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Gays for Trump to rally in D.C. on March 4

‘March4Trump’ events scheduled in cities around country



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Donald Trump supporters are planning a series of marches around the country this weekend. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The North Carolina-based group Gays for Trump is playing a lead role in organizing a rally and march in support of President Donald Trump scheduled to begin at noon on Saturday, March 4, at the Washington Monument in D.C.

Gays for Trump President Peter Boykin said the D.C. event, which will include a short rally at the site of the Washington Monument followed by a march to the White House, is not a specifically gay event but organizers expect many LGBT people to be participating.

“It is for everybody but you will see a lot of rainbow flags,” Boykin told the Washington Blade. “D.C.-area Gays for Trump will definitely be attending.”

He said organizers have obtained a U.S. Park Service permit for the rally and D.C. police are expected to escort march participants to the White House along 17th Street, N.W. The crowd is expected to end up at or around Lafayette Park, Boykin said.

According to a Feb. 26 press release issued by organizers of the event, “March4Trump” rallies and marches will also take place on March 4 in other cities throughout the country in addition to D.C., including Virginia Beach, Va.; Raleigh, N.C.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Berkley, Calif.; and New York City.

Singer and songwriter Joy Villa will be a keynote speaker at the D.C. rally at the Washington Monument, the press release says. She will be accompanied by clothing designer Andre Soriano, who designed the Make America Great Again gown that Villa wore at the Grammy Awards ceremony last month in Los Angeles, the release says.

“She, along with the March4Trump Organization, is seeking to unite the nation together in support of our newly elected president,” organizers said in a statement. “The goal of these marches and rallies are to peacefully unite all people,” the statement says. “March 4Trump is seeking only individuals who wish to spread love rather than hate, unite rather than divide, and support rather than resistance,” it says.

The statement adds, “This is a peaceful assembly. Please do not impede traffic, litter, vandalize, or do anything else illegal and unbefitting…Any violators will be asked to leave and turned over to authorities when appropriate.”

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  1. mykelb

    March 1, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Stupid is as stupid does.

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  3. Christine

    March 2, 2017 at 1:20 am

    A perfect example of masochism.

  4. Cambel

    March 2, 2017 at 6:52 am

    In other words, it is a match for Trump supporters. And the 3 “gays for Trump” people who show up will take a picture of the few dozen or hundreds that show up, send it in to the gay press and claim that everybody there was a “gay for Trump”

  5. Peter Rosenstein

    March 2, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    “March 4Trump is seeking only individuals who wish to spread love rather than hate, unite rather than divide, and support rather than resistance,” it says.- Unfortunately/sadly they don’t have a President who believes in what they are saying.

    • Mark Hatchett

      March 3, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Why are you lying?

      • lnm3921

        March 4, 2017 at 2:54 pm

        Maybe you should answer your own questions for once?!

    • Dalton Sedgwick

      March 3, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Yeah! Why are you lying? Haven’t you been paying attention to what the President has been saying?

      • lnm3921

        March 4, 2017 at 2:56 pm

        Yes, and what your President has been saying is nuts. His recent tweet about being wiretapped by Obama is an embarrassment!

        Does he realize how ridiculous he sounds or could it be dementia setting in?

  6. Jason Valentine

    March 2, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I’m trans…so I suppose I don’t count. I also work for a county government agency. Last week I received a letter, back dated to 1February, denying insurance coverage,for any surgeries involved in transitioning. As a pre-op FTM, in a rural area, with a history of polycysitc disease, I may need a hysterectomy soon, or bilateral mastectomies. Since I am on T, which I have always paid for myself, with a diagnosis of GID, doctors may shy away from valid medical help lest they be seen as facilitating a transition. The operations can be refused by my insurance if the doctors so decide. Also, I have an evangelical landlady. It’s a small town, so, rumor is more likely to be believed than anything else. I have no protections. So, in the closet I firmly stay. And, the woman I proposed to…we no longer know what our future will bring.
    But y’all go ahead…march for The Bloated One….

    • Mark Hatchett

      March 3, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      Maybe you should have been saving your pennies instead of expecting everyone else to pay your bills.

      • NJB

        March 3, 2017 at 5:01 pm

        That’s so cute how you tell someone who needs healthcare that he shouldn’t have spent so much god damned money on food. I also loved how you just assume you know what his financial situation is. You’re some kind of special.

        • Mark Hatchett

          March 3, 2017 at 5:11 pm

          Sorry snowflake I did not mention food now did I?

          • Marshal Phillips

            March 3, 2017 at 5:40 pm

            Food is a staple of bills to pay.

