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10
Jan
2014

Shake it up

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It takes research and experimentation to find the protein shake that will optimize your workout efforts.

Hey D.C. this cold has been shaking a girls boots, but it looks like spring is on its way, just very slowly. I’m so ready to step outside for some of my workouts but I don’t really like the cold so I’ve been staying true to my indoor circuits. Hopefully you guys haven’t let the cold weather slow you down.

Today I want to move away from the workout tips and swing over to the place where all the real differences happen, the nutrition side. I get lots of questions about workouts and what to do to achieve your certain goals, but I think I get even more questions about nutrition and supplements. What’s good? What’s bad? And some people just want to know what they are. This is a great time to touch on one of the biggest topics I get questions about: protein shakes.

Proteins are macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) found in foods that help the body build muscle. As it applies to building muscle and fitness, think about it like this: your workout breaks down your muscles while the protein you eat helps you build them back bigger and stronger. The most plentiful sources of proteins are found in meats like fish, chicken, game and steak, though you can also find smaller sources in various plant products. These whole food sources generally take longer to break down and absorb into the body than liquid forms and this is where protein shake supplements come into play.

So the simplest way to think of a protein shake is as fast absorbing “liquid chicken.” Toward the end and right after your workout your body is most receptive to absorbing proteins directly to the muscle, so this is the best time to get these nutrients into the body. Many experts debate about when is the absolute ideal time to take the shake, whether it be 10 minutes before you finish your workout or within 30 minutes post workout, but almost all agree that the recovery protein is important.

Generally speaking how much protein and calories you ingest throughout the day is really driven by your sex, weight, activity level and goals. As with all science, different scientists believe in different amounts, but an easy rule of thumb is if you are trying to really pack on the muscle, you can look to take between 1.0-2.0 grams of protein per pound you weigh.

On the low end, the USDA recommends around .37 grams of protein per pound of your weight. I think a good realistic goal is to shoot for at least 25 grams of protein at every meal. That’s the equivalent to a serving of chicken breast. When looking for a protein supplement shake, make sure it packs at least 20 grams of protein per serving and under 10 grams of sugar per serving. Some shakes have so much sugar in them that they could cause you to gain the wrong type of weight. When choosing a protein supplement, whey protein is the most common and is one of the quickest to absorb into your body’s muscles. Also make sure to check out the ingredients and try to find one that does not have artificial sugars or a lot of different additives. Sometimes they pack so many additives into the shakes that it may be doing more harm than good. I’ve found that when it comes to protein shakes, you generally get what you pay for.

Adding in protein supplements to the end of your workouts or as a meal supplement can help you maximize your results, by feeding your muscles the nutrients they need to recover and grow. Make sure you do your research before purchasing a certain brand to make sure you are getting the right shake for you. Overall try to add in more protein to your diet at each meal to go along with your workouts and your body will thank you.

01
Apr
2014

Russian rendezvous

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Hudson Taylor started his LGBT advocacy work during his college wrestling career. He eventually started blogging about homophobia in sports and became a vocal advocate for gay rights. (Photo courtesy Athlete Ally)

Hudson Taylor, founder of Athlete Ally, has been granted a visa for travel to Russia where he intends to raise awareness for LGBT rights during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which will be held from Feb. 7-23.

Athlete Ally has partnered with the Principle 6 campaign, which uses the language of the Olympic Charter to allow athletes and fans to speak out against discrimination during the Sochi Games without violating Russian anti-gay laws or the Olympic ban on political speech.

Principle Six is based on a convention of the IOC charter that states that any form of discrimination on the basis of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with the Olympic movement.

On Jan. 21, the first Sochi-related anti-gay arrest occurred when a Russian gay rights advocate waved a rainbow flag during the Olympic Torch relay.

The Blade caught up with Hudson Taylor, a straight ally, wrestling champion and coach (at Columbia University), before he departs for Russia.

 

WASHINGTON BLADE: What was the thought process behind planning a trip to Sochi?

