video from local LGBT to the gay and lesbian community, often in the face of events. We’re so excited by the wealth of material here, considerable opposition. Frank discussions of gay rights but we can only complete our projects with your help.” and political change led to Spiro Agnew’s dubbing the station “The Voice of the Viet Cong in the Nation’s Capital,” To get involved with Friends radio or other volunteer and the eventual closing down of that radio station and a opportunities, please contact: vincent@rainbowhistory. hiatus for Friends programs. 108
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Ramos confirmed that, “Sometimes it is just the little things that make a difference, and if that’s all I can do, then I feel it is worth it.”
While the causes may have changed, the passions remain that inspire youth to be involved in their communities and to make a change in the world around them, or in the individual next to them.
“My friends have faced a lot of bullying and harassment, and when people you are close to are deeply affected for no reason, you want to get involved and make a difference,” said Dorian Gomez, a 22-year-old straight volunteer who dedicates her free time to the queer community. “I’ve always thought it is important to be active, and not just ‘Facebook active,’ but really do things that matter.”
“Youth have a great home in DC,” said Brant Miller, program manager at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. My activism started on a November evening in State College, “Although there are still many challenges, there are also Pennsylvania. Friends had invited me to a dinner party, but many opportunities to celebrate our milestones and our it was a college dinner party, which meant pizza, Boone’s progress, not just at Pride, but all year long.” Farm, and board games. The evening did not go as planned. Miller pointed out that youth are becoming more involved When we arrived at the house, which was filled with friends and engaged in volunteering for outreach and educational of friends, we learned that one of the housemates had been initiatives, determined to continue the progress of the LGBTQ taken to the hospital a few hours prior to our arrival. They movement. weren’t entirely sure what was wrong with him—whether it was just the flu or if their friend from New York City was Like so many others, my involvements and interests have suffering from the “gay cancer” with the relatively new changed over the years, from working closely with the Matthew Shepard Foundation in the early 1990s to raise name, AIDS. awareness about youth issues in our schools, to the problem Although I had never met him, the night was filled with of LGBT teen homelessness in America for the documentary stories of this handsome and lively guy from New York who OUT in the Cold, and currently profiling how gays and lesbians everyone loved. He was out and proud, something I wasn’t at are building their families through the foster adoption the time. He could make friends quickly, and was popular in system for the Huffington Post. this large college community. As the years pass, and with each cause that I get involved As the night progressed and it got late, most of us decided to with, I see one thing that is consistent, and that is the power stay at the house until the morning. I was given his room to of those who care and dare to make a change in someone sleep in. As I lay on his bed, on the very sheets he had been else’s life. on just a few hours before, my mind raced about how this great guy had gotten so sick, so fast. The truth was that I was Lamar Trowers, age 21 and a volunteer at the DC Center, a little scared just being on his bed…there was so much we explained that he “just wanted to give back. So many people didn’t know at the time, not only about the disease, but how have helped me, and I wanted to find a way to return the generosity in any way that I can, and to help others.” Trowers it was transmitted. is an asylum-seeker from Jamaica and his life has been The next morning brought the news that he had not made it changed by the resources and other volunteers at the DC through the night. He was gone. But my life was just starting. Center. Quickly I became more involved in what was happening to gay men everywhere as a generation was being destroyed by Volunteering not only helps develop critical skills for young a mysterious killer. AIDS became the spark that lit the fire in people, but educates them about the world around them, many youth of the 1980s to become activists and volunteers. and more importantly connects the hands, head, and heart.
“The LGBT movement is the biggest social cause of my lifetime, and being able to be a part of it and making a difference, even a small difference, is important to me,” said Ricardo Ramos, a 23-year-old from Mexico who now lives in the United States. “When I started attending college in Florida, I became involved with the campus [LGBT] group, then got active in the NoH8 Campaign. There were a lot of young people there and a lot of enthusiasm to continue to get involved and stay active in helping to create change.” Ramos acknowledges those who have fought for his freedom in the past, and he has resolved to continue the progress. He also has become a volunteer for GLAAD and at a recent event met a trans man who was feeling awkward, shy, and out-of-place. Determined to put him at ease, Ramos struck up a conversation, introduced him to more volunteers, and refused to leave his side until he had a smile on his face. 116
Gomez believes that we have made great progress, but worries that mainstream society thinks the fight is over. She noted that, “Marriage is just one step in equality. Society thinks we got marriage, so everything is ok, but it’s not. There are still places where LGBT people are harassed on the streets or even in the bathroom—just look at what is happening to trans people. It is frustrating and there is still work to be done.” Ramos is also concerned about the treatment of trans and bisexual individuals. “We are supposed to be the LGBT community, but it seems like there is still a stigma to being bisexual, like it is a phase or stage that people are going through. And the fact that there is still not full inclusion of
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Gomez agrees that there should be more involvement, not just with youth, but with everyone. She also realizes that it is usually hard to get people engaged unless an issue affects them on a personal level. “My involvement really started with my dad. We had a relative who died of AIDS in the early 1990s, and it devastated my family. My dad was always a cyclist, so he began raising money and doing the AIDS LifeCycle. When I was old enough, he suggested that it might be something I would enjoy; now it’s something we do every year.”
Many of us use this time of year to celebrate the victories and advances we have made in recent years, but it is also a While it is true that many of my generation, and those before, time to reflect on where we have come from as a community have become less involved in volunteering as life, family, and as individuals. There are still causes to fight for and careers, and commitments have ebbed and flowed into our opportunities to change lives dramatically by giving, no hours and days, there is hope in the generations that follow. matter how much, some of our time and attention; whether you are young, or young at heart. Miller knows that DC Pride is a great time to raise awareness about opportunities for youth to be involved, and capitalizes Ramos summed it up best: “What I hope to get out of on the unique positioning of being between Virginia and volunteering is to learn and become more familiar with Maryland and pulling from a wide variety of backgrounds LGBTQ history and meet people and leave a mark or make a and communities. “The Center has been fortunate to have difference in any way, shape, or form that I can, even if it’s just groups of youth that organize and help us throughout the a smile to make someone’s day better.” year, but each year Pride helps us get the word out about our services, needs, and opportunities to help,” he said. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO CAPITAL PRIDE 2016
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people who are sex workers and others. And there are real challenges there to realizing PrEP’s promise for everybody.” PrEP is becoming a core part of discussion between an HIV-negative gay man and his doctor—and that’s just one aspect of care that a doctor should know to give when attending to a gay patient. And soon enough in D.C., LGBT-competent doctors will. Earlier this year, the D.C. Council passed a bill, signed into law by Mayor Muriel Bowser, requiring that all licensed, certified and registered health care professionals in the District receive specific training in the health challenges and needs of LGBT people. “Even with so many advances in LGBT equality in recent years,” Bruner says, “far too many of our patients, particularly those who are trans, come to us with horror stories about mis-gendering, gawking, offensive remarks, and other forms of dehumanizing maltreatment by health care professionals who should know better.” Taking Action
for 30 years. We have PrEP, which is not only great because it’s very effective, but also it can be an entree point for folks who were not getting care. [It can be] a way for them to get health care for other issues they may have, whether it be depression, whether it be high cholesterol, whether it be just getting a regular check-up, or just getting tested regularly.” Some have suggested that the rise in use of PrEP, in which HIV negative patients take the antiviral drug Truvada daily to act as a preventive, has been followed with a rise in rates of other sexually transmitted infections, or STIs—a result of some users relaxing other safer-sex practices. Yet Jain essentially refutes that.
1. Push for a More Holistic Approach to Serving the Marginalized “We’re always trying to find the next thing that will solve a community’s issues,” according to HIPS’s Jinadasa. “The thing is, these communities are so marginalized and have so much that’s taken from them—they need it all. They need radical rethinking of the way that we support a community. We can’t just give someone a job and expect them to get on their feet and move out. We can’t just give someone housing and expect them to figure out how to survive. We need all of those things, and we really need to…start thinking of people as whole human beings, not just disproportionate, disjointed parts that we can fix individually. And sex work and drug use are parts of that for a lot of folks in our community.”
