The Washington Blade‘s yearly “Best Of Gay DC” list is out, and one thing is for sure — Borderstan-area businesses are a favorite in the LGBT community. Here are some the neighborhood’s winners from the newspaper’s annual reader poll:
- Best Dance Club: Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th Street NW
- Best Happy Hour: Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U Street NW
- Best Gay-Friendly Straight Bar: Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW
- Best Live Music: 9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW
- Best Women’s Party: BARE by LURe at Cobalt, 1639 R Street NW
- Best Neighborhood Bar: Larry’s Lounge, 1836 18th Street NW
- Best Men’s Party: Mixtape (See our profile on D.J. Shea Van Horn)
- Best Alternative Party: DC Bear Crue Happy Hour at Town, 2009 8th Street NW
- Best Ethnic: Rice, 1608 14th Street NW
- Best Brunch: Level One, 1639 R Street NW
- Best Wine Bar: Cork, 1720 14th Street NW
- Best Late Night: Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, 1609 17th Street NW
- Best New Restaurant: The Pig, 1320 14th Street NW
- Best Chef: Jamie Leeds, Hank’s Oyster Bar, 1624 Q Street NW
- Best Date Restaurant: Logan Tavern, 1423 P Street NW
- Best Local Dish: Half Smokes at Ben’s Chili Bowl, 1213 U Street NW
- Best House of Worship: Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th Street NW
- Best Spa/Salon: Bang Salon/Aura Spa, 1517 15th Street NW
- Best Men’s Clothing Store: Universal Gear, 1529 14th Street NW
- Best Gym: Vida Fitness, 1517 15th Street NW
- Best LGBT-owned Business: Hank’s Oyster Bar, 1624 Q Street NW
- Best Art Gallery: Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW
- Best Home Furnishings: Miss Pixie’s, 1626 14th Street NW
- Best Second-Hand Shop: Buffalo Exchange, 1318 14th Street NW
- Best Nonprofit: Whitman-Walker Health, 1701 14th Street NW
- Best Hotel: Donovan House, 1155 14th Street NW
- Best Yoga Studio: Yoga District, 1635 Connecticut Avenue NW (and other locations)
Congratulations to everyone!
Finally, a huge thanks to everyone who voted for Borderstan for Best Local Blog. We were honored to make the ballot along with Dcist, Prince of Petworth, Where The Girls Go and Rage. While we didn’t win the trophy this year as we did in 2011, congratulations to Dcist for winning again.
Voting in the Washington Blade’s 11th annual Best of Gay DC reader poll closes Wednesday, September 5, the last day to vote. The rules allow you to vote every day, so you can still vote for your favorites three times! (Borderstan would love to have your vote for Best Local Blog again this year — a big thanks to all our readers who helped us win in 2011.)
Numerous businesses, organizations and non-profits in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area made the Best of Gay DC ballot, with readers nominating their favorites in a four categories: Dining (14 subcategories), Nightlife (15 subcategories), Community (19 subcategories) and People (25 subcategories). There are usually five choices for your vote in each of the subcategories.
Since the Borderstan area is still the heart of DC’s LGBT community, it’s not surprising that so many local businesses and groups made the list. To see all the nominees, and vote, in the Best of Gay DC 2012 contest, visit the Blade’s voting page. (See “Best of Gay DC” Reader Poll Closes Sept. 5; Locals Dominate Ballot.)
A total of 25 local venues and organizations are on the ballot in more than one category; in some cases people associated with the business are on the ballot.
The leaders are COBALT with nine (four of those for BARe), Town Danceboutique with eight, Nellie’s Sports Bar and VIDA Fitness each have five nominations. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, the Black Cat and Phase 1 each received four nominations while Hank’s Oyster Bar and U Street Music Hall had three each.
The following each received two nominations: Jeffrey Johnson/Special Agent Galactica, Aura Spa/Bang Salon, Salon Rouge/Salim, Duplex Diner, Level One, FIT-DC, Level One, Floriana, JR.’s Bar & Grill, Larry’s Lounge, DC9, Green Lantern, Black Fox Lounge, Dahlik, 9:30 Club, Foundry United Methodist Church and National City Christian Church.
Voting in the Washington Blade’s 11th annual “Best of Gay DC” closes Wednesday, September 5, the last day to vote.
