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‘I know courage when I see it’

Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, Ukraine, gay news, Washington BladeMembers of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington perform in Lviv, Ukraine, on May 28, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Chase Maggiano/Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington)Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Saturday.
After a security briefing last night, which not only covered the state of LGBTQ affairs in Ukraine but also our own personal safety, we awoke this morning to take a walking tour of Lviv with at least seven security personnel in tow. I say “at least” because we were told that we won’t see all the security that is in place for us. Violence against LGBTQ people, while technically against the law in Ukraine, is still common.
On the one hand, there’s a bit of a rock star feeling having your own security detail. On the other hand, having someone watch your every move makes you begin to watch your own actions and behaviors. Should I have worn a more masculine shade of blue? Should I avoid certain movements? Should I lower my voice (sorry tenors)? Should I say the word gay in public? Questioning this kind of thing, to many of us, is like questioning if we should breathe. And it makes us all the more aware that it is our role to use any privileges we have to help those who have fewer.
The backdrop of security was only eclipsed by the backdrop of renaissance, baroque and classicism that is preserved in the architecture of a city. With its roots in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Polish rule and that of the USSR, Lviv is a perplexingly western European city, lying somewhere in the visual landscape between Prague and Vienna. As the mayor of Lviv said in his address before our concert tonight, everyone leaves a bit of their heart in Lviv — and I can see why.
Now about that concert. Our first official performance was the opening of the America Days weekend festival in Lviv. Taking place at the Lviv Philharmonic, an acoustically and visually rich concert hall, this concert was a 75-minute set combining our music and stories about the LGBTQ experiences our singers have had back home. If Lviv didn’t know we were gay (and to be fair, some of them didn’t,) it became unmistakable tonight.
It was a notable concert for many reasons. To borrow a phrase from the hit musical Hamilton — it was about who was in the room where it happened. This impressive list included the mayor of Lviv, the governor of the Lviv region, most of the U.S. Embassy staff including Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, and several U.S. military personnel including Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commanding general of the U.S. Army in Europe.
Notably, one of the Catholic bishops from the Lviv diocese was present. Even after we started, he stayed for four songs. Leaving early may seem like an insult from the U.S. perspective. True, an American rebuffing the performance of a diplomatic guest may be insulting. But for a Ukrainian, it’s a different matter. It wasn’t until the stories in between songs began to explicitly discuss same-sex marriage that the bishop decided to leave. Overall, it’s a huge sign that the people who make policy and influence opinions in Ukraine showed up publicly to our concert. As we understand it, nothing like this has ever happened. And as one Ukrainian on social media said, “the sky didn’t fall.”
After our concert, Hodges approached us and remarked of the performance, “I know courage when I see it.” Think about that. In a post “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” world, hearing the head of NATO land command in Europe tell a group of gay guys that they are courageous is pretty incredible. Maybe he knows just how much security we have while we’re here. Potomac Fever and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington family supporting us back home are, indeed, courageous.
However, I would respectfully amend what Hodges said. He made this very kind and supportive statement to us backstage, under the cloak of security, and in good company. The courage, in my mind, is also in all the people who attended the concert; all the people who are already tweeting about the concert; the people Hodges oversees to make sure we are safe all over Europe; and all the people who worked through government red tape (on the US and Ukraine side) to make the concert and tour happen.
In Washington, we are lucky. We can go to any concert, any museum, any meeting, and our lives are relatively safe (the Metrorail notwithstanding.) The people who came to our first concert tonight, and who will come visit us on the rest of the tour, are the truly courageous ones. While we can go home safely after this tour, our audiences may risk personal safety, political scandal, employment, and familial relationships if they show support in a country where 72 percent of people have a negative view on LGBTQ rights.
So to those who show up, who advocate for what is right, who use their power and influence in Ukraine and abroad to save more lives, we say to you: We know courage when we see it.
Chase Maggiano is the executive director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington. He is posting periodic posts from Ukraine on his blog ChasingTheArt that he is allowing the Washington Blade to repost.

Your Weekly Roundup: Brewery Solves Gendered Bathroom Fiasco, Amazon Builds Balls, Spice King’s Bread Reigns

