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Del. school district kills summer reading list over lesbian book

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Students at Cape Henlopen High and other schools in the Delaware county are issued a summer reading list, which led to a flap over a lesbian-themed book. (Washington Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro, Jr.)

The Cape Henlopen School Board, which represents students living in the LGBT-friendly resort towns of Rehoboth Beach, Lewes and Milton, last week abolished a recommended summer reading list after a controversy over a lesbian-themed book.

The board in June removed that book, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily Danforth, which tells the story of a teenage girl from Montana who loses her parents in an auto accident and moves in with an “old-fashioned” grandmother and conservative aunt. When they learn she is a lesbian they send her to a religious conversion camp.

Although the board voted not to use the entire suggested book list, called the “Blue Hen List,” provided by the Delaware Library system, the vote last week restored “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” to the summer reading list and upheld the reading and essay writing requirements of both college prep students and honor students.

At issue was The Blue Hen List, which contains books recommended for summer reading by state librarians for young adults aged 14-18. Ten books were recommended, but only Danforth’s book was removed from the list on June 12 by a vote of 6-1, with lesbian board member Roni Posner voting against the action.

In Delaware, incoming high school freshmen are required to read at least one book and write an essay during the summer to qualify for college preparatory courses, and to read and report on at least two to qualify for honors. Posner said, “parents can Google the Blue Hen list for suggested book titles, including ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post.’” The book is also available in the school library.

Spencer Brittingham, president of the board at the time of the first vote was taken, said that “in three minutes I knew” that the book was unacceptable.

That vote was taken, according to Posner, without following the normal procedure of being placed on the agenda and allowing the public to address the issue. She also objected because, “the responsibility of school boards is to focus on policy and governance; a governing board’s role is not to manage the schools and the content of curricula.”

After the earlier vote to remove the book, there was a backlash against the decision that created a lot more interest in the issue. A number of community members donated copies of the book to a local bookstore, which has been giving the book away to interested teenagers. In addition, there was much discussion in local media outlets, and the ACLU threatened a lawsuit.

On July 24, the board met again and this time placed the issue on the agenda. Board member Sandy Minard indicated that they had to vote quickly, on June 12, because the end of the school year was approaching. She said, although she had not read the book, its content was brought to her attention by a community member, and she felt it was urgent to act.

Minard indicated that she knows that the other books on the list also contain profanities that are not suitable for young adults, but when questioned by Posner as to why they banned only the lesbian-oriented book, Minard indicated that this was the only book brought to her attention.

Dozens of citizens were present at this meeting to voice their support or opposition to the recommendations. Observers noted that this was one of the largest crowds to attend a school board meeting in quite some time.

Madison Bacon, a June graduate of Cape Henlopen High School spoke in favor of the book, indicating that “there was a lot of bullying going on in school, and literature can serve as a bridge to understanding.”

Rebecca Lowe, a librarian at Lewes Public Library and a parent, said that “of 100 books which are considered classics, 46 were faced with issues of censorship, so this is not unusual.”

Harry Metcalf, the parent who originally made the complaint said, “it is up to the parents to make the decisions on what books their children should read.”

Annie Norman, the Delaware State Librarian said that young people should be encouraged to read.


Miss Pixie’s opens in Rehoboth

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Pixie Windsor with members of Chamber of Commerce, staff and friends open her new location in Rehoboth. (Photo courtesy Peter Schott)

Spring is when new businesses in Rehoboth Beach complete their renovations and preparations for the summer season. Such LGBT-friendly businesses as the L Bar (formerly Double L), Cloud 9 and the Maggio and Shields Real Estate Brokerage and Café in First Street Station will be replaced, among others.

Recent weeks have brought other changes to the Rehoboth retail scene. Last month, one popular D.C. business opened its shore branch, when Pixie Windsor, of Miss Pixie’s, the iconic home furnishings store, which has operated in D.C. since 1997, opened her Miss Pixie’s by the Shore at 40 Baltimore Ave. in Rehoboth Mews, across the street from Blue Moon.

Windsor, who previously owned a business in Rehoboth Beach, said it was time for her to open the beach branch of her popular store, which started in Adams Morgan in 1997, and then reopened on 14th Street in 2008. She will maintain the store in D.C.

