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 forty-ish African American gay man, living in Washington, D.C. I’ve lived here for 15 years, four of which I lived in the Logan Circle neighborhood with my wonderful husband and son. Now live in Maryland, with my wonder husband and sons.

Starting in late July 2004, I worked at EchoDitto, Inc., a political internet strategy firm, as blog master. You can find the story of how I got the job here. Now I’m working as an independent blogging & media consultant.

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 since the fall os 2000, 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. Five years later we adopted another son, just two days old. And that, in a nutshell, is my life until now.

3 Comments

  1. I just found you from the web. So enjoyable read another gay Buddhist blogger.

  2. T.: I just discovered your site thanks to Alternet — your article on being “suspected while black” — almost an operational definition of police racism in America. The testimonials were vivid and very touching. Knowing the way Latin@s are often similarly treated (Latin@=immigrant=criminal/suspect), and having watched many of the horrors you cite against Black men, I tremble. This society is in deep pathological shit — and my life-lesson (while I’m out there watching my ass) is that this sort of hate always comes back somehow to bite the haters in the butt, (Which actually is sad.)

    Actually, I got most of the way through the piece and then went to your site, where I was pleased to discover that you are a gay father. That really knocked me over.

    So, I had to write with these little words of thanks.

    I will use your article in an early-semester class exercise this fall — to see what my poorly educated students (by which I mean suburban public education in America) can read between the lines.

    Keep up the good fight — you definitely gave me some inspiration today.

    -Jorge
    Ber(zer)keley, California

  3. Shortly thereafter, I realized that I had to get out of Augusta, Georgia.

    I grew up in Augusta, too. I’ve been reading your blog for a while and I guess I never read your About page, because I hadn’t know this about you. Anyway, I can understand that feeling!

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