To illustrate the best reason why Bilerico Project should win Nuvo alternative newspaper's 2010 Best Of Indy contest as Indianapolis' Best Locally Owned Website, you need look no further than a commercial on our local NPR station that's airing this week. The ad is for Indy Pride, this weekend's gay pride celebration.
At no point in the ad do they say the words, "gay," "lesbian," "bisexual," or "transgender." It's just full of vague references to showing "your pride" and "come out" to the park. In Indiana, being a part of the LGBT community is something you're supposed to keep hidden; be discreet. We are not discreet about LGBT issues and Indiana needs to see that we won't be pushed back into the closet.
When local Democrats pull shady tricks like paying for anti-gay fliers or make AIDS jokes or vote against legislation critical to our community, they need to know someone will hold them accountable. We're already a thorn in their side, so why not help us out and make it official?
Please spare a few moments to vote for Bilerico Project as Indy's best locally owned website. It only takes two minutes and, well, it's a big deal for Indianapolis to have a queer site in the running. Voting ends today.
So by all means, come out and enjoy Pride month - but let's send a message that the LGBT community in Indy is here - and we're happy to say our names out loud.