          • Mark Hatchett

            March 3, 2017 at 5:46 pm

            Maybe she should shut up and be happy with the body she was born with instead of pumping it full of hormones and wanting to have parts removed and added.

          • Marshal Phillips

            March 3, 2017 at 5:47 pm

            Maybe you should learn about the biological facts of being born trans.

          • lnm3921

            March 4, 2017 at 2:53 pm

            Maybe you should follow your own advice and STFU and stop posting your right-wing BS! Milo was emasculated and your president is showing signs of dementia!

          • Leon Foonman

            March 5, 2017 at 12:33 am

            There, there Mark. We know who you are now that we’ve logged your IP address and run a traceroute back to your ISP. If you keep up this fag-trolling, someone is going to tell your mother what you’ve been up to.

          • Mark Hatchett

            March 5, 2017 at 5:31 am

            There, there Leon. You go right ahead. You can find my mom in a cemetery. Next thing you know Milo will be knocking at your door with his camera crew.

          • lnm3921

            March 4, 2017 at 2:51 pm

            You love the word snowflake don’t you missy? Is that a standard conservative word you people use?

            Why don’t you swish on out to Breitbart?

          • Valeria Jones

            March 5, 2017 at 4:11 pm

            I guess mark would not be in support of any disease causing the need for surgery. Everyone should be happy with the body they were given, Says him. I hope mark doesn’t get prostate cancer.

          • lnm3921

            March 5, 2017 at 5:48 pm

            Well, Miss Mark, like her Mistress Milo and similar Alt right fringe that have infected our community like a blight are already much like a disease to our LGBT community! Like a cancer they try and tear us down and undermine all we’ve achieved. They spread and try to destroy all in their path. But They self-destruct like all our enemies do sooner or later.

            Milo was taken down, like Dennis Hastert and Mark Foley. These Pedophiles got their comeuppance. Sooner or later Miss Mark will, too! Given the path Trump is taking with his outrageous tweets, he will eventually go down also!

            Hachett refuses to accept the reality that without LGBT liberal activists, she would likely be done in by AIDS or in jail for sodomy or both. Look at Roy Cohn with all his extremist right-wing nastiness couldn’t escape getting infected and falling victim!

          • Leon Foonman

            March 5, 2017 at 12:32 am

            Is that Mark “FootInAss” Hatchett? The same one from Virginia Beach High? Remember when you blew the WHOLE football team? That was awesome!

      • Jason Valentine

        April 8, 2017 at 3:32 pm

        No one pays my bills but me. Please note the second sentence. “I work” You can’t read. You can’t stay on topic. At least you can spell, so you aren’t a complete stereotype.

    • djcoastermark

      March 4, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      My response, you’re trans, you do count. I hope the medical problems turn out well for you.

  7. American_First

    March 2, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I am a senior gay Republican here in Libturd Land (aka California) who proudly supports President Trump. I actually voted for Barry Hussein Obozo twice because I was sick of the lying, globalist, NeoCon regime of Bush/Cheney. The Demoncrap Party is imploding fast. They lost to Trump because of Crooked HilLIARy and ONLY Crooked HilLIARy, even with her massive election fraud. Yet, they continue to blame the Russians. Old and senile Nancy Pelosi seems to think that George W is still president. Mad Maxine Waters actually said that Trump helped Putin invade Korea. Wtf? It’s all on video, folks. Then there’s lying Pocahontas Warren, who is in a special class of nutjob. The corrupt “mainstream” media is still the bag with all of them, spreading fake news and trying to censor social media. And of course, we all know now that Obozo is a closeted gay Kenyan moozlim who is secretly doing all he can to sabotage the presidency of Donald Trump. He is a traitor. The Trump Train rolls on with a mission to Make America Great Again for everyone, including the LGBTQ community.

    • David Muir

      March 2, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      Change your medications.

      • robertfoutch

        March 2, 2017 at 11:16 pm

        That is what I was going to say.

    • robertfoutch

      March 2, 2017 at 11:20 pm

      Trump is doing a great job of sabotage of himself & party!

    • Andy

      March 3, 2017 at 12:20 am

      Maybe you can be in dump’s cabinet. You have about the same IQ

    • Martin Garcia

      March 3, 2017 at 6:11 am

      WOW! You must be a really lonely person!

    • Edu

      March 3, 2017 at 9:32 am


    • Bill Hesler

      March 3, 2017 at 9:39 am

      sorry America first your a liar and traitor .America first means no more republicans !! and I served my country during war time what have you ever done for it ?

    • Kyler Phoenix

      March 3, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Why are you lying?

