October 2, 2013 at 6:00 am EDT | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Queery: Curtis Tate
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NLGJA D.C. Chapter President Curtis Tate (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

As far as journalists go, reporter Curtis Tate has fairly broad reach with his job as a transportation reporter for the McClatchy Washington Bureau.

Not only do his stories regularly appear in the chain’s 30 papers, they’re syndicated through the Tribune News Service and get picked up in hundreds of other papers.

The 34-year-old Louisville, Ky., native came to Washington a bit more than five years ago to join the company, where he started as a night editor. That followed stints at the Indianapolis Star and Dow Jones in New Jersey.

Tate has been active with the D.C. Chapter of the National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association for about seven years and is its current president. The group’s monthly happy hour is Monday at 6 p.m. at MOVA (2204 14th St., N.W.). Find the group on Facebook at NLGJA-DC.

“We have a lot of members in the LGBT media and a lot who work for other national media and in online media as well,” Tate says. “As fragmented as journalism has become in some ways, I think for us as LGBT journalists, having this group is extremely valuable.”

Tate is single and lives on Capitol Hill. He enjoys biking, travel, photography, music, food and wine in his free time.


How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?

Since 18 and myself.


Who’s your LGBT hero?

Harvey Milk, Bayard Rustin, Billie Jean King

What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present? 

Busboys & Poets


Describe your dream wedding.

On the beach or in the mountains, with just close family and friends.


What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?

Transportation, which is what I cover for McClatchy.


What historical outcome would you change?

The present, before it becomes history.


What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?

Dressing up for Halloween as a Rubik’s Cube.


On what do you insist?

Washing hands.


What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?

Photos from a 36-mile bike ride last weekend (sore legs not pictured).


If your life were a book, what would the title be?

“Trains of Thought: How I Got Sidetracked and Got There Anyway”


If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.


What do you believe in beyond the physical world? 

It’s all in my head.


What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?

Keep up the good work.


What would you walk across hot coals for?

Grandma’s Vietnamese cooking.


What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?

That there is a “man” and a “woman” in every relationship.


What’s your favorite LGBT movie?

“The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”


What’s the most overrated social custom?

Giving gifts, sending notes, making calls to your loved ones on holidays, instead of spontaneously or when they need it.


What trophy or prize do you most covet?

I like giving them more than receiving them.


What do you wish you’d known at 18?

Sometimes it takes a few tries.


Why Washington?

We go back a long way.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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