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‘Smooth sailing’ for gay Republicans at CPAC

Log Cabin registers 50 new members at conservative event



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Log Cabin Republicans Stephen Morris, Gregory T. Angelo and John Connolly attend the Conservative Political Action Conference on March 3, 2016. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Members of the Log Cabin Republicans report it’s been “smooth sailing” for them at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference, despite past opposition to their presence at the event.

Gregory Angelo, president of Log Cabin Republicans, said during an interview with the Washington Blade on Thursday near his group’s exhibition booth at the event he’s been treated “incredibly well.”

“I was actually taken aback with the lack of controversy surrounding our acceptance as sponsors,” Angelo said. “I was anticipating there would be more blowback than there has been, and this is only the first day of CPAC, but thus far, it’s essentially been smooth sailing.”

At the booth in the exhibit hall, manned alternately by Angelo and one of eight volunteers assisting him, CPAC attendees of various ages and ethnicities visit and inquire about Log Cabin. As of early Thursday, Angelo said he had about 50 new people register with the organization.

Booth visitors are given a four-point informational card about Log Cabin. It says Log Cabin is the only gay group to oppose the Iran deal, Obamacare, the estate tax and Hillary Clinton for her “hypocrisy on gay rights.”

Angelo, who announced his group would sponsor CPAC during a D.C. Log Cabin meeting last month, said Log Cabin is taking the opportunity of CPAC to discuss the organization’s views on issues other than gay rights, such as its support for marriage equality or LGBT non-discrimination laws.

“There had been hundreds — at least a thousand at this point — college-aged students who have come up to the Log Cabin Republicans booth to either say, ‘I am a member of Log Cabin Republicans,’ or, ‘Hey, I’m a student in college, I’m a straight ally and I totally support you guys being here and I’m really glad you guys hit this historic milestone,'” Angelo said.

None of the conversations at the CPAC booth have resulted in arguments, Angelo said, although he confessed skeptics had come to the booth.

“Civil discourse and debate is part of what makes me proud to be a conservative, and, yes, there has been some civil discourse and debate,” Angelo said.

In talks with CPAC attendees, Angelo said the issue that has resonated most with Christian conservatives is Log Cabin’s opposition to the Iran deal and concerns about human rights atrocities there and at the hands of ISIS, especially toward LGBT people.

“Let’s talk about pro-life in regards to helping our gay brothers and sisters across the ocean in the Middle East,” Angelo said. “That shows me that there’s potential for there to be common ground.”

The American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC, has a history of reluctance to accept gay conservative groups at CPAC, but that seems to have abated in 2016. The most famous instance of hostility is CPAC’s relationship with the now defunct gay conservative group GOProud.

After GOProud sponsored CPAC in 2010 and 2011, CPAC banned GOProud from sponsoring the event along with the John Birch Society. GOProud claimed it was banned for being a gay group, but the ACU cited bad behavior. (GOProud’s board chair Chris Barron called anti-gay former ACU board member Cleta Mitchell a “nasty bigot.” He later apologized, then later apologized for the apology upon leaving GOProud.)

It’s unclear whether 2016 marks the first time Log Cabin has sponsored CPAC. A source familiar with Log Cabin said the group sponsored the event in 2005, but Angelo minimized any participation at that time, saying it may have been the Liberty Education Forum, an arm of Log Cabin, distributing fliers.

“To my knowledge, people have said that as far as they’re concerned this is the first time Log Cabin Republicans has been able to be formal sponsors of the event, with our logo on the signage of the event as well as an exhibitor space here, but I’m not 100 percent sure,” Angelo said. “It’s fair to say the first time in over 10 years.”

Angelo declined to disclose the cost of Log Cabin’s sponsorship for the CPAC event, but the CPAC website shows that the cost of the level of sponsorship that Angelo described is $7,500.

Last year, there was acrimony between Log Cabin and CPAC when the gay group accused the ACU of rebuffing the organization’s request to sponsor the 2015 convention. The conflict, which erupted in the media, resulted in Angelo getting a speaking slot for a panel on Putin’s Russia for which attendees crowded the room.

Angelo said the opportunity to speak last year “represented something of an 11th hour detente” between Log Cabin and CPAC. Angelo confessed he didn’t seek a speaking opportunity this year, but said getting sponsorship and not a speaking slot is somewhat of a trade-off.

“Speaking would have been nice,” Angelo said. “Sponsorship is nice. Speaking and having sponsorship would be even better.”

The Log Cabin booth in the exhibition hall is notably separate from the booths for the anti-LGBT Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage. Angelo scoffed when the Blade asked if he had confronted officials at those booths, saying, “Why would I do that?”

“I’m not coming here to be a firebrand, neither is anyone of our volunteers at Log Cabin Republicans,” Angelo said. “By the time the weekend is said and done, yeah, I might go down to the Family Research Council and the Faith & Freedom Council to introduce myself, but nothing more than that.”

Unlike in years past when GOProud was sponsoring CPAC and those anti-gay groups were critical of the decision to allow them to participate, they had nothing to say this time around about Log Cabin’s participation.

But one Catholic-affiliated group whose members are known for wearing red sashes, the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family & Property, did object in a news statement.

“Ronald Reagan gave us a brilliant metaphor. He said the stability and unity of the conservative movement is like a stool with three legs — social, fiscal and defense conservatives,” said TFP director Preston Noell III. “By giving the homosexual movement a platform of legitimacy, CPAC organizers are cutting off one of the legs — pro-family, pro-God Americans — and the stool will come crashing down. And that’s exactly what the Left wants.”

Angelo said TFP has “been nothing if not consistent” about opposition to LGBT groups participating in CPAC.

“I am disheartened that they decided to put out a press release against Log Cabin Republicans before even just letting me know that they’d be putting that out, let alone trying to engage with us to find out what it is that we’ve been discussing here at CPAC,” Angelo said.

But Angelo said he hopes his organization’s presence at the event will make it so any sort of conflict between the group and attendees will be a thing of the past.

“It’s my hope that by … Saturday afternoon, people will realize that Log Cabin Republicans has a valuable role to play in this conservative movement, and also realize looking back that this perennial fight Log Cabin Republicans has had with CPAC, its organizers and participating organizations regarding our sponsorship is really just a silly waste of time,” Angelo said.

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  1. Mark McRoberts

    March 4, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    The words coming out of the candidates is horrible and very Homophobic.

    • lnm3921

      March 5, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Yes, but it’s great to hear the honesty and it serves as a wake up call to our community which is becoming way too complacent and taking our rights and victories for granted as if they were cast in stone and cannot be reversed.

      I’d prefer the enemy that is candid and up front about it than the one that pretends to be my friend to get my support then back stab me later! Mitt Romney was like that with our community in Massachusetts! Never trust a conservative!

  2. Foodahz

    March 4, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Hey, good job giving $7,500 to a group of people who view you as perverts. I’m sure they won’t have anything negative to write about you in the platform this summer either.

  3. lnm3921

    March 4, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Why would there be blowback from conservatives this election with gays willing to give their candidate a vote? They want to win at all costs so of course they will take your support and then screw you over after they get elected!

    Sometimes you have to wonder if GLBT conservatives are brain dead? Look at Caitlyn Jenner. Today it was reported that she loves Ted Cruz as a Presidential candidate and thinks his policies are great and that she would like to be his trans ambassador. It just blows your mind that she can be so clueless. She may as well think she can give natural birth while she is at it.

    • Brosky

      March 5, 2016 at 9:08 am

      Stop talking about a man as if he was a woman. Would you call an anorexic a fat @$$?

      • lnm3921

        March 5, 2016 at 11:31 am

        Babe, evidently you haven’t met any flaming queens who are more of a woman than people born that way. If you look like a duck, and sound like one, people will call you a duck.

        We used to think that trans women were drag queens back in the day. Now those lines have been very blurred.

        Some men are women only in bed.

  4. Brooks Austin

    March 5, 2016 at 12:45 am

    It’s rich for the LCR to claim civic discourse is why they’re proud to be conservatives after they’ve been flirting with supporting the racist bigot Donald Trump all election season.

  5. Brosky

    March 5, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Sodomy in the conservative movement. No wonder the fake conservative movement is in the process of committing suicide. I will never support CPAC again.

    • lnm3921

      March 5, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Thanks for your hateful homophobic comment. It shows us the true nature of the conservative movement and what we can expect by giving it any support!

      • Brosky

        March 7, 2016 at 9:51 pm

        I don’t have an irrational fear of homosexuals, I have a rational disgust of their abominations and a love/pity for them. The only reason the Marxists are pretending to be your allies now is because they are using you to wage war on Truth, tradition, morality, the family and God. I don’t “hate” LGBT nor do I regularly read “their” news.

        • lnm3921

          March 7, 2016 at 10:52 pm

          Why do you read glbt news at all? If you’re disgusted it makes no sense but then again nothing you say does.

          Hate or disgust what is the difference? So much for that Christian love you preach to us. You fool no one but yourself!

          People like you are the reason homosexuals have to be militant. Thanks for confirming this!

          Go to cpac next time, find the lcr table and yell sodomy at them with your hands around your face like the kid in home alone or that painting the scream. It will be a hoot! Would love to see Greg angelo’s face after you do.

          • Brosky

            March 7, 2016 at 11:25 pm

            I was searching for news about CPAC and came across this. Real conservatives would never invite sodomites to spread their propaganda of death at their conference. This is one of many reasons why nobody that matters cares about CPAC anymore.

            There is a huge difference between hate and disgust. Sodomy is disgusting and unnatural and evil. It flies in the face of God’s design for humanity. Homosexuals have to be militant? Militant in supporting sodomy? Um, ok…

            I will never go to CPAC again, thanks. They are now a joke. I don’t even like Trump but I was glad to see him shun this stupid freak show.

          • lnm3921

            March 9, 2016 at 12:40 am

            You should go one last time and find lcr to scream sodomy at them with a high pitched voice that makes you sound like madalen Kahn.

          • Brosky

            March 9, 2016 at 3:19 pm

            Nope. I refuse to attend a conference where proud sodomites are encouraged.

          • lnm3921

            March 9, 2016 at 6:22 pm

            Well with that attitude America will be a limited place for you! Being welcomed and treated with dignity and respect is a purported Christian virtue. Jesus treated lepers and prostitutes like human beings. Glazed over that part did you?

          • Brosky

            March 10, 2016 at 9:57 am

            I treat homosexuals like human beings and I love them but I refuse to encourage them in their sin when I know the eternal consequences!!! The most loving thing you can do for a homosexual is tell them the truth. The most hateful thing you can do is lie to them and tell them homosexuality (or any other sin) is OK, something to be proud of, normal, etc. Jesus never encouraged sinners to keep sinning. He told them to repent and sin no more.

  6. James

    March 5, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Are they for real?

    • lnm3921

      March 5, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Sadly they are. Can you imagine they would likely vote for Cruz or Rubio given their overt attacks on our community. What’s the sense of identifying as gay is you aren’t going to oppose people with an agenda to do us harm?

      Jenner’s support for Cruz is revolting and shows are crazy some of them are!

  7. Tracy

    March 6, 2016 at 11:58 am

    There are many highly educated, fiscally conservative ppl in gay community, that strongly disapprove of democratic fiscal practices, however, find it hard to vote for republican candidate who openly opposes our rights. Why has Christian views taken over Republican Party? I am Native American, not everyone is Christian, but we want fiscal conservatism. If the Republican Party would take their own religious views out of government, and concentrate on real issues we are ALL concerned about such as the economy, and safety, they would win so many more votes. Not just from gay community, but those who are tolerant and don’t really care who you love. The Supreme Court has made ruling, this should no longer be issue.