“People in Washington know me, so I have a built-in customer base with the summer crowd, as well as giving us a chance of getting known by the year-round residents,” she said.

In its press release announcing the opening of the store, the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Chamber of Commerce states that “Miss Pixie’s sells every whatnot from the Victorian era to yesterday with a bit of midcentury and shabby chic thrown in.”

Miss Pixie’s isn’t the only new addition to the home décor retail scene. The gay-owned R Squared Home opened March 1 at 39 Baltimore Ave. featuring items for the home and offering full interior design services.


Rehoboth mourns loss of James Brady

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Jim and Sarah Brady became regular customers of the Blue Moon, according to restaurant owner Tim Ragan. (Washington Blade file photo by Joey DiGuglielmo)

The death of former presidential press secretary and gun control advocate James Brady on Monday drew expressions of sorrow and fond memories of his life from LGBT activists in Rehoboth Beach, where Brady and his wife Sarah lived since the late 1990s.

Brady, who served as President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary during Reagan’s first year in office, became an internationally recognized figure after being shot in the head in an assassination attempt on Reagan in Washington in 1981.

Brady’s notoriety stemmed from his and his wife’s work in the cause of gun control in the years following the shooting by would-be assassin John Hinckley, who wounded Reagan, Brady and two others outside the Washington Hilton Hotel on March 30, 1981.

Despite a brain injury that left him partially paralyzed and wheel chair bound, people who knew Brady said he kept his wry sense of humor and warm personality, which he used to lobby Congress and many state legislatures to enact gun control legislation.

With political ties to Delaware dating back to before he became Reagan’s press secretary, Brady and his wife moved to Dewey Beach, Del., which is located next to Rehoboth Beach, in 1991 before moving to Rehoboth several years later, according to the Delaware News Journal.

Gay Democratic activist Peter Schott, a longtime Rehoboth resident, said he became friends with Jim and Sarah Brady through political circles after the Bradys moved to Rehoboth.

“I can tell you I attended a number of political fundraisers at their home for Democratic candidates,” Schott said. “They of course knew that I was gay.”

In August 2006, the Delaware Stonewall Democratic Club, an LGBT group that Schott headed at the time, honored Jim and Sarah Brady at a reception in Rehoboth Beach. The event took place sometime after the Bradys changed their party registration from Republican to Democrat.

Mitch Crane, the gay chair of the Sussex County, Del., Democratic Committee, said he has worked with the Bradys on various political endeavors.

“She did speak and did make comments stating that they were in support of LGBT rights,” Crane said of Sarah Brady.

John Brady, a gay attorney who won election in Sussex County last year as Clerk of the Peace, said he became friends of the Bradys at a time when he too changed his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat.

According to John Brady, who is not related to Jim Brady, the Bradys have attended on at least two occasions an annual summer fundraising event for the Rehoboth LGBT community center called CAMP Rehoboth.

You couldn’t not like Jim,” said John Brady. “His nickname was The Bear but he was really a Teddy bear.

Tim Ragan, co-owner of the Blue Moon, the popular Rehoboth Beach restaurant and gay bar, said he got to know Jim and Sarah Brady when the two became regular customers of the restaurant.

“For years they would come here,” said Ragan. “They were among our favorite customers.”

Ragan said the Blue Moon staff missed seeing the Bradys in the past two years after Jim Brady’s health began to fail and he and his wife relocated to Virginia.

The Washington Post reported that Brady died Aug. 4 at a retirement community in Alexandria, Va.


Del. organizers mobilize for LGBT youth

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As many as 64 percent of LGBT youth are likely to suffer from depression, suicide attempts and substance abuse.

DOVER, Del. — Organizations in Delaware are joining to implement intervention services in schools there in the wake of a National School Climate survey reporting that as many as 64 percent of LGBT youth are likely to suffer from depression, suicide attempts and substance abuse, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

The Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families in conjunction with Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth formed an informal task force two months ago to combat the problems LGBT youth face from their peers and society, the article said.

“We want to promote awareness in a non-threatening way. You can’t deny the facts, and the data that show our youth are struggling,” Yolanda Jenkins, an administrator at the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families, was quoted as having said.

