More Candidates Added to LGBT Forum

July 13, 2007 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

From HRC:

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation and Logