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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About Sean Bugg

  • I’m the co-publisher of Metro Weekly, Washington, DC’s biggest and best gay and lesbian publication. Over the course of my 40-something years, I've been a good little golden boy, a sub-Ivy-League college grad, an annoying activist, a very active party boy, a humorist and a journalist -- if those last two have any distinction. In addition to the magazine, I’m a freelance writer, car reviewer, book addict, gamer, amateur tennis player and reasonably successful husband. I have my hands full.
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Gibbs is more just hopeless. How can they have such great speech writers and such horrible press secretaries? Is C.J. Cregg available?

Regarding SCOTUS not granting cert, there's a calculation involved there that as soon as I heard their denial, it struck me as perhaps better planned than most realize. Since it only take 4 to grant cert, it's highly likely that the four justices who might be solidly in our corner feared that they could end up solidifying the law and opposition to its overturning by taking the case. You don't take a case if you think it will hurt you more than help you.

I have to admit, what keeps puzzling me on the DADT issue is why lobbyists aren't bringing up the fact that it's not just the LGBT community who suffers under this policy. Straight people are victimized by it, as well. Women make up <20% of the US Armed Forces, but consistently they are the subjects of more than 50% of DADT charges. This is not just lesbians or bisexual women, but women who self-identify as heterosexual, some of whom are married to a man and have biological children with said man.

Because of the way that UCMJ is set up, the burden of proof rests on the defense, and it's impossible to prove that one does not possess specific feelings of identity or sexual interest. A lot of people still associate DADT w/ the gay/lesbian community, and while it's explicitly directed in that direction, we are hardly the only victims, and it's something that should be remembered.

The other thing that's always surprising to me is that no one points out that the numbers associated with DADT are only the individuals who are actually charged - SLDN advises servicemen/women to contact them immediately if the issue is raised, and often individuals are able to broker a deal which avoids a Dishonorable Discharge. The published numbers on DADT are woefully, woefully under-estimated.

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