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Conservative group blasts gay D.C. mayoral candidate

Majors an ‘avowed homosexual’ left of Pelosi

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Libertarian mayoral candidate Bruce Majors. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Majors)

The Republican Security Council, a conservative group that advocates for U.S. “military strength,” released a statement this week denouncing gay D.C. mayoral candidate Bruce Majors as an “avowed homosexual” whose positions on foreign policy are “well to the left” of President Obama and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

Majors is running as a Libertarian Party candidate. The Republican Security Council says in its statement that Majors has embraced the Libertarian Party’s “anti-war” positions that it says would weaken U.S. foreign policy initiatives and hinder the fight against terrorism.

“I actually pledge, if elected mayor of D.C., not to remove any of the D.C. government military bases from Japan or Germany,” Majors quipped in a statement of his own. “So the Republican Security Council has nothing to fear.”

The RSC says on its website that it has no official connection with the Republican Party. In its statement about Majors, the group criticizes him for backing the Libertarian Party candidate for governor of Virginia last year.

The group says the Libertarian candidate took away votes from GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, who opposes LGBT rights, resulting in the election of Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a strong supporter of LGBT rights.

“He completely supports gay marriage and has worked against candidates who back the Defense of Marriage Act,” the group said of Majors.

Robert Turner, the gay executive director of the D.C. Republican Party, said the D.C. GOP supports marriage equality and its representatives testified in favor of D.C.’s marriage equality law in 2009.

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  1. Bruce P. Majors

    February 20, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    You can't please everyone!

  2. Bruce Majors, Libertarian for Mayor

    February 20, 2014 at 10:51 am

    At my age I am more dormant than avowed, but it’s always nice when someone takes the time to be afraid.

  3. Thomas L. Knapp

    February 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    This "Republican Security Council" sounds a lot more like Roosevelt/Wilson "progressives" than like conservatives.

    They also sound like perhaps they're in the paranoid phase of methamphetamine dependency.

  4. Thomas L. Knapp

    February 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    This "Republican Security Council" sounds a lot more like Roosevelt/Wilson "progressives" than like conservatives.

    They also sound like perhaps they're in the paranoid phase of methamphetamine dependency.

  5. Sam Marsh

    February 20, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I think this is an unwitting endorsement. Naturally, people are concerned about the DC Mayor's willingness to project military power across the globe… presumably to enforce parking violations internationally. Wait, you mean he's loyal to his own party and not yours? Incredible. But here's the best part: As an "avowed homosexual" (are there vows now?), the bitch will not set him up.

  6. Tom Mahon

    February 20, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    "The group says the Libertarian candidate took away votes from GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, who opposes LGBT rights, resulting in the election of Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a strong supporter of LGBT rights."

    Never mind that every sane and rational analysis of the VA Gubernatorial Election Results indicates that "the Libertarian Candidate" (Robert Sarvis—-btw NOT GAY) received more votes from what were Democratic Party voters than GOP voters, the mere notion that the Republican Party "owns" votes is presumptuous, arrogant and unfathomable.

    Please go away GOP.

    We do a much better job at attracting badly needed Dem votes that you can ever dream of doing.

  7. Rick Sincere

    February 21, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Apparently this group is fearful that Bruce Majors might steal votes from the Republican candidate for DC mayor — if there is one — and guarantee a Democratic victory in November.

  8. Gregory Hilton

    March 21, 2014 at 3:48 am

    This is a completely inaccurate story and it contains no link to the Republican Security Council (RSC) article, with good reason.
    The RSC is a defense and foreign policy group and it does not take positions on social issues such as gay rights and abortion. It never has and they never would criticize someone for being gay.
    They have noted Dick Cheney supported gay marriage years before Obama. RSC obviously does not agree with Majors' libertarian views on national security issues, and the article accurately reflects his positions. Majors responded and did not contest the content.
    What is amazing is that you ignored the entire purpose of the article. Few people care about the low profile and poorly financed Majors campaign. The headline and point of the article was "The Double Standard."
    The RSC was amazed the Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance (GLAA) was opposing Majors. It was necessary to describe Majors as an avowed homosexual to condemn the actions of GLAA. A gay group was rejecting a gay candidate. That is news.
    You make it appear the RSC was criticizing Majors for being gay. That is absolutely not the truth. A link to the original story appears below.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=545783142187528&set=pb.101173139981866.-2207520000.1395371854.&type=3&theater