  8. PMcC33

    March 6, 2016 at 9:20 pm

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Equality Act, contorted as a danger by anti-LGBTQ forces, is all but dead

No political willpower to force vote or reach a compromise



Despite having President Biden in the White House and Democratic majorities in both chambers of Congress, efforts to update federal civil rights laws to strengthen the prohibition on discrimination against LGBTQ people by passing the Equality Act are all but dead as opponents of the measure have contorted it beyond recognition.

Political willpower is lacking to find a compromise that would be acceptable to enough Republican senators to end a filibuster on the bill — a tall order in any event — nor is there the willpower to force a vote on the Equality Act as opponents stoke fears about transgender kids in sports and not even unanimity in the Democratic caucus in favor of the bill is present, stakeholders who spoke to the Blade on condition of anonymity said.

In fact, there are no imminent plans to hold a vote on the legislation even though Pride month is days away, which would be an opportune time for Congress to demonstrate solidarity with the LGBTQ community by holding a vote on the legislation.

If the Equality Act were to come up for a Senate vote in the next month, it would not have the support to pass. Continued assurances that bipartisan talks are continuing on the legislation have yielded no evidence of additional support, let alone the 10 Republicans needed to end a filibuster.

“I haven’t really heard an update either way, which is usually not good,” one Democratic insider said. “My understanding is that our side was entrenched in a no-compromise mindset and with [Sen. Joe] Manchin saying he didn’t like the bill, it doomed it this Congress. And the bullying of hundreds of trans athletes derailed our message and our arguments of why it was broadly needed.”

The only thing keeping the final nail from being hammered into the Equality Act’s coffin is the unwillingness of its supporters to admit defeat. Other stakeholders who spoke to the Blade continued to assert bipartisan talks are ongoing, strongly pushing back on any conclusion the legislation is dead.

Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said the Equality Act is “alive and well,” citing widespread public support he said includes “the majority of Democrats, Republicans and independents and a growing number of communities across the country engaging and mobilizing every day in support of the legislation.”

“They understand the urgent need to pass this bill and stand up for LGBTQ people across our country,” David added. “As we engage with elected officials, we have confidence that Congress will listen to the voices of their constituents and continue fighting for the Equality Act through the lengthy legislative process.  We will also continue our unprecedented campaign to grow the already-high public support for a popular bill that will save lives and make our country fairer and more equal for all. We will not stop until the Equality Act is passed.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), chief sponsor of the Equality Act in the Senate, also signaled through a spokesperson work continues on the legislation, refusing to give up on expectations the legislation would soon become law.

“Sen. Merkley and his staff are in active discussions with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to try to get this done,” McLennan said. “We definitely see it as a key priority that we expect to become law.”

A spokesperson Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who had promised to force a vote on the Equality Act in the Senate on the day the U.S. House approved it earlier this year, pointed to a March 25 “Dear Colleague” letter in which he identified the Equality Act as one of several bills he’d bring up for a vote.

Despite any assurances, the hold up on the bill is apparent. Although the U.S. House approved the legislation earlier this year, the Senate Judiciary Committee hasn’t even reported out the bill yet to the floor in the aftermath of the first-ever Senate hearing on the bill in March. A Senate Judiciary Committee Democratic aide, however, disputed that inaction as evidence the Equality Act is dead in its tracks: “Bipartisan efforts on a path forward are ongoing.”

Democrats are quick to blame Republicans for inaction on the Equality Act, but with Manchin withholding his support for the legislation they can’t even count on the entirety of their caucus to vote “yes” if it came to the floor. Progressives continue to advocate an end to the filibuster to advance legislation Biden has promised as part of his agenda, but even if they were to overcome headwinds and dismantle the institution needing 60 votes to advance legislation, the Equality Act would likely not have majority support to win approval in the Senate with a 50-50 party split.