The department and Delaware Guidance Services provide similar services in regard to suicide prevention so it was a natural fit for the two to work together on the initiative started by the state, the News-Democrat reports.



Rehoboth gay candidates lose races

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Three gay candidates lost their races last weekend in Rehoboth Beach. (Blade file photo by Henry Linser)

A gay candidate for mayor in the resort city of Rehoboth Beach, Del., and two gays running for the Rehoboth Board of Commissioners, which serves as a city council, lost their races on Saturday, Aug. 9, following campaigns that focused on non-LGBT issues.

Gay businessman Tom McGlone finished behind eight-term incumbent Mayor Sam Cooper by a margin of 65 percent 35 percent.

McGlone received fewer votes this time than he did in 2011, when he ran for the first time against Cooper in the Rehoboth mayor’s race. At that time, Cooper beat McGlone by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent.

“It was a great campaign. My team did a fantastic job,” McGlone told the Daily Times of Salisbury, Md. “A number of good issues came up for this, and I hope some of them resonate with the mayor and the commissioners.”

McGlone is managing partner and co-owner of a financial services firm with offices in Lewes, Del., and Sparks, Md.

The two gay candidates running for Rehoboth Board of Commissioners – Lawrence Myslewski and John Meng – were competing in a five-candidate race for two seats up for election this year.

Myslewski, an international personnel consultant for the World Bank and former business owner in Rehoboth, came in fourth place with 171 votes. Meng, former owner of the Rehoboth gay bar known as the L Bar, which closed earlier this year, and a volunteer firefighter, came in fifth place with 163 votes.

Former Commissioner Kathleen McGuiness came in first place in the commissioner race with 611 votes, winning her bid to return to the seat she held for nearly 12 years prior to 2012. Incumbent Commissioner Lorraine Zellers came in second with 584 votes in her successful re-election race.

Rehoboth gay activist Peter Schott, who worked on McGlone’s campaign in 2011, said he didn’t get involved in the mayor’s race this year.

“Gays I have spoken to think the town is being run well, so there is no need for change,” Schott said.

With a large LGBT presence in Rehoboth for more than 30 years, and with gay candidates winning election to the city commission in past years, Rehoboth officials have long been supportive of the LGBT community.

Sharon Lynn, Rehoboth’s recently appointed city manager, is an out lesbian who previously served as town manager of Provincetown, Mass., the popular LGBT-oriented beach resort on Cape Cod.

Steve Elkins, executive director of CAMP Rehoboth, an LGBT community center, served as moderator for a July 25 candidates forum for the mayoral and city commission candidates sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach Homeowner’s Association. The event was held at the Camp Rehoboth center.

Myslewski created a stir last year when he filed a lawsuit in federal court against the City of Rehoboth Beach and named the mayor, police chief, and each member of the city commission as defendants. The lawsuit charges that an ordinance passed by the commission to place parking restrictions and a registration fee on motor scooters is unconstitutional.

A federal judge in October dismissed the lawsuit but Myslewski immediately appealed the decision, promising to drag out a case that could incur significant legal expenses for the city.

Gay activist and longtime Rehoboth visitor John Klenert said Myslewski’s lawsuit likely cost him at least some votes in the Aug. 9 election.


Beau Biden to not seek re-election

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Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden on Thursday announced he will not seek re-election in 2014 in order to run for governor.

“Over the past few months, as I’ve been planning to run for re-election, I have also been giving a great deal of thought to running for governor in 2016,” said Biden in a statement his office released. “What started as a thought – a very persistent thought – has now become a course of action that I wish to pursue.”

“After careful consideration, I have concluded that it is not right to ask for your support in 2014, knowing that my focus would be divided between doing my job as attorney general while at the same time running as a candidate for governor,” he added.

Biden, who took office in 2007, backed a bill last year that extended marriage rights to same-sex couples in Delaware. He attended a gay Wilmington couple’s wedding that took place last July on the first day same-sex couples could legally marry in the state.

Biden joined 14 state attorneys general who filed two amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court ahead of last March’s oral arguments in cases that challenged the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.

