2024-05-29 3:13 PM

Anything But Straight: HRC’s Broken Promises

This was originally going to be a column defending the Human Rights Campaign. I had grown tired of people taking cheap potshots at them over inclusion (or not) of transgender Americans in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The gratuitous, invective-laced attacks appeared vicious, personal, counterproductive and designed to damage the organization – and hence the […]

David Brooks: A Still, Small Voice

A few weeks ago, I interviewed Deborah Pryce, the Republican congresswoman, in her Washington office. There was a doll propped up against a windowsill, and I wanted to ask her if it had belonged to her daughter, who died of cancer at age 9 in 1999. But that question seemed to trespass on something out […]

Off Track: Joshua James: The Basement Bard

Justin Townes Earle

  MySpace musicians will be eager to hear the tale of buzzy, Nebraskan songwriter Joshua James, whose whisper-soft vocals and lyrical acumen landed him a recording deal from the comfort of his basement.

Press Pass: Brett Dennen

Brett Dennen cares. That’s just who he is. At the holidays, he always feels sad because the gifts he gives to those closest to him, his friends and family in California, never feel like enough. When a recent sold-out show at the Hotel Café left a long line of fans waiting outside, while a number […]

Press Pass: Hem

It doesn’t seem to fit. It simply doesn’t follow that New York City, the city that gave the world The Ramones and the Beastie Boys would be home to a band that features a glockenspiel. It doesn’t seem possible that these pastoral songs befitting a Willa Cather novel would be born in the Borough of […]

Diverse Families Show Their Pride

Family Pride, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that works for equality for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) parents and their children, first came into the consciousness of many Northern Virginians last spring. That was when the 27-year-old organization helped organize families to participate in the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll.