Bil Browning

Earthquake in DC: Gay Org Staffers Sent Home

Filed By Bil Browning | August 23, 2011 3:15 PM | comments

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Tags: earthquake in DC, gay organizations, Hurricane Irene, Pat Robertson

An earthquake hit DC this afternoon, but everyone at Rancho Bilerico is safe and sound (except the DC-earthquake.jpgdog who still looks like she's going to jump out of her skin!). I've checked in with several area contributors and it doesn't look like anyone was hurt.

I was putting on shoes to go get something to eat when it hit; since I was standing one foot at the time, it knocked me on my butt. I was able to grab a vase and the TV before they bumped off the shelves. Since it was my first earthquake, I didn't realize what was happening until it was almost over.

Most of the LGBT organizations were dismissed early. Staffers at National Stonewall Democrats, National Coalition for LGBT Health, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Center for Transgender Equality, Immigration Equality, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, and Out for Work were all sent home.

Between today's earthquake and Sunday's expected landing of Hurricane Irene, somewhere Pat Robertson is getting an anti-gay religious conspiracy theory ready to trot out.

(Image via US Geological Association)

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Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | August 23, 2011 5:42 PM

So the rumors of a shakeup at those organizations may have some credibility after all?


Do you live east of the Fall Line? My parents live in Leesburg and were in Winchester and didn't feel anything. I wonder if you got an amplifying effect due to the soil composition where Washington DC is.

Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | August 23, 2011 7:39 PM

Brian Williams on NBC Nightly news this evening reports a "Twitter phenomenon" called "tremor envy".

Did all the federal officials and lobbyists run for cover in DC, or only our GLBT brethren? And did they actually go home or just head to the nearest watering hole? Just curious.

Bars were packed. Which was partly due to being let go with nowhere to go. There was terrible traffic. So you were kind of stuck. It felt like snowmaggedon, without the snow.

I know one bar was offering buy one get one free on all drinks last night to "celebrate" the earthquake.

The earthquake was God punishing Virginia for it's anti-gay state constitutional amendment. We have been warned.