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Jay Carney’s Worse Day on the Job


There’s been much belly-aching since Vice President Joe Biden said he supported marriage equality on Meet the Press Sunday.  WaPo sums up today’s White House briefing with absolute clarity.  And the best quote comes from my friend, GLAAD Media Award-winning Chris Geidner of Metro Weekly.

Chris Geidner from Metro Weekly, a gay publication, pointed out the obvious: “If he’s crystal clear, why is everybody in this room asking you questions?”

What’s more, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell said on MSNBC that President Obama should “man up and tell the truth on his gay marriage position.”

Obama: From Hope to Hypocrisy


Read the well-penned article by Metro Weekly’s Chris Geidner regarding President Obama’s push back on signing an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The White House & the LGBT Executive Order


Watch White House Press Secretary Jay Carney try to do his best Stepin Fetchit (yes, I said it!) tap dance around an ENDA-like Executive Order.  Major kudos to Metro Weekly’s Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) and The Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson for their diligence.  They both are great advocates for us among the White House press corp. Watch below…

On the Metro Weekly Poll


Earlier this week, Metro Weekly offered a poll on its website asking the question, “Who best represents LGBT conservatives.” There were three options from which to choose: “Log Cabin Republicans;” “GOProud;” or “LGBT Conservative is an oxymoron.” Results of the poll when released, of course, will be unscientific.

On instinct, I quickly sent out a tweet referring friends and supporters to the poll asking them to vote for Log Cabin. Others did the same and also posted the poll to Facebook. Then I reflected on the question and its reasoning, and talked with others in my chapter.

Speaking as a chapter leader, whether Log Cabin wins or loses this popularity contest, the poll itself makes it a no-win for either gay GOP group – especially in light of the third option. It bears repeating that 30% of gay-identified voters in 2008 said they voted for Sen. John McCain over now-President Barack Obama. So why would the creators of the poll go out of their way to attempt to insult nearly one-third of its potential readership? I can’t help but wonder if Metro Weekly will next offer a poll asking who best represents LGBT liberals: HRC or Victory Fund (or some other group).

Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud serve similar constituencies in different ways. And while we seldom see eye to eye on process, our goals are often in tandem. For Log Cabin, we have local chapters throughout the country that serve under the umbrella of a national office and executive director. We lobby Congress, the White House, and state Houses on behalf of our membership and the community at large. In 2004, we launched a successful lawsuit against Don’t Ask Don’t Tell that resulted earlier this year in the legislative repeal of the egregious law. Through our political action committee, we endorse and monetarily support elected officials and challenging candidates who help further the cause of inclusion.

Regardless of the outcome of an unscientific poll, how can one say those attributes don’t represent conservative gays and lesbians? What I would love to see from Metro Weekly, or any other LGBT publication, is an in depth look at the two organizations. Compare and contrast our processes, our successes, and our failures, perceived or otherwise. This would serve the greater community a better service than merely seeking to have a popularity contest.

Solmonese to Step Down at HRC


So last week, in between an earthquake and a hurricane to hit the DC area, Pam’s House Blend (PHB) first reported that Human Rights Campaign’s president Joe Solmonese was stepping down effective March 30, 2012, when his current contract expires.

According to PHB, this is “the beginning of a larger staff shake-up in the HRC.”

My good friend, Chris Geidner over at Metro Weekly delved deeper into the story, as usual.  He cites four sources who lay out a more tempered execution for replacing Solmonese, and identified consultant Cathy Woolard as a likely interim replacement. Chris goes on to write, “Although the sources say that no permanent replacement has been selected, none of the four sources were willing to say what, if any, role Woolard would play in the transition efforts at HRC.”

I think before HRC acts, they should heed the unsolicited advice from Queerty:

Instead of hiring a White House PR flack, why not elect someone who will actively battle the National Organization for Marriage and the anti-gay Republicans while financially supporting LGBT efforts to make Obama deliver on HIV, trans employee protections, and finally killing DOMA? It’d be a heck of a lot more effective than the HRC’s current agenda of defending Obama’s missteps while trying to convince us that they’re still relevant.

WeLoveDC.com Should Talk to People


Yesterday, We Love DC posted an article chastising Log Cabin Republicans for not being involved in local races.  As President of DC Log Cabin Republicans, I obviously took offense to that.  Below is a link to the original story, and then my reply.

WeLoveDC.com’s story titled “No input on local races from the Log Cabin Republicans.”

My response…

I must say that I was quite taken aback by your article yesterday about Log Cabin Republicans not giving input on local races, seeing that you didn’t bother to contact leadership in either of the local chapters – DC and Northern Virginia.

