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Frederick Center to honor LGBT ally

Lois Jarman, gay news, Washington Blade

Lois Jarman (Photo courtesy Jarman)

The Frederick Center is honoring Lois Jarman with Frederick’s 2013 LGBTQ Ally of the Year Award on Jan. 12. She will receive this award “because of her tireless efforts over the last decade on behalf of the LGBTQ community of central Maryland,” according Brian Walker, chair of the Frederick Center board.

Jarman founded the Central Maryland chapter of PFLAG in 2006, where she continues to be the chapter president. She has also been co-producer of the “A Little Song, A Little Dance” annual World AIDS Day benefit in Frederick for a dozen years, raising tens of thousands of dollars to benefit Positive Influence (a past Frederick-based HIV support organization), Baltimore Pediatric AIDS Fund, AIDS Response Effort out of Winchester (which now covers central Maryland), and various LGBT organizations.

Jarman has also been a resource for hundreds of LGBTQ students by being a visible ally in the local high school system and other educational institutions.

“This annual award allows us to recognize the efforts of a single person,” said Walker. “But this ceremony allows many community allies to gather to celebrate the work they have done collectively over time, and to hear first-hand how much it matters to the LGBTQ community.”

The event will take place between 3-6 p.m. at the home of Peter Brehm and John Michael Day, 318 West College Terrace in Frederick. A suggested donation of $15 for individuals and $25 for couples would benefit the Frederick Center. Beverages and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit thefrederickcenter.org.

07
Jan
2014

LGBT Wedding Expo in Frederick

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(Photo by iStock)

On March 16, Studio C Photography of Frederick presents “Over the Rainbow,” Frederick’s first LGBT Wedding and Fashion Expo. The show will feature more than 30 gay and gay-friendly wedding vendors in all categories. There will be a fashion show with same-sex couples in wedding attire to include M. Stein Tuxedo, private designer dresses, gowns, and suits, and “Under A Hundred” budget-conscious ensembles.

The Expo will be held in the Atrium at the FSK Holiday Inn, 5400 Holiday Dr. in Frederick from 1-4 p.m. There is ample free parking, and the Expo is conveniently right off I-270, I-70, and Rt. 15.

“To date, LGBT wedding shows have been made up of vendors who are there to sell their services, which of course is the point; but not all of them are truly gay friendly,” Susan Centineo, owner of Studio C Photography, told the Blade.  “This show promises vendors who have been screened and who are truly committed to providing red-carpet service for same-sex weddings, and we have added a same-sex fashion show to boot.”

Admission is free, and there will be drawings, raffles, and discounts for same-day bookings with vendors. You may RSVP in advance to qualify for a cash drawing. Email Susan at studiocphotos@yahoo.com or call/text 240-446-6085. A few vendor openings are still available.

24
Feb
2014

Mizeur finding momentum in Maryland

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Del. Heather Mizeurwith running mate Delman Coates. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

There’s something very exciting taking hold in my home state of Maryland. State Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery) has tapped into the same progressive energy that propelled Bill de Blasio to the mayor’s office in New York City and Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin to the U.S. Senate.

Six months ago, Heather invited me to join her on probably the hottest August afternoon of the summer. She was speaking at a house party in Baltimore City. With the oppressive heat, I was expecting to meet a dozen or so interested voters. When we arrived we were greeted by over a hundred progressive activists eager to hear Heather’s vision for our state.

For nearly two hours Heather tackled tough issues – from marijuana decriminalization, to fighting for a fracking moratorium, slashing middle class taxes and campaigning against an unnecessary juvenile detention center in Baltimore City.

Heather has the momentum and her vision is resonating with voters. In a recent survey polling likely Baltimore City voters, Heather and her running mate, Pastor Delman Coates, scored a huge upset coming in second and only three percentage points behind frontrunner Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and his running mate, County Executive Ken Ulman (32 to 29 percent).

Maryland, despite being a progressive powerhouse, has never elected a female chief executive and no state in the nation has ever elected an openly LGBT governor. With the opportunity to shatter both of those barriers, national organizations are quickly coming to the aid of the Mizeur/Coates campaign.

