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As part of our community, we want you to feel free to share your opinions, and have your voice heard, but we reserve the right to accept, reject or delete any comment in whole or in part in order to maintain a positive, safe, non-threatening space for debate and discussion.

Please participate in the Washington Blade community with respect and good humor. Please do not use our comments sections to promote other websites or organizations, to bully or harass other commenters, article subjects or Blade contributors, to promote non-germane or irrelevant content, or use offensive language.

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Jon Doe at the Washington Blade writes “This will open a door for the community in the future.”


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Washington Blade file photos are copyright protected and are not free to use. Fair use does not apply to most Blade file photos in most situations. We do have photos available for sale for one time use with a commercial license at our web store. If you would like to make a special arrangement to use one or several photos in a way that does not apply to our commercial license policy, please contact us and we will try to come to an agreement with you.

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The Washington Blade reserves the right to pursue legal action against instances of copyright infringement.

Cookies Policy

Last updated: March 22, 2024

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