“I know that momentum is on our side on this,” Biden told the Washington Blade during a March 2013 interview.

Biden also backed a transgender rights measure that Gov. Jack Markell signed into law last June.

“We are grateful for the support and leadership that Attorney General Biden has provided with respect to matters of LGBT equality during his time as attorney general for the great state of Delaware,” Equality Delaware Foundation President Mark Purpura told the Blade after Biden made his announcement. “In Delaware, we feel blessed to have the strong support of many of our elected officials, including Attorney General Biden.”

Biden would succeed Markell if elected.


J. Todd Miller dies at 68

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J. Todd Miller (Photo courtesy of Parsell Funeral Homes)

J. Todd Miller died April 12 at his home in Lewes, Del. He was 68. His family, through contacts at Parsell Funeral Homes, declined to give the cause of death.

Miller was born Aug. 14, 1945 in Washington. He was preceded in death by his life partner, John Byron Kleminsky. He is survived by his son, Todd Adam and his wife Michele Frame-Miller; his grandson, Kevin Nolan Miller of Chicago; as well as his brother, Robert Miller.

Following graduation from the University of Maryland in 1968, he joined Aetna Life & Casualty and was appointed brokerage general agent of its Washington office in 1979. He founded J. Todd Miller, CLU & Associates, a general insurance firm, in 1982. Miller joined the firm in 1995 and it operates today as the Miller & Shook Companies of Washington, D.C.

As a result of his life-long fascination with the Eastern Shore and the Delaware beaches, Miller and Kleminsky built their first beach home in Lewes in 1980. In 1981, they founded beachaire, a small commuter airline offering flights between Washington’s National Airport and Rehoboth’s airport. The Air Traffic Controller’s strike in August 1981 forced the small new airline to cease operations.

In 1984, beachaire reorganized and became BeachAire Environments, a builder of custom homes and developer of Beachwoods and Beachwoods II at Lewes. Miller retired in 1997 and shared his time between homes in South Beach, Fla., Washington and his beloved Beachwoods. He traveled extensively, visiting about 30 countries, gardened and enjoyed every moment with his grandson and his golden retriever, Joshua.

A public viewing was scheduled for Thursday in Lewes, Del. Interment will be private. A memorial event is being planned.

Memorial contributions in Miller’s memory may be made to CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 and/or Goldheart Golden Retriever Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 34, Phoenix, MD 21134.

A memorial website is at


Miss Pixie’s Now Open In Rehoboth

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(Photo courtesy of Miss Pixie’s)

Miss Pixie’s of Rehoboth is now open and will be open every day for the season starting May 18th!

Pixie will be doing free consultations for rental properties.

The store “By The Sea” includes mostly the same style of fun, functional, affordable pieces as the D.C. location, but more of the whatnots and small finds: Garden furniture, lamps, and local art, as well as Lancaster farm tables available for order!

There will be a design consultant on staff to work with clients in the beach area. Fun weekend events will be held in the store.

Check the Miss Pixie’s Facebook pages —  and — and Web site for more details on events, inventory, and store hours!


Queery: Kevin Buice/Mona Lotts

Although Kevin Buice says he loves performing and wishes he had started his drag career earlier, his alter ego was almost an afterthought.

Working in restaurant management, some friends at Partners (now Rigby’s Bar & Grill) in Rehoboth Beach, Del., were talking about ways to bolster their brunch about 10 years ago.

“I said, ‘You should have a drag queen,’ and they said, ‘OK, you’re on this Sunday,’” the 49-year-old Atlanta native says. “I said, ‘I don’t do drag.’ They said, ‘You do now.’”

Buice, who performs as Mona Lotts every Thursday and Friday night at the Blue Moon ( year round (except when it’s closed in January), says, “it became obvious very quickly that entertaining was something I was supposed to do.”

Splitting time between Washington and Rehoboth, Mona also performs regularly at Freddie’s Beach Bar, Ziegfeld’s/Secrets, and other gay bars. She has a basement in D.C. and a storage unit in Rehoboth where she keeps more than 100 wigs and “probably” 500 gowns. Mona never likes to be seen in the same gown more than twice a year, Buice says with a laugh.