In the last month alone, Heather earned the support of EMILY’s List, the National Organization for Women, Feminist Majority and was recently announced as one of the top “Women to Watch in 2014” by MSNBC.

Five months is an eternity in electoral politics and if Heather continues to tap into the same progressive energy that propelled de Blasio, Warren, Baldwin and others, we are going to witness a tremendous victory for our community in June.

Kevin Walling is a candidate for Maryland House of Delegates from Montgomery County.

28
Jan
2014

Maryland lawmaker: trans bill would ‘normalize abnormal behavior’

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A Maryland lawmaker says a transgender rights bill would “normalize abnormal behavior.” (Image public domain)

A Frederick County Republican has told her constituents a bill that would ban discrimination against transgender Marylanders would “normalize abnormal behavior.”

“I am completely and unequivocally opposed to this bill, which doesn’t aim to end discrimination, but to normalize abnormal behavior,” wrote state Del. Kathy Afzali (R-Frederick County) in a letter to her constituents.

Afzali also notes that House Bill 1265 that state Del. Luke Clippinger (D-Baltimore City) introduced in January has been called the “Bathroom Bill.”

“HB 1265 seeks to create a new class of protected individuals in the state’s anti-discrimination statute,” said Afzali. “Specifically, the bill defines ‘gender identity’ as ‘appearance, expression, or behavior of an individual regardless of the individual’s assigned sex at birth.’”

“It is important that Maryland does not separate one’s ‘gender identity’ and their ‘assigned sex at birth’ as noted in the bill,” adds the Republican. “Like the majority of Marylanders, I share the view that this redefinition rejects our society’s understanding of human nature. So ladies if you happen to see a guy in a dress in the restaurant bathroom, you’ll know the bill passed and that I voted no.”

Afzali is among those who spoke at an October 2012 rally in Frederick during which a local pastor suggested Superstorm Sandy struck New York City after then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $250,000 to the campaign in support of Maryland’s same-sex marriage law that voters approved in a referendum. The Frederick County Republican has also said gay men are bad parents.

The Maryland House of Delegates Health and Government Operations Committee on Tuesday is expected to vote on HB 1265. A final vote on the measure is slated to take later this week.

The Maryland Senate earlier this month approved a similar bill that state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) introduced.

Baltimore City, Hyattsville and Baltimore, Howard and Montgomery Counties have already enacted trans-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinances.

Neighboring Delaware is among the 17 states along with D.C. and Puerto Rico that ban discrimination based on gender identity and expression. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania, New York and other states have introduced similar measures.

A recent poll the Sarah T. Hughes Field Center at Goucher College conducted found 71 percent of Marylanders support efforts to ban anti-trans discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation.

23
Mar
2014

When LGBTs run against incumbent LGBTs

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Dana Beyer and Richard Madaleno. (Washington Blade photo of Beyer by Michael Key; Blade photo of Madaleno by Jeff Surprenant)

The LGBT community is debating the question of whether a member of the community should challenge an incumbent who is also a member of the community and has been very supportive and successful in fighting for our issues. That is the crux of some hard feelings generated by Dr. Dana Beyer, a transgender activist, who has thrown her hat into the ring challenging incumbent Maryland State Sen. Richard Madaleno. Beyer’s move was quickly criticized by two of her former colleagues at Equality Maryland.

Beyer is a graduate of Cornell University and the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. She is an ophthalmic surgeon and physician and grew a small business. She was a senior policy and legislative adviser to Montgomery County Council member Duchy Trachtenberg and a program consultant with the Children’s National Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. She is also the mother of two and a well-known community activist.

The work of both these candidates and so many others who fought for the civil and human rights of all people means that a member of the LGBT community running against someone else from the community will become much more the norm. In this case, most would agree that the interests of the LGBT community will continue to be well served by either candidate.

