Bil Browning

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Filed By Bil Browning | March 06, 2009 3:30 PM | comments

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Tags: Dana Rudolph, editorial team, Mombian

I'm a proud blog daddy today. I know y'all will share the love with us! Not only did Bilerico-DC soft launch today, but I get to announce a new staff addition.

Dana RudolphCongratulations to Dana Rudolph! Dana is joining the Bilerico Project editorial team as Contributing Editor while Father Tony moves over to the Weekend Editor's position. Dana, already well-known in the blogosphere for her own site, Mombian, is a welcome addition to the team.

Dana has over a decade of experience in the online industry, at both the startup and corporate levels. Most recently, she was vice president at Merrill Lynch, developing marketing and business strategies for several key online initiatives.

We're really lucky to have Dana join the editorial team. As we continue to expand the Project, I'm certain Dana will be an integral part of the journey. Please join me in welcoming Dana to the team.


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I'm not so sure whether congratulations should be given to Dana, or to us for getting her help. I do know that I am excited by the news. TBP keeps getting better and better!

Thanks Dale. (And congrats should technically go to us for gaining such a great ed team member!)

Thanks, Bil, and Dale, for the warm welcome. I'm happy to be part of the team.

I should also add that while most of my professional experience was at Merrill Lynch, it was about five years ago, before I left outside employment to take care of my son, so don't blame me for any of the recent financial woes. :-)

Welcome Dana! I guess I'm being kicked upstairs, or somewhere. I assume my responsibilities will be to have more drinks at Alibi where I will chat endlessly to strangers about Bilerico over the weekend and then see what happened come Monday morning. God I love this job.

Hi Dana
Sorry about losing your job at Merrill Lynch. You probably knew my friend Todd Sears. He is now with UBS as the LGBT liason. Best to you. The global meltdown spells depression.

Thanks, Charles--but I didn't actually lose my job. I left of my own volition about five years ago. Wanted to look for new opportunities, and didn't want to stay with a newly reorg'd group. My spouse had been staying home with our son, but we both sent out resumes. She got the better offer, so she took the paying gig, and I stayed home with our son. (Straight friends look at me like I'm from Mars when I tell them how easily we switched roles.) I started the blogging about a year or so after that.

And I do indeed know Todd. He was leading the charge to gather business in the LGBT community while I was head of the global LGBT employee network. Small world!

Many, many congratulations to both Dana and Bilerico! Mombian has been daily reading for me since not too many months into my parenthood (after the proverbial Google search for lesbaian + parent/mother + HAAAALP! + AM-I-REALLY-ALONE?).

Dana is an utterly invaluable resource to LGBT parents online, truly. Invaluable. Her mix of breaking political news, astute analysis, and other matters of interest to parents is unbeatable. Smart move, Bilerico! Particularly concerning how abundantly clear it is that queer families are rapidly coming into focus (and under fire) on the front lines of the movement.

YAY!!!

Welcome to the edteam craziness, Dana! :)

Congrats Dana! And Tony, we all know very well that you will be editing the blog on weekends using a laptop with wireless in some club whilst ogling men...lol

Everyday Transperson | March 7, 2009 9:46 PM

Well, if you are going to "expand" the project, how about "expanding" the scope of inviting diverse people from the GLBT community to contribute, either as a staff member or contributor ??? There are lots of voices and ideas out there that haven't been heard........

The only "expansion" I am seeing is the recruitment of more and more "GL" corporate figures to be involved with this blog. Sorry Ms. Rudolph, but being a former "community" global marketing big shot from Merrill Lynch doesn't necessarily qualify you to be an instant journalist...............

Sorry I forgot, if a person is in the corporate "GL" boys and girls ONLY club, then he or she is instantly in, regardless of qualifications...... After all, isn't that how the system works these days ????

You have a very good point that diverse opinions are always needed. I know Bil is committed to having diverse voices contributing to Bilerico, and I think he has indeed gathered one of the most diverse groups around. It may still lack voices in some areas, and while I know he is aware of some of the gaps, I hope you will share with us specific ideas for the voices--general areas, as well as specific names--that you would like to hear here.

As for my background: The fact is, I have been out of the corporate world for five years now, and writing regularly for almost that long. I left corporate life to be a stay-at-home mom, but started my own blog, Mombian, four years ago. I have been writing a regular LGBT parenting column for Bay Windows newspaper for over two years. It is now syndicated to LGBT papers in Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia. I also write regularly for 365gay.com, and have contributed pieces to After Ellen and After Elton, as well as standalone pieces covering Boston-area LGBT events for Bay Windows. I'd like to think my journalism wasn't "instant," but has instead been a skill that I have developed with a lot of hard work over the past several years.

Prior to corporate life, I was in graduate school in history, on track to become a professional academic. I left when job prospects looked bleak and I wanted to explore other areas. My writing skills have more roots in my academic life than in my corporate endeavors. I look back and laugh, in fact, at having ended up doing a corporate stint, something I never would have predicted when back in college.

I hope I can bring the full range of my experiences to bear here at Bilerico, whether from corporate, academic, journalistic, or parenting life. Having said that, I would like nothing better than to continue to hear the perspectives of people with a variety of identities and experiences other than my own here at Bilerico, too. I hope you can help us find people to share them with us.

Everyday Transperson | March 7, 2009 11:47 PM

Ms. Rudolph,

OK fine..... Let's say hypothetically if I were to write a long comment here with an entire list of people, including myself whom I thought could provide diverse and credible contributions to this blog and to other blogs like it. Would I or the people I recommend ever be "invited" to write articles here or at other media outlets expressing our views and /or experiences ?? And would we ever get credit or recognition for perhaps introducing a good point or surfacing a harsh reality ??

I've been following this blog, as well as others in the community for some time now and I have learned one hard, undeniable fact. Historically, the answer to the above questions is a solid NO....... The only way someone is going to write for the GLBT media these days is if they are a political "activist", corporate GLBT "consultant", internal corporate "GL" executive, a member on some Board of Directors or Business Council for a GLBT non-profit, an esteemed academia professor, or if they just happen to be in the corporate/political/media/non-profit crony circle !! Ask anyone from the everyday GLBT community in any city in America who was approached by a blog host or by a local media rag about voicing their opinions and see how many "yes" answers you get............The people who are already in these circles, well they continue to shrug their shoulders and say "well, that's just the way it is".....

So, I can help find names of folks to contribute, however don't expect my list to be laden with GLBT corporate and political A-list "luminaries", because quite frankly, I feel that they have been given excessive media attention and idolatry to the point that it has become sickening and way too overrated.........

Sure, it is no lie that I am halfway finished writing a book about my experiences or that I knew and had meetings with corporate VPs of my former employer, or even that I was instrumental in implementing a revision to one of the company diversity policies while I was there, things some in the corporate protectionist circles subtly fail to mention, yet the closest thing I can come to making a contribution to a media blog or paper, is being allowed ONLY as a commentor, whose comments get filed away in the archives to be said and quickly forgotten.

I'm afraid I must disagree concerning the feeling that editors are aware of the need for more diverse ideas and perspectives. The only ideas that seem to be important, much less heard these days are those which match the "status quo" shared by the circles mentioned above. The rest of us ?? Well............perhaps someday when all of the community peacock strutting is over and people truly want to be inclusive and expansive. I just don't see that happening right now under the current GLBT "leadership" or media structure. I mean, the current system works for the political and corporate GLBT people, so why screw up a good thing if it works for THEM, right ???

Thank you for your time.