HUDSON TAYLOR: I think Sochi gives us an enormous opportunity to raise awareness about what’s going on in Russia. And, what better way to do that than to be actually on the ground and ensure that this is a conversation that is taking place. I talked to the Athlete Ally board and weighed the risk and reward of going and I think we all agreed that the importance of the moment made it such that I needed to go.

 

BLADE: With all the vague guidance and broad interpretations coming from Russia, where is the line between raising awareness and staging a protest?

TAYLOR: For the Principle Six campaign we thought long and hard about the appropriate line. We are trying to make sure that athletes know that they can show support for Principle Six or the Olympic Charter. This is a way to show the world that discrimination has no place in sports and that the Olympic charter is opposed to what is going on in Russia. As long as we stay true to what the Olympic movement and the Olympic values are all about, we shouldn’t violate Russian law and we shouldn’t put athletes in a position to violate the Olympic Charter.

 

BLADE: Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter is written for the specific purpose of eliminating advertising, demonstrations and propaganda from the stadiums, venues and other competition areas. Since the athletes won’t be able to wear Principle 6 clothing at their venues, what is the plan for exposure of the clothing line?

TAYLOR: Where we have an opening to raise awareness is on how athletes speak out across social media. My hope is to engage athletes to wear Principle 6 clothing or to tweet photos of the language of Principle 6 out to their fans. It’s a great opportunity because social media is technically not an Olympic venue and it can be used to reach every corner of the world.

 

BLADE: American Apparel and Idea Brand were behind the manufacturing and branding of the Principle 6 clothing line. Where are the profits being donated?

TAYLOR: All of the profits will be donated to All Out and Athlete Ally. We in turn will be donating the proceeds to Russian-based LGBT organizations.

 

BLADE: What about the new hand gesture that has been popping up on social media? It consists of the peace sign on one hand and laying the pointer finger of the opposite hand on top of it to form a triangle. Will that be considered propaganda?

TAYLOR: The more opportunities an athlete has to speak out, the better. I think the hand gesture would definitely be construed as propaganda if it is used in the venues or on the medal stands. However, it is another viable and alternative way to speak out by posting it on social media.

 

BLADE: What will your itinerary consist of during your trip to Sochi?

TAYLOR: I will be in Sochi from Feb. 3-9 and I imagine that most of it will consist of reporting and commentating within the Olympic venues. I will probably take a day to visit one of the protest zones just to see what is going on and to ensure that I can report on it.

 

BLADE: The visa process for the Sochi Olympics is incredibly stringent. Were you concerned about your visa being approved?

TAYLOR: At first, when the multiple layers of the visa process were announced by the Embassy of the Russian Federation, there was certainly a cause for concern. Now that some security risks have appeared I think people are OK with the hoops and hurdles you have to go through to be on the ground in Sochi.

 

BLADE: Have the recent terrorist video threats changed anything for you in terms of keeping yourself safe in Sochi?

TAYLOR:  In everything I will be doing in Sochi, there will be a risk and reward calculation. We will figure out a way not to expose myself or the organization to any unnecessary risks while giving the appropriate attention to the human rights issues in Russia and how it is affecting the LGBT community there.

 

BLADE: What about the comments made by Putin linking the gay community to pedophilia? Do you think those comments will make the gay rights advocates more aggressive in their protests?

TAYLOR: For advocates who are passionate about these issues, it will certainly stoke a fire in them, especially in an Olympic situation where athletes under the age of 18 will be competing and who may in fact be LGBT. Putin’s comments only exacerbate or incentivize people to speak out against it. The stark contrast of how Putin sees the LGBT community versus how the rest of the world sees them will be very evident during the Sochi Games.

 

BLADE:  How hard will you be trying to get into the NBC Studios to chat with Bob Costas?

TAYLOR: Very hard (laughing). When you look at what athletes have the ability to do in terms of raising awareness, one area is social media and the other is the responses they give to the journalists who ask the questions. We will make sure that we are aware of all the journalists on the ground and have their contact information so that we can make ourselves available should they have an interest in covering this topic.

 

BLADE: Will you be attending any of the competitions?

