Several of you have written privately or left comments on various posts wishing us well in our new format and have asked, "What's next? What else can you do?" While I told everyone to stay tuned, today I'm pleased to say I can announce what you'll find on the site next week!
Starting next Monday, we'll have three new contributors! As word of The Bilerico Project and our unique experiment into LGBTQ discussion has grown, we've had several solicitations to join us as contributors. We're weeding through the writing samples to bring you the best opinion and commentary about our lives that you'll find anywhere online. We're a diverse community - and we need a site that reflects that.
So next week, you'll find these folks settling in and making The Bilerico Project home...
Ethan St. Pierre - Ethan is a FtM transsexual gender activist. In 1999 he learned of the transgender movement and began to lobby Congress on behalf of hate crime victims and survivors. He is the board chair of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition. Ethan is a board member of the International Foundation for Gender Education, he is a board member of Families United Against Hate, and he works with the Remembering Our Dead Project as coordinator of The International Transgender Day of Remembrance and investigates and updates the statistics of those who are murdered as a result of anti-transgender violence or hatred. Ethan is the founder and creator of the TransFM internet broadcasting network.
Steve Ralls - Steve is the Director of Communications for the Servicemember's Legal Defense Network. In his work with SLDN, he has become a recognized authority on the military's gay ban. Steve serves as SLDN spokesperson, liason to members of the press corps, and works in formulating and implementing communications policy. He also serves on the steering committee for OUTfront, the LGBT program of the Nobel Prize-winning organization Amnesty International.
Michael Crawford - Michael is an African-American LGBT activist and blogger based in D.C. He has worked to advance LGBT civil rights at the national and state levels as a former staff member of the Human Rights Campaign and an organizer of the Millennium March on Washington. He blogs at bloggernista.com.
(As a reminder, none of our contributors are on The Bilerico Project to represent any organization they may be affiliated with. All of our bloggers are here simply to present their own ideas and opinions on the topics of the day. While they may talk about actions they are involved in, this does not constitute an endorsement of either their organization by The Bilerico Project or an endorsement of TBP by the organization.)
Please welcome Ethan, Steve and Michael to The Bilerico Project. We're sure you'll love reading what they have to say about our community and our priorities.