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Sean Bugg
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A writer, an editor, a co-publisher for Metro Weekly, Washington's No. 1 LGBT news source
A writer, an editor, a co-publisher for Metro Weekly, Washington's No. 1 LGBT news source

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My column for this week: "We get comfortable. We forget how much hatred some people still hold. We forget that our impending yet incomplete victories leave too many of us vulnerable to disdain, to discrimination, to violence. We forget the hard work of change in favor of frivolous arguments over Queen Latifah's glass closet."

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My latest column, asking if we can pretty please with sugar on top stop talking about Hillary Clinton -- or anyone else, really -- and the 2016 presidential race. Cause we have a few things still happening here in 2013.

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So the news is officially public: I'm stepping down from my position as co-publisher at Metro Weekly to focus full-time on the Next Generation Leadership Foundation. Because I helped launch the magazine two decades ago with Randy Shulman and worked full-time as an editor and publisher for the past 13 years, this is obviously a big decision for me and I'm thankful to Randy and our entire staff for the support. 

I'll be talking a lot more about the Next Gen Foundation in the coming months, but I also want to extend my thanks to my initial board members who've helped make this organization a reality: Dan Hewitt, Linh Hoang, Mike Larson, Victoria Diane Kirby, Kim Rosenberg and Cavin Le. Also, a special shout out to my cousin, Reagan Walker, whose advice and guidance helped jumpstart all this. I'm lucky to have so many great people in my life.

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Another week, another column from me about Russia. Part of what has me angry this week happened closer to home, as Maryland's Deputy Secretary of State Peter Fosselman defending keeping a "sister state" relationship with St. Petersburg: "By strengthening relationships with others, we can educate people and share with them our values as they pertain to human rights."

Imagine that quote being said in the 1980s about South Africa during the height of the anti-apartheid movement. It would have been considered outrageous, as it would be today if it were said about a "sister state" relationship with a government enacting similar laws against Jews, women, Christians or Muslims.

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Among some steps that can be taken? Having Maryland sever its "sister state" relationship with St. Petersburg. And much, much more. My new Metro Weekly column for this week. 

Also, as a note on language, I try not to use the word evil very often because it can denude the word of meaning. But I'm going to be using is a lot when writing about Russia, because you have to call the real thing by its real name.

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My column for this week on the misguided effort to boycott Stoli, too frivolous (and confused and off target) a response to some monstrous hate taking deeper root in Russia. There are bigger and more relevant targets we need to be looking at.

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My latest column, on why anti-gay activist Orson Scott Card -- who has long been a particularly nasty piece of work -- shouldn't be making money from LGBT people for the new movie of his novel Ender's Game.

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My interview with Lynda Carter, the Super Grand Marshal for this Saturday's Capital Pride Parade.

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Metro Weekly turns 19 with today's issue. My column for this week about all the big anniversaries I have this spring, including my sixth wedding anniversary. Fun times during the pretties time of the year.

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Taking a somewhat debaucherous journey through my memories of Tracks, the famed DC nightclub that will be celebrated this weekend at Town. Sometimes even I can't believe the stuff I got away with in my twenties.
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