TAYLOR: I will be attending the opening ceremonies but do not plan on buying any tickets to the sporting venues. While I am on the ground in Sochi, it will be important to keep an eye out for the statements and actions that are happening in cities around the world.  I think a lot of people will be demonstrating and coming together to support the LGBT community.  It will be pretty amazing to watch.

 

BLADE: Good luck Hudson. Be safe.

31
Jan
2014

This could be a game changer

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George William Hall (Jack Hall), the subject of ‘Prison Terminal,’ which will screen later this month on HBO. (Photo courtesy HBO)

With Hollywood’s elite ready to celebrate at the Academy Awards this Sunday, names like Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and Jennifer Lawrence are predicted by many to take home Oscar gold.

One name up for an award who probably isn’t familiar to many is documentary director Edgar Barens, a gay filmmaker whose film “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” is up for Best Short Documentary this year.

“I was just hit by a wall of emotion and started crying when I heard. I never sought the Oscar thing but when it happened, I was just overwhelmed,” Barens says. “This could be a game changer.”

Growing up in Chicago with European parents, Barens was exposed to the cinema at a very young age.

“I was always immersed in film. As a kid, my brother and I would go to film screenings and foreign films all the time,” he says. “By the time I got to college, I had no idea you could study film, and I was hooked when I saw the classes.”

Barens received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cinema and photography from Southern Illinois University, but found that it wasn’t the easiest thing to make a living as a filmmaker.

“My dad was an artist and always had projects he was working on and I got his work ethic. No matter what dead-end job I was working at, and I had many of them — such as a phlebotomist when making this film — I was always working on something on the side,” he says. “What I found was many of these temp jobs ended up blossoming into film jobs.”

Barens did company films, short documentaries and any project a company would need a camera and story for. The 53-year-old took most of his savings to invest in making his Oscar-nominated film and HBO came along with funds to finish the project.

“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” follows the terminally ill Jack Hall, jailed in maximum-security prison at the Iowa State Penitentiary, as he faces his final days with the assistance of hospice care provided by workers drawn from the prison population.

“For me, I was giving a voice to the prisoners who don’t often get heard,” Barens says. “I was celebrating a program that was developed in their benefit to show people that even though they have done terrible things, at the end of the day, we have to be better than they were when they committed their crimes and show them dignity in their deaths.”

Barens spent six months shooting footage behind the walls of the Iowa State Penitentiary and has put together a poignant account of how the hospice experience can profoundly touch even the forsaken lives of the incarcerated.

It was a topic that wasn’t a new one for Barens, who had done a much smaller film about hospice care in a prison in Louisiana earlier in his career. That was just a two-week shoot about setting up a hospice in a prison, and he always hoped to take a much more elaborate look at the subject.

Going in, he didn’t know exactly what story he was going to tell, but fate turned the attention of the film to Hall, a decorated soldier who went to prison for 21 years for murdering a drug dealer.

“Two months into my stay, Jack started to get sick and it became a no-brainer that he was the guy I was going to follow,” he says. “It’s a hybrid cinema verite. I wanted to make it observational, but I needed information from people so the verite provides a buffer between the talking heads and the observational footage. People lose track that they are in a prison, but you get these little reminders, like when Jack is shackled.”

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Gay documentary filmmaker Edgar Barens invested most of his savings to make ‘Prison Terminal: the Last Days of Private Jack Hall.’ (Photo courtesy of HBO)

Barens says he has plenty of footage about the workers, the hospice and the prisoners that didn’t make it into the finished film, and is working on a web-based media project that will let viewers learn more about what they see in the film.

The out filmmaker doesn’t think it’s necessary that his documentaries only deal with LGBT issues but neither does he shy away from the subject, even shooting a series of anti-homophobia public service announcements.

“Being gay is a big part of my life but I don’t think everything film-wise has to have a gay theme,” he says. “I would never shy away from it. I know some ideas of mine coming down the pike have a major gay theme, but not everything has to have that theme.”