I am not endorsing Beyer or Madaleno. I consider myself a friend of both, respect both, am proud of what both have accomplished for our community, and don’t live in their district. But I took the opportunity to sit down with Beyer to ask her what would lead her to challenge Madaleno. Asked whether there is anything he hasn’t done for our community that would cause her to run, she agreed there isn’t much. I asked if there wasn’t another race she could have entered since she has for many years been interested in elective office and she explained that she has more of an interest in the issues being debated in Annapolis, such as a progressive tax-code, economic justice, transportation and education. She also said that Madaleno hasn’t been supportive enough of home rule, and his positions on matters of economic justice are a major problem for the district and the county. Beyer brought up a series of issues that among others will be the focus of her campaign and that she hopes voters will make their choice on. (These are her thoughts and in no way am I agreeing or disagreeing with them.)

A big issue for Beyer is whether local counties have the right to make decisions on caps for per student funding of education. She says she would have voted against the 2012 budget reconciliation act because it included an MOE (Maintenance of Effort) clause giving the state the right to force a locality to spend money they believe they don’t have. Beyer believes this doesn’t allow them the freedom to determine their own budget priorities. She also opposed the transfer of the teacher pension responsibility from the state to the county, which Madaleno supported. She is for building the Purple Line and fighting for all mass transit improvements and says that Madaleno supports the lawsuit filed by those trying to stop the Purple Line. She supported the Montgomery County Council’s vote to not grant tax abatement to Lockheed Martin for its training academy and says Madaleno then went against home rule when he supported the state’s effort to grant the tax abatement.

Based on these issues and her background it would seem that an activist of Beyer’s stature has a right to run and bring her concerns to the electorate letting them decide who should represent them. Again, I take no position on whether she should run this particular race or not but it is clear that if the electorate is happy with Madaleno, then she will lose and that is what every candidate running against an incumbent must be prepared for.

Running against an incumbent is always more difficult than running for an open seat but in politics, especially in areas with no term limits, no incumbent should take the voters for granted or feel entitled to their seat.

05
Feb
2014

Alleged anti-gay slur looms over Chris Brown trial

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Chris Brown (Photo by Eva Rinaldi; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

A 20-year-old Beltsville, Md., man was expected to testify in D.C. Superior Court this week that controversial R&B singer Chris Brown punched him in the face outside D.C.’s W Hotel last October after making a derogatory comment about gays.

Parker Adams, who pressed assault charges against Brown, was expected to appear as the lead prosecution witness at Brown’s trial, which was scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

Brown’s trial was set to take place less than a week after Superior Court Judge Patricia Wynn found Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, guilty of simple assault stemming from the same altercation in which Brown allegedly assaulted Adams.

D.C. police charged Hollosy with assault for allegedly punching Adams in the face seconds after Brown allegedly struck Adams. Hollosy, who didn’t testify at his trial, has said he attempted to prevent Adams from entering a vehicle where Brown was about to enter after leaving the hotel.

Adams was also the lead witness at Hollosy’s trial. He testified that he and his girlfriend, Howard University student Jaylan Garrison, 18, and another female friend arrived at the W Hotel after attending homecoming events at Howard.

He said that when the three saw Brown standing outside the hotel on the sidewalk Garrison and her female friend asked Brown if he would let them pose for a picture with Brown, and Brown agreed.

Adams said he then walked over, introduced himself to Brown with the intent of also posing with Brown in the picture. When Brown ignored him he moved into a position where he would be in the photo, which was being taken by Hollosy, the bodyguard.

That’s when Brown objected and said, “I’m not into that gay shit,” Adams quoted Brown as saying. Seconds later, after the two exchanged words, Brown punched him in the face, Adams testified.

Garrison gave a similar account in her own testimony at Hollosy’s trial. At least one other witness testified that both Brown and Hollosy punched Adams in the face.

With the courtroom packed with friends and fans of Brown’s, and with Los Angeles celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos, who is part of Brown’s defense team, sitting in the audience, testimony about Brown’s “gay” comment appeared to be overshadowed by anticipation over Brown’s upcoming trial.