  9. Gregory Hilton

    March 21, 2014 at 3:48 am

    This is a completely inaccurate story and it contains no link to the Republican Security Council (RSC) article, with good reason.
    The RSC is a defense and foreign policy group and it does not take positions on social issues such as gay rights and abortion. It never has and they never would criticize someone for being gay.
    They have noted Dick Cheney supported gay marriage years before Obama. RSC obviously does not agree with Majors' libertarian views on national security issues, and the article accurately reflects his positions. Majors responded and did not contest the content.
    What is amazing is that you ignored the entire purpose of the article. Few people care about the low profile and poorly financed Majors campaign. The headline and point of the article was "The Double Standard."
    The RSC was amazed the Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance (GLAA) was opposing Majors. It was necessary to describe Majors as an avowed homosexual to condemn the actions of GLAA. A gay group was rejecting a gay candidate. That is news.
    You make it appear the RSC was criticizing Majors for being gay. That is absolutely not the truth. A link to the original story appears below.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=545783142187528&set=pb.101173139981866.-2207520000.1395371854.&type=3&theater

  10. Wayne Zuckerman

    March 21, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Spin works for those too lazy to dig in and educate themselves.

  11. Wayne Zuckerman

    March 21, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Spin works for those too lazy to dig in and educate themselves.

  12. Glenn Hahn

    March 21, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Really? Radical Gays creating persecution/ bullying/ bullshit to further their agenda? Next will be some charge of murder simply because someone is gay

  13. Glenn Hahn

    March 21, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Really? Radical Gays creating persecution/ bullying/ bullshit to further their agenda? Next will be some charge of murder simply because someone is gay

  14. Adrian Salsgiver

    April 3, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Upon being elected Mayor of DC a few years from now, Libertarian Mayor Adrian Salsgiver will remove all of the troops from the DC government military bases in Japan and Germany and close then down. Adrian will bring the troops home, bringing into fruition peace and prosperity worldwide.

  15. Rep Security Council

    February 19, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    We regret it took us two years to see this article, which is a disgrace to the journalistic standards of the Washington Blade. It is understandable why the author did not link to our article, because it would completely refute his point.
    The Republican Security Council focuses on defense, foreign policy and war on terror issues.
    We support the GOP Platform but we do not take positions on social issues such as gay marriage and abortion.
    The author gives the impression that we opposed Bruce Majors because he is an “avowed homosexual” and an isolationist. We do not agree with his national security views, but the article was supporting Majors. Our entire point is that he was being unfairly attacked.
    We said it was ironic that the Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance gave the lowest rankings to the only mayoral candidate who was gay.
    Our article was based on a story that originally appeared in Red State and the link is below. Lou Chibbaro Jr. made no attempt to contact us, provided no link to your readers, and completely distorted our article.
    http://www.redstate.com/erick/2014/02/13/the-wrong-kind-of-gay/

    • Kemwit Tall Tree

      May 1, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      Not to many people in the gay community read The Washington Blade anymore, so not to worry.

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Whitman-Walker’s 35th annual Walk & 5K to End HIV held virtually

Participants picked their own routes throughout D.C. metro area

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Whitman-Walker’s 35th annual Walk & 5K to End HIV held virtually. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Whitman-Walker Health, D.C.’s LGBTQ supportive health center, hosted its 35th annual Walk and 5 K Run to End HIV on Saturday, Oct. 23, in a format in which participants chose their own route to walk and run throughout the D.C. metro area.

The event, which serves as Whitman-Walker’s largest single fundraiser of the year, took place in what organizers called a virtual format for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic, even though many participants walked or ran either by themselves or in small groups.

“Participants can sign up to run or walk a 5k route in Washington, D.C. and pass by local Whitman-Walker locations in Northwest and Southeast DC, or they can choose to walk or run a 5k route in their city!” Whitman-Walker said in a statement promoting the event.

In recent years prior to the start of the COVID pandemic, Whitman-Walker’s Walk & 5 K Run to End HIV began and ended at Freedom Plaza in downtown D.C., with as many as 1,000 or more participants running or walking together along a route that included Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., at Freedom Plaza, and parts of the National Mall.

