2012 In Review for the Washington, DC Area

Washington, DC’s METROWEEKLY magazine has a review of the low- and highlights of the 2012 year:

In the wake of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Aubrey Sarvis announced Jan. 18 that he would be stepping down from the top spot at Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN). Near the end of the month, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) introduced legislation to bring marriage equality to Maryland…

…The return to spring did nothing to ease the community’s mourning, with Vann Chen, aka Mama Chen, dying at home in his sleep April 1. ”Vann was always extraordinarily thoughtful,” recalled nightlife promoter Mark Lee of Chen, 52, an androgynous fixture of the D.C. scene. ”Everyone had a great affection for her. You would expect to see her out – and you would hope to see her.”

At least some good news followed. On April 2, Maryland’s Bowie State University became the first of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to open a dedicated LGBT-student space…

…There was more bad news in July as a gay couple was attacked in D.C.’s Eckington neighborhood. And a secret committee of the Boy Scouts of America voted to maintain the ban on gay members and leaders.

But July had some very bright spots, as well. The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance held a successful annual conference in D.C. The District of Columbia Aquatics Club (DCAC) raised nearly $40,000 dollars for Metro TeenAIDS and other groups at the 21st Annual Maryland Swim for Life event. The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association honored Metro Weekly‘s former senior political writer, Chris Geidner, with the Sarah Pettit LGBT Journalist of the Year Award, and co-publisher and editorial director Sean Bugg with the second-place award for excellence in opinion writing. And Rep. Barney Frank and Jim Ready tied the knot in Massachusetts….

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