When asked by the Blade outside the courthouse on April 18 whether he thought anti-gay sentiment could have played some role in Brown’s actions, Geragos said, “I don’t think anybody’s even addressed that. I think that comment – frankly I don’t think that comment was ever made.”

23
Apr
2014

Brown-Ulman fundraiser at City Café

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From left: Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Diane Stollenwerk, Del. Maggie McIntosh, Del. Mary Washington and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. (Photo by Sam O’Neil)

A fundraiser was held on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown and his running mate Ken Ulman at City Café on Jan. 4, billed as “LGBT and Allies Brunch with Anthony Brown.” It occurred less than two weeks after the Equality Maryland Political Action Committee endorsed the Brown-Ulman ticket over the candidacies of Del. Heather Mizeur and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler—all Democrats—raising a stir among backers of the other two candidates. The Democratic primary will take place June 24.

Tim Williams, chair of the Equality Maryland PAC, offered remarks discussing the endorsement in front of a crowd estimated at about 60. Both Brown and Ulman were present as were Baltimore delegates Maggie McIntosh and Mary Washington, who were members of the Host Committee, and Del. Sandy Rosenberg. Byron Macfarlane, the gay Register of Wills in Howard County, also attended and was a member of the committee.

“It was a great event, organizers exceeded our fundraising goal,” said Macfarlane. Tickets ranged from $250 to $1,000.

07
Jan
2014

Victory Fund endorses Catania for mayor

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David Catania won the Victory Fund’s endorsement even though he hasn’t yet announced his candidacy for mayor. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, an influential national group that raises money for LGBT candidates for public office, created a stir among local activists this week when it announced it has endorsed D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At-Large) for mayor.

With many LGBT activists supporting Mayor Vincent Gray’s re-election bid and others in the LGBT community supporting one of the four other City Council members running for mayor, some are asking why the Victory Fund would endorse Catania before he has formally announced he’s running for mayor.

Catania has formed an exploratory committee for a mayoral race and has said he most likely would run if Gray wins the Democratic primary on April 1.

Victory Fund Press Secretary Steven Thai said that while the group doesn’t endorse unannounced potential candidates very often, it has taken this step before. He noted that the Victory Fund endorsed former U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) for the U.S. Senate in 2012 before she officially announced she was running for the Senate.

Baldwin went on to declare her candidacy for the Senate and won that race, making history by becoming the first out lesbian or gay person to become a U.S. senator.

“David Catania brings an incredible amount of passion and commitment to his job,” the Victory Fund’s chief operating officer, Torey Carter, said in a statement released by the group on Tuesday.

“He helped guide Washington through a period of unprecedented growth and revitalization,” Carter said. “He is ideally positioned to lead a city with such a diverse and dynamic people.”

The Victory Fund also announced on Tuesday its endorsement of gay Virginia State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) in his race for the 8th District U.S. House seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.).

Ebbin is running in a hotly contested Democratic primary scheduled for June 10 in which two other openly gay candidates are running in an 11-candidate race.

“Adam Ebbin has distinguished himself as an outspoken voice of progressive values,” Carter said in a separate statement on Tuesday. “After ten years in the state legislature, he has remained committed to his goal of increasing equality and opportunity for those who are often left behind.”

Virginia State Del. Mark Sickles (D-Fairfax), who came out publicly last week in a column in the Washington Post, emerged as an unexpected ‘out’ candidate in the 8th District congressional race. Also running is gay rights attorney and radio talk show host Mark Levine, who worked as a legal counsel for gay former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). Levine says he’s been out as gay since the 1980s.

As of this week, the Victory Fund has endorsed 71 out LGBT candidates in national, state and local races and expects to endorse more than 200 out candidates across the country in the 2014 election cycle, the group says on its website.

Among those endorsed so far are at least nine gay or lesbian candidates running in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, including Catania and Ebbin.

But missing from its endorsement list so far are lesbian Maryland Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery Country), who’s running for governor, and gay D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), who is running for re-election to a fifth term.