“Nationally it’s been more or less stable, as far as I know, in terms of syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea,” Jain says. “There may have been small increases—whether or not they’re related to PrEP is debatable, I think, but I don’t believe we have seen an increase in STIs here.” As a condition of going on PrEP, users get re-tested every three months for HIV, and some also tack on tests for STIs at the same time, meaning that many PrEP users are getting tested more regularly and more often than they did before they started the regimen. Some small increase in STI rates could be explained by that.
2. Decriminalize Sex Work; Consider Sex Workers Health Affiliates Decriminalization, according to Jinadasa, “is something that makes sense on the public level. I think it’s something that makes sense on a rights-based level. I think it makes sense on a labor level. I think it makes sense from a racial justice and LGBT justice level. I think that if we can all come together to really think about what’s best for D.C., decriminalization is a natural response to a lot of those calls for justice in our community.” And sex workers should be tapped for their insights and outreach, particularly when it comes to sexual health and HIV/AIDS.
Yet PrEP is not as widely used as it ultimately needs to be. “That’s one of the real challenges,” says Whitman-Walker’s Daniel Bruner, “making inroads [beyond] the middle class, professional class, more educated people with good insurance. The epidemic is particularly still virulent among young gay and bisexual men of color, transgender women,
3. PrEP to Improve Health, Doctor-Patient Relations “From conversations I’ve had with our doctors and nurse practitioners,” says Jain, “the ability for a gay man to go to his doctor and talk about his sex life in an open and nonjudgmental setting is incredibly powerful, and I think it enables a connection to be had between the doctor and
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patient that is really important [and] helpful.” The challenge is to get PrEP in wider use, especially among young men of color and sex workers. 4. Advocate for DC’s Cultural Competency Law as a Model for the Country A coalition of health care providers and advocates, including WhitmanWalker Health, helped ensure passage in the D.C. Council of the LGBTQ Cultural Competency Continuing Education Amendment Act of 2016, the first of its kind in the nation. This coalition and others should help tout this bill as a model for other jurisdictions around the country to adopt, in addition to assisting the Department of Health in developing the curricula and ensuring proper implementation.
CONCLUSION Despite the persistence and widespread fear-mongering of conservatives, the LGBT movement has made great strides over the past few decades. Once, not long ago, gays and lesbians were hardly ever seen in public—and then only in a negative light—and our sexual practices, including sodomy, were illegal, even in the privacy of one’s own home. Now, we regularly see LGBT people out and proud, in positions of power and held in popular esteem. We can legally wed our beloved as well as serve and fight for our country openly and honestly. And although not without some difficulty, for the most part we can adopt children and raise a family with minimal complications if we so choose. Yet serious problems remain, beyond our detractors’ efforts to demonize and discriminate against us, which helps fuel a sense of rage that can easily lead to bullying and brutality— as well as provoke thoughts of suicide, especially among LGBT youth. Other specific issues that need to be addressed include the large percentage of D.C.’s LGBT youth who are homeless, and a long-term/assisted care industry so biased towards the straight, traditional family that the prospect of having to live there, according to Daniel Bruner of WhitmanWalker Health, “is pretty scary—even here.” If nothing else, aside from the need to counter anti-LGBT conservatives, here and overseas, and whenever and wherever possible, a key takeaway should be that we need to get to know better our transgender brothers and sisters. Despite what some politicians are saying, they’re hardly perverted predators, ready to pounce on unsuspecting women trying to pee in peace. In fact, as Sasanka Jinadasa of HIPS explains, “trans women are the ones who are most likely to be sexually or physically assaulted on the streets or in public spaces.” Nonetheless, in an April poll of THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO CAPITAL PRIDE
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North Carolinians by a Raleigh TV station, 56 percent of respondents said that they agree with the provision of the anti-LGBT law requiring transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their birth; the alternative does pose a security risk for women and children, they agreed with anti-LGBT legislators. The good news, as far as it goes, is that only 38 percent of respondents supported the law, with 50 percent opposed. And 52 percent said that “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals” should be protected against discrimination. More good news, if you take the long view: Aside from The Crying Game, Boys Don’t Cry and Chaz Bono in the 1990s, transgender people didn’t truly enter the public consciousness until just a few years ago. By comparison, it took at least a decade after the AIDS epidemic had thrust gay men into the spotlight before people started coming around to accepting us. “It’s hard to say if this is tracking differently from ‘L’ and ‘G’ acceptance,” says Andy Garcia of the Equality Federation, “but the ‘T’ is coming along. We’re on a trajectory towards people gaining that familiarity, and we’re seeing a real pushback to it…. It’s an issue that is on a lot of people’s minds, and they’re talking about it. And as much as trans people are really hurting right now, I think ultimately they’re growing pains. And I hope that we’re moving on the path to greater understanding. But that remains to be seen.”
