LGBTQ

Steve January 20, 2021

For the first time in history, the White House website is asking visitors for their pronouns and offering gender-neutral options to choose from. President Joe Biden wasted absolutely no time in making his pro-trans stance clear, with the website updated mere hours after his inauguration. The simple yet monumentally meaningful detail was noticed by the […]

Steve January 20, 2021

Former President Tweety McTreason (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) By the time this gets to print, it will be all over. That was a long four years. But, at the same time, it went by incredibly fast. At the beginning of the Trump presidency, I used this column to write an open letter to the […]

Steve January 20, 2021

Drew Cortese as corrupt King Richard in Folger Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’ (2014), one of almost 1,000 recordings in the WAPAVA archive. (Photo by Jeff Malet)  While a book or movie has a way of hanging around, theater doesn’t. When a production ends, it’s done.  Fortunately, there’s a way of meeting or revisiting a […]

Steve January 20, 2021

When Pfizer and BioNTech announced their astounding SARS-CoV-2 vaccine efficacy results in November, Arthur Reed was ecstatic. “The global investment and coordination of billions of dollars enabling this unprecedented pace of scientific discovery is truly an incredible achievement,” he said. But as a gay man in New York City living with HIV since the 1980s, […]

Steve January 20, 2021

The stars of ‘Pose.’ (Photo courtesy FX) In today’s upgraded entertainment culture, it’s almost possible to forget there was once a time, not long ago, when the queer presence on television was essentially non-existent. Not only do LGBTQ characters now appear regularly across a wide variety of viewing platforms, they are a far cry from […]

Steve January 20, 2021

Kurt Rieschick (right) pictured with his husband David Klimas. Rieschick died Saturday of a heart attack. Longtime D.C. resident Kurt Rieschick, who served as a vice president for the local real estate company McWilliams Ballard and who along with his husband traveled extensively to international destinations, including their favorite city of Paris, died at home […]

Steve January 20, 2021

Lady Gaga delivered a stirring rendition of the national anthem for the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday morning.  Putting her powerhouse vocals on full display, the music superstar pulled off a soul-baring and vocally impeccable performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of the swearing-in ceremony on the west front of […]