Love Wins

“Love Wins” is the title of a book that Jim Obergefell wrote about his experiences being the lead named plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, about the landmark decision that held that the Constitution guarantees the right of same-sex couples to marry across the United States. Almost…

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Out To Sea With Matt Yee

Dinner 97 is online! This is my meal at sea with entertainer and singer/songwriter Matt Yee, who is a mainstay of gay and straight cruise ships performing his cabaret act to packed audiences. In late January we were on the same cruise, and so one night when he had a…

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On Racism In America

W. Ralph Eubanks is a writer, educator and scholar with an extensive history covering racism in America — both his experiences growing up African-American, as well as broader issues such as the institutionalized economic racism he’s researching for his next book. In addition to all that expertise, he’s also fantastic…

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Dinner With David

Recently, I met with the winner of a silent auction. The twist was that dinner with me was the prize at the auction. I’d offered an interview for the site to help raise funds for college scholarships for LGBT athletes, and (much to my shock) people actually bid on it….

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Chatting With A Cinematographer

Brad Rushing lives his life behind a lens. He’s an award-winning cinematographer (or director of photography) whose work has included music videos for stars such as Britney Spears, Eminem and Nelly; movies working with a host of well-known actors, actresses and directors; and commercials for dozens of big corporations. Brad…

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Saving Democracy With Senator Larry Pressler

Former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler (R-SD) wants to save democracy. Larry, who left the Senate in 1997 after an unsuccessful reelection bid, has been using his post-Congress career to teach students about the importance of civil service. His hope is to inspire a new generation of informed voters who might…

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An Evening With Eleanor Clift

Eleanor Clift is a famous liberal reporter, perhaps best known to many American television viewers as one of the pundits on the weekly political talk show The McLaughlin Group. Although she’s still busy reporting these days writing for The Daily Beast, she took a few hours out of her schedule…

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Supper With A State Senator

Cheryl Kagan would love a private life — but that’s not possible right now. That’s because she’s the Maryland state senator for district 17, covering Gaithersburg and Rockville. As she told me during a dinner interview, it’s a non-stop job that involves a very public life. That makes it difficult…

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Life On The Road

Bill and Laura Johnson live their lives on the road. They spend more than half the year traveling in their motor home to various states, motivated only by what they think might be interesting. The couple, both in their 60s, told me that they love the potential of going to…

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A Night At Nellie’s

Doug Schantz doesn’t care for sports and doesn’t cook — but that didn’t stop him from following through on his dream of opening a gay sports bar in Washington, DC. Nellie’s Sports Bar has been open since 2007 and remains incredibly popular with a mixed gay and straight crowd, with…

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