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Hung Jury, JoAnna’s, The Hill Haven, and more recently, Chaos. Nevertheless, the bar scene is not for everyone. Before the internet, people in the community connected with each other through print media. On top of long-standing publications like the Washington Blade and Metro Weekly, D.C. has been home to grassroots publications like Off Our Backs and Blacklight. As more women found positive representations of themselves in the written word, women’s bookstores grew in popularity. Establishments such as Lammas and Sister Space provided a safe haven for women to discuss issues important to them, like custody battles or sexual assault. As the community came together, women’s discussions also started at places like the Gay Women’s Alternative or the Thursday night discussion group at the Washington Area Women’s Center. “That thing rocked,” exclaimed Morris, who went to the group for 18 years.“Women talked about everything going on in their lives. Sex, their parents, getting out of the military, and racism. It was totally racially diverse. There were women with disabilities who talked about having sex, there were women who were very devout and conflicted, and then women who practiced Wicca. There were women who talked about the backlash against female athletes. It was just terrific.” As we came together, another evolution occurred in the women’s music scene. “It all started here with Olivia Records.
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An enormous contributor to the queer women’s and trans communities has been the D.C. Kings, a diverse group of individuals who did male impersonation. The D.C. Kings started at Chaos and created a culture of “kinging” that lasted for more than a decade. Even though founder Ken Vegas retired the D.C. Kings last year, kinging still remains incredibly relevant to the scene with Pretty Boi Drag and events like F*CK BRUNCH. Over the last decade, as more women’s spaces and venues closed down, there has been an emergence of women’s nights at various venues. While the Ladies of LURe and BARE have had a monthly party at Cobalt for the last seven years, there have been the recent additions of GlittHER and the Coven. Although these parties have been a great way to socialize, it can still be frustrating not to have a women’s-only space to go any night of the week. Even as turnout at community events continues to be an ongoing issue, these monthly parties pull in a consistently large crowd. I spoke with friends Katie Adams and Emillie DeBoissiere about the way lesbians have started connecting in the last few years. So much socializing happens online through Instagram and Snapchat, and most dating now happens through apps like Tinder or Bumble. “Bumble was started by women who left Tinder,” explains Adams, “The nice thing is that in order to chat, the woman must initiate the conversation.” Though this might cause issues with genderqueer folks and it still leaves the opportunity to be harassed by other women, it does seem to help create a safe space for women to meet, date, or create friendships.
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DeBoissiere, speaking specifically about the D.C. lesbian scene, explains that these days, it is all about how far you can cast your social net. Women meet and start friend groups and then work on expanding those circles. “These days, it’s all about trying to be as socially relevant in as many groups as possible.” The scene is all about bringing the online connections to the women’s parties. “That is how a lot of people date now, they meet up at the parties. They come with their friends and you come with yours and the party provides a space to get to know each other.”