Spokesperson Thai reiterated the Victory Fund’s longstanding policy of not disclosing why the group has not endorsed a candidate. However, he said many more candidates are in the endorsement pipeline and the group could very well endorse candidates not on the list in the next few weeks and coming months.

He said the group’s criteria for endorsing any candidate, as posted on the website, include a demonstration that the candidate is viable and can show a path to victory; a record of support on LGBT rights; and the completion of a detailed application seeking an endorsement. Thai said an endorsement for a prior election doesn’t carry over to the next election and all incumbents must re-apply each time they run.

Graham couldn’t immediately be reached to determine if he applied for an endorsement in his Council race.

The Mizeur for governor campaign didn’t say specifically whether the campaign formally applied for a Victory Fund endorsement.

“We are in close communication with the Victory Fund and we would welcome their support,” campaign spokesperson Steven Hershkowitz told the Blade.

Meanwhile, in a little-noticed development, Del. Peter Murphy (D-Charles County), one of eight openly gay members of the Maryland General Assembly, announced last month that he is not running for re-election to that position. Instead, Murphy said he decided to run for president of the Charles County Board of Commissioners, a position equivalent to a county executive.

“Whether you’re a state legislator or a county commissioner president, it’s all about the quality of life for all people,” Murphy said in a Feb. 3 statement. “I’ve always been accessible and responsive as a delegate, and I look forward to the opportunity of continuing to serve all our residents with the same enthusiasm and dedication.”

As a candidate for governor, Mizeur is giving up her seat in the House of Delegates. Records with the state board of elections show that she did not file for re-election to her delegate post prior to the filing deadline of Feb. 25. The election board lists Mizeur as an “active” candidate for governor in the June 24 Maryland primary.

The departure of Mizeur and Murphy from the House of Delegates would lower the number of out gay or lesbian members of the Maryland General Assembly from eight – the highest in the nation for a state legislature – to six if all six remaining lawmakers are re-elected this year.

The others running for re-election are State Sen. Richard Madelano (D-Montgomery County) and Delegates Maggie McIntosh (D-Baltimore City), Luke Clippinger (D-Baltimore City), Mary Washington (D-Baltimore City), Anne Kaiser (D-Montgomery County) and Bonnie Cullison (D-Montgomery County).

All except Kaiser have been endorsed by the Victory Fund.

Other out gay or lesbian candidates in Maryland that have received the Victory Fund’s endorsement this year are Evan Glass, Montgomery County Council; Byron Macfarlane, Howard County Register of Wills; and Kevin Walling, Maryland House of Delegates, Montgomery County.

Walling is running in a different district than that of Mizeur and Kaiser’s districts in Montgomery County.

26
Feb
2014

Queery: Brandon Montgomery

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Brandon Montgomery (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Pride group within the Department of Homeland Security may sound big — it has about 500 members — but Brandon Montgomery, its president, says it’s really not when you consider that the department employs about 250,000 people.

“Just like in the military, there’s a lot of stigma people have to overcome,” Montgomery says. “I think giving people in the federal law enforcement world a sense of belonging is paramount. … Every employer that can offer that kind of support should do so.”

Montgomery has been with the DHS a little over seven years and has served in several departments. Now he’s a public affairs officer and liaison for film, TV and multimedia producers who need information on the department. The 47-year-old San Antonio native moved to Washington about 10 years ago when his ex-wife was pursuing a doctoral degree and got transferred.

Married 19 years, he divorced in 2010 and later started a relationship with his current partner, Stevan Johnson. They have joint custody of his two daughters, Katherine and Claire (14 and 8 respectively), and live together in Silver Spring.

Montgomery enjoys Broadway, museums, reading, movies and cooking in his free time.

 

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Brandon Montgomery with family. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

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

About five years. The hardest person to tell was my wife. The second hardest were my kids who were pretty young at the time, though in the end they were the quickest to accept and adapt to it.

 

Who’s your LGBT hero?

