UPDATE: You can view the 75 minute video of the panel presentation below.
At Netroots Nation, the annual political convention for American progressive political activists, this year marks the first time that the organizers have chosen a transgender-themed panel to be presented among the 70-odd panels of the four-day conference.
You can watch it here, streamed live, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time today. If possible, I will add in the video of the panel so that you can watch it later, though I am not sure if that will be available.
The panel was the brainchild of GLAD's Carisa Cunningham and Amanda Johnston, who were struck by the complete lack of transgender content in the conference. Given the role that the online community plays and has played for transgender people - both in political organizing and in forming identity - and given the number of outstanding transgender bloggers at work - they thought this was a gap that should be filled, and they filled it.
The title of the panel is "Blogging for Transgender Equality: History, Challenges & Progress."
Here is the description of the panel:
"Transgender advocacy has exploded in recent years. Online organizing has been crucial to creating a visible transgender community. It's also been crucial to creating offline change on the ground. One example is the outcry against the 2007 stripping of gender identity protections from the federal Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA), which was reversed in 2009, demonstrating this community's online power."
"The panel will talk about the role of online activism in securing a place at the table for the transgender community, despite the prejudices, and how trans bloggers and activists translated their online efforts into offline political and policy results, despite the political forces in opposition. We will also explain why political allies should connect with trans issues in their blogging and activism."
"Presenters will share examples of the powerful role this online community plays in moving progressive rights forward, while also examining what is missing from the conversation."
The speakers are:
*Jennifer L. Levi, Director of the Transgender Rights Project of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
*Autumn Sandeen, blogger at Pam's House Blend
*Monica Roberts, editor and blogger at TransGriot
*Jos Truitt, editor and blogger at Feministing
*Moderator: Dr. Jillian Weiss, blogger and Associate Editor at Bilerico
I hope that we will be able to provide an entertaining and insightful look into the power of blogging and online activism.
UPDATE: The 75 minute video of the panel presentation is below. The panel was well-attended, about 150-200 people there. We took a lot of questions and tweets from the audience in the room and watching at home on the livestream. I hope to put up a video of it soon. Thanks to all who tuned in!