A few days after learning of his award nomination, Barens flew to Sundance and learned from past nominees that regardless of whether he wins or not, his film career will probably be an easier ride.

“Just with the nomination they told me to expect not having to worry about how difficult it is to get funding for my next film, because people will recognize the nomination,” he says. “Not that people will throw money at me, but it should help greatly. I’m prepping myself for a big change, but you never know.”

Turning to Sunday, Barens will be dressing to the nines and bringing his mom as his date, and is looking forward to walking the red carpet with the star-studded guest list.

“I would like to wing it, but there are a few names I absolutely have to mention but there is a chance I may not even know who I am,” he says. “I’ll have a cheat sheet with some names and just let the rest come from my heart. That’s if I am lucky enough. It’s pretty nice to be nominated and I feel good for that accomplishment.”

“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” will air on HBO at 8 p.m., March 31.

27
Feb
2014

‘Golden’ gay themes

Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof in 'Dallas Buyers Club.' (Photo courtesy Focus Features)

Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof in ‘Dallas Buyers Club.’ (Photo courtesy Focus Features)

From the opening monologue when hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler welcomed all “women and gay men watching at home,” it was a pretty gay Golden Globes.

The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards were presented Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The LGBT-themed winners were:

• “Behind the Candelabra,” a Liberace biopic, for best mini-series or motion picture made for television
Michael Douglas (who’s straight) for best actor in a mini-series or motion picture made for television for his role as Liberace in “Behind the Candelabra.”
Matthew McConaughey (also straight) who played an AIDS patient in “Dallas Buyers Club” for actor in a motion picture, drama
Jared Leto (also straight) who played a trans character in “Dallas Buyers Club” for supporting actor, motion picture
Douglas in thanking co-star Matt Damon, said “The only reason you’re not up here is because I had more sequins.”
The New York Times has a complete winners list here.

 

 

13
Jan
2014

A milestone in the hourglass

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Guy Wilson (left) as Will, Deidre Hall as Marlena and Freddie Smith as Sonny on ‘Days of Our Lives.’ Will and Sonny made history this week as the first same-sex male wedding on a daytime soap. (Photo by Howard Wise, JPI Studios)

Long-running NBC daytime soap “Days of Our Lives” made history this week when characters Sonny Kiriakis (son of Justin and Adrienne) and Will Horton (son of Lucas and Sami) were united in marriage by Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall), Will’s grandmother. They’re not the first ever same-sex couple (“All My Children” had a 2009 lesbian wedding) but they’re the first male soap power couple and first same-sex male wedding.

Actor Guy Wilson, who took over the role of Will in episodes airing in January (actor Chandler Massey won two Daytime Emmys playing Will starting in 2010), caught up with the Blade during a break in filming this week. The Los Angeles-based actor, who, along with co-star Freddie Smith who plays Sonny, is straight, says it’s been an honor to work on the show in a groundbreaking storyline.

“I’ve had to pinch myself,” the 28-year-old San Francisco native says. “You know, part of my interest in going into entertainment at a young age was to hopefully make a difference in life. And I feel at 28, which I still feel very, very young, so to be part of something so special at a young age and that I care about on a personal level, it’s a blessing. It’s part of why I was so excited back in August when I heard I had a chance of getting this part, to see it now come to fruition and to get to do what I love everyday, it’s all I need to be happy.”

Wilson, who met his predecessor Massey a couple times in 2011 when Wilson had auditioned for two other roles on the show, says he and Smith have “found a really comfortable place.”

“We’re obviously friends but playing roles that are so emotionally intimate, you know, we’ve definitely developed a special kind of bond. It’s almost too simple to say he’s one of my best friends because we’ve shared this emotional journey together for the last almost seven months. … He’s definitely one of the most important people in my life.”

Wilson, who’s also had roles on “NCIS,” “Castle,” “Bones” and “Breaking Bad” says the fast shooting schedule in daytime has been a challenge with most scenes shooting after one quick rehearsal, but he’s growing accustomed to the pace. The wedding scenes were shot about four months ago, which is typical.

