Gravel Gives Props to Bloggers

July 13, 2007 at 9:25 pm 2 comments

PageOneQ has this story about how pressure from bloggers convince the Human Rights Campaign and Logo to make changes to their upcoming presidential forum on LGBT issues.

Gravel campaign credits bloggers, tells PageOneQ: We will attend

PageOneQ is the first news outlet to confirm with former Senator Mike Gravel’s (D-Alaska) campaign that he will attend the HRC/LOGO presidential forum next month. Speaking moments after he stepped off a plane, campaign spokesman Alex Colvin said “the Senator is thrilled and he will accept the invitation.”

Human Rights Campaign and LOGO officials today reversed a previous decision to exclude the long-shot presidential contender from a Democratic candidate’s forum on LGBT issues. Senator Gravel was invited “after enthusiastic community response,” according to an HRC press release.

“This invitation is a direct result of our supporters’ actions and would not have happened without the online blogosphere community and my supporters,” Senator Gravel said in a statement made to PageOneQ. “I extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this happen,” he added.

“This did not come from the campaign,” spokesman Colvin told PageOneQ. “It came from the bloggers, from members of the Human Rights Campaign, and supporters Senator Gravel’s campaign who took the initiative to voice their discontent with the decision to exclude Senator Gravel.”

Earlier in the week HRC confirmed that Gravel was not invited because he had not raised more than $100,000 for his campaign, a criterion set by the debate sponsors. Some prominent LGBT bloggers publicly questioned the decision to exclude Gravel, who supports marriage equality and has been a vocal critic of the anti-gay policies of the current administration. Those bloggers included both Lane Hudson and Sara Whitman at Huffington Post, Pam Spaulding of Pam’s House Blend, and the writers at gay culture site Queerty, who first raised the issue of Gravel’s exclusion. A wide array of bloggers wrote about the exclusion. Others who wrote about the controversy include Michael Crawford at Bloggernista and Chris Crain at Citizen Crain.

The Democratic presidential candidates event will air on LOGO on August 9. Moderators will include HRC President Joe Solomonese and Melissa Etheridge. Confirmed candidates so far are Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, and Barack Obama. Top Republican candidates did not respond to HRC inquiries relating to a similar event for GOP contenders.


Entry filed under: 2008 Election, Advocacy, Blogs, Campaigns, Democrats, LGBT, Liberals, Media, Mike Gravel, Politics.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. nytexan  |  July 13, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    Bravo to the bloggers who questioned Gravel being left out. I am sick and tired of the media and self appointed experts deciding who I(we) will see, hear or vote for.

    I appears to me that the MSM and all their sponsors have already decided that Hillary, Obama and on occasion Edwards will get all the coverage. It is truly sickening.

    BTW: The Republican not responding doesn’t surprise me. They are all so homophobic.

  • 2. bloggernista  |  July 14, 2007 at 3:59 am

    The Republicans are incredibly weak on gay issues. They can’t hide from the issue forever.


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