Posts Tagged ‘gay’

Wizards’ Jason Collins Comes Out as First Openly Gay Active NBA Player

In a Sports Illustrated story published today, 34-year-old Wizards center Jason Collins has come out as the first openly gay athlete in a major professional sport.
"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center," Collins writes. "I'm black. And I'm gay."
The Boston Celtics traded Collins to the Wizards in February and is currently a free agent, which means he [...]

Spa World Admits It Kicked Out Transgender Woman, Says It Won’t Do It Again

Late last year, Spa World in Centreville, Va., kicked out a transgender woman—news that was first reported last week by the Fairfax Times and began spreading on social media and local news sites today. At the time, the Fairfax Times reported, the popular Korean-style bathhouse made a statement to the Better Business Bureau that it doesn't [...]

Spa World Rejects Gay, Trans Customers

Update, 5:41 p.m.: Spa World's manager says that it welcomes LGBT customers and will not kick out trans visitors in the future.

This week's Washington City Paper cover story on 24 hours inside Spa World might have you yearning for a trip to the Centreville business, but if you're gay or transgender, you're out of luck. [...]

Video Touting Homophobic Gay-to-Straight Therapy Shown in, Then Dropped From, Prince George’s County Classrooms

If you're attracted to members of your own sex, you can get therapy to change that. It's an idea mainstream medical organizations have described as dangerous—and, it turns out,  it's also a message that's been taught to some middle schoolers in Prince George's County since last year.
Starting last fall, some seventh grade health classes in [...]

District Line Daily: Hairy Situation

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D.C.'s subculture for "bears"—gay men who are hairier and larger than average—is booming. But can a [...]

Gallaudet Employee Who Was Suspended Over Anti-Gay Marriage Petition Is Back at Work

Almost three months after she was suspended for signing an anti-gay petition, Angela McCaskill, Gallaudet's Chief Diversity Officer, is back on the job.
McCaskill's signature on the petition for Maryland to hold a referendum on gay marriage earned her a suspension in October, and earned her support from both pro- and anti-gay groups. And now she's back. [...]

Gay Activist Arrested While Dancing in Front of Black Israelites

The Black Israelites, the District's most medievally-dressed street preachers, got an assist Friday from an unlikely ally: the Metropolitan Police Department. In a video posted online after the incident, a man wearing a wig and skintight pants dances in front of the group outside the Chinatown Metro station before being hauled away by police.
The activist, [...]

The Needle: We’re Here, We’re Divorced, Get Used To It Edition

Divorce Equality: When the District passed a law allowing same-sex marriages a few years ago, it was cause for great rejoicing. Some of the marriages, though, don't appear to have kept the joy going. So now the D.C. Council is looking into easing divorces for same-sex marriages where neither partner lives in a jurisdiction where [...]

Saturday: Capital Pride Parade

It's the last weekend of Capital Pride and that means it's time to head down to the annual parade Saturday evening. The procession starts at 5:30 p.m., heading through Dupont Circle and ending at 14th and N NW. Check the route map for specifics and watch for the Washington City Paper float. Some of us [...]

Today in D.C. History: D.C.’s Top Cop Supported Legal Prostitution

On Jan. 27, 1978, then-Metropolitan Police Department Chief Burtell M. Jefferson said he would personally support legalizing prostitution in the District, but that he didn't think such a proposal would get any traction because of city politics.
"Regardless of what you do, prostitution is going to be here," The Washington Post reported Jefferson as saying. "I [...]

Defense Seeks Maureen Bunyan Mimic in Robert Wone Case

Defense attorney Thomas Connolly bid Wednesday to submit an episode of the ABC news program Nightline into evidence in the sensational trial of three Dupont Circle men accused of covering up the 2006 murder of D.C. attorney Robert Wone.
"If there's another voice that sounds like Maureen Bunyan, that's relevant," argued Connolly. Weeks ago, a neighbor to the defendants, witness [...]

Conspiracy Suspects Often Left Door Unlocked, Ex-Housemate Testifies in Robert Wone Case

"Don't wait up," Sarah Morgan jokingly told her housemates at 1509 Swann Street NW as she left home the night of Aug. 2, 2006, to hang out with some of her other gay friends, Tom and John.
At 5:50 a.m. the next morning, she received an urgent phone call from housemate Joe Price. He warned her [...]

Wone Investigators Found No Fingerprints on Fence

A second crime scene technician testified Tuesday to finding no latent fingerprints on a fence behind the house on Swann Street NW where attorney Robert Wone was found murdered in 2006.
Three suspects charged with covering up Wone's killing have long maintained that an unknown intruder broke-in and stabbed their friend.
On the witness stand Tuesday, evidence technician Robert [...]

Justice Department Passes on Appealing Transgender Discrimination Case, Activists Rejoice

Gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transgender activists and civil liberties groups are rejoicing over the Department of Justice’s decision not to appeal a nearly $500,000 award to an ex-Special Forces colonel from Alexandria who lost a job at the Library of Congress a few years ago after reveling that he was undergoing a sex change.
David Schroer had [...]