The Republic of T.

Black. Gay. Father. Vegetarian. Buddhist. Liberal.

About

So you want to know about me? I think the brief description on the homepage pretty much says it all. But for those who want a bit more detail, I’ll try to offer it here. This page will probably be updated from time to time, until I’m satisfied with it.

I’m a thirty-something African American gay man, living in Washington, D.C. I’ve lived here for more than 10 years, four of which I lived in the Logan Circle neighborhood with my wonderful husband and son. Now live in Chevy Chase, Maryland

From late July 2004 to June 2007, I was the blogmaster at EchoDitto, Inc., a political internet strategy firm. You can find the story of how I got the job here.

I grew up in Augusta, Georgia. I graduated from Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, where I majored in acting and voice. Around the age of 12 or 13, I realized that I was gay. Shortly thereafter, I realized that I had to get out of Augusta, Georgia.

Upon graduating, I managed to get as far as Athens, Georgia, where I attended the University of Georgia and obtained a degree in English. While there, I also managed to write for the student-run newspaper (though I don’t think any of my old columns are online), do a talk show for the student-run radio station, join the university’s debate and literary society, and join and co-direct the campus gay & lesbian organization. It’s that last bit that led to my move to D.C.

After graduating, I worked at the university, and looked for a job in Atlanta. While in Atlanta for an interview, I met up with an acquaintance from my days with the gay group on campus. She said she worked for an organization in D.C. that might have a job for me. I sent a resume, got interviewed, and ended up accepting a job from the Human Rights Campaign. That’s where I cut my teeth on D.C. politics, so to speak. I was there for almost four years before moving on to a brief stint at the Lambda Literary Foundation as assistant editor of the Lambda Book Report. From there I went to work at the National Minority AIDS Council, where I remained for a number of years before moving on to Partnership for Caring (now defunct). After a couple of years, I went onto work at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Then someone at EchoDitto discovered this blog, emailed me, interviewed me, and I went to work there.

Some random stuff. I’ve been a vegetarian for over 10 years, I stopped smoking 6 years ago, and I also don’t drink alcohol. About four years ago, I was diagnosed with adult Attention Deficit Disorder (minus the hyperactivity), something I’ve pretty much had all my life, and finally started getting treated for it.

My husband and I have been together for almost seven years, after meeting through a personals ad on Love@AOL. (I answered his.) In November of 2002, we became parents upon adopting our son, who was just four days old when we took home from the hospital. A year after our son was born, I started this blog. And that, in a nutshell, is my life until now.

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