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Kinney publishes photo book on Clinton’s 2016 campaign

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Barbara Kinney, gay news, Washington Blade

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Barbara Kinney, gay news, Washington Blade

Barbara Kinney (Photo courtesy of Kinney)

Congratulations to Barbara Kinney on the publication of her new book. “#Still With Her; Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Moments that Sparked a Movement.” It’s a 268-page coffee table book of amazing photographs Kinney took during Clinton’s 2016 campaign for president. Anyone interested in great photography will want this book.

The book is written by Sandra Sobieraj Westfall with an introduction by Clinton and short essays by those who have known and supported her including: John West, Cecile Richards, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chad Griffin and Mary Steenburgen among others. But it’s a book of photographs and they are incredible. When they say a picture is worth a thousand words they are clearly talking about those taken by Kinney. They make you laugh and cry; they bring back good memories and leave you wanting more. She dedicates the book to the 65,845,063 who voted for Clinton.

Kinney was a staff photographer for President Bill Clinton during his time in the White House. The photograph she took of President Clinton and the leaders of the Middle East straightening their ties before a press event won her First Place for “People in the News” in the World Press Photo competition. It is currently on display in the exhibit “Pictures of the Year: 75 Years of the World’s Best Photography” at the Newseum in D.C. through January 2019. Her photographs have graced the covers of both Time and Newsweek magazines.

Kinney has been close to Hillary since those Clinton White House years. In 2008, she spent five months traveling with Hillary during the primary. She photographed Chelsea’s wedding. This time she spent the presidential campaign with Hillary being given unprecedented access to everything.

When not working with the Clintons, Kinney has worked for various foundations and non-profit groups helping them to document their work around the world. Photographing the Mobility Project distributing wheelchairs in Afghanistan; Operation Smile during a trip to Nairobi, Kenya; maternal health care in Tanzania with CARE; and a congressional delegation traveling to West Africa with former President Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. She has traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo with Ben Affleck and his Eastern Congo Initiative and has worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation photographing their leadership team and grantees in Mozambique, South Africa, Malawi, India and Mexico. Kinney was a photo editor and lead photographer for the 2014  “Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink” and was selected as one of 20 photographers to be featured in the American Society of Media Professionals Best of 2011 Portfolios for her project on Alzheimer’s, also for the Shriver Report. 

In addition, she was one of a few very select photographers to work on the “A Day in the Life of the American Woman” and “A Day in the Life of the U.S. Armed Forces” book projects. She has worked as a photo editor on staff at USA Today, Reuters, The Seattle Times and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

If you are in D.C. on Jan. 19, 2019, you will have a chance to hear Kinney talk about the book and her photography at Politics and Prose. Barbara currently lives in Marin County with her 14-year-old daughter and their two cats. She joined the Emerson Collective in Palo Alto, Calif., in January 2017 as senior photo editor and photographer.

Congratulations also to David Gonce, Tyler Townsend and Bob Suppies, of the much-anticipated The Pines restaurant and bar in Rehoboth Beach, which has secured its certificate of occupancy. The first event held in the new space was the annual Thanksgiving weekend bash hosted by Marvin Miller, Dan Kyle and Tony Burns. The place is beautiful and the food was delicious. The Pines will soon open to the public and be a welcome addition to Baltimore Avenue.

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Virginia

Suhas Subramanyam wins Democratic primary in Va. 10th Congressional District

Former Obama advisor vows to champion LGBTQ rights in Congress

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Virginia state Sen. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Fairfax County) (Photo courtesy of Subramanyam's campaign)

Virginia state Sen. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Loudoun County) on Tuesday won the Democratic primary in the race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) in Congress.

Subramanyam won the Democratic primary in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District with 30.4 percent of the votes. The Loudoun County Democrat who was an advisor to former President Barack Obama will face Republican Mike Clancy in November’s general election.

“I’m thrilled to be the Democratic nominee in Virginia’s 10th, and to have won this election during Pride Month,” Subramanyam told the Washington Blade on Wednesday in an emailed statement. “As I have done in the state legislature and as an Obama White House policy advisor, I will always stand as an ally with the LGBTQ+ community.”

Wexton, who is a vocal LGBTQ rights champion, last September announced she will not seek re-election after doctors diagnosed her with progressive supranuclear palsy, a neurological disorder she has described as “Parkinson’s on steroids.” Wexton is a vice chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus and a previous co-chair of its Transgender Equality Task Force.

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Baltimore

Police say they didn’t spray a chemical agent at Baltimore Pride. Why don’t those who attended believe it?

Attendees allege city failed to adequately respond to emergency

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A parade participant is photographed clutching on to a rainbow flag at Baltimore’s Pride Parade held on June 15, 2024. (Photo by Ronica Edwards/Baltimore Banner)

BY BRENNA SMITH and JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV | A chemical agent that disrupted Pride Parade festivities last weekend continues to cause confusion and raise suspicion among many in the Baltimore LGBTQIA+ community, who question the police account of what happened.

The Baltimore Police Department said Tuesday that they had determined the released substance was Mace, but did not say how they came to that conclusion. A BPD spokesperson said that the chemical was released after two groups of people got into an altercation. Three people were treated and released from a nearby hospital because of injuries from the spray.

The rest of this article can be read on the Baltimore Banner’s website.

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Baltimore

Carlton R. Smith: LGBTQ advocate, ‘mayor’ of Mount Vernon, passes away

‘The Duchess’ died on May 29 in his sleep

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Carlton R. Smith, an LGBTQ advocate, died May 29. He was 61. (Photo courtesy of Carlton R. Smith)

BY JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV | Carlton R. Smith was affectionately called “The Duchess” in a nod to royalty, because of his unofficial role of mayor of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. He was a “walking billboard” for Calvin Klein, with a love for purple, Batman, cooking, house music, Prince, and Diana Ross.

“If you said Duchess, you knew who that was,” said his close friend of 25-years, Carrietta Hiers.

The rest of this article can be found on the Baltimore Banner’s website.

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