    • Judy Spangler

      March 4, 2017 at 7:22 am

      You’re a sad pathetic little man aren’t you? Who can only feel better about himself and his own miserable existence by name-calling others… You have the perfect cult-leader Fuhrer right now, because he behaves the same way.

    • Joe in PA

      March 4, 2017 at 9:58 am

      You seem nice.

      • T. Vogel

        March 4, 2017 at 8:52 pm

        That’s funny.

    • usorthem3

      March 4, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      So you voted for a man that wants you put to death for his “god” of israel? Funny how too much METH ruins a mind.

    • lnm3921

      March 4, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      What’s there to be proud of? Trump obviously has a screw lose. His recent tweet on Obama wiretapping his home is so outrageous. He is an embarrassment to our country.

      You are a disgrace! Sounds like you’re experiencing dementia like Trump! If you don’t like living in California, then move to a right-wing hole and see how loved you are as you swish on down the road in a place like Alabama!

    • stephania kazoun

      March 5, 2017 at 7:25 am

      And keep on dreaming.

  8. Walter Ratuchny

    March 2, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    They say the will be rainbow flags which s meaningless since if they will wave Russian flags proves they will wave anything, But nice try.

    • Mark Hatchett

      March 3, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      Why are you lying?

      • usorthem3

        March 4, 2017 at 12:42 pm

        Why do you suck Trump balls?

        • lnm3921

          March 4, 2017 at 2:39 pm

          Maybe because She can’t suck Miss Milo’s balls anymore because they were “hatchetted” off once she was exposed as a pedophile!

          Do you think Miss Milo is auditioning to sing cultura soprano now that who voice is so much higher? I picture her singing Mozart’s Queen of the Night!

      • lnm3921

        March 4, 2017 at 2:36 pm

        Oh, Miss Markie, are you still trolling the Blade? Miss Milo’s balls were hatchetted off recently as she was exposed to be a member of NAMBLA! Why are you still working?

        All she maybe fit to do now is sing cultura soprano. Have her try Mozart’s Queen of the Night!

        As for your president, he gets more embarrassing and ridiculous by the day. Now he’s claim Obama wiretapped his home. He may have early stage dementia!

  9. Andy

    March 3, 2017 at 12:17 am

    I CANNOT believe this.

  10. monica

    March 3, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Congratulations gays. Thanks for supporting our great new president.

    • lnm3921

      March 4, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      Great?! He continues to prove himself a huge embarrassment and joke. Today’s most recent rant about having his home wiretapped by Obama is as outrageous as saying 3.0 million popular votes that went to Hillary were illegal.

      Not sure if he’s just a babbling boob or has a serious mental problem. Does he have a brain tumor or perhaps early stage dementia? He’s not fit! Time will reveal the truth one day. Reagan had Alzheimer’s after all!

      • monica

        March 4, 2017 at 3:04 pm

        Make sure that you are not talking in front of a mirror.

        • lnm3921

          March 4, 2017 at 3:06 pm

          What’s the matter? Can’t you face the truth? Living in denial won’t change reality!

          What’s you’re last name? Lewinsky?!

  11. Mark Cichewicz

    March 3, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I am deeply concerned about Texas, Arkansas and 20 other states trying to destroy my marriage, something none of them had anything to do with. And stop all LGBTQ citizens of America from getting and keeping our civil rights. This action is deplorable, unthinkable, till now, as I’m reading their plans to change my life and take my dreams. Our anniversary is tomorrow, March 4. We will be married 2 years after a 30 year engagement we thought would never be followed by marriage. How can you help us and all the others who have put their faith in our system.

    Thanks in advance,
    Mark Cichewicz & Michael Grillo

    • lnm3921

      March 4, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Congratulations on your Wedding Anniversary! Don’t let others ruin it for you! Having someone you love in your life is a gift. Enjoy every moment of it, one day at a time, as we can only be sure about today. Tomorrow is a mystery.

      We’ll keep on fighting because we both know how bad it used to be, how hard we had to fight to get as far as we have and realize that nothing can be taking for granted. The price of having rights is always being on guard against those that would take them away! We need our community to be strong and stand together as always!

      Not sure that the current generation realizes that. Hopefully they watched When We Rise and got something out of it. On the plus side, setbacks have always galvanized us and got us to fight back! Perhaps this is a much needed wake up call. People were getting too complacent and thinking that being GLBT didn’t matter anymore in America!

  12. Caroline Temmermand

    March 4, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Reminds me of the cartoon depicting a salt shaker at a podium and a crowd of slugs carrying signs, “Slugs for Salt!”

  13. usorthem3

    March 4, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    They support a president that surrounds himself with christians that want all LGBT put to death for their “god”.

