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Miscellaneous writing

  • Foolish Thing Desire
    For gay men, the intersection of sex and race brings out the worst in a small number of people, who then make headaches for everyone else.
  • Deserve American
    Reducing citizenship to where you're born diminishes what it means to be an American for everyone.
  • This Land Is Your Land
    Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas came out as undocumented and challenged the nation on what it means to be American.
  • Daniel's Choice
    Faced with a decision between living with integrity or living a lie, West Point graduate and Iraq War veteran Lt. Daniel Choi chose honesty
  • Cross Cultural
    Cooking my first Thanksgiving dinner for my in-laws last year, things were going perfectly up until the point when I sliced off the tip of my finger.

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Since 2000, I've worked as editor-in-chief of Metro Weekly, D.C.'s gay and lesbian magazine -- I've written for it since the first issue more than 10 years ago. It's the accidental culmination of my childhood dream -- fueled by fervent watching of "Lou Grant" -- to be a journalist. It's not exactly the career path I dreamed of taking, but given how career dreams usually end up in the real world, I'm pretty darn pleased with it.

An urban transplant from rural Kentucky, I spent my early years in D.C. as a fairly stereotypical gay party boy, chronicling my adventures in a weekly column, "The Back Room." I've now settled down with my partner in the inner suburbs, where I enjoy unfettered parking, a more tolerable siren-to-silence ratio, and enough space that I only have to keep half of my books packed away in boxes.


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