Brandon Waggoner, 36, is commissioner of the D.C. Gay Flag Football League, a volunteer position overseeing operations of the growing league, which boasts more than 200 players and has created a new community for local gay (and straight) amateur athletes. The league holds its holiday party next Thursday, Dec. 18 from 7-10 p.m. at Nellie’s.
“The league is an opportunity to meet and interact with a great group of people,” said Waggoner. “We also raise money to fund scholarships and have fun doing it.”
Originally from Spur, Texas, Waggoner has lived in the D.C. area for about 10 years. He’s an attorney who works as an account manager for Westlaw. Waggoner is single and lives in Adams Morgan. He enjoys dinner with friends, board games and watching Netflix (mostly “Frasier”) in his free time. In the summer, Waggoner enjoys spending time in Rehoboth Beach — you might have seen him on stage at the Blue Moon during Pamala Stanley’s popular show.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I told a few people in college but really came out in law school in 2003. The hardest person to tell was my nephew, who’s a bit like my brother. He and I were very close but he was a youth minister for a Southern Baptist church and I wasn’t sure how he would handle it.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
All the out gay kids in high schools around the country who are changing minds one at a time just by being themselves.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
Given my interests (playing/watching football) and the place I visit the most, I’d say Nellie’s.
Describe your dream wedding.
A wedding in which I’m marrying the love of my life. Oh yeah, and where we’re all dancing to fun music afterwards.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
I’ve always been incredibly opposed to the death penalty, in all circumstances. It simply makes no sense, isn’t applied fairly, nor does it deter future crime.
What historical outcome would you change?
There are so many. I love U.S. presidential history so I’ll say the assassination of President Lincoln. I wonder how much different the southern states would have been had Lincoln been able to fill out his term.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
When Mark McGuire broke the single-season homerun record.
On what do you insist?
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
“Decided not to go to NYC due to the weather, so to get my fill I’m watching You’ve Got Mail for what must be the 67th time.”
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“Figuring Out Life”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
Find the hottest straight guy and convince him “Gay’s the Way!”
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
It depends on when you ask me, I suppose. It’s hard for me to believe that when we die, we simply just die. But I oscillate back and forth on what I do believe happens post death. Right now I’ll say we go to a fluffy blue and white place called heaven where everyone loves one another.
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Carry on. The past decade has been the result of the previous 50 years of hard work and dedication.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
My close family, friends and most things I truly believe in.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
It’s slowly dissipating but I’ll say the stereotype that gays don’t like sports.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
I don’t watch a ton of movies but I watched “The Weekend” a while ago and thought it was well done.
What’s the most overrated social custom?
I’m not huge into kissing to say hi, even if it’s just on the cheek.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
I’ll say two — the GayBowl Championship and the D.C. Gay Flag Football League (“DCGFFL”) Championship. I’m ready to join the Champions Club!
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
Lots of things. Probably the one that would have been most useful was knowing that life was going to be OK when people found out that I liked men.
Washington is full of incredibly intelligent, attractive and ambitious people from many different backgrounds. It also never becomes stagnant; with each election a new crop of ambitious people filter in and keep it fresh.