Suspect found not guilty in trans murder case

The family of Deoni Jones spoke to the Blade outside the courthouse after the suspect in her murder was found not guilty on Wednesday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) A D.C. Superior Court jury on Wednesday issued a verdict of not guilty for a 60-year-old District man charged with the February 2012 stabbing death of transgender woman Deoni JaParker Jones, 23, at a bus … [Read more...]

Marootian named interim head of D.C. Dept. of Transportation

Jeff Marootian was named interim director of the D.C. Department of Transportation. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) Mayor Muriel Bowser announced earlier this month she has named gay former Obama administration official Jeff Marootian as interim director of the D.C. Department of Transportation, known as DDOT, effective Aug. 11. Marootian had been serving as … [Read more...]

D.C. journalist Terry Michael dies at 70

Terry Michael (Photo courtesy Linkedin) Terry Michael, whose career of more than 40 years in Washington took on the role of journalist, press secretary, educator, and political commentator, died Aug. 7 at D.C.’s Providence Hospital from complications associated with pneumonia and a stroke, according to his sister Kirby Presswood. He was 70 years old. Biographical information … [Read more...]

Frederick school board sued over trans policy

Lawsuit claims rules violate privacy rights. A federal lawsuit was filed in the District Court of Maryland last Friday by a 15-year-old girl under the pseudonym Mary Smith, and her mother, identified as Jane Doe against the Frederick County Board of Education and Superintendent Theresa Alban, according to the Frederick News-Post. The lawsuit argues that a policy approved in … [Read more...]

Double L bar reopens in Rehoboth

The Double L Bar, the leather bar that has been an integral part of the LGBT scene in Rehoboth Beach for nearly 20 years, reopened on Aug. 11. After nine months of operating under new owners, the bar closed and was reopened by longtime previous owners, John Meng and Mark Fernstrom. The bar closed in March after revelations that one of its then owners, Timothy Drabic, was in … [Read more...]