Adam Polaski

NLGJA Inducts New LGBT Journalists Hall of Famers

Filed By Adam Polaski | August 02, 2011 6:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: Don Michaels, gay journalists, Knights of the Clock, LGBT journalism, Michelangelo Signorile, NLGJA, William Dorr Lambert Legg

MichelangeloSignorile.jpegYesterday, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association announced this year's inductees to its LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame. Each year, the organization honors several journalists and activists who have devoted their lives to advancing the LGBT community through media.

This year's honorees are William Dorr Lambert Legg, Don Michaels, and Michelangelo Signorile.

Legg, who died in 1994, is famous for founding Knights of the Clock, which provided support for interracial LGBT couples, and for suing the U.S. Post Office to ensure that gay-themed publications were allowed to be delivered through the mail system. Michaels is known for volunteering as the president of the Mattachine Society during the 1970s and later working at The Washington Blade. Signorile, of course, is the host of a talk show on Sirius Satellite Radio, an author, and contributor to The Advocate.

The three men will be honored at the NLGJA National Convention and LGBT Media Summit in Philadelphia on August 27. The convention runs from August 25-28 and will feature speakers like Ann Curry, Don Lemon, Metro Weekly's Sean Bugg, and Bilerico's own Bil Browning.

The NLGJA's Hall of Fame was established in 2005. The organization's website explains that its Hall of Famers are:

LGBT journalists who have shown courage and resolve by telling the truth, including their own personal truths, whatever the cost and whatever the difficulties.

Michaels, Legg, and Signorile join previous honorees like "Lisa Ben," creator of the first lesbian publication ever (Vice Versa), Phyllis Lyon & Del Martin, and Garrett Glaser.

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