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D.C. Mayoral Candidates Quizzed on Gay Marriage, NIMBYs, Lube

D.C.'s Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance (GLAA) has released its questionnaire for the D.C. mayoral race, quizzing candidates on their thoughts on everything from the D.C. police department's Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit to  "water-based lubricant."

The document surveys the candidates on 26 questions in six categories: marriage, public health, public safety, human rights, education, and business. Some of the queries are pretty pointed: Just try giving the incorrect answer to "Will you support legislation to curb abuses by NIMBYs who are now allowed to file an endless series of baseless complaints to harass or extort bars and restaurants?" or "Will you rein in police officials who respond to legitimate crime concerns with unsustainable, media-centric quick fixes that infringe constitutionally protected civil liberties?" Come on. That's practically a cheat sheet!

Another question of note: Question 26 follows up on the GLAA's push to legalize prostitution earlier this year: "What are your thoughts regarding GLAA’s proposal . . . to mitigate the problems associated with prostitution by legalizing and regulating it? What will you do to provide alternatives to survival sex for at-risk populations like homeless youth and transgenders?"

Participating candidates must file answers to the GLAA by Aug. 17.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Katie

    I thought I read somewhere that calling trans folks "transgenders" was sort of...frowned upon.

  • Amanda Hess

    @Katie GLAAD Media Reference Guide frowns:

    Problematic: “transgenders,” “a transgender"

    Preferred: “transgender people,” “a transgender person”

    Transgender should be used as an adjective, not as a noun. Do not say, “Tony is a transgender,” or “The parade included many transgenders.” Instead say, “Tony is a transgender man,” or “The parade included many transgender people.”

  • Brigid

    So basically...even GLAA doesn't bother to write about trans people respectfully? How discouraging.

  • boondoggle

    What if you identify as transgender but not as person? Like a transgender cat or vampire?

  • Simone De Beauvoir

    Will you give me a big bag of weed? How about $20? Will you make sure that the philosophy that holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned?

  • Charlie

    You didn't mention that the DC Council Questionnaire is also available.