I admire the unsung heroes who stand up for what they believe, battle bullying and discrimination and show the “rest of the world” that being is gay is normal. But if I have to pick someone, it would be Harvey Milk.

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

I’m old. Best nightspot to me is home with friends and Stevan dishing dirt but I really enjoy the Green Lantern — hot men, not boys and all very friendly. It’s what I imagine the gay “Cheers” would be like.

 

Describe your dream wedding.

Well, I had the big fancy formal one in my previous life. But, if I were to marry again, my dream wedding would include Stevan and me on a beach, with my children, friends, family, lots of laughter, dancing and Champagne.

 

What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?

Equality. Gay or not. I think it is the basis for anything that gets me all riled up.

 

What historical outcome would you change?

That’s a toss-up between the “hanging chad” in Nov. 2000 and the assassination of Lincoln. Both were horrific.

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

Wow, I’ve had so many — meeting Adam Levine at a Super Bowl party where he performed and meeting and chatting with Prince, at a Grammys after party. Watching the New York City premiere of “The King’s Speech” with my Academy Award-winning producer and friend and chatting and being caddy with Leslie Jordan.

 

On what do you insist?

Be honest. Be bold. Be compassionate.

 

What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?

Photo of snow in backyard: “Peaceful day of constant snow. Looking out bedroom window. Expect 7” when done. As a gay man … that’s pretty much average … of snow for one day.”

 

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

“Me Talk Pretty One Day”

 

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

Why change perfection, just because you can?

 

What do you believe in beyond the physical world? 

Well, I’m Episcopalian. Catholic-lite.

 

What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?

Be honest. Be bold. Be compassionate.

 

What would you walk across hot coals for?

My children. And to sing and dish with Kristin Chenoweth

 

What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?

“Straight acting” — that’s ridiculous. Really, what does that mean?

What’s your favorite LGBT movie?

“A Single Man.” However the one that most impacted me emotionally wasn’t a movie, but the play “The Normal Heart.”

 

What’s the most overrated social custom?

Thank you notes.

 

What trophy or prize do you most covet?

The ring Stevan gave me. It’s funny, we had the girls in the car and singing like fools to “Single Lady,” and he put a ring on it. Awe…

 

What do you wish you’d known at 18?

That life would be good being gay. Life would be tough being gay or playing straight. In the end it doesn’t matter, life is tough but make the best of it.

 

Why Washington?

It’s an incredible city filled with history, culture and inspiring leaders creating social and world change right in your midst. Not to mention the gays are beautiful and it’s an easy gateway to the Caribbean and Europe!

 

29
Jan
2014

All-American Genderf*ck coming to Baltimore

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(Image courtesy of Glass Mind Theatre)

The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret by Mariah MacCarthy presented by Glass Mind Theatre makes its Baltimore premiere April 11-19. A gender-bending emcee guides the audience as limitations of sexuality are redefined throughout confines and confusion.

Playwright MacCarthy says that she wanted to write vignettes about female experience. She then had a revelation: “I couldn’t create a piece about women that had no men in it.”

Aside from the androgynous emcee, Genderf*ck revolves around eight seeming-stereotypes of gender and sex. The 20-somethings are all intertwined in each other’s lives as they navigate sex, gender identity and their relationships with each other. MacCarthy combines humor, drama, raunchy jokes and dance parties.

“I might be feminine, androgynous or a tomboy; straight, a lesbian, pansexual, or just ‘queer’; a livid, no-bullshit Feminazi robot queen, or the most people-pleasing boy-crazy girl next door you’ve ever met,” says MacCarthy. “In a way, Genderf*ck has been my way of investigating and teasing out all my contradictions, by putting those aspects into different characters and setting them loose on each other.”

The play is contemporary, but director Susan Stroupe layers in the lens of the Gilded Age in the 1900s, where cabarets began.

The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret will run at Gallery 788, 3602 Hickory Ave. in Hampden. Tickets are $15, with discounts available for artists, students, seniors and groups. Visit glassmindtheatre.com for tickets and more information.

25
Mar
2014