Working with soap parents Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) and Alison Sweeney (Sami), both longtime vets of the show, has been grounding. He says Hall has gone above and beyond in her efforts to make him feel welcome and get him up to speed.

“She never hesitated at any point to share all of her knowledge and all of her experience with me and to be really detailed with that information and with that level of specificity made it so much easier to continue the relationship between Will and Marlena, which is very important to the show.”

And long-time executive producer Ken Corday whose parents started the show in 1965? Wilson isn’t sure if he was around when he auditioned, but says he’s seen him “a few times” on the set.

“I really like that man,” he says. “He’s very cool.”

Wilson laughs when asked if Salem, the show’s fictional base town, has a gay bar.

“If there are, I haven’t been to them,” he says with a chuckle.

Of course, given the medium, it’s inevitable that Will and Sonny will have many ups and downs if they stay on the show. Wilson says as an actor, he looks forward to that.

“With conflict comes growth,” he says. “One thing that’s been very satisfying about the whole WilSon (as fans have dubbed it) storyline is they do a really good job of communicating with each other. I actually think they have one of the healthier relationships on daytime TV. … But with adulthood comes adult problems so as an actor I’m very excited to tackle those.”

02
Apr
2014

Queery: Kelly Moss Southall

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Kelly Moss Southall (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

When Kelly Moss Southall came to D.C. back in 2006, he started rather modestly.

The 31-year-old Chillicothe, Ohio resident had just finished college at Ohio University and came to the District to accept what was essentially a part-time position with the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company.

Though he would eventually get a master’s degree and teach dance at George Washington University as well as work a “day job” in real estate, the allure of joining Burgess was enough to get him here.

“I just kind of thought I should dance now while I can and the rest is really history,” the company’s associate artistic director says. “Dana has a real gift for seeing potential in people and honing in on other skills that might be useful, so I’ve been able to do a lot of things with costume design, lighting design and sets that’s overall felt very artistically satisfying.”

Tonight (Friday) and Saturday, the company will present “Four By Burgess,” at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) to celebrate its 22nd season. Tickets are $21-35. Visit kennedy-center.org for details. The company, which critics have called a “national dance treasure,” also has an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery through July. Visit dtsbdc.org for details.

Southall is in the midst of planning a wedding with his partner, Sergio Herrera. They live in Brookland with two cats and a dog and also run Scout Properties, a residential real estate company, together. Southall enjoys decorating, gardening, shopping, dancing and playing the piano and accordion in his free time.

 

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

I came out the summer between my senior year of high school and first year of college. The first person I told was my sister. We were driving home from a family event on the Fourth of July. In a way she was the hardest to tell, simply because she was the first, but her reaction was so supportive and joyful that any awkward feelings I had were quickly brushed aside.

 

Who’s your LGBT hero?

My good friend Terry Penrod. At a time when I was trying to figure out my future plans beyond college, it was great to have a friend/mentor who taught me about gay culture, history, dating and more.

 

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

Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights

 

Describe your dream wedding.

One that I don’t have to plan! Sergio and I have been planning our wedding since he proposed last June. There have been many variations but nothing is set as of yet. I want a private ceremony and a big party for friends and family. Sounds easy? Trust me, it’s not.

 

What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?

My top two are animal cruelty and research for non-fossil fuel energy sources.

 

What historical outcome would you change?

Temporal Prime Directive! I wouldn’t change any historical outcome.

 

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

“Wardrobe malfunction” during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII is the first moment that comes to mind.

 

On what do you insist?

The house must be spotless before company arrives!

 

What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?

A flier for our Kennedy Center performance this weekend.

 

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

“The Life & Times of Mr. Kelly”

 

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

I would probably read about it on Facebook, think it’s a post by The Onion and continue scrolling down.

 

What do you believe in beyond the physical world?

After the lights go out, the show’s over, so make it count!

 

What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?

Keep up the amazing work!

 

What would you walk across hot coals for?

A cure for cancer, to save a member of my family from injury or death, if my friends dared me to or to see how it felt.

 

What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?

None. Stereotypes exist because it is in our nature to identify, compare and categorize.

