Jerame Davis

Clarifying My Role with Bilerico Project

Filed By Jerame Davis | January 13, 2012 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Media, Site News
Tags: job description, National Stonewall Democrats, new role, President Obama

Most regular Bilerico Project readers know that I have accepted a position as the Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats. I'm honored to serve for an organization I've admired and supported for years.

My start with Stonewall Democrats was in Indiana. I helped to rebuild the Indiana Stonewall Democrats affiliate and served various roles, most recently as its vice president. Working with some wonderfully dedicated people, I've spent years working both inside and outside the Indiana Democratic Party on behalf of LGBT rights. When I was able to take the next step of working for the NSD, I jumped at the opportunity.

How to pronounce BilericoAt the same time, I've spent the past thirteen years alongside Bil doing some form of online advocacy or another. Whether it was his original homepage (when we used the site for the web's first gay direct action campaign), as an Indiana politics blog, or now as an award winning LGBT news and analysis blog, bilerico.com has been a constant part of my life too.

I realize that some folks may not know the exact roles Bil and I play with Bilerico, so it seems like now is the time to make things explicitly clear; my new role in both politics and the LGBT equality movement require that.

I've been managing the technology behind Bilerico since it came online in the late 90s. Whether it's a server attack, site templates, installing the content management system, or finding out why such-and-so plug-in isn't working correctly any longer, my job has been to find the problem and fix it.

At the same time, I occasionally found some time to spout off on topics that deserved a good rant - usually political - and had fun arguing with or supporting various commenters on the site. There's not much I like better than a good political discussion, but my area of responsibility has been mostly technical and not the regular punditry and opinion pieces like Bil and the other phenomenal contributors.

I have no editorial control of the content on Bilerico Project. I don't edit posts, assign stories, work with authors on articles, layout the schedule, or recruit new contributors. It has always been the case that Bil is the ultimate arbiter of editorial concerns while I've occasionally weighed in on complicated or particularly thorny matters. Going forward, I will not have any editorial input whatsoever.

Occasionally, just like before, I will submit a post that one of the editors will review before publication just like any other contributor. While I'll still provide a helping hand on the tech side when I can and I will remain a co-owner of the site, my job at National Stonewall Democrats is going to require my full attention.

It's going to be an exciting year and beyond. For those who are interested in the work ahead, I invite you to stop by the National Stonewall Democrats website and become a member or join the mailing list so you can stay informed about Stonewall's efforts to re-elect President Obama and grow the ranks of pro-LGBT democrats across the country. We're doing some amazing work this year and I'm looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish.

Thank you for being loyal readers and for creating such a dynamic and engaging online community. Here's to another year of smart and entertaining commentary and discussion on LGBT politics and culture.


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