“Mona has her own personality, I would say,” Buice says. “I know that sounds like mental illness, but I find it’s much easier to say things, do things and be more outgoing as her. Kevin’s actually a pretty shy person. Mona is very extroverted.”

Buice and partner John Foley have been together 13 years. Buice was married to a woman years ago and has a daughter, Katie, 24. He enjoys singing, reading, movies and time with friends in his free time.

“I love meeting new people,” he says. “If you’re in Rehoboth, definitely come by and say hi.”


How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell? 

Twenty-five years. My daughter Katie.


Who’s your LGBT hero? 

I have two. Tim Ragan, one of the owners of the Blue Moon where I work. Tim is a very successful businessman and has lived his life with his partner Randy for over 30 years. He is a hero of mine because success in public and personal life does not come easy and I have huge respect for the way he’s mastered both! Also the individuals who participated in the Stonewall Riots in New York. These individuals were the catalyst that started the movement that changed the perception of LGBT persons in the USA.

What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present? 



Describe your dream wedding.

Twenty to 30 friends and family gathered to share a short ceremony with me and my partner at the National Cathedral in D.C. followed by a HELLACIOUS party at Blue Moon in Rehoboth!


What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?

Literacy. If you cannot read and write your chance of survival and success in life is almost nonexistent.


What historical outcome would you change? 

I would have stopped 9-11. America and the world were changed forever that day.


What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime? 

The cell phone.


On what do you insist? 

Honesty and loyalty.


What was your last Facebook post or Tweet? 

I posted Shania Twain’s video of “Dance With The One That Brought You” to my partner John’s FB page. It was my way of telling him I was thinking of him and that he’s the only one for me!


If your life were a book, what would the title be? 

“Mona – Life In and Out of Lipstick Was Never A Drag”


If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do? 

Run like hell!


What do you believe in beyond the physical world? 

Somebody bigger than me has got to be looking out for me. Otherwise I’d be dead.


What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders? 

Keep on going! We have to leave this world better than we found it.


What would you walk across hot coals for? 

My mother’s cooking.


What LGBT stereotype annoys you most? 

Everyone who does drag wants to be a woman.


What’s your favorite LGBT movie? 

“To Wong Foo”


What’s the most overrated social custom? 

Shaking hands


What trophy or prize do you most covet? 

The applause and smiles of an audience every time I perform.


What do you wish you’d known at 18? 

I wish I had known that I could have a career performing. I love what I do and wish I had started the art of female impersonation as early as possible.


Why Washington? 

You tell me — I’d rather be at the beach!


New in Rehoboth

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Rehoboth Beach, Del. (Washington Blade file photo by Joey DiGuglielmo)

The long-range summer forecast from the Farmer’s Almanac predicts 2014 will be one of the hottest summers in the past decade, so expect people to head out to Rehoboth Beach in droves in the months ahead.

For those who do, some things may look a little different as a number of changes have come to the shops, restaurants and businesses in the gay-friendly beach resort town.

One difference is that smoking will no longer be allowed on the beach and only on a few designated areas on the boardwalk. While this may prove unpopular with some beachgoers, Rehoboth was the last holdout of Delaware’s major ocean resorts to ban smoking and City Commissioner Stan Mills was determined to make it happen.

First Street Station is being renovated for the first time since it went up nearly 20 years ago, with approximately 4,500 square feet of the northeast side of the building being demolished to make way for three new retail sites. Saying “so long” to the original space are Gallery Espresso and Maggio Shields Real Estate Café. Three new stores will occupy the new space — all with street-entry access.

Other renovations to First Street Station include the addition of a new roof, the installation of an HVAC system and the removal of the front catwalk, allowing a clear view to the courtyard.

Dance club Dive has opened at the site of the once-popular L Bar at 622 Rehoboth Ave.

“Yes, we are a ‘dive bar,’ but we consider ourselves a classy one,” says Christian Randolph, general manager of the new establishment and a former bartender at L Bar. “We are an ‘everybody bar’ and welcome anyone. We really see this as someplace that will be a favorite among the Rehoboth faithful.”

According to Patty Burkentine, membership representative for the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, there are a number of new businesses and restaurants opening this summer.