Numerous businesses, organizations and non-profits in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area made the ballot, with readers nominating their favorites in a four categories: Dining (14 subcategories), Nightlife (15 subcategories), Community (19 subcategories) and People (25 subcategories). There are five choices for your vote in each of the subcategories.
We have only listed nominees on the ballot that are located in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. Of course, since the Borderstan area is still the heart of DC’s LGBT community, it’s not surprising that so many local businesses and groups made the list. To see all of the nominees in the “Best of Gay DC 2012” contest, visit the Blade’s voting page.
A total of 25 local venues and organizations are on the ballot in more than one category; in some cases individuals associated with the business are on the ballot. The leaders are COBALT with nine (four of those for BARe), Town Danceboutique with eight, Nellie’s Sports Bar with five and VIDA Fitness with five. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, the Black Cat and Phase 1 each received four nominations while Hank’s Oyster Bar and U Street Music Hall had three each. The following each received two nominations: Jeffrey Johnson/Special Agent Galactica, Aura Spa/Bang Salon, Salon Rouge, Duplex Diner, Level One, FIT-DC, Level One, Floriana, JR.’s Bar & Grill, Larry’s Lounge, DC9, Green Lantern, Black Fox Lounge, Dahlik, 9:30 Club, Foundry United Methodist Church and National City Christian Church.
- Best New Restaurant: Little Serow, The Pig, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace.
- Best Brunch: Agora, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, Level One Disco Brunch, Masa 14, Nellie’s Drag Brunch on Sundays.
- Best Date Restaurant: Floriana, Hank’s Oyster Bar – Dupont Circle, Level One, Logan Tavern.
- Best Ethnic Restaurant: Eete, Rice.
- Best Wine Bar: Cork, Floriana, Veritas, Vinoteca.
- Best Late Night Restaurant: Annie’s Paramount Steak House, Ben’s Chili Bowl, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, Taylor Gourmet.
- Best Dessert Dish: Alero’s Cheesecake Chimichanga, Coppi’s Tiramisu, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe’ Goober Pie.
- Best Chef: Jamie Leeds – Hank’s Oyster Bar.
- Best Independent Coffee Shop: Java House, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café.
- Best Dance Club: COBALT, Town Danceboutique, U Street Music Hall.
- Best Drag Show: Ladies of Town, Nellie’s Drag Brunch, Special Agent Galactica at Black Fox Lounge.
- Best Live Music: 9:30 Club, Black Cat, Black Fox Lounge, U Street Music Hall, U Street NW.
- Best Happy Hour: 30 Degrees/COBALT Happy Hour, JR.’s Thursday All You Care To Drink, MOVA, Nellie’s Sports Bar, Number 9’s 2 for 1 Happy Hour.
- Best Place to Meet Women: BARe – COBALT, Phase 1 – Dupont, 22nd Street NW.
- Best Neighborhood Bar: American Ice Company, DC9, Larry’s Lounge.
- Best Karaoke Party: DIK, Green Lantern’s Mama’s Trailer Park.
- Best Alternative Scene Event: CODE night at Green Lantern, CTRL at Dahlak,DC Bear Crue Bear Happy Hour at Town Danceboutique.
- Best Men’s Party: Blowoff – 9:30 Club, Mixtape — Town & Black Cat; RAW – COBALT, WTF?! – Town.
- Best Place to Meet Men: Crew Club, Duplex Diner, Larry’s Lounge.
- Best LGBT Friendly Straight Bar: Black Cat, DC9, Local 16, Stoney’s, U Street Music Hall.
- Best Women’s Party: BARe by LURe at COBALT, Sexy Second Saturdays at Phase 1 of Dupont.
- Place of Worship: All Souls Unitarian, Bet Mishpachah (DC Jewish Community Center), Foundry United Methodist Church, National City Christian Church, St. Thomas’ Parish Episcopal Church.
- Best Home Furnishings: Miss Pixie’s, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, PULP, Room & Board.
- Best Hotel: Beacon, Donovan House, Hotel Helix, Renaissance Dupont, Rouge.
- Best Art Gallery: Long View Gallery, Phillips Collection, gallery plan b, Transformer.
- Best Non-Profit: DC Center for the LGBT Community, Food & Friends, SMYAL, Transgender Health Empowerment, Whitman-Walker Health.
