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Hubbard, Day earn high ratings

Republican Day overall liked, but lost points over support of vouchers for Religious schools

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Republican Timothy Day. (Courtesy photo)

Democratic activist and attorney Drew Hubbard and gay Republican Timothy Day, an accountant, received the highest ratings on LGBT-related issues from the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance in their race for the city’s Ward 5 City Council seat.

Eleven candidates – nine Democrats, one Republican, and one independent – are competing in a special election scheduled for May 15. The election was called to fill the seat after incumbent Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) resigned earlier this year after being indicted on an embezzlement charge.

Hubbard received a GLAA rating of +5.5. Day received a +5.0 rating. GLAA rates candidates on a scale of +10, the highest possible rating, to -10, the lowest rating.

The group bases its ratings on candidates’ responses to a questionnaire and their record on LGBT-related issues.

In a statement released with the ratings, GLAA said Hubbard agreed with GLAA on every issue it raised in its questionnaire but added, “He did not display the depth of knowledge in his responses that we like and he does not have a strong record; but the content of his responses was better than that of his rivals. This is a good rating for a first-time candidate.”

The group said Day generally agrees with GLAA on most issues and his record on issues of concern to GLAA is “mixed, but overall positive.” But GLAA said Day lost points by expressing support for publicly funded vouchers for private schools, something GLAA opposes on grounds that private religious schools are exempt from the city’s human rights law and are free to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

GLAA said Day also lost points for “openly” opposing medical marijuana cultivation centers in Ward 5 under the city’s recent action legalizing medical marijuana.

The group assigned these ratings to the remaining candidates:

• Kenyan McDuffie (Democrat), +4

• Rae Zapata (Democrat), +2

• Ron Magnus (Democrat), +1.5

• Delano Hunter (Democrat), +0.5

• John Cheeks (Independent), 0

• Shelly Gardner (Democrat), 0

• Kathy Henderson (Democrat), 0

• Ruth Marshall (Democrat), 0

• Frank Wilds (Democrat), 0

GLAA said the candidates receiving a “0” rating failed to return the group’s questionnaire and the group was unaware of their record on LGBT issues. It says it assigns a zero rating to all candidates that don’t return the questionnaire and have an unknown record on LGBT issues.

The GLAA questionnaire responses of the Ward 5 candidates are available for viewing at GLAA.org. Their responses to another LGBT related questionnaire from the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the city’s largest LGBT political group, can be viewed at steindemocrats.org.

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Pride flags vandalized, stolen in Loudoun County town

‘Bigoted efforts to terrorize members of our community will not stand’

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Vandals destroyed or stole several Pride flags that had been displayed at homes in Lovettsville, Va. (Screen capture via WUSA9))

Vandals this week destroyed or stole Pride flags that Lovettsville residents had displayed on their homes.

Calvin Woehrie told WUSA the vandals used a blade to slash the Pride flag that was hanging from his house. The D.C. television station reported the vandals also targeted Woehrie’s neighbors who are a lesbian couple with four children.

The Loudoun County’s Sheriff’s Office said the vandals damaged five Pride flags from three homes and they stole two more. A spokesperson for the Loudoun County’s Sheriff’s Office told WUSA the vandalism is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

“I wanted to address events that happened over the weekend, that are deplorable and devastating to the entire community,” said Lovettsville Mayor Nate Fontaine in a letter he sent to town residents on June 16. “Over the weekend, there was destruction of property that specifically targeted our LGBTQ community. To make this even more heinous is that the destruction of property was done during Pride Month. To have property destroyed targeting members of our community is horrible and can be frightening for those targeted.” 

“For the individuals who committed these crimes, know that your bigoted efforts to terrorize members of our community will not stand,” added Fontaine. “We are working closely with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and this has also been added as an agenda item for our June 24th Council meeting.”

Glenn Youngkin, the Republican nominee to succeed Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, on Saturday described the vandalism as “absolutely unacceptable.”

“Whether someone is voicing an opinion or flying a flag, as Virginians — and as human beings — we must be respectful of one another,” wrote Youngkin in a Facebook post.

“Politicians always seem to be pitting neighbor against neighbor, but I am committed to bringing people together around our shared values, like treating others the same way you want to be treated,” he added. “We must all do better by respecting others’ right to live their lives freely, without being targeted because of who they are.”

WUSA reported Lovettsville residents bought Pride flags to replace the ones that had been vandalized and stolen.

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Transgender man murdered in Va.

EJ Boykin was shot outside Lynchburg store on June 14

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EJ Boykin (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

A transgender man was murdered in Lynchburg, Va., on June 14.

The News and Advance, a local newspaper, reported EJ Boykin, who was also known as Novaa Watson, was shot outside a Family Dollar store on the city’s Fort Avenue at around 6 p.m. Boykin passed away at Lynchburg General Hospital a short time later.

A spokesperson for the Lynchburg Police Department told the News and Advance the shooting may have been the result of a domestic dispute. Authorities added there is no evidence to currently suggest the shooting was a hate crime based on Boykin’s gender identity.

Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents reported Boykin was born and raised in Baltimore and was a student at Morgan State University. The blog said Boykin celebrated his 23rd Birthday on June 10, four days before his murder.

Tori Cooper, the director of community engagement for the Human Rights Campaign’s Transgender Justice Initiative, in a statement notes Boykin is the fifth trans man reported killed in 2021. HRC notes at least 29 trans or gender non-conforming people are known to have been murdered so far this year.

“The level of fatal violence we’ve recorded this year is higher than we’ve ever seen,” said Cooper. “All of these individuals deserved to live. We must strike at the roots of racism and transphobia, and continue to work toward justice and equality for trans and gender non-conforming people.”

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Comings & Goings

Jarvis lands lead consultant role at Meridian

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Ted Jarvis

The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at: [email protected].

The Comings & Goings column also invites LGBTQ+ college students to share their successes with us. If you have been elected to a student government position, gotten an exciting internship, or are graduating and beginning your career with a great job, let us know so we can share your success.

Congratulations to Ted Jarvis on his new position as Lead Consultant with Meridian Compensation Partners, in D.C. He will work on executive compensation, governance research and development. When asked for a response to news of his new role, Jarvis told this story: “I was on the prowl for a new job, I contacted the CEO of Meridian, who worked closely with me during our years at Towers Perrin. After half an hour on the phone, he asked: ‘Send me a list of things you really like to do.’ I followed up with a list of activities that continually engage my interest. Within a few days he mailed me a job description that reiterated my list almost word-for-word. I feel truly blessed to have a job so aligned with what I enjoy doing. This is going to be great.”

Prior to working for Meridian, Jarvis worked as Managing Director with Main Data Group in D.C. and Wilton Manors, Fla. He has also worked as Global Director of Executive Compensation Data, Research & Publications, Mercer, in D.C.; principal with Willis Towers Watson; and as a research consultant with McKinsey & Company. Jarvis is a member of the Lotos Club (New York); a benefactor at Drew University (Morristown, N.J.). He funded two undergraduate prizes (Wettstein Drama Prize; Norton Wettstein and Jane Brown Memorial Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement); a benefactor, Woodmere Art Museum (Philadelphia): funded William Joseph Coverley-Smith Prize, awarded annually at the Juried Art Competition; and a benefactor, St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church (Rochester, N.Y.).

Jarvis earned his MBA from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business; his bachelor’s (cum laude); his Ph.D. (ABD) major in music history, literature and theory from NYU. He earned a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Vienna.

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