Bil Browning

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Filed By Bil Browning | August 01, 2007 9:05 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: open thread, updates

I'll be gone most of the morning, so it'll be up to the other contributors to keep you company while I'm out working. To give you something to do while I'm gone, I thought I'd throw up an open thread as a conversation starter.

We're thinking about adding a couple new features here on the site. But I'd like to get your opinion... What would you like to see added to the Project? Horoscopes? More cartoonists? New contributors? (If so, feel free to suggest names!) More video content? More coverage of XYZ issue? Tell us what you want and we'll do our best to accommodate.


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Horoscopes….
Everybody has them and most of them are not that accurate.

Cartoons….
Sure, humor is always welcome and a good way to provide relief from the serious topics.
Most transfolk take themselves too seriously to find humor in some of the trans-specific cartoons I have seen over the years. Too many fundie and right wing comics can get old real fast. Political cartoons in general are like salt when used sparingly adds to the flavor but when over used can destroy a dish.

Contributors……
Go for it, I am sorry to say I cannot recommend any.
Trans commentators tend to take themselves too seriously besides I think if I hear one more commentary on “The Bathroom Issue” I think will barf.

I started reading this site a week before I started posting comments here.
What you have to start with is a good formula. For someone like myself who is lightly involved in the GLBT community and involved a great deal in the TG/TS communities, this place is a refreshing change from the usual slurry that passes for GLBT news, views and commentary.

So in closing I would add Keep up the Good work.
Take care,
Sue

A. J. Lopp | August 1, 2007 1:34 PM

A tiny, tiny suggestion: Since posts now include a headshot of the contributor, the contributors that post the most often might have a portfolio of different shots that get rotated, or selected randomly. Some b/w, some color, some smiling, some irked, etc. This would add some variety and keep an over-used headshot from becoming the contributor's "Bilerico logo".

One word: Multimedia.

How about podcasts and videos.

muliebrity | August 1, 2007 2:33 PM

Honestly I feel like you may have reached a saturation point, at least for the time being. I feel like there's almost too much new stuff (and new people) to keep up. I used to feel like I "knew" all the contributors. Now I can barely remember who they are without looking at their bios.

All VERY good suggestions!

Allen: The rotating the headshots would take a lot of work. Do you know how long it took to get everyone to send that one in to me? *grins*

Emelia: Good suggestion. We actually have one podcast on the site from a while back. I started to do a podcast show but with activism, a job, the blog and everything else it's fallen by the wayside. I even have 2 interviews in the can that I never did anything with! We're thinking about switching over to a daily video show instead.

Muliebrity: I wondered about this. With 32 contributors now (and a couple more on the way most likely) and the complete redesign, I wondered how our "older" readers (by which I mean from before the change) were getting on.

muliebrity | August 1, 2007 3:41 PM

I like the new format. It's all the new people I can't stand. Kidding! It just takes some getting used to - it's not the site I started reading, but that's okay. And I do enjoy most of the new contributors quite a bit, it's just a lot more stuff to process.

A. J. Lopp | August 2, 2007 2:25 PM

Bil: Well, I didn't want to name names, but I meant mostly you and Alex. Sorry! (* looking down and pouting *)

Alternatively, maybe your headshots could have little screen-savers inside of them? ... "Mystify" would work, but "OpenGL 3-D Pipes" would really wow us! ... Jerame, I'm sure, could whip that up in just a half-hour or so ...

(But I bet you can guess what I'm really trying to manipulate Bilerico into supplying us with ... more tiny pictures of Alex! That's what we really want! More pics of Alex!)

mingusqcat | August 2, 2007 2:30 PM

I love the diversity of opinions here. But I'd really like to see more women & bi contributors.

A. J. Lopp | August 2, 2007 4:17 PM

Now, getting serious ... (yes, I actually do that every once in a while) ...

One important issue that I haven't seen discussed here is the notion of "serosorting" to prevent new HIV infections among gay men. (check out Petrelis Files) Basically, it's the idea that HIV-poz men only have sex with other HIV-poz men.

The idea is simple to apply when poz men are involved, because rarely does anyone lie when they say they are poz. Among negs, the issue is more problematic, because a) some poz guys claim they are neg, for obvious reasons, and b) some poz guys honestly don't know they are poz and, in fact, feel certain they are neg.

As the post at the link above discusses, some cities have evidence that serosorting can reduce the incidence of new sero-conversions dramatically. If this is so, then serosorting ought to be more widely discussed, at a minimum, if not encouraged. The HIV prevention agencies have not gotten on this bandwagon, possibly because they consider serosorting as a reinforcement of HIV-phobia. My concern is this: Is serosorting possibly a bad idea because it could be a good recipe for breeding new strains of drug-resistant HIV?

So, it seems to me that open discussion on serosorting could be beneficial, but the topic is complex because it also touches on issues such as HIV agencies "censoring" effective methods at HIV prevention for social and political, rather than health, reasons.

As for Bilerico specifically, I am sure that practically all of the contributors are concerned about HIV prevention. However, unless I miss something in someone's bio, no one contributor actually specializes on HIV issues. Unless we subscribe to the (mistaken, I believe) mantra that "AIDS is over", this might be a surprising hole in the contributor mix. Certainly, someone who can cover HIV/AIDS among gay men and who is also competent at focusing on HIV issues among People of Color, among women, and in midwestern cities specifically, might be particularly useful.