- Best Local Blog: Borderstan, DCist, Outrage DC, Prince of Petworth, Where the Girls Go.
- Best Spa/Salon: Aura Spa/Bang at P Street VIDA, Salon Blu, Salon Rouge.
- Best Men’s Clothing Store: Caramel Fashion U Street, Federal 14th Street, Palace 5 14th Street, Redeem 14th Street, Universal Gear 14th Street
- Best Women’s clothing Store: Betsy Fisher Dupont Circle, Caramel Fashion U Street, Lettie Gooch Boutique U St.
- Best Gym: Balance, FIT-DC, Results, VIDA, Washington Sports Club.
- Best Theater: Studio Theatre.
- Best LGBT-Owned Business: Duplex Diner, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Leather Rack, VIDA Fitness.
- Best Second-Hand Shop: Buffalo Exchange 14th Street, Current Boutique 14th Street, Secondi Connecticut Avenue, Martha’s Table 14th Street.
- Best Comedy Club: Source Theater.
- Best Yoga Studio: Bikram’s Yoga College, Buddha B Yoga, Yoga District, Epic Yoga DC.
- Best Realtor: David Bediz, Didier Ramos, Fernando Garcia, Mark Rutstein, Ray Gernhart.
- Best Educator: Katie Anderson – Ross Elementary School.
- Best DJ: Jeff Prior – CTRL at Dahlak, Kurt Graves DJ TWiN- Nellie’s, Rosie Hicks – BARe (COBALT)/Pride in the Sky (Rockville Town Center) & Phase 1, Shea Van Horn – MIXTAPE at the Black Cat/U Street Music Hall and others, Tommy Cornelis – TMY, Chord Bezerra – Town.
- Best Businessperson: David Franco – Universal Gear/Level 2 Development, Douglas Warren Schantz – Nellie’s, Ed Bailey – Town Danceboutique/Number Nine, Karen Diehl – Bare/Lure.
- Best Personal Trainer: Bill Thompson – VIDA, Liz Warner-Osborne – VIDA, Natalie Davis — FIT DC, Ryan Stitt – VIDA.
- Best Local Actor (male): Jeffrey Johnson (aka Special Agent Galactica)
- Best Straight Ally: Brett Johnson – COBALT.
- Best DC-Area Bartender: Angela Lombardi – Phase 1, David Chung – Nellies, Eric Wood – COBALT, Jayson Smith – JR.’s, Matt Miller – Town.
- Best Stylist: Salim – Salon Rouge.
- Most Supportive Member of the Clergy: Dean Snyder – Foundry Methodist, Rabbi David Sapperstein – Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Stephen Gentle – National City Christian Church.
- Best Massage Therapist/Body Worker: Leconte – VIDA Fitness/Aura Spa at P Street, Nildo Silva — Tranquil Space/FIT.
From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT]borderstan.com and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.
The Washington Blade‘s Mark Lee skewers Councilmemer Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) for his lack of support for Mayor Gray’s proposed extension of alcohol service and sales hours. Additionally, Lee faults Graham for proposing a hike in alcohol taxes, saying it would add to the already overburdened District hospitality industry.
Mayor Gray recently proposed allowing alcohol service and sales to be permitted one hour later. Graham proposed raising alcohol taxes as high as 10 cents per drink, an endeavor that would net an additional $34 million annually for the city.
Lee says Graham is out of step with the mayor and the people. Similarly, Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington President Lynne Breaux called Graham’s failure “startling” and said the proposal’s failure was a “loss/loss” for the District.
- DC Liquor Licenses by the Numbers: Ward 2, 40% and Ward 1, 16%
- 14th and U: Petition Opposes Possibility of Liquor License Moratorium
- Later Liquor Sales or “Pay $10,000 in Taxes”? (Not Really, Of Course)
- Restaurant Association Backs Extended Alcohol Sales Hours
- Mayor Gray Proposes Extension of Alcohol Service to Boost Revenue
- 14th & U: Approval for More Bars, Restaurants Expected
By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]borderstan.com.
If anyone can quiet the NIMBY naysayers in Shaw (or anywhere else), it has to be the brothers Hilton, of Eighteenth Street Lounge/Marvin/American Ice Company reknown. Ian and Eric (Eric also has a Grammy with Thievery Corporation to go along with the restaurant empire) are taking on a daunting challenge on U Street this time around.
