Metro Weekly

All posts by Todd Franson

  • There's Smoke, No Ire

    Not long ago, smoking was a contentious topic in the local GLBT community with an intense -- and occasionally acrimonious -- debate over a ban...

  • Folk Confessional

    Tom Goss Spend an hour with local troubadour Tom Goss and you're bound to fall in love with him. The gay 27-year-old native of Kenosha,...

  • Consuming Cannabis

    Mary Jane's quasi-legal cousin, industrial hemp, has a million uses. It's also environmentally favorable. According to the San Francisco-based Hemp Industries Association, hemp requires no...

  • Products Full of Sunshine

    If calculators and watches are what come to mind when thinking about solar-powered devices, you've got some of catching up to do. Our lucky little...

  • Transforming Corrections

    D.C. Trans Coalition continues effort to amend DOC guidelines on transgender inmates Complaints regarding the handling of transgender inmates in D.C. jails, including stories from...

  • Sean Bugg

    Writing about federal tax issues upon coming to Washington in 1989 with a journalism degree did not suck the life out of Sean Bugg. But...

  • Heather Mizeur

    Looking back over the past year, Maryland State Del. Heather Mizeur says she is most proud of a handful of bills that she sponsored in...

  • SaVanna Wanzer

    Born and raised in the District, SaVanna Wanzer began advocating for transgender equality due to the rejection she faced from her own family. ''When I...

  • Budding Prides

    Unity might be key in celebrating Capital Pride. There is, however, also something special about celebrating what might set a group apart, says SaVanna Wanzer,...

  • The Board of Black Lesbian & Gay Pride Day, Inc

    Courtney R. Snowden, President Ray Daniels, Vice President Christopher Lane, Corresponding

  • Half Naked

    Pools in northern climes are set to open this weekend and the beaches are starting to warm. Whether you've been working out or not, you...

  • Behind the Curtain

    Organizing Washington, D.C.'s Black Pride event, now in its 18th year, is no easy feat. Yet the hundreds of people involved in planning, organizing and...

  • Good Hair Days

    Whether you like it up or down, there are some things your hair just won't do. CVS and Rite Aid may offer aisles of products,...

  • Eastward Ho

    A vast range of influences from various countries, cultures and religions are lumped into what people call ''Eastern Art.'' And unless you know what to...

  • Final Bow

    Before Scott Barker learns how to play the fiddle, the 43-year-old will take his final bow with the D.C. Different Drummers' Capitol Pride Symphonic Band....