by Jessica Fu

Your roundup of this week’s most widely-read, shared, and discussed stories.No genders. Just toilet fixtures in private stalls.No genders. Just toilet fixtures in private stalls. ALEX GARLAND
• Our most-read story this week was a write-up of a Capitol Hill brewery’s gender-neutral bathroom. Faced with a space shortage, Optimism Brewery decided to eschew building gendered bathrooms, and instead built a corridor of unisex loos. The luxurious lavatory features a circular, communal hand-washing station, diaper changing stations, but no mirrors. A comment from Optimism’s co-owner notes that mirrors will be installed soon.
• Until this week, there were zero interviews with innovative jazz drummer Joe Gallivan on the Internet. Now there is one.
Jeremy Mangan: Pacific Northwest Desert Island, 2016.Jeremy Mangan: Pacific Northwest Desert Island, 2016.
• Jen Graves reviewed the Tacoma Art Museum’s survey of Northwest art NW Art Now,. She says the show reflects the world we have, and not the world we want. The exhibit runs until Sept. 4th, which gives you plenty of time to check it out for yourself, and little excuse not to.
• Did you know that Woody Guthrie spent a month pickin’ and a-singin’ in the Pacific Northwest? Greg Vandy and Daniel Person cover that and more in 26 Songs in 30 Days. “Though Vandy and Person’s language never quite does justice to the events they describe,” Rich Smith writes in his review, “Guthrie’s story on these shores is a fascinating one.”
What will happen to our city when one of the most brazenly bizarre buildings in its history is completed?What will happen to our city when one of the most brazenly bizarre buildings in its history is completed? CHARLES MUDEDE
• Charles caught Amazon building its glass balls, and mused about what will come of Seattle when they’re completed. “As the plates of spaceship-grade glass are added to Amazon’s biospheres, a strange feeling is slowly coming together…” he writes.
• What do The Seattle Times, Monorail Espresso, and Pony have in common? You’re taking them all for granted. You’re also taking for granted 47 other Seattle businesses we wrote about in this week’s feature. You can support these bars, coffee shops, and restaurants by patronizing them right now. “Or what?” one commenter asks. Or you’ll miss them when they’re gone.
Spice King: fluffy naan gets bubbly, brown, and blistered in the tandoor oven.Spice King: fluffy naan gets bubbly, brown, and blistered in the tandoor oven. JENNIFER RICHARD
• Memorial Day weekend is upon us. What will (most of) you do with all this whole extra day of freedom? If that thought paralyzed you, then here are some ideas. Make your way over to Renton’s Spice King for the best bread in town. Hit up the always lively Folklife festival—or do any of these 38 cheap and easy weekend activities. You could giddily stand on line to see one of our highly-recommended SIFF films, or skip the line and catch one of our highly-recommended, specifically non-SIFF films. After the movie, try the new steakburger chain that just arrived in downtown Seattle, and tell us whether the Frisco Melt is as good as everyone says it is.
Enjoy the clouds this weekend.
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University of North Carolina now won’t enforce anti-LGBT law

Faced with lawsuits for complying with North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law, the University of North Carolina system indicated on Friday it won’t enforce House Bill 2. University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings said the school won’t enforce the anti-LGBT law, which prohibits transgender people from using the public restroom in schools and government buildings consistent […]

WATCH: Charlotte transgender activists featured in British TV segment on HB2

The British television station Channel 4 recently broadcast a news segment on North Carolina’s anti-LGBT legislation HB2, as well as the Obama administration’s directive to allow trans students to use the bathrooms consistent with their gender identity and the states…

Janet Porter: ”Target Should Have An Anorexic Department Because They Accept Mentally Disturbed Transsexuals.”

WorldNetDaily recently hosted conservative Christian activities, Janet Porter. The subject of debate was centered around a subject that has stirred much controversy in the past few months. Porter addressed the prospect of a boycott of Target in response to its nondiscrimination code of conduct. The religious activist referred to the move by the retail giant […]

If You Can’t Make It to the Gorge, You Can Watch Sasquatch from the Comfort of Your Own Phone

by Sean Nelson

What is M83s Anthony Gonzalez looking at? A live stream of Sasquatch?What is M83’s Anthony Gonzalez looking at? A live stream of Sasquatch? Andrew Arthur/courtesy Mute Records
What’s that you say? You’d like to go to Sasquatch this weekend but you A) can’t afford it, B) didn’t get tickets, C) don’t have time, D) hate everything? Well you’re all in luck, because Yahoo (you’ll remember them from when the internet was young) Music is proposing to LIVE STREAM at least SOME of the bands playing all weekend long, beginning tonight! Some of the bands that have reportedly agreed to be streamed include: M83, Alabama Shakes, A$AP Rocky, Sufjan Stevens, Lord Huron, Allen Stone, Leon Bridges, Yeasayer, Big Grams, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats, Matt Corby, Tycho, and Ty Segall & The Muggers, but you never know who else could get added. The stream begins at 6pm this eve and 5pm each subsequent evening. Enjoy.

