This weekend is the 2013 LGBT Media Journalists Convening. I've been working my butt off for months now to make sure everything goes smoothly and by this point I'm feeling confident that I've dotted all of my I's and crossed my T's. So what's left to do? Why, invite all of you to join us, of course!
You can follow along on social media with the hashtag #LGBTmedia13. Participants will be all over Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr with snippets from the conference. (For example, I'll be using the Bilerico Project Facebook page and Twitter account for updates throughout the day.)
This year's convening is focusing on coalition building. We'll have presentations on immigration reform, international issues, the aging queer community, transgender-specific issues, and the labor movement. Philadelphia Mayor Nutter will address the group during lunch on Saturday while Cleve Jones and David Mixner will do a Q&A session at Friday night's reception and dinner.
It's been exciting to see how the convening has grown since I hosted the first one four years ago. This will be our biggest group of bloggers, editors, and journalists I've invited and I'm really proud of how diverse the group will be this year. We have the top folks in the field coming this year - and we really reflect our community. Most of the top gay blogs are run by white guys and a huge portion of our community newspapers too. I'm hoping that some of the introductions made this week will lead to a larger inclusiveness of some of the smaller voices as sources for the big guys.
Be sure to submit questions via social media if you want one of us to bring something up. The information is all on the record and freely available. Hopefully someone will livestream the event again - or at least record it for YouTube.
On Saturday night, we're hosting an open meetup for fans of all the publications at Tavern on Camac bar. Come out and say hello if you're in the Philly area.
So who's attending this year? The list of names is after the break so you can pick your favorites to follow on Saturday.