Perhaps the most anticipated new restaurant of the season is Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria at Wilmington Ave., owned by Matt Haley who just won the James Beard Foundation’s 2014 Humanitarian of the Year award. Haley owns several popular restaurants in the area, including Lupo di Mare. Papa Grande’s will feature salads, tacos, quesadillas and more and is scheduled to open this month.

Cellar Door replaces Debacle at 20 Baltimore Ave., offering Southern cuisine with a Creole twist, according to the indispensible Rehoboth Foodie. The SandCrab Beach Bar will hold its grand opening on May 23 at 1 Baltimore Ave., situated on the ocean side of the Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center, and boasting a swimming pool and sun deck.

The family-owned Ambrosia Restaurant & Wine Bar opened at 19 Wilmington Ave., and offers Italian and American cuisines; Otto’s Sandwich Shop serves up Philly-style subs at 4 North First St.; and Nonna’s Sweet Treats is taking over the Rehoboth Avenue spot next to Nicola’s that was last occupied by Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, to dish out ice cream and delectable treats.

After several attempts, the Dewey Beer and Food Co., was granted permission to open a new brewpub at the site of the former Bubba’s Grill on Route 1, and it will be up and running in time for summer.

Changes have come to some old favorites as well.

The former Cloud 9, a beloved LGBT restaurant and lounge that closed in the fall of 2012, will find its home at 234 Rehoboth Ave., occupied by Lula Brazil, a new coastal Brazilian restaurant and Latin-flavor dance club, owned by Meg Hudson (a former partner in Wilmington’s Domaine Hudson).

Meanwhile, the Greene Turtle will find a second home on the beach at 52 Rehoboth Ave., once the home of Irish Eyes, which closed after 27 years in Rehoboth.

Specialty stores are abundant with Burkentine listing nearly three-dozen new shops opening up. Among them are the Olive Orchard, with owners Roy and Laura Eckrote bringing a fine selection of infused oils, a variety of balsamic vinegars and honey; Blooming Boutique at 216 Rehoboth Ave., owned by Michiko Seto, and offering shoes, handbags and other apparel items; and the jewelry store Shore Silver opening at 149 Rehoboth Ave., by the Gambacorta family with a mission statement that reads, “Shore Silver will do its very best to provide quality, affordable jewelry that will make you look good at prices that will make you feel good.”

Another newcomer is Miss Pixies By the Sea, a vintage store offering hard-to-find items at 40 Baltimore Ave. It’s a sister store to the D.C. location, a staple of the burgeoning 14th Street corridor.

“You never know what interesting item you’re going to find,” says owner Pixie Windsor, who offers a laundry list of things like carnival ride seats, matchbox cars, vintage glassware and old toys. “You may find something that brings back an old memory or discover something that will lead to a new one.”

Across the street at 39 Baltimore Ave. is the fabulous gay-owned R Squared home and design store featuring stylish décor and interior design services.

No car to get to Rehoboth? No problem. The upscale bus service DC2NY has changed its name to BestBus but the amenities remain top-notch: free Wi-Fi, bottled water, power outlets at each seat, movies and more. Visit for rates and schedules to Rehoboth.

Several events will be sponsored by CAMP Rehoboth, the local LGBT community center, which is celebrating its 24th anniversary. There’s the Black & White Beach Ball on May 31, a cruise party on July 18 and the popular Sundance Auction on Aug. 30 and Sundance party on Aug. 31.

Of course, the main two beaches that attract an LGBT crowd are Poodle Beach at the south end of the boardwalk and Gordon’s Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park, north of town.

And many gay-friendly Rehoboth staples are open for the 2014 season, including Blue Moon (35 Baltimore Ave.), where “Queen of Rehoboth” Pamala Stanley opens the season on May 25; Aqua Grill (57 Baltimore Ave.), which opens May 16; Purple Parrot (134 Rehoboth Ave.), where the always-fun Biergarten is also open; Dos Locos (208 Rehoboth Ave.), with its awesome margaritas; and Café Azafran (18 Baltimore Ave.) and its incomparable, tres chic bartender Holly Lane.

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Drinks at Dos Locos (Photo courtesy Dos Locos)