Pam Spaulding

I'm on the cover of the WaPo Style section today

Filed By Pam Spaulding | February 24, 2009 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: gay bloggers, LGBT, Mainstream media, Pam's House Blend, Washington Post

Although, it's not because I'm a style or fashion icon...

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by Jose Antonio Vargas of the Washington Post. He was doing a piece about gay bloggers and what's in store post-election as the political landscape shifts, kind of an exploration of where do we go from here in the age of citizen journalism, commentary and new media - and what bloggers' relationship might be with the MSM, LGBT advocacy orgs, etc. The Post sent a photographer down to snap some shots (you never know if they will actually be used, particularly if you're one of several interviewees).

Lo and behold I received an email from Jose giving me a heads up that the story was going to run today, and looking at my inbox this AM, it must have hit the web last night some time since folks are congratulating me for it. I'm actually just taking a look at it now -- "Gay Bloggers' Voices Rise in Chorus of Growing Political Influence." A photo runs with the article in the print edition (it's not on the web edition), so I have no idea how it came out. Ah, vanity.

Also interviewed for the article were Joe Solmonese, Andrew Sullivan and Steve Hildebrand (who is gay and served as deputy campaign manager on the Obama campaign). A snippet:

Pam's House Blend is an influential voice in the gay political blogosphere, must-reads that include the Bilerico Project, Towleroad and AMERICAblog, each attracting a few hundred to a few thousand hits a day. Just as the liberal Net-roots and the conservative "rightroots" movements have affected traditional party structures, the still relatively small gay political presence online is rebooting the gay rights movement in a decentralized, spontaneous, bottom-up way. It's spreading news via blogs, Facebook and Twitter. Online, a story about two 16-year-old girls in a Lutheran private school in California being expelled for "conducting themselves in a manner consistent with being lesbians" -- as the school's lawyer describes it -- goes viral. And hits nerves.

"Those two girls live in California. California! Imagine what's happening in, say, Alabama. Or Mississippi," Spaulding says in an interview.

In the past, someone like Spaulding would have been relegated to the sidelines. She doesn't work for national gay rights organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign or the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. She lives with her partner, Kate, an audiologist, in Durham, far from San Francisco, New York or Washington, where gay activism has been historically based. But now she's helping shape the agenda, one voice in a chorus of sometimes dissonant, sometimes harmonious, often in-your-face voices that is pushing established gay groups and redefining the meaning of grass-roots action in this new media age.

The piece itself is fair, even complimentary -- bloggers frequently aren't portrayed in a fair or accurate light by the MSM --- the whole "incendiary blogger sitting in a basement at the computer in Cheetos-stained PJs" stereotype was rampant there for a while. I can't say that I've had a bad experience so far in that what I said wasn't accurately portrayed in the end product or that I come across as a wild-eyed crazy extremist. (Some links to prior press can be found on the About Pam page.)

Anyway, take a look and share what you think about the Post's take on the gay blogosphere and its influence.

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Pam, your picture is at the very beginning of the online article. And that alone makes it worth reading, at least to me. :)

Pam. Congratulations. The New York Times featured you at the DNC National Convention and now this. Proud of you, but you deserve all the recognition. You go where no bureacratic LGBT organization refuses to go, and with a wry sense of humor. You are still my favorite blog, but this one is getting a little better. Not just catty one liners or helpful household hints from Mormon lesbians the way it used to be.

I enjoyed your discussion with Michelangelo Signorelli on his show this past Monday.

What a great profile, Pam. It's an honor for Bilerico Project to be listed in the same category as Pam's House Blend. You're a hero to us all!