POOL PARTY! Klara Glosova’s Hazmat Suits and Sunny Days

by Jen Graves

The joy of a pool party, trying to download. Klara Glosovas show at Glass Box is up for one more full day, tomorrow from noon to 5.The joy of a pool party, trying to download. Klara Glosova’s show at Glass Box is up for one more full day, tomorrow from noon to 5. Courtesy of the artist and Glass Box Gallery
Klara Glosova grew up in Eastern Europe and saw its revolution. She didn’t see the 1980 American comedy film Caddyshack.
She only saw it a couple of years ago, in fact, and afterward, there was a scene she couldn’t get out of her head. Why was this ridiculous movie on her mind?
It’s the scene of the pool party, when everyone is cavorting and splashing in a smiley soup of happy—they’re so joyously in sync that the whole party breaks into a spontaneous synchronized swimming routine—until somebody drops a Baby Ruth into the water and people begin to scream “Doodie!” and scramble out of the water to the theme song from Jaws.
In the span of a second—watch it, you’ll see—the scene changes so that the pool is not only empty of people but drained of its water, and Bill Murray is standing there in a white hazmat suit cleaning up.
Glosova was struck by the sudden need to isolate and protect oneself against everyone else, by the sudden outbreak of disaster. She was also struck by the pure happiness of the pool party that preceded it.
For some reason, she didn’t know why, she played the movie over again and shot photographs of it—stills—while it ran. Not long after that, she began to see hazmat-suit news photographs as word of the ebola outbreak spread, real disaster photographs that could have been mistaken for the stills she made of the comedy.
She was struck at the power of images to tell stories, and their power to get stories wrong.
Without a compass, she created artwork after artwork in her studio and eventually her response became this month’s solo exhibition at Glass Box Gallery, Caddy Shack.
The show is a departure for Glosova, who has typically worked in ceramics, paintings, and occasionally text.
Stick with the routine and everything will get better.Stick with the routine and everything will get better. Courtesy of the artist and Glass Box Gallery
Here she adds photography, prints, video, performance, installation, and drawing, and the result is a satisfyingly untidy treatment of a difficult set of themes including the artist’s role in a world of real disasters, a housewife’s role in caring for her own body, and the way that shit can look like candy, and comedy can look like tragedy, and vice versa.
Daily Dozen is a video in which Glosova performs movements from Murray’s pool cleanup routine, wearing a hooded protective suit and to the voiceover of an exercise guru who promises that everything in life will improve if the woman will just stick to the routine.
She looks scary but ridiculous, bringing to mind Abu Ghraib, Red Riding Hood, and Jane Fonda. Two photographic prints on silk on the wall next to the video isolate the charged setting she created, and add to the feeling that something disturbing is being documented.
Those pieces are in the dark space of the gallery’s black box room. The next room, somewhat lighter, contains a series of collaged images on fabric, and a big text drawing.
In cursive letters, Glosova drew out in pen some of her own personal writing intertwined with painstaking instructions for how to put on a safety apron found in a Guardian interview with an Australian Red Cross nurse working to help ebola sufferers in Sierra Leone.
The way Glosova curved and triple-outlined the letters, it hurts a little to read the whole thing. The writing’s meaning is coded by its appearance.
Just one segment of the large text drawing in pen on the wall.Just one segment of the large text drawing in pen on the wall. Courtesy of the artist and Glass Box Gallery
Part of it is about Glosova’s late grandmother. Part is about the way bright colors surprised and thrilled her when she moved to the United States after growing up in the (literally) grayer world behind the Iron Curtain. This is an interesting clue about the difference between what color means to her, and what it might mean to her American audiences.
The biggest piece is a large grid of collaged photographs printed on fabric. Some have bars printed on them as if they’re still loading or part of a video game.
The images are of three types and sometimes superimposed: the artist in the isolation of her studio, disaster relief workers in hazmat suits, and stills from Caddyshack. They form an anxious quilt that’s familiar in its vagueness combined with oversaturation. We see many dramatic-looking activities going on, but we don’t know why, where, who, when.
On a facing wall, pieces of fabric are folded like kitchen towels and strung over a line of red yarn. Each is printed with a brightly colored cutout photograph of the artist performing her own moves in a pool on a sunny day. The photograph is worked over in paint. The water is heavy sludge and the artist can’t move right.The piece is called Cutouts (I’m just f*ing trying to make a sunny pool) #1.
And then she does f*ing make a sunny pool.
The cast concrete on the floor is a part of the painting installation. Every pool has its bottom.The cast concrete on the floor is a part of the painting installation. Every pool has its bottom. Courtesy of the artist and Glass Box Gallery
The naturally lit outermost room of the gallery—so, what you see from the street—is full of her large, exuberant watercolor paintings on the walls.
The bubble-gum colors are markers for joyfulness, but even these moments contain effort and distance. They’re marked by words or screen-loading bars that break down a full sense of being able to project yourself into their fantasy.
They’re maybe something more like the inner life of a pool party, or an attempt to find out what’s going on internally when we experience those fleeting moments of uncontrolled communal happiness. It’s hard to access that feeling except afterward or something hoped-for. It becomes signaled to in stock pictures and colors, and words like “pool party,” which when shouted can bring certain crowds immediately to glee.
Small rectangles of concrete sit on the floor under the paintings. In a phone conversation, Glosova told me she felt she had to put those there. They are, she said, the bottom of the pool.
Part of what’s beginning to emerge for me is how Glosova’s Eastern European sensibility informs her work, which appears at first cheerful and yet has a concrete bottom, is personal and yet never far from wondering about the artist’s place in the larger context of world events. Her work gets more interesting, and powerful, with time.
Humor is never absent. There is a 1980s-era phone in the gallery, she told me. (I missed it completely when I was there.) Its presence was inspired by a story that Bill Murray at one point decided to fire his agent and get a 1-800 number, so that anyone who wanted to reach him had to go through that single line. It was his version of a protective suit in a world that was overwhelming him with noise.
Lift the receiver in the gallery and you will hear Glosova speak for 18 minutes about the work. She’s addressing Murray in the talk, inviting him to her version of a pool party.