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About A.M. Bowen

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ambowen@thenewgay.net


I come from Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and when we read The Grapes of Wrath in my eleventh grade English class, class discussion did not involve socialism, but how the Joads pulled themselves up by the bootstraps. Hell of a place, Anne Arundel; but my friends and family are great. I currently live in Washington, DC, which is a wonderfully progressive mess, and I hope to keep on writing about messy, fascinating things.

Recent Posts by A.M. Bowen:

Friday Staff Survey, Ideas »

[25 Mar 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Tell Me About Yourself

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I present myself to other people. I tend to sort-of explode at a person I’ve just met: lots of gesticulation, weird references, excitability. Part of me wonders whether my self-expression is a queer thing, that the explosion is a result of having kept stuff inside for too long. This week I wanted to run a sort-of test. I wrote to the TNG staff, “Ever had somebody you just met go “tell me about yourself?”

Politics »

[25 Feb 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
How the GLLU Made Nice With Some DC Activists

Complications aside, the activists with the most access to Washington, DC’s police have, from 2010 and into the present, developed a functional relationship with it.

Politics »

[24 Feb 2011 | Comments Off | ]
GLLU: Decentralization and Its Discontents

In 2009, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier cut the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit down to four officers, and the unit’s core officers stopped investigating hate crimes like they once did. Activists got angry–but kept working with the unit.

Politics »

[22 Feb 2011 | 9 Comments | ]
Whatever happened to the GLLU, Mr. Mayor?

Washington, DC’s mayor implied that he’d bring a once-beloved Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit of the police department back to full strength, following some demoralizing policy changes. Local activists who work with the unit say that isn’t going to happen.

History »

[13 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Why Don’t Gender Rights Have a Bigger Queer Following?

When policymakers consider putting anyone other than heterosexual males in combat, such policymaking elicits this freaky protective reaction from right-wingers.

Commentary »

[21 Dec 2010 | 8 Comments | ]
Why Doesn’t Simpler Language Have a Bigger Queer Following?

When I write about queer issues, I feel like it’s almost impossible to adequately explain what I mean. It’s hard to write clearly when you feel like every term has a caveat.

Politics »

[17 Dec 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Log Cabin and the Perils of Optimism

The Human Rights Campaign, with its fancy building evincing extensive resources, couldn’t squeeze ENDA or a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal out of the Democrats in Congress and the Executive Branch. But as I was about to be told, Log Cabin, preparing for Republican takeover of the House in an office suite, believed it could get more out of John Boehner and company.