The office of Manchin, who has previously said he couldn’t support the Equality Act over concerns about public schools having to implement the transgender protections applying to sports and bathrooms, hasn’t responded to multiple requests this year from the Blade on the legislation and didn’t respond to a request to comment for this article.

Meanwhile, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who declined to co-sponsor the Equality Act this year after having signed onto the legislation in the previous Congress, insisted through a spokesperson talks are still happening across the aisle despite the appearances the legislation is dead.

“There continues to be bipartisan support for passing a law that protects the civil rights of Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Annie Clark, a Collins spokesperson. “The Equality Act was a starting point for negotiations, and in its current form, it cannot pass. That’s why there are ongoing discussions among senators and stakeholders about a path forward.”

Let’s face it: Anti-LGBTQ forces have railroaded the debate by making the Equality Act about an end to women’s sports by allowing transgender athletes and danger to women in sex-segregated places like bathrooms and prisons. That doesn’t even get into resolving the issue on drawing the line between civil rights for LGBTQ people and religious freedom, which continues to be litigated in the courts as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected any day now to issue a ruling in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia to determine if foster care agencies can reject same-sex couples over religious objections.

For transgender Americans, who continue to report discrimination and violence at high rates, the absence of the Equality Act may be most keenly felt.

Mara Keisling, outgoing executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, disputed any notion the Equality Act is dead and insisted the legislation is “very much alive.”

“We remain optimistic despite misinformation from the opposition,” Keisling said. “NCTE and our movement partners are still working fruitfully on the Equality Act with senators. In fact, we are gaining momentum with all the field organizing we’re doing, like phone banking constituents to call their senators. Legislating takes time. Nothing ever gets through Congress quickly. We expect to see a vote during this Congress, and we are hopeful we can win.”

But one Democratic source said calls to members of Congress against the Equality Act, apparently coordinated by groups like the Heritage Foundation, have has outnumbered calls in favor of it by a substantial margin, with a particular emphasis on Manchin.

No stories are present in the media about same-sex couples being kicked out of a restaurant for holding hands or transgender people for using the restroom consistent with their gender identity, which would be perfectly legal in 25 states thanks to the patchwork of civil rights laws throughout the United States and inadequate protections under federal law.

Tyler Deaton, senior adviser for the American Unity Fund, which has bolstered the Republican-led Fairness for All Act as an alternative to the Equality Act, said he continues to believe the votes are present for a compromise form of the bill.

“I know for a fact there is a supermajority level of support in the Senate for a version of the Equality Act that is fully protective of both LGBTQ civil rights and religious freedom,” Deaton said. “There is interest on both sides of the aisle in getting something done this Congress.”

Deaton, however, didn’t respond to a follow-up inquiry on what evidence exists of agreeing on this compromise.

Biden has already missed the goal he campaigned on in the 2020 election to sign the Equality Act into law within his first 100 days in office. Although Biden renewed his call to pass the legislation in his speech to Congress last month, as things stand now that appears to be a goal he won’t realize for the remainder of this Congress.

Nor has the Biden administration made the Equality Act an issue for top officials within the administration as it pushes for an infrastructure package as a top priority. One Democratic insider said Louisa Terrell, legislative affairs director for the White House, delegated work on the Equality Act to a deputy as opposed to handling it herself.

To be sure, Biden has demonstrated support for the LGBTQ community through executive action at an unprecedented rate, signing an executive order on day one ordering federal agencies to implement the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year in Bostock v. Clayton County to the fullest extent possible and dismantling former President Trump’s transgender military ban. Biden also made historic LGBTQ appointments with the confirmation of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Rachel Levine as assistant secretary of health.

A White House spokesperson insisted Biden’s team across the board remains committed to the Equality Act, pointing to his remarks to Congress.

