Bil Browning

Out On Assignment: Queering the Media

Filed By Bil Browning | May 31, 2011 7:00 PM | comments

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Tags: LGBT journalists, National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, out on assignment, public appearance, The Advocate, Washington Blade

If you're in the DC area, you'll want to check out this Pride-related gathering hosted by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. I'd love to see some Projectors in the audience tomorrow night for the panel discussion "Out on Assignment: How LGBT Journalists Influence the Media Landscape."

The 6:45 p.m. panel, fully titled ''Out on Assignment: How LGBT Journalists Influence the Media Landscape,'' will be held at the Chastleton Ballroom (1701 16th St. NW), and feature four LGBT media mavens: Bil Browning, founder and editor-in-chief of The Bilerico Project; Sean Bugg, co-publisher of Metro Weekly; Kerry Eleveld, former Washington correspondent of The Advocate, now editor with Equality Matters; and Chris Johnson, Washington Blade reporter.

Elizabeth Birch, former executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, will offer her insights on the media ahead of the panel discussion, which should include ample time for questions from the audience. Friedman, who will moderate, gives much of the credit for the event to Anthony Shop, co-owner of Social Driver, a digital strategy and development company, as well as the volunteer chair of the National Press Club's events committee.

''We're going to have this panel, an introduction from a board member of the National Press Club and Elizabeth Birch,'' says Shop. ''No one knows better than the former director of HRC the role the media plays. I'm sure she'll have interesting remarks to make.

''The thought we had is that it's really important to have LGBT representation in the media. It's really important for us to have that perspective.''

The event starts at 7pm at the Chaselton Ballroom, 1701 16th St., N.W. in DC.

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Any chance this will be available as a podcast?

Go Bil! Please remind them that ours is a social justice movement, and you can't do that while ignoring other social justice movements or playing exclusionary "me, me, me!" games.

Cathy Renna Cathy Renna | June 1, 2011 7:54 AM

I think there are 2 issues that must be addressed:

1) the issue if diverse representations in the media - I assume the focus is news media (and am I missing something or is this an all-white panel? don't get me wrong, every person on it is more than qualified, but it strikes me that we clearly need more diversity in staffing, etc in the media world generally and particularly in lgbt media).
2) how do we decide the "go-tos" for issues in the movement - organizational leaders? Dan Savage? as the world of media and community organizing change, especially with the powers of blogging and social media, how do journalists make these decisions?

I wish I could be there! Good luck and I am sure it will be great