Washington, D.C., is home to a growing number of gay-friendly neighborhoods, and Gallup surveys show that 10% of the city's residents self-identify as LGBT, Jeremy Peters writes, noting the increasing openness among out government officials. "There's an openly gay presence that makes you think you're in the Castro or West Hollywood, and it wasn't always the case," said Robert Raben, an openly gay former assistant attorney general appointed by President Bill Clinton. "The federal government was a nightmare for homosexuals for decades, and then it wasn't."

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