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Kerry Eleveld: “LGBT Journalists Are More Necessary Than Ever”

June 02, 2011 6:22 pm ET by Equality Matters staff

Marking the beginning of DC Pride, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association hosted a panel Wednesday to discuss the importance and influence of LGBT journalists.

The panel included Bil Browning of the Bilerico Project, Chris Johnson of The Washington Blade, Sean Bugg of Metro Weekly, and Equality Matters’ own Kerry Eleveld.

During the discussion, the panelists noted that no mainstream outlet is capable or willing to fill the role currently played by LGBT journalists:

The future of LGBT journalism has been considered and debated extensively in the past few years, and the future of journalism as a whole has been speculated about even more so. But last night we saw that LGBT media is here to stay - no mainstream, non-niche outlet offers the same thorough reporting, commentary, and coverage of the issues that specifically affect the LGBT community.

Eleveld echoed that point, arguing that – so long as discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity continues to exist – LGBT journalists will have an important job to do:

I would hope that sometime in the next decade, LGBT political journalists will be unnecessary, [but at this point] LGBT journalists are more necessary than ever.


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