The women who founded Olivia were part of a household of radical feminists called the Furies Collective,” explained Morris. Olivia Records, which would later become the foundation for the Olivia cruise line, was started as a way to hear more women’s voices in music. The women’s music scene continued to thrive and grow into groups like Sweet Honey in The Rock and music festivals like D.C.’s Sisterfire. Though our community still has plenty of issues to solve, As the scene became more radical and political, women started especially when you take into account intersectionality— to meet each other through rallies, dyke marches, and other the concept that oppressive attitudes and institutions are forms of political activism. D.C. was home to four major marches interconnected—in recent years, we seem to have gotten to for LGBTQ rights and visibility from 1979 to 2000, as well as a place where we can take a step back, breathe, and reflect. pride festivals and candlelight vigils. Lesbian activism was also Though many people have talked about the mainstreaming of seen in collectives like the Lesbian Avengers, who famously ate gay culture and how that is especially detrimental to women’s fire in front of the White House. And, in recent years, activism spaces, I have witnessed older women stepping out of the focused largely around issues such as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” activist roles to settle down and “just live,” while the younger generation does not seem to be filled with the same fire that and gay marriage. brought so many women together and powered so many Changing attitudes in society have been mirrored within the movements. But even though the terrain is quickly changing, queer women’s community. For example, Morris said, it was a I do not think we have seen the death of an active lesbian significant shift when “women started taking selfies in bars. I community. As we grow and change and assimilate, there will remember being shocked because before, you were not allowed always be a need for queer women to connect with each other to bring cameras into these bars because everyone thought you not only to date, but to share life experiences, grow confidence were CIA or FBI.” She recalled the change happening in 2001 in our identities, and continue to remind ourselves that we when women were allowed to take pictures in Chaos. Before come from centuries of history, struggle, perseverance, and that, patrons had to check their bags and cameras at the door. community. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO CAPITAL PRIDE 2016
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The Parade kicks off on Saturday, June 11, at 4:30 p.m. from the corner of 21st and P Streets, NW. The Judges Review Stand, with emcee Brock Thompson, is located on P Street just east of 15th Street, NW. The final float should pass the review stand around 7:15 p.m. Accessible space is reserved and American Sign Language interpreters are available at this stage.
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The Capital Pride Street Festival occurs along Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets, NW on Sunday, June 12, between noon and 7 p.m.; the Capitol Stage Concert and Sunset Dance Party will continue on the Capitol Stage until 9:30 p.m. The United States Capitol has served as the iconic backdrop to the Capitol Stage for hundreds of performances from local and national entertainers, politicians, and activists for 20 years. Although the Festival is free, please consider Supporting Capital Pride with either a $10 or $20 donation as you enter the Festival site. The Family Area and Kids Fun Zone has been expanded and moved to John Marshal Park, north of 4th Street, NW. Be sure to visit and enjoy the inflatable water slide, moon bounce, and other fun family activities. Visit the Festival Information Booth on Pennsylvania Avenue and 6th Street, NW with any questions for Festival staff or to purchase official Capital Pride merchandise.
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Limited Accessible Parking is available on Constitution Avenue (enter from 7th Street, NW). You will need to display your documentation to pass the police checkpoint. Parking is extremely limited near the Festival site. Please Take Metro using the following stations: Federal Triangle (Orange/Blue Lines), Metro Center (Red/Orange/Blue Lines), Gallery Place (Red/Yellow/ Green Lines) or Archives/Navy Memorial (Yellow/Green Lines). Restrooms are located north of Pennsylvania Avenue on 6th Street, NW, north of Pennsylvania Avenue near 4th Street, NW, and inside each Beverage Garden.
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New for 2016: Video playback at the Capitol Stage, Live Art Demo, Live street performers, cashless beverage garden payments, new water slide, food trucks, and local restaurants. Shorter Beverage Ticket Lines using cashless payments with FastBar. Capital Pride has partnered with FastBar, the industry leader in RFID secure payment processing. Visit the information desk or beverage gardens to link your credit card to a wristband; or pay cash for a preloaded wristband that you can use at the bar by tapping your wristband on a reader. FastBar will text receipts for each transaction to your mobile phone number.
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Pride Splash & Ride
Saturday, July 30, 2016 capitalpride.org/splash
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