May 25, 2016 at 4:48 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Protesters target opening of Clinton D.C. office
Hillary Clinton, gay news, Washington Blade

Gay anti-war activist David Barrows, dressed in ‘Hillary’ drag, was among a group of protesters outside a Clinton campaign office opening reception on Capitol Hill. (Washington Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro, Jr.)

A gay longtime anti-war activist dressed in drag as Hillary Clinton was among a half-dozen protesters who picketed outside a storefront office on Capitol Hill on May 18 that hosted a reception to mark the opening of one of two Clinton campaign offices in D.C.

Among those walking past the protesters as they entered the newly opened campaign office were D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. Congressional Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, and D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6). One of the protesters, gay activist David Barrows, wore a Hillary mask and a dress as he and the other protesters called Clinton a “war monger” for backing U.S. military efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries.

The protest was organized by the anti-war women’s group Code Pink.

Meanwhile, inside the campaign office, more than 50 Clinton supporters in attendance cheered Bowser and Norton as the two hailed Clinton’s longstanding support for D.C. statehood and D.C. budget autonomy from Congress.

“She is with us on the issues,” Norton told the gathering. “She said, Eleanor, I’ve always been for statehood. We have to show her we mean it on June 14,” said Norton, who was referring to the city’s June 14 Democratic primary in which Clinton and Democratic challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders will be on the ballot.

Among the Clinton supporters attending the office opening event were gay Democratic activists Phil Pannell and Michael Ramirez.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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