  14. Leon Foonman

    March 5, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Isn’t it really like 2 gays for Trump? The two that have been blowing him.

  15. Patrick Nelson

    March 5, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Did anyone show up? I haven’t seen any reports on this fiasco.

  16. Seán McGouran

    March 23, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Would April 1st not have been more apt?

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17th Street High Heel Race draws large crowd

D.C. Mayor, three Council members, police chief mingle with drag queens



34th annual High Heel Race. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Close to 1,000 spectators turned out Tuesday night to watch D.C.’s 34th Annual 17th Street High Heel Race in which several dozen men dressed in drag and wearing colorful high heel shoes raced along a three-block stretch of 17th Street near Dupont Circle.

As she has in past years, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, whose office organizes the annual event, gave the official signal for the runners to start the race from a stage at the intersection of 17th and R streets, N.W. 

Joining the mayor on the stage was Japer Bowles, who Bowser recently named as director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, which plays the lead role in organizing the High Heel Race. 

Also appearing on stage after being introduced by Bowser were D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large) and Council members Robert White (D-At-Large) and Brooke Pinto (D-Ward 2).

Bowser, who along with the three Council members delivered brief remarks before the start of the race, said the event highlights the city’s diversity and resilience coming after over a year of coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“What we want the world to know – that even in a pandemic, even when we had to trim the budget, we stayed focused on how we can make life better for our LGBTQ community,” Bowser told the crowd. “And we’re going to keep on doing it,” she said. “We’re investing in making sure everybody in our community is accepted and safe.”

D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee, who walked along the three-block section of 17th Street before the race began, was greeted warmly by bystanders, some of whom called out his name to welcome him to what has become the city’s largest Halloween celebration.

“This is a great event,” Contee told the Washington Blade. “I enjoy coming out to be among D.C. residents and all who find our D.C. culture,” he said. “It’s just a great evening, so we’re happy to be out here supporting our community.”

Members of the D.C. police LGBT Liaison Unit were among the police contingent on duty at the event and overseeing the closing of the streets surrounding 17th Street.

Like past years, many of the race participants and dozens of others dressed in Halloween costumes paraded up and down 17th Street beginning at 6:30 p.m., more than two hours before the start of the race, which was scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.  

However, the mayor this year gave the signal to start the race at about 8:35 p.m. Although a large number of drag runners participated in the race, some who planned to join the race didn’t make it to the starting line in time because they expected the race to begin at 9 p.m. as advertised, according to people in the crowd who knew those who missed the race.

To ensure that everyone had an opportunity to participate, Bowles and others from the mayor’s office agreed to hold a second race about a half hour after the first one. The number of participants in the second race appeared to be about the same as those who joined the first race, indicating many of the drag participants ran twice.

“This is a special treat,” said one bystander. “We got to see two races instead of one.” 

The High Heel Race was cancelled last year due to restrictions related to the COVID pandemic. Many in the crowd watching the race on Tuesday night said they were delighted the city decided to go ahead with the event this year at a time when other large events continue to be canceled or postponed.

Also similar to past years when the High Heel Race took place, the restaurants and bars that line 17th Street were filled on Tuesday night, including the gay bars JR.’s and Windows as well as the longtime LGBTQ-friendly Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse.

Prior to the mayor’s arrival, gay local radio and TV personality Jimmy Alexander of DCW 50 TV served as host to a drag show and costume contest on the stage. DCW 50 also set up and hosted a separate stage on the sidewalk next to JR.’s bar in which race participants and others dressed in costumes were invited to have their pictures taken and provided with copies of the photos of themselves.

“I think it’s amazing,” Bowser told the Blade after the completion of the first race. “It’s good to be back. It was tough missing a year of activities,” she said referring to the business shutdowns brought about by the pandemic. “We had a lot of great, beautiful racers. And so, I’m really excited about it.”

To see more photos from this event, click here.

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Gay attorney’s plans to run for Del. Senate foiled by redistricting

Activists say move will ‘dilute’ LGBTQ vote



Mitch Crane, gay news, Washington Blade
Gay Democratic activist Mitch Crane. (Photo courtesy Crane)

Plans by Delaware gay attorney and Democratic Party activist Mitch Crane to run for a seat in the Delaware State Senate in a district that included areas surrounding the town of Lewes, where Crane lives, and Rehoboth Beach ended abruptly this week when state officials approved a redistricting plan that removes Crane’s residence from the district.

The seat for which Crane planned to run is in Delaware’s 6th Senate District which, in addition to Lewes and Rehoboth, includes the towns of Dewey Beach, Harbeson, Milton, and surrounding areas, according to the state Senate’s website. 