They are going to try to get approval on a bar and taqueria with outdoor space (a daunting task already), with the building as essentially two shipping containers joined by steel girders and some glass. The location is 919 U Street NW.
Lest we be too negative about their chances, Mark Lee at the Washington Blade points out that the staff of the Historic Preservation Review Board has recommended that the board endorse the project, saying the containers and design fit with the character of the Uptown Arts District. Hey, if you really hate it, the containers help to ensure that it’s essentially a temporary structure. The project is currently titled El Rey; stay tuned to get the skinny on approvals and opening dates!
There was some angst when Apex closed (it was Badlands before that) without warning last July. But Phase 1 is ready to take its place on 22nd Street just south of P Street NW this weekend, complete with a new coat of pink paint. While Apex had a gay male crowd, Phase 1 (Dupont edition) will be a lesbian bar: “The new location will feature much more space than the original and is being touted as the East Coast’s largest lesbian bar,” according to the Washington Blade.
While the original Phase 1 on Capitol Hill is more of a quiet place, the Blade reports that Phase 1 of Dupont will be louder, and more dance and party oriented than its older sibling. It will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday and jello wrestling (a standard at the original Eastern Market bar) still seems TBD.
Stop rolling your eyes, this paved embassy front yard at 16th and Riggs NW is a big deal! I’m serious, actually.
It’s a big enough deal that the State Department has intervened and issued a pretty scathing letter to the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) regarding their choice of landscaping for the chancery. Greater Greater Washington has a good recap of the series of events and the actual regulations in play.
The State Department letter, in no uncertain terms, says they “expect the Embassy to comply” with the District DDOT’s provision on unauthorized paving. Their 30 days are running, and we will keep you posted on what, if anything, happens. I say that in jest, but I know this is an eyesore to many residents and a concern to others about the lack of control over embassy actions on their properties. I kid, because I love.
If you haven’t been following the story, the property is still known to many in the neighborhood as the Toutorsky Mansion. Located at the northwest corner of 16th Street and Riggs Place NW, it was a Bed and Breakfast operation for several years. After being denied with their request to expand operations, the owners sold to the government of the Republic of Congo. That, of course, is when the real issues began. Previous stories listed below.
- The Other Side on the B&B that Became a Cement Embassy
- Embassies, Trees, B&Bs: Be Careful What You Protest?
- SYMHM: Concrete, Lincoln and Vintage
- DCCA to Protest Congolese Embassy Over 16th Street Renovations
- SYMHM: ANC 2B Says No to Congolese Chancery
- Toutorsky Mansion Owners Apply for Chancery Use
It’s known as the Toutorsky Mansion. Located at the northwest corner of 16th Street and Riggs Place NW, it was a Bed and Breakfast operation for several years. After being denied with their request to expand operations, the owners sold to the government of the Republic of Congo. That, of course, is when the real issues began.
I recently reviewed Mark Lee’s column in the Washington Blade that suggested protests to the former B&B there and its expansion request led to the Congolese Embassy (Brazzavile not Kinshasa) –which in turn begat a paved-over lawn. Now, the Blade has given equal space for the response from Doug Rogers.
Rogers is a board member of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) and is particularly peeved at the suggestion of anti-gay bias in any DCCA dealings. Rogers doesn’t delve into what happened with the opposition to the former B&B’s plan several years ago in disputing these claims (I suggest you check out our piece and the comments for a lot more insight).
Rogers’ response to Lee’s column focuses more on the present. (I agree that regardless of what happened with the previous owner, the paving of the lawn was wrong and should be protested.) Rogers also argues that the majority of DCCA’s protests have prevented things such as a U Street Beltway from coming to fruition.
Protests are an important part of our 1st Amendment rights, and let the record show I support them. But I don’t think I’m alone in feeling a bit trapped in PCU, waiting for Jeremy Piven to show up and break the tension.
We posted earlier this week on the demonstration outside of the Congolese Embassy after the embassy paved the front lawn. I drive by it daily and I do miss the trees.
But as Mark Lee writes in the Washington Blade, the same neighbors who protested the lost trees may have had a hand in letting the embassy into the space to make such concrete decisions with the lawn. It’s worth knowing your history in our ‘hood.
The mansion used to house a B&B, until area residents voiced their opposition to renovations that would have added four guest rooms, another employee and other seemingly minor items. Neighbors said they feared delivery trucks, noise and other unsavory possibilities due to the expansion. Four years later, the B&B was shuttered, and the owners sold to the Congolese government.
What say you, tree loving protestors? Did you stand in silence when they came for beds and breakfasts? Would a B&B with 10 rooms have been preferable to an embassy?
Local businesses, organizations and people in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area dominated the voting in this year’s reader poll of Washington Blade‘s Best of Gay D.C. 2011 DC awards.
Not surprisingly, businesses on the 14th Street, 17th Street and U Street corridors brought home the most prizes, with representation from P Street and 9th Street NW as well.
- Dining: 8 winners in the area
- Nightlife: 7 winners in the area
- Community: 12 winners in the area
- People: 8 winners in the area
- Double Winners: Level One restaurant, JR’s Bar and Grill
- All-time Leaders: Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse and JR’s Bar and Grill, both on 17th Street NW, are the leaders for most wins in the Blade reader poll, 2001-2011.
Below is the list of local winners by category.
There were 12 different DC sub-categories in Dining. Local establishments brought home eight of them: the 17th Street corridor brought home four awards, while 14th Street got three and 9th Street had one.
- Best Late Night: Annie’s Paramount Steak House, 17th Street NW
- Best Coffee Shop: Caribou Coffee, 14th and Rhode Island NW
- Best Date Restaurant: Floriana, 17th Street NW
- Best Wine Bar: Cork, 14th Street NW
- Best Chef: Allan Javery, Level One, 17th Street NW
- Best Brunch: Level One, 17th Street NW
- Best New Restaurant: El Centro, D.F. Taquileria and Taqueria, 14th Street NW
- Best Ethnic Restaurant: Etete, 9th Street NW
- Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Busboys & Poets, 14th Street NW
There were eight different DC sub-categories in Nightlife category. Local establishments brought home seven of them: the 17th Street corridor brought home three awards, while U Street corridor/area won three and 18th Street NW had one winner.
- Best Place to Meet Women: Lure/Bare at Cobalt, 17th Street NW
- Best Dance Club: Town Danceboutique, 8th Street NW
- Best Happy Hour: JR’s Bar and Grill, 17th Street NW
- Best Neighborhood Bar: JR’s Bar and Grill, 17th Street NW
- Best Place to Meet Men: Nellie’s Sports Bar, U Street NW
- Best Live Music: 9:30 Club, V Street NW
- Best Cocktail: Lemon Squeeze at Duplex Diner, 18th Street NW
There were 16 different DC sub-categories in the Community section of the awards. Local establishments brought home 12 of them; one is on 9th Street NW, two are on 14th Street NW, three are on 15th Street NW, one on 16th Street NW, and one on P Street NW.
- Best Gym: VIDA Fitness, four locations (with a fifth to open) including U Street and 15th Street NW
- Best Home Furnishings: Room and Board, 14th Street NW
- Best Art Gallery: Long View Art Gallery, 9th Street NW
- Best Home Improvement (tie): Logan Hardware/Sparrow Construction (Logan Hardware has five DC locations including P Street in Logan Circle)
- Best Place of Worship: Foundry United Methodist Church, 16th Street NW
- Best Local Blog: Borderstan (covers Dupont-Logan-U Street areas)
- Best Sports Team (tie): Stonewall Kickball and the Washington Nationals (Stonewall Kickball plays at Stead Park Field on P Street NW)
- Best Place to Get Married: Meridian Hill Park, 15th/16th Streets NW
- Best Gay-Owned Business: D.C. MetroVet (housecalls)
- Best Hotel: Hotel Palomar, P Street NW
- Best Salon/Spa: Bang Salon, three locations including U Street and 15th Street NW
- Best Clothing Store: Universal Gear, 14th Street NW
People from the Dupont-Logan-U Street area brought home a total of eight awards in the People category.