Had you reached out to me, as President of the DC Log Cabin Republicans, I would have told you that nearly three months ago, we endorse four candidates for City Council.  And while many in our chapter supported openly gay Republican Matthew Berry in the VA-08 GOP primary, we felt it would be inappropriate to endorse in that race when we have a vibrant Northern Virginia chapter, who was heavily involved with both candidates.

One quick look to our website – dclogcabin.org – would have yielded all the information you needed for your piece.  On June 28th, we endorse the four candidates who are running for the Republican nomination for City Council; two of which are gay http://bit.ly/cUUOPm.

On August 26th, we defended our endorsement, and challenged the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance (GLAA) on their scoring of all the local candidates http://bit.ly/apIr8j .

And in the July 14th issue of Metro Weekly, they even quote me talking about our LOCAL candidates.  http://www.metroweekly.com/news/?ak=5423.

I don’t portend to speak for the national organization.  Our Executive Director, Clarke Cooper, is easily able to handle those responsibilities.  But I am easily available to speak on local issues as they affect the District of Columbia.

Berle, Christian

Metro Weekly Has the Story on EFN


Just a few minutes ago, Metro Weekly published this article on some of the reasons EFN Lounge abruptly closed yesterday.  I am sure there is more to come.

MetroWeekly — EFN’s End: Shaw neighborhood gay bar closes its doors http://dld.bz/skhQ

EFN is Closed? No EFN Way!


EFN Lounge is closedIt seems that EFN Lounge and Motley Bar, legally known as Wami, LLC, is the latest DC gay bar to bite the dust.  Although officially, MOVA is simply “moving.”  It’s just that, no one knows why just yet.  But word on the street is that a vibrant whipper snapper of a reporter is on top of it this latest closing.

It appears that the staff of EFN was alerted to the fact yesterday that the bar was closing –wait for it… — via EMAIL.  That’s just EFN lame!  And no severance, from what I hear.

When I headed over to their website, I got the response, “Something went wrong.”  Apparently so!  Although, http://www.motleybar.com/ is still active…for now. One of the original owners, Bill Gray, said on Facebook last night that he hasn’t been “involved at EFN for a couple weeks.”  Suspiciously, that post has since been removed.

As many of you know, EFN took over the space previously known as BeBar just over a year ago. On May 9, BeBar closed its doors.  But one week later, The EFN Lounge and Motley Bar was unveiled in its stead.

And as some of you will recall, late last month, the DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration shut down EFN for a week due to under age drinking.  I can’t help but wonder if that has anything to do with this latest revelation.

Perhaps one of the reasons is that people stopped patronizing the place.  Last fall, EFN made a big push into the local party circuit scene.  They introduced us to CODE last Labor Day weekend, a monthly fetish attire party (now at Green Lantern) and brought us ActiveDuty, a weekly gay military and veteran’s night happy hour last November (now at Nellie’s).  Surely their bottle service wasn’t a cash cow.  I mean, I would never spend $500 for a table with a ‘complementary bottle’ at EFN, or any other DC gay bar for that matter.

It looks like the DCBearScene was left in the learch, in spite of the fact that one of their own was a bartender at EFN.  They tweeted and posted on their website last night that EFN was closing, and to check back with them for a new location for their (monthly?) parties.

And others are in for a rude awakening.  There was supposed to be a Labor Day White Party at EFN on September 6th.  That ain’t happening. I await my friends at The Blade and MW to do a better job than me and get to the bottom of this story.  Now get back to work!

Perry v. Schwarzenegger: The Results Show


Today, the federal courts will release its decision in the landmark Perry v. Schwarzenegger case.  You know — the one debating the validity of California’s 2008 Proposition 8.

According to Pam’s House Blend, if you text the word “EQUAL” to 69866, you will receive a text message with the official decision on your mobile device the moment the court releases its decision.

And thanks to my Twitter friend @gabrielmalor, for posting the proponents of Prop 8’s prepared stay motion: http://is.gd/e1pGq

One of the funny things about the motion to stay is their claim of the possibility of irreparable harm absent a stay.  @gabrielmalor aptly points out that “there are already 18,000 gay-married couples in CA. Doesn’t seem like more are going to ‘harm’ anyone in particular.”

And finally, my good friend, Chris Geidner over at Metro Weekly has compiled a most excellent Prop 8 Decision Day FAQ about what’s going to happen next and why.

And Then There Were Two


Something else happened last night at the Capitol Hill Club. Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) confirmed that he would signed on as a co-sponsor of the DADT-repeal bill being pushed by Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA).

As reported by Metro Weekly, “Cao becomes the second Republican to sign on to the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, joining Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has been a co-sponsor of the bill since its introduction in the 111th Congress in March 2009.”

I would like to highlight that Congressman Cao agreed to support this legislation only after meeting with the Log Cabin Republicans.  The next day, he offically signed on.  This underscores the need for Republican organizations to connect with Republican members.

Hearts and minds… one person at a time.