Our Washington DC is the Most Sexually Transmitted Disease City in the US

After all the great things we have been posting about DC, here is a sad one. I hate to be the one posting this. I just hope it creates  awareness.

According to Google’s Public Data Explorer, DC is the most Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in the nation. CDC shows the STD are on the decline, with the exception of Chlamydia (caused by the Chlamydia Trachomatis bacteria), which is on the rise! Regretfully, our beloved Washington, DC is the capital of such bacteria.

Those of you not familiar with Chlamydia, it’s the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States. It is estimated that about 2.3 million individuals in the United States ages 14-39 are infected with it. Between half and three-quarters of all women who have a Chlamydia do not know that they are infected. The scary part of it is that it can linger for months or years before being discovered. Read more of this post

Gay Marriage Licenses Hit New Record in DC

Kamran Abdi
In the first three months of 2010, the court processed 376 applications.

Since March 3 — when gay marriage became legal in the District — the marriage license office has received 2,082 applications. Based on the early numbers, the District is on target to issue four times as many marriage licenses this year as they did in 2009. Read more of this post

Washington, DC One Step Closer To Same-Sex Marriage

Referring to my previous coverage on this issue, if one person in DC understands the importance of such right, he is our Mayor Adrian Fenty who signed the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in our nation capital yesterday. It just needs to be signed by our Congress in 30 days as the last step. Fenty is certain that our Democratic-controlled Congress will approve it.

Mayor Adrian Fenty connection to this bill is his father, Phil Fenty, who is black, and mother, Jan Fenty, who is white. They both moved from Buffalo to Washington back in 1967 to get married and their parents were furious about their interracial relationship.

Not sure how many of you guys watched Fenty yesterday as he signed the bill. He was unusually emotional. He spent about 5 minutes talking about similar problem his parent went through.

Not surprisingly, just as the mayor signed the bill, many of the prominent homophobic such as Bishop Harry Jackson, a leading same-sex marriage opponent, issued a statement, vowing to continue the fight in Congress and the courts. Yeah! Good luck with that Bishop!

Frankly, who cares what the fraud, Bishop Harry Jackson says. Who cares what he thinks. He’s a con artist. He doesn’t even live in the DC. My understanding is he has tried to defraud the DC Voting Bureau last year by fraudulently registering to vote in the city where he has never voted, does not live not work.

Anyway, I am very proud to live in this great city of ours, WASHINGTON,DC where the city council and the mayor have passed a law legalizing gay marriage, and soon to be signed by our Congress 🙂

Congratulation to David Catania, who introduced the bill, Mayor Fenty who signed the bill, the gay & lesbian community of Washington, DC who will enjoy the benefits, and to all Washingtonians who will end up living in a better city!

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Not That There Was A Shortage Of Gays In Washington, DC – Gay Marriage Will Be Legalized Soon

The bill was passed yesterday 11-2. Congress now has 30 working days to act on the bill. You feel like thanking somebody, thank our Mayor Adrian Fenty who has promised to sign the bill and David Catania who introduced the bill and is one of two openly gay council members.

Of course, there are still a few homophobics who will try to get the bill overturned either in Congress or at the polls. But, according to our beloved district’s nonvoting delegate to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton, it doesn’t look like there will be any problem or opposition. The “no” votes included our former mayor and crackhead, Marion Barry, who said, “I don’t,” when it was his turn. I even didn’t now he was still involved with anything DC related.

Considering other four major States – California, New York, Maine, and New Jersey rejected such a law, I guess this is pretty symbolic for DC then. If the bill becomes law, the district will join Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts and Vermont in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. They will be able to wed in New Hampshire starting in January.

So, I guess all these rallies worth it

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Hi, My Name is Elias, I am a Dupont Circleholic!

by Elias Shams
And, NO! I am not gay 🙂

Considering my first boy was born in Dupont Circle area, how could I be so stupid not to start my blog with covering this great area, one of my favorite places in the Washington, D.C?

Those of you not familiar with the D.C, Dupont Circle is known for its gay & lesbian community. Well, correction – it used to be known as the main hub for gays & lesbians till 2002 or 2003. Something changed. After four years of goofing around in Europe, ever since, I moved back to D.C in summer of 2006, It looks like most of the gay and lesbian community have moved to the U street – a few blocks further to the East. Even one of their old hangout clubs, the Circle is now a hang out club for straights. It is called Cazuza. Hey, don’t get me wrong. I got nothing against them. In fact, I have four gay friends – one from Madrid, one from D.C, and two from Tehran. Did you hear that Mr. Ahmadinejad? Gays from Tehran. Yes, there are tons of them in Iran and other part of the world.

Anyway, enough of gay, lesbian, and straight stuff. Back to the Dupont Circle:

Dupont Circle is also known for its funky shops and trendy restaurants and bars. This neighborhood is the heart of Washington, D.C’s nightlife. The area is one of the hippest neighborhoods in town. I’d say over 80% of Dupont Circle is a cosmopolitan neighborhood with some of historic homes and foreign embassies as well as a variety of ethnic restaurants, bookstores, and other private art galleries. Its cosmopolitan air draws visitors both young and old. You can easily notice seven girls for a guy in the area which is right along the poll the Washington Post conducted a few years ago. Great news for the us. 🙂

It used to be a neighborhood of old money. Dupont Circle today is home to artists, intellectuals, young professionals, many recent college graduates, and me. There are many high-rise apartment buildings and many rowhouses have been converted into apartments. The Circle itself is a gathering place with park benches, grass and a unique fountain in the center. The neighborhood, today is the house of art museums, restaurants, embassies and fun shops. Dupont Circle is also home to the Phillips Collection, one of the city’s foremost art museums with paintings by Renoir, Degas and Cezanne. In fact, it was the first museums I took my first date back in 1989 when I was still going to school. I just wanted to pretend I was cultured. Not that I am not. You know, it was one of those classic stupid guy thing. I just wish I had done my homework about the museum prior the date, cuz she ended up being my first and last date once she found out I didn’t know jack about Renoir, Degas and Cezanne.

Here are two great clips of Dupont Circle I found on Youtube. No, I am not in any of the videos:

We were also mentioned in The American President movie Michael Douglas played as the U.S. President:-) not in a positive tone though 😦

Check out a picture gallery of Dupont Circle and the surrounding area.

The area is located North of Downtown, East of Rock Creek Park, South of Adams Morgan and Kalorama, and West of Logan Circle. Map of Dupont Circle .

Public Transportation is very easy, but parking might be bitch – especially over the weekend.
Metro station: Dupont Circle

Nightlife in Dupont Circle is great. This neighborhood is one of the most popular destinations in the city for nightlife. See a guide to Dupont Circle Bars and Nightclubs.
Major Attractions Near Dupont Circle:

The Textile Museum
National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall
Woman’s National Democratic Club Museum
Embassy Row
Woodrow Wilson House
The Phillips Collection
National Museum of American Jewish Military History
The Brewmaster’s Castle
Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
The Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle

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