Give Thanks: LGBT Communications

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It’s the Monday before a brief Thanksgiving break. Your dreams are taking you to a place of turkey, pumpkin pie and shopping heaven. It’s lovely there isn’t it? You’re reminded of family gatherings and that indescribable warmth of being home. For some of us in the LGBT community, this holiday season brings heartfelt and heartbreaking stories.

In preparation for holiday fun, I got to thinking about the things I’m grateful for. Here are a few (in the world of LGBT communications, in no particular order):

  1. Washington Blade – After 40 years of delivering LGBT news, the Washington Blade shut its doors after its parent company, Window Media, filed for bankruptcy. Thank you to the Blade for sharing LGBT news when others didn’t. Emerging at a time when the majority of the LGBT community was still in the closet, the Blade provided us with an outlet, a unified message to stand behind. It armed us for action and gave us a voice. The Blade’s editor, Kevin Naff, intends to launch a new LGBT publication. We look forward to seeing the new paper Kevin! For more on The Blade check out Michael’s post from last week.
  2. Young advocates – Fifth grader, Will Phillips and 17-year-old, James Neiley. Will Philips recently received much attention after he refused to say the pledge of allegiance to a country that discriminates against the LGBT community. James Neiley, a volunteer for Outright Vermont gave a moving and heartfelt speech to the Vermont Senate during the equal marriage rights debate. Cultivating young advocates is essential to the battle for equal rights. They provide a unique perspective and an unmatched passion for change. Young advocates fuel our progress. For a more intriguing list of the top 100 honorees by Out, go here.
  3. And finally, Lady Gaga. Though many people may call her odd, I do appreciate Lady Gaga and all that she brings to the music industry and to pop culture. Lady Gaga takes any opportunity to be vocal about homophobia and fight for equal rights. She thanked God and the gays in her MTV VMA award win, performed at Pride Festivals and the HRC gala, and walked with us at the National Equality March in October. Ra-ra Ga-Ga!

So tell us, what are a few things that you’re grateful for this year?

J0422463 It’s the Monday before a brief Thanksgiving break. Your dreams are taking you to a place of turkey, pumpkin pie and shopping heaven. It’s lovely there isn’t it? You’re reminded of family gatherings and that indescribable warmth of being home. For some of us in the LGBT community, this holiday season brings heartfelt and heartbreaking stories.

In preparation for holiday fun, I got to thinking about the things I’m grateful for. Here are a few (in the world of LGBT communications, in no particular order):

  1. Washington Blade – After 40 years of delivering LGBT news, the Washington Blade shut its doors after its parent company, Window Media, filed for bankruptcy. Thank you to the Blade for sharing LGBT news when others didn’t. Emerging at a time when the majority of the LGBT community was still in the closet, the Blade provided us with an outlet, a unified message to stand behind. It armed us for action and gave us a voice. The Blade’s editor, Kevin Naff, intends to launch a new LGBT publication. We look forward to seeing the new paper Kevin! For more on The Blade check out Michael’s post from last week.
  2. Young advocates – Fifth grader, Will Phillips and 17-year-old, James Neiley. Will Philips recently received much attention after he refused to say the pledge of allegiance to a country that discriminates against the LGBT community. James Neiley, a volunteer for Outright Vermont gave a moving and heartfelt speech to the Vermont Senate during the equal marriage rights debate. Cultivating young advocates is essential to the battle for equal rights. They provide a unique perspective and an unmatched passion for change. Young advocates fuel our progress. For a more intriguing list of the top 100 honorees by Out, go here.
  3. And finally, Lady Gaga. Though many people may call her odd, I do appreciate Lady Gaga and all that she brings to the music industry and to pop culture. Lady Gaga takes any opportunity to be vocal about homophobia and fight for equal rights. She thanked God and the gays in her MTV VMA award win, performed at Pride Festivals and the HRC gala, and walked with us at the National Equality March in October. Ra-ra Ga-Ga!

So tell us, what are a few things that you’re grateful for this year?

Posted on: Nov 23, 2009

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