What’s your favorite LGBT movie?

Oh there are so many! I’ll go with classics like “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar,” “The Birdcage,” “Flawless,” “Hedwig & the Angry Inch” and “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert.”

 

What’s the most overrated social custom?

Punctuality

 

What trophy or prize do you most covet?

A small collection of items from my mom’s father. He passed away before I was born, so I never had the opportunity to know him. I have two sets of cufflinks, a tie bar and his pearl-inlayed pocketknife.

 

What do you wish you’d known at 18?

Hard to say. I don’t have any regrets.

 

Why Washington?

After graduating from college in 2006, I went to Pittsburgh to audition for a dance company (I ended up not getting the job). While I was there I met Jan Tievsky, the board president for Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. She noticed my potential and mentioned Dana’s company. When the company came back from its tour to Peru, Dana gave me a call and invited me down from Ohio to audition. After three days of dancing with the company, he offered me a position and I never left.

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Kelly Moss Southall (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

04
Feb
2014

Pink Dollars

28
Feb
2014

Queery: Chris Dinolfo

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Chris Dinolfo (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

For Chris Dinolfo, acting is “kind of like a drug.”

Though he keeps a day job “so I can pay my rent,” acting, for him, is essential.

“You kind of get addicted to the adrenaline of it,” he says. “The other part of it is that when you get in a good show and you start to realize you’re telling a really important story … you want to share that with more and more people. It keeps me sane. In some ways it seems counterintuitive — most people I know in the theater are batshit crazy, but I just know I belong in the arts. When I’m not acting, I start to go a little stir crazy.”

He’s currently in the Sarah Ruhl play “Late: A Cowboy Song” at No Rules Theatre Co. (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington/norulestheatre.org) where he plays Crick, a “controlling, asshole of a character” Dinolfo says he’s “tried to infuse with as much humanity as possible.” Go now if your interest is piqued — the show (which has been called a “quirky … urban fairytale”) closes Sunday.

Dinolfo, a 20-something Fairfield, Conn., native, came to Washington for school 12 years ago and stayed. He works by day in Friendship Heights in admin at a health care clinic. He lives in Kalorama with his boyfriend and enjoys paddle boarding, theater and going to Good Wood on U Street in his free time.

 

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

Since college. My girlfriend.

 

Who’s your LGBT hero?

There are several LGBT people I truly admire for their courage, activism and just downright moxie: Larry Kramer, who wrote “The Normal Heart,” for saying and writing the things no one wanted to hear at the time about AIDS and how it affected our community. Ellen DeGeneres for being funny, resilient and successful. Harvey Milk for his bravery, optimism and sacrifice. RuPaul. Thank God for RuPaul. Also, any sports figure who comes out.

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

“Peach Pit” at DC 9 with DJ Matt Bailer. Black Cat, 9:30 club and Nellie’s also get my vote. Also, the Blagden Alley Social Club — Google it. And I do wish I had been around to have experienced Tracks.

 

Describe your dream wedding.

Provincetown

 

What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?

How our government doesn’t subsidize the arts.

 

What historical outcome would you change?

This question is too difficult so I’m gonna go with Drew Barrymore’s dress at the Golden Globes.

 

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

Hanging out with Jason Sellards (Jake Shears) and driving him to JR.’s after a Scissor Sisters concert. Much drinking ensued.

 

On what do you insist?

A sense of humor. And good hygiene.

 

What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?

Publicity for the play in which I am currently performing — “LATE: A Cowboy Song” (Come see it!)

 

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

“Privileged Poor”

 

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

Cry. I don’t want science to screw with what I want to screw.

 

What do you believe in beyond the physical world?

The non-physical world. (But seriously, I do believe in a non-physical world.)

 

What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?

America isn’t the country we claim it to be as long as LGBT people are denied rights that are inherently given to heterosexual people. Keep on fighting the good fight: Equality for all!

 

What would you walk across hot coals for?

My nieces and nephew.

 

What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?

Twink

What’s your favorite LGBT movie?

