21 Apr 2010

Thank You, Dorothy Height

Living and working in Washington, it’s not unusual to run in to famous people. No, not "movie star famous." At least not most of the time. But people who hold important positions or people whose work and actions have made history, and made a difference in the lives of countless

24 Mar 2010

The Tea Party “Drops By”

Well, that didn’t take long. First members of Congress were pelted with bigoted slurs and spit upon, by a crowd cheered on by Republican members of Congress, to the point that the Speaker and congressional Democrats walked across the capitol complex flanked by police — their to protect them from

11 Mar 2010

Transformational Ties

Originally published in MetroWeekly. It’s funny, and often fascinating, how so much can change in such a short time — and yet change so little. When our family arrived back home on Tuesday evening, we were the same family we were when we left home that afternoon. Yet, as a

03 Mar 2010

Making It Legal

I suppose it’s no secret anymore. We went down to the courthouse this morning, and got a place in line. At least 16 couples were waiting at 7:15 a.m. inside the city’s Moultrie courthouse, which houses the marriage bureau and is just blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Sinjoyla Townsend, 41,

13 Jan 2010

D.C.’s Murderous Anti-Prostitution Policy

Sign the petition. Tell D.C., San Francisco and New York: Condoms Aren’t a Crime! Apparently all you need to do to be arrested for prostitution in D.C. is carry three or more condoms. Seriously. Think you might get lucky tonight? Well, if you’re in D.C., don’t bring more than two

28 Oct 2009

Reclaiming “We”

Mike Elk couldn’t have been more right in his thinking about what Martin Luther King, Jr. would have thought of the Teabaggers, Birthers, etc. He would have seen that those faces that at first glance seem twisted in anger are really twisted in pain. He would recognize those faces as

23 Oct 2009

Singing For Health Care Reform

(Full disclosure: The group that organized the protest is one I work with on my job.) This is something I wish I’d been a part of, and I hope they call me if they need an extra baritone next time. (It’s rare that my vocal training and my politics intersect.)

16 Sep 2009

The Morality of Health Care Reform, Pt. 2

“We are determined to make every American citizen the subject of his country’s interest and concern; and we will never regard any faithful law-abiding group within our borders as superfluous. The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it

15 Sep 2009

The Morality of Health Care Reform: Competing Voices

During Take Back America 2008, I spent part of a day running around with a camera and a microphone asking people which issue was most important to them in the upcoming election. Just when I thought I was done, the camera turned to me and I was faced with the

05 Aug 2009

Be Who You Are

School will soon start again, and countless LGBT youth will return to classrooms all over the country. Some will return to schools where they find support and protection from harassment – where administrators and teachers work together to ensure a safe learning environment to all students. Some won’t.