“President Biden has urged Congress to get the Equality Act to his desk so he can sign it into law and provide long overdue civil rights protections to LGBTQ+ Americans, and he remains committed to seeing this legislation passed as quickly as possible,” the spokesperson said. “The White House and its entire legislative team remains in ongoing and close coordination with organizations, leaders, members of Congress, including the Equality Caucus, and staff to ensure we are working across the aisle to push the Equality Act forward.”

But at least in the near-term, that progress will fall short of fulfilling the promise of updating federal civil rights law with the Equality Act, which will mean LGBTQ people won’t be able to rely on those protections when faced with discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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D.C. bill to ban LGBTQ panic defense delayed by Capitol security

Delivery of bill to Congress was held up due to protocols related to Jan. 6 riots



New fencing around the Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection prevented some D.C. bills from being delivered to the Hill for a required congressional review. (Blade file photo by Michael K. Lavers)

A bill approved unanimously last December by the D.C. Council to ban the so-called LGBTQ panic defense has been delayed from taking effect as a city law because the fence installed around the U.S. Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection prevented the law from being delivered to Congress.

According to Eric Salmi, communications director for D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), who guided the bill through the Council’s legislative process, all bills approved by the Council and signed by the D.C. mayor must be hand-delivered to Congress for a required congressional review.

“What happened was when the Capitol fence went up after the January insurrection, it created an issue where we physically could not deliver laws to Congress per the congressional review period,” Salmi told the Washington Blade.

Among the bills that could not immediately be delivered to Congress was the Bella Evangelista and Tony Hunter Panic Defense Prohibition and Hate Crimes Response Amendment Act of 2020, which was approved by the Council on a second and final vote on Dec. 15.

Between the time the bill was signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser and published in the D.C. Register under procedural requirements for all bills, it was not ready to be transmitted to Congress until Feb. 16, the Council’s legislative record for the bill shows.

Salmi said the impasse in delivering the bill to Congress due to the security fence prevented the bill from reaching Congress on that date and prevented the mandatory 60-day congressional review period for this bill from beginning at that time. He noted that most bills require a 30 legislative day review by Congress.

But the Evangelista-Hunter bill, named after a transgender woman and a gay man who died in violent attacks by perpetrators who attempted to use the trans and gay panic defense, includes a law enforcement related provision that under the city’s Home Rule Charter passed by Congress in the early 1970s requires a 60-day congressional review.

“There is a chance it goes into effect any day now, just given the timeline is close to being up,” Salmi said on Tuesday. “I don’t know the exact date it was delivered, but I do know the countdown is on,” said Salmi, who added, “I would expect any day now it should go into effect and there’s nothing stopping it other than an insurrection in January.”

If the delivery to Congress had not been delayed, the D.C. Council’s legislative office estimated the congressional review would have been completed by May 12.

A congressional source who spoke on condition of being identified only as a senior Democratic aide, said the holdup of D.C. bills because of the Capitol fence has been corrected.

“The House found an immediate workaround, when this issue first arose after the Jan. 6 insurrection,” the aide said.

“This is yet another reason why D.C. Council bills should not be subject to a congressional review period and why we need to grant D.C. statehood,” the aide said.

The aide added that while no disapproval resolution had been introduced in Congress to overturn the D.C. Evangelista-Hunter bill, House Democrats would have defeated such a resolution.

“House Democrats support D.C. home rule, statehood, and LGBTQ rights,” said the aide.

LGBTQ rights advocates have argued that a ban on using a gay or transgender panic defense in criminal trials is needed to prevent defense attorneys from inappropriately asking juries to find that a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression is to blame for a defendant’s criminal act, including murder.

Some attorneys have argued that their clients “panicked” after discovering the person against whom they committed a violent crime was gay or transgender, prompting them to act in a way they believed to be a form of self-defense.

In addition to its provision banning the LGBTQ panic defense, the Evangelista-Hunter bill includes a separate provision that strengthens the city’s existing hate crimes law by clarifying that hatred need not be the sole motivating factor for an underlying crime such as assault, murder, or threats to be prosecuted as a hate crime.

