Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

I'm Here At Netroots Nation LGBT Connect

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 15, 2011 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: #NN11, LGBT Connect, Netroots Connect, Netroots Nation

netrootsnation.jpgIt's time for the annual Netroots Nation conference again, the conference for progressive bloggers. I went last year to the conference in Las Vegas, and I learned a lot, most of it not in a seminar room or workshop. So I'm going again, hoping to learn even more about my "community," like what "community" is, and who's part of it. The progressive community clearly is my community, but there are so many aspects of this world that I don't understand. I'm just a little old transsexual from New Jersey, and my world has been surprisingly small. Now it's getting bigger, thanks of course to Bilerico, and thanks to Netroots Nation.

There's a pre-conference called Netroots Connect, which connects diverse elements of communities that usually don't speak much to each other. Michael Rogers of Raw Story and PageOneQ created this, and it's a fabulous service to the community. There's one for the LGBT community, and it was eye-opening last year. This year's LGBT Connect promises to be just as interesting. There's going to be presentations by Heather Cronk of GetEqual, Barbara McCullough-Jones of Portland's Q Center, and Jeremy Hooper of Good As You, among others.

We're not always one big happy family in our community, but we are family. When we discuss what's happening in our community, good, bad or indifferent, we are creating ourselves as a family.

The forces arrayed against us, and all progressive communities, have one message: you are not part of America, have no place here, and we are doing everything we can to ensure that you and yours are erased from the face of the earth.

The message of Netroots Nation is that we will speak up, we will fight back, and we will not go quietly.

More on this later.

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The LGBT pre-con is my favorite part of Netroots. I'm sooooo incredibly bummed out to be stuck at home instead of being there with so many Bilerico bloggers and friends. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

Hope you feel better soon, Bil! We all miss you!