The seat is currently held by Ernesto “Ernie” Lopez, a moderate Republican who became the first Hispanic American elected to the Delaware Senate in 2012. Lopez announced in July that he would not seek re-election in 2022. 

The redistricting plan, which was approved by leaders of the Democratic-controlled Delaware General Assembly, places the section of the Lewes postal district where Crane lives into the 19th Senate District. Crane said that district is in a heavily Republican and conservative part of the state dominated by supporters of President Donald Trump who remain Trump supporters.

Under Delaware law, changes in the district lines of state Senate and House districts, which takes place every 10 years following the U.S. Census count, are decided by the Delaware General Assembly, which is the state legislative body.

Crane told the Washington Blade that neither he nor any other Democrat would have a realistic chance of winning the State Senate seat next year in the 19th District.

“Jesus could not win in that district if he was a Democrat,” said Crane.

Crane said a Democratic candidate could win next year in the reconfigured 6th Senate District now that incumbent Lopez will not be seeking re-election.

The Cape Gazette, the Delaware newspaper, reported in an Oct. 22 story that Crane was one of at least two witnesses that testified at a two-day virtual hearing held Oct. 18-19 by a State Senate committee, that the proposed redistricting would dilute the LGBTQ vote in the 6th District and the draft proposal should be changed.

 “The proposed lines remove a significant percentage of the LGBTQ residents from the current 6th District where most of such residents of southern Delaware live and place them in the 19th District which has a smaller such population,” the Cape Gazette quoted Crane telling the committee. “By doing so, it dilutes the impact of the gay community which shares political beliefs,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.

“The proposed lines dilute the voting power of the LGBTQ community in addition to others who respect diversity,” the Cape Gazette quoted 6th District resident Sandy Spence as telling the committee. 

In an Oct. 10 email sent to potential supporters before the redistricting plan was approved, Crane said he believes he has the experience and record that make him a strong candidate for the state Senate seat. He is a former chair of the Sussex County Democratic Party, where Rehoboth and Lewes are located; and he currently serves as an adjunct professor at Delaware State University’s graduate school, where he teaches American Governance and Administration.

He is a past president of the Delaware Stonewall PAC, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy group, and he’s the state’s former Deputy Insurance Commissioner.

 “I intend to focus on smart growth in Sussex County; work on the problems of homelessness and the need for affordable housing; and assuring that this district receives its fair portion of tax dollars,” he said in his Oct. 10 email message announcing his candidacy.

Crane said he posted a Facebook message on Oct. 26 informing supporters that the redrawn district lines removed him from the district, and he is no longer a candidate.

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MSNBC’s Capehart to host SMYAL’s Fall Brunch Nov. 6

Ashland Johnson to serve as keynote speaker



Gay journalist Jonathan Capehart will host SMYAL’s Fall Brunch. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Pulitzer Prizing-winning gay journalist Jonathan Capehart, the anchor of MSNBC’s “Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart,” will serve as host for the 24th Annual SMYAL Fall Brunch scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6, at D.C.’s Marriott Marquis Hotel.

The annual Fall Brunch serves as one of the largest fundraising events for SMYAL, which advocates and provides services for LGBTQ youth in the D.C. metropolitan area. 

“Each year, a community of advocates, changemakers, and supporters comes together at the Fall Brunch to raise much-needed funds to support and expand critical programs and services for queer and trans youth in the DMV area,” a statement released by the organization says.

The statement says attorney and former Division I women’s collegiate basketball athlete Ashland Johnson will be the keynote speaker at the SMYAL Fall Brunch. Johnson founded the sports project called The Inclusion Playbook, which advocates for racial justice and LGBTQ inclusion in sports.

Other speakers include Zahra Wardrick, a SMYAL program participant and youth poet; and Leandra Nichola, a parent of attendees of Little SMYALs, a program that SMYAL says provides support for “the youngest members of the LGBTQ community” at ages 6-12. The SMYAL statement says Nichola is the owner and general manager of the Takoma Park, Md., based café, bar, retail, and bubble tea shop called Main Street Pearl.

According to the statement, the SMYAL Fall Brunch, including a planned silent auction, will be live streamed through SMYAL’s Facebook page for participants who may not be able to attend in person. For those attending the event in person, proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required, and masks will also be required for all attendees when not actively eating or drinking, the statement says.

The statement says that for attendees and supporters, the Fall Brunch is “a community celebration of how your support has not only made it possible for SMYAL to continue to serve LGBTQ youth through these challenging times, it’s allowed our programs to grow and deepen.”

Adds the statement, “From affirming mental health support and housing to fostering community spaces and youth leadership training, we will continue to be there for queer and trans youth together.”

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