Official LGBT movie: “Paris is Burning.” Unofficial: “Beaches”

 

What’s the most overrated social custom?

The high school prom.

 

What trophy or prize do you most covet?

Powerball

 

What do you wish you’d known at 18?

Parents are people, too; flawed and full of dreams. That, and the foresight to study coding and get in with an ambitious start-up company called Facebook.

 

Why Washington?

Aside from family living here, boyfriend and all the acting opportunities? Because New York is officially for wealthy people. I know that because the Huffington Post told me.

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Chris Dinolfo in ‘Late: a Cowboy Song.’ (Photo by Second Glance Photography)

15
Jan
2014

Queery: Torey Carter

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Torey Carter (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

When Torey Carter joined the Victory Fund staff four years ago, he says the organization’s singularity of focus was the main draw.

“The thing that strikes me is that we’re now seeing victories in places where you don’t readily or quickly think of there being LGBT officeholders,” the 37-year-old Hertford, N.C., native says. “I’m not talking about California or New York but in the heartland and in the South, I have the opportunity to work for an organization that works to get people elected in the kinds of towns like where I grew up. It hasn’t happened there, but it’s a reality that’s completely possible now and it wasn’t then. That’s why I still come to work every day.”

Victory Fund has its champagne brunch, one of its key annual events, Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Washington Hilton Hotel (1919 Conn. Ave., N.W.). Individual tickets are $250 and several sponsorship brackets are available. Several LGBT elected officials such as Maine’s Rep. Mike Michaud and Rep. Jared Polis will speak. Tickets are still available at victoryfund.org.

Carter has been in the D.C. area for about 25 years and worked many years as an accountant before joining Victory Fund.

Carter and partner Mike Conneen live together in Washington’s Takoma neighborhood. Carter enjoys home improvement projects, gardening, cooking, exercise and playing with Rex, his 6-year-old Quaker parrot, in his free time.

 

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

I’ve been out about 15 years. It was hardest to tell my grandmother because her health at the time was poor and I worried it would add to her worries. But she welcomed my truth and embraced me with unconditional love.

 

Who’s your LGBT hero?

Bayard Rustin was a man ahead of his time.

 

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

Nothing compares to standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, gazing out at the stars over the reflecting pool with the Capitol Building in the distance, reflecting on the history that unfolded at that site.

 

Describe your dream wedding.

Matching suits, family, friends and lots of Beyonce on the dance floor.

 

What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?

Every child deserves a quality education. It’s the best resource for folks that come from a place like me to level the playing field.

 

What historical outcome would you change?

I’d change who shot J.R. It would have been more interesting if one of the main characters, like Sue Ellen, had done it. And I’d make sure the Bible was properly translated.

 

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

I’ll never forget where I was when I found out who shot J.R.

 

On what do you insist?

No pork, no chocolate, no diet soda.

 

What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?

“What is this white stuff falling from the sky???” (Sunday, March 30, 2014)

 

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

“Torey Carter: A Model Life”

 

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

you do?

I would welcome all newly converted straight people to the gay community.

 

What do you believe in beyond the physical world?

I was raised Baptist and I believe in a just but loving God. I also still believe Pluto is a planet, regardless of what scientists say.

 

What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?

The momentum is in the blue states. But the laws, minds and hearts to change are in the red states.

 

What would you walk across hot coals for?

My future children, and my children’s future.

 

What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?

That gay men and lesbians don’t/can’t get along.

What’s your favorite LGBT movie?

“Broken Hearts Club” has a special place in my heart.

 

What’s the most overrated social custom?

Family-style portions are excessive. And second and third place are unnecessary; there’s only one winner.

 

What trophy or prize do you most covet?

I should win an Oscar for my ability to impersonate select reality TV stars.

 

What do you wish you’d known at 18?

My father — I wish I would have known that we only had 10 years to fix almost 30.

 

Why Washington?

Washington is an international symbol of freedom and democracy. But when my mom and I moved here from North Carolina (at age 12), it was also a city of hope and opportunity. And it still is.

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