The gay Democrat’s dilemma


David Catania’s independent bid to be D.C.’s first openly gay mayor presents hard choice to gay Democrats. (Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post)

Over the past 30 years, the District has passed innumerable gay-rights milestones. But when it comes to passing one of the very last — electing the city’s first openly gay mayor – many gay Democratic activists say they can wait. The choice between gay independent David A. Catania and straight Democrat Muriel Bowser illuminates the state of identity politics in modern-day D.C., where LGBT political solidarity is not what it was in, say, 1978 when the gay vote thrust Marion Barry into office. These days, party is thicker than sexual orientation for some, and many — gasp! — say they’ll be voting on the issues. Also: Read the great Lou Chibbaro’s take, published in the Blade last week.

In other news:

Happy Emancipation Day: The parade will go on (PostLoose LipsWJLA-TVAP)

The obscure Army officer who helped free D.C.’s slaves (Post)

Courtland Milloy: “When a celebration of ‘Emancipation Day’ depends on the largesse of taxpayers, you need to step back and rethink what emancipation really means” (Post column)

Pressured by Irv Nathan, council ponders getting out of contracting game (PostWAMU-FM)

DDOT on HOT lanes study: “Our main focus is much more congestion management rather than just looking at the financial numbers” (Post)

Lieutenant may have retired without sanction, but three more firefighters will face disciplinary proceedings in Cecil Mills death (WRC-TV)

Family of woman who died after refusing EMS care has hired Bill Lightfoot (WTTG-TV)

Options PCS will remain open next year, but not under DCPS control (Post)

New “REAL ID” compliant driver’s licenses are coming soon (WTOPWRC-TVWAMU-FM)

Former Housing Finance Agency director sues to challenge ouster over credit card misuse (Loose Lips)

Cathy Lanier on Relisha Rudd search: “We’re all frustrated. I realize the public is as well.” (PostDCist)

Julian Dugas, right-hand man to Mayor Walter E. Washington and early home-rule power broker, dies at 95 (Post)

D.C. Water plans headquarters move from Blue Plains to Navy Yard (Housing Complex)

Streetcar story, Gray Lady style (NYT)

Cold weather meant homeless families got shelter beds last night (Housing Complex)

Andy Shallal’s next act: producer of controversial play (Post)

How Maryland’s marijuana decriminalization law is different from D.C.’s (WAMU-FM)

Did Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s insularity doom its plans? (Examiner)

Lanier also urges caution in judging Capitol Police shooting of Miriam Carey (Post)

The Gap and Walgreens will open downtown stores in Jemal properties (Capital Business)

Some tax-day facts about D.C.’s income taxes (WAMU-FM)

Mayoral budget plan includes new spending on school-based mental health (DCFPI)

Among the nation’s 200 largest cities, only two in Texas have seen larger rent hikes than D.C. (Housing Complex)

The District’s share of regional housing starts is trending upward (OPinions)

“Hugely ambitious” plans for Dumbarton Oaks start with countermeasures against invasive vegetation (G’town Metropolitan)

Here’s what the old St. John’s Church of God on H Street could look like as a restaurant/bar (PoPville)

Police can’t find perp who assaulted girlfriend while wearing GPS bracelet (Post)

Regional heroin ring is busted up (WTTG-TV)

The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival is less than two weeks away (GOG)

Be kind, give your Metro seat to a pregnant woman (Dr. Gridlock)

Residents want alley behind H Street NE businesses rebuilt (WTTG-TV)

Chinatown passes for Shanghai in FBI’s discerning eye (National JournalCity Desk)

P. Diddy is your Howard University commencement speaker (WTOP)

Get your all-you-can-eat seafood buffet while you can (PoPville)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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