H. Alexander Robinson

Black History LGBT Profiles: Pam Spaulding

Filed By H. Alexander Robinson | February 04, 2008 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Media
Tags: Black Gay History, black history, black LGBT

pam092007a.jpgPam Spaulding is the editor and publisher of Pam's House Blend, honored as "Best LGBT Blog" in the 2005 and 2006 Weblog Awards and ranked in the top 50 progressive political blogs. "The Blend," which averages 110,000 visitors a month, was launched in July 2004 as a personal response to the anti-gay state of the political landscape. She is also a frequent contributor to The Bilerico Project.

With roots in North Carolina and New York City, Spaulding considers herself to have "dual citizenship" status as a Southerner and a Yankee, and she brings that perspective to her blog, which focuses on current political events, LGBT and women's rights, the influence of the far Right, and race relations.


Michael Rogers, editor and publisher of gay blog PageOneQ.com, claims: "Pam is certainly the most important lesbian blogger in America. She's a lesbian in a gay blogging world that is overwhelmingly gay men. She's a blogger as a woman in an overwhelmingly male-dominated world and she's of color and the internet is so skewed to the privileged."

A regular contributor to the progressive blog Pandagon.net, Spaulding has also guest posted/contributed to Americablog, Firedoglake, The Rude Pundit, OurChart.com, The Bilerico Project, and written for The Independent Weekly. She has conducted a great number of interviews and has won a long list of awards.

Spaulding has also provided commentary on CNN during the 2008 presidential election cycle, spoken at national forums, and performed the first-ever live-blogging events for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network's annual dinner in May 2006 and the National Black Justice Coalition's Second Annual Black Church Summit in March 2007.

Pam has landed exclusive interviews with the first openly gay man to run for the U.S. Senate, Jim Neal, as well as the only out lesbian serving in Congress, Tammy Baldwin.

In 2006, Pam was the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award from The Monette-Horwitz Trust for making significant contributions toward the eradication of homophobia.

Spaulding has a B.A. in Media Studies from Fordham University and in the non-virtual world, serves as Information Technology Manager at Duke University Press. She is a board member of The Institute of Southern Studies, which publishes the award-winning investigative journalism publication Southern Exposure, and the blog Facing South. Pam is on the organization's Media Advisory Group.

Spaulding lives Durham, N.C. with her wife Kate, to whom she was legally married in Vancouver in 2004, and their two dogs.


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Chris MacDonald-Dennis | February 4, 2008 6:51 PM

Love Pam and love her site!!!!!

chandler in lasvegas | February 5, 2008 2:08 PM

She's no Barbara Jordan, SHE'S BETTER!

Um, Chandler...Barbara Jordan was my congressmember back in the day. We Houstonians still call the 18th Congressional district seat that's currently occupied by Sheila Jackson Lee 'Barbara's Seat'.

Pam is the person I aspire to be in terms of the development of my own blog.

I agree, she's da bomb!