- Best Actor (tie): Jeffrey Johnson and Neil Patrick Harris
- Best Bartender: Liz Warner-Osborne of Cobalt, 17th Street NW
- Best Musician: Tom Goss
- Best Personal Trainer (tie): Ryan Stitt and Liz Warner-Osborne, both at VIDA Fitness
- Best Businessperson: Mark Rutstein (manger of Cobalt/Level One and owner, The Rutstein Group)
- Best Drag Show/Best Drag Queen: Ladies of Town and Ba’Naka
- Local Hero: Frank Kameny (posthumous); note that 17th Street NW between Q and R Streets NW is co-named Frank Kameny Way.
From the editors:
The Borderstan Team extends a huge thank you to our readers and the Washington Blade. We were honored to be voted “Best Local Blog” in the Blade’s “Best of Gay DC 2011” reader poll. The results were announced Thursday evening at a party at Hotel Helix.
As we told the Blade about our team of writers and editors who cover the Dupont-Logan-U Street area, “They are key to what we do and we are very fortunate to work with some talented, dedicated people.”
We will bring you a list next week of the numerous individuals and businesses in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area who were winners in the Blade’s annual reader poll. The Washington Blade was founded in 1969 and covers not only Washington’s LGBT community, but national and regional news of importance. They are located here in the neighborhood on 14th Street NW.
Washington Blade Launches Online Photo Archive
The Washington Blade held a party at Cobalt Thursday night to celebrate its new online photo archive and store. The project is still underway with the first phase done. When completed the Blade’s archives will have photos from four decades of coverage of the LGBT movement. You can already view and purchase some photos. Founded in 1969, the Blade’s offices are in the neighborhood on the 1700 block of 14th Street NW.
Grillfish Turns 15!
There’s a Facebook picture going around — it’s a pencil and a cassette tape picture with the text, “Your children will not know why these go together.” It’s enough to make you feel old. Grillfish turning 15 should have a similar effect, but with a tastier payoff. On Monday, October 10, Grillfish will be celebrating their birthday with retro-pricing on most entrees. Hopefully it doesn’t come with a side of the Macarena, but at those prices, a line dance may end up being worth it.
U Street Metro This Weekend
So, it seems that weekend track work may cause some problems for those headed to the bar or shows on U Street. Luckily for you, the The Washington Post has three ways for you to get around the mess that is closing U Street, Shaw and Columbia Heights metro stations for the weekend. Our opinion? Walk from Dupont Circle if the weather is nice, if its not you should take a bus.
What’s Next For DC Cabs?
A new chair of the DC Taxicab Commission recently discussed surcharges at his confirmation hearing. Since a fare hike seems to be on the table, even if it comes with an upgrade in service, area residents have some concerns. Check out the story at The Washington Post; for the resident/rider perspective, check out Jack Jacobson’s group and their Facebook page. For those of you that don’t know, Jack is a local ANC member and a regular taxi cab patron.
Inside Look at Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Festival
The Washington City Paper regularly gets to the heart of DC things you hear about, think it’s interesting and yet know nothing about its origin or history. One of those things is the Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Festival, and City Paper does one hell of a job getting into the head of its creator, Dave Mann. He’s putting on a show (or 125+ shows) again this weekend, and if you don’t want to go after reading Jonathan’s article, well, I give up.
You Didn’t Miss It, It is Real: Steve Jobs Did Die
The visionary that created the iPhone, iTunes, the personal computer and spawned an empire of Apple devotees passed away on Wednesday of cancer. Cancer sucks, but you know what doesn’t suck, not even a little bit? His commencement speech at Stanford in 2005. Too often, sincerity is mistook for glibness or gladhandling, and this speech is a bit of uncommon wisdom from an uncommon man. It is also clearly a man trying to explain his life and make sense of it all to lay down a legacy, but it is his enthusiasm and frankness that stand out, particularly from a private man running a very public company.
By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster.
Lanier Responds to Columbia Heights Hate Crime
According to DCist, D.C. Police Chief recently responded to the allegations that some of D.C.’s finest disregarded two women’s reports of verbal and physical assault near the Columbia Heights Metro station last weekend. A group of five lesbians say the officers refused to take a report; no action was taken until these women went to the Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit. Chief Lanier says the officers in question could be fired. This is not the first time that the force has come under fire for its handling of GLBT hate crimes — even though no more than a month ago the The Washington Blade ran a story in which Chief Lanier reinforced the force’s commitment to fighting hate crimes.