LGBTQ supportive prosecutors have said the clarification was needed because it is often difficult to prove to a jury that hatred is the only motive behind a violent crime. The prosecutors noted that juries have found defendants not guilty of committing a hate crime on grounds that they believed other motives were involved in a particular crime after defense lawyers argued that the law required “hate” to be the only motive in order to find someone guilty of a hate crime.

Salmi noted that while the hate crime clarification and panic defense prohibition provisions of the Evangelista-Hunter bill will become law as soon as the congressional review is completed, yet another provision in the bill will not become law after the congressional review because there are insufficient funds in the D.C. budget to cover the costs of implementing the provision.

The provision gives the D.C. Office of Human Rights and the Office of the D.C. Attorney General authority to investigate hate related discrimination at places of public accommodation. Salmi said the provision expands protections against discrimination to include web-based retailers or online delivery services that are not physically located in D.C.

“That is subject to appropriations,” Salmi said. “And until it is funded in the upcoming budget it cannot be legally enforced.”

He said that at Council member Allen’s request, the Council added language to the bill that ensures that all other provisions of the legislation that do not require additional funding – including the ban on use of the LGBTQ panic defense and the provision clarifying that hatred doesn’t have to be the sole motive for a hate crime – will take effect as soon as the congressional approval process is completed.

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D.C. man charged with 2020 anti-gay death threat rearrested

Defendant implicated in three anti-LGBTQ incidents since 2011



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A D.C. man arrested in August 2020 for allegedly threatening to kill a gay man outside the victim’s apartment in the city’s Adams Morgan neighborhood and who was released while awaiting trial was arrested again two weeks ago for allegedly threatening to kill another man in an unrelated incident.

D.C. Superior Court records show that Jalal Malki, who was 37 at the time of his 2020 arrest on a charge of bias-related attempts to do bodily harm against the gay man, was charged on May 4, 2021 with unlawful entry, simple assault, threats to kidnap and injure a person, and attempted possession of a prohibited weapon against the owner of a vacant house at 4412 Georgia Ave., N.W.

Court charging documents state that Malki was allegedly staying at the house without permission as a squatter. An arrest affidavit filed in court by D.C. police says Malki allegedly threatened to kill the man who owns the house shortly after the man arrived at the house while Malki was inside.

According to the affidavit, Malki walked up to the owner of the house while the owner was sitting in his car after having called police and told him, “If you come back here, I’m going to kill you.” While making that threat Malki displayed what appeared to be a gun in his waistband, but which was later found to be a toy gun, the affidavit says.

Malki then walked back inside the house minutes before police arrived and arrested him. Court records show that similar to the court proceedings following his 2020 arrest for threatening the gay man, a judge in the latest case ordered Malki released while awaiting trial. In both cases, the judge ordered him to stay away from the two men he allegedly threatened to kill.

An arrest affidavit filed by D.C. police in the 2020 case states that Malki allegedly made the threats inside an apartment building where the victim lived on the 2300 block of Champlain Street, N.W. It says Malki was living in a nearby building but often visited the building where the victim lived.

“Victim 1 continued to state during an interview that it was not the first time that Defendant 1 had made threats to him, but this time Defendant 1 stated that if he caught him outside, he would ‘fucking kill him.’” the affidavit says. It quotes the victim as saying during this time Malki repeatedly called the victim a “fucking faggot.”

The affidavit, prepared by the arresting officers, says that after the officers arrested Malki and were leading him to a police transport vehicle to be booked for the arrest, he expressed an “excited utterance” that he was “in disbelief that officers sided with the ‘fucking faggot.’”

Court records show that Malki is scheduled to appear in court on June 4 for a status hearing for both the 2020 arrest and the arrest two weeks ago for allegedly threatening to kill the owner of the house in which police say he was illegally squatting.

