From bloggers to newspaper editors, LGBT journalists are converging on Philadelphia this weekend to learn about ways to broaden our coverage, plus put faces to the names we all read each day.
The fourth-annual LGBT Media "Convening" is hosted by Bil Browning of the Bilerico Project, sponsored by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, and paid for by the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund.
I'm thrilled to be among the attendees, along with journalists from LGBT media outlets around the country and prominent blogs like Feministing, New Civil Rights Movement, Towleroad, Think Progress, Joe.My.God, Mombian, and many, many more. Atlanta's own Mark King, whose columns from his blog My Fabulous Disease sometimes appear on our website, is on the list too.
The official fun gets underway with a dinner tonight featuring Cleve Jones and David Mixner. In the meantime, I’m working from my hotel room at the Loews, where I have cranked the heat up ridiculously high — Philly is cold, y’all.
And like the silly Southern girl that I am, I’m secretly wishing tonight’s forecast of rain turns to snow. I mean, where better for the Weather Channel’s “Winter Storm Q” to hit than a town chock full of queer journalists?
I can hope for snow, in part, because I would get to enjoy it from the window and not be out in it, as tomorrow’s agenda calls for a full day of panel discussions.
We’ll have sessions on “LGBT Issues in the Age of Immigration Reform,” “Thinking Global: LGBT Action on International Issues,” “A Generation on the Move: LGBT Aging,” “Moving Beyond Trans 101” and “LGBT Workers and the Labor Movement.”
At 9 p.m. Saturday night, we’ll gather at Tavern on Carmac. The public is invited, so if you happen to be in Philly this weekend too, come join us!
And if you want to follow along with conference attendees via Twitter, we’re using #lgbtmedia13