“We decided to host the Walk virtually again this year, enabling folks to show their support for the 35th annual Walk & 5K to End HIV from near and far,” said Whitman-Walker spokesperson Jewel Addy. “Participants get to decide their level of COVID safety, and that was especially important again this year,” she said.

Whitman-Walker Health CEO Naseema Shafi said it was significant that the 35th anniversary of what started out in 1987 as the first annual AIDS Walk Washington took place this year on the 40th anniversary of HIV/AIDS.

“The 40th anniversary of HIV and the 35th anniversary of this event allow us to reflect on the barriers to care folks faced during the AIDS epidemic and continue to face during COVID,” Shafi said in a statement. “The current pandemic illustrates that we still have work to do in creating safer, affirming spaces for everyone in the community,” she said. “Our staff works to remove those barriers to care for patients and clients every day.” 

Addy told the Blade on Monday there were about “800+” registrants for this year’s event so far from individual participants who ran or walked or simply sent in contributions in support of Whitman-Walker’s work, which includes caring for over 20,000 patients.

“We are currently at $444,000 raised, with donations still coming in and fundraising going until Dec. 31,” Addy said. “With that, we’re confident we’ll meet or exceed our goal of $450K by year’s end.” 

In a statement prior to the start of the Oct. 23 event, Whitman-Walker said its fundraising goal for the event was $450,000.

In messages promoting the event, Whitman-Walker said supporters could “register, walk, run, and donate to this year’s walk,” through Dec. 31, 2021, at www.walktoendHIV.org.

The locations participants passed by in their walk or run on Oct. 23 included Whitman-Walker’s Liz Taylor facility at 14th and R streets, N.W., its headquarters, and medical care building at 1525 14th St., N.W., its Max Robinson Pharmacy at 2303 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., S.E.: and its St. Elizabeth’s Campus location at 1100 Alabama Ave., S.E.

“Complete the race wherever and whenever you would like,” Whitman-Walter stated in reminding participants that the event’s fundraising effort will continue through Dec. 30. “You can walk, run, use a treadmill, or participate in another race.”   

Among those expressing strong support for Whitman-Walker on the occasion of its 35th annual walk and run to end HIV was Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, who released a video praising Whitman-Walker for its work in fighting the AIDS epidemic since the start of the epidemic.

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The 'Comings & Goings' column chronicles important life changes of Blade readers.

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]

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McCarty earned his bachelor’s in Political Science and Communications Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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Inouye has held a number of positions with the organization including Managing Director of Communications. Inouye also held a number of high-level positions in the Obama administration, including Press Secretary and Acting Senior Adviser for Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Adviser for Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Executive Office of the President; White House Office of Communications: Director of Specialty Media; and served as an authorized spokesperson for the Obama Inaugural Committee, with a focus on specialty media outlets, including LGBTQ, AAPI, Native American, Youth/College, Faith, and Jewish press. Prior to that Inouye was Communications Director in the Office of Congressman Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) and has also worked for the ACLU and as a summer intern with the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. 

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Va. gubernatorial candidate says issue ‘legally acceptable’ in state

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Glenn Youngkin in an interview with the Associated Press has reiterated his opposition to marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Youngkin—a Republican who is running against Democrat Terry McAuliffe to succeed Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam—said in an interview published on Friday that he feels “called to love everyone.” Youngkin then reiterated his opposition to marriage equality before he added it is “legally acceptable” in the state.

“I, as governor, will support that,” Youngkin told the AP.

McAuliffe was Virginia’s governor from 2014-2018.

Same-sex couples began to legally marry in Virginia a few months after McAuliffe took office.

McAuliffe in 2014 became the first governor of a Southern state to officiate a same-sex wedding. The lesbian couple who McAuliffe married recently appeared in one of his campaign ads.

McAuliffe on Friday criticized Youngkin. “As governor, I worked my heart out to keep Virginia open and welcoming to all,” said McAuliffe in a tweet. “This type of bigotry and intolerance has no place in our commonwealth.”

The anti-LGBTQ Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has categorized as an extremist group, earlier this month endorsed Youngkin, but Log Cabin Republicans are among the groups that have backed his campaign. The Human Rights Campaign in 2019 named Youngkin’s former company, the Carlyle Group, as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” in its annual Corporate Equality Index.

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