Superior Court records show that Malki had been arrested three times between 2011 and 2015 in cases unrelated to the 2021 and 2020 cases for allegedly also making threats of violence against people. Two of the cases appear to be LGBTQ related, but prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office did not list the cases as hate crimes.

In the first of the three cases, filed in July 2011, Malki allegedly shoved a man inside Dupont Circle and threatened to kill him after asking the man why he was wearing a purple shirt.

“Victim 1 believes the assault occurred because Suspect 1 believes Victim 1 is a homosexual,” the police arrest affidavit says.

Court records show prosecutors charged Malki with simple assault and threats to do bodily harm in the case. But the court records show that on Sept. 13, 2011, D.C. Superior Court Judge Stephen F. Eilperin found Malki not guilty on both charges following a non-jury trial.

The online court records do not state why the judge rendered a not guilty verdict. With the courthouse currently closed to the public and the press due to COVID-related restrictions, the Washington Blade couldn’t immediately obtain the records to determine the judge’s reason for the verdict.

In the second case, court records show Malki was arrested by D.C. police outside the Townhouse Tavern bar and restaurant at 1637 R St., N.W. on Nov. 7, 2012 for allegedly threatening one or more people with a knife after employees ordered Malki to leave the establishment for “disorderly behavior.”

At the time, the Townhouse Tavern was located next door to the gay nightclub Cobalt, which before going out of business two years ago, was located at the corner of 17th and R Streets, N.W.

The police arrest affidavit in the case says Malki allegedly pointed a knife in a threatening way at two of the tavern’s employees who blocked his path when he attempted to re-enter the tavern. The affidavit says he was initially charged by D.C. police with assault with a dangerous weapon – knife. Court records, however, show that prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office lowered the charges to two counts of simple assault. The records show that on Jan. 15, 2013, Malki pleaded guilty to the two charges as part of a plea bargain arrangement.

The records show that Judge Marissa Demeo on that same day issued a sentence of 30 days for each of the two charges but suspended all 30 days for both counts. She then sentenced Malki to one year of supervised probation for both charges and ordered that he undergo alcohol and drug testing and undergo treatment if appropriate.

In the third case prior to the 2020 and 2021 cases, court records show Malki was arrested outside the Cobalt gay nightclub on March 14, 2015 on multiple counts of simple assault, attempted assault with a dangerous weapon – knife, possession of a prohibited weapon – knife, and unlawful entry.

The arrest affidavit says an altercation started on the sidewalk outside the bar when for unknown reasons, Malki grabbed a female customer who was outside smoking and attempted to pull her toward him. When her female friend came to her aid, Malki allegedly got “aggressive” by threatening the woman and “removed what appeared to be a knife from an unknown location” and pointed it at the woman’s friend in a threatening way, the affidavit says.

It says a Cobalt employee minutes later ordered Malki to leave the area and he appeared to do so. But others noticed that he walked toward another entrance door to Cobalt and attempted to enter the establishment knowing he had been ordered not to return because of previous problems with his behavior, the affidavit says. When he attempted to push away another employee to force his way into Cobalt, Malki fell to the ground during a scuffle and other employees held him on the ground while someone else called D.C. police.

Court records show that similar to all of Malki’s arrests, a judge released him while awaiting trial and ordered him to stay away from Cobalt and all of those he was charged with threatening and assaulting.

The records show that on Sept. 18, 2015, Malki agreed to a plea bargain offer by prosecutors in which all except two of the charges – attempted possession of a prohibited weapon and simple assault – were dropped. Judge Alfred S. Irving Jr. on Oct. 2, 2015 sentenced Malki to 60 days of incarnation for each of the two charges but suspended all but five days, which he allowed Malki to serve on weekends, the court records show.

The judge ordered that the two five-day jail terms could be served concurrently, meaning just five days total would be served, according to court records. The records also show that Judge Irving sentenced Malki to one year of supervised probation for each of the two counts and ordered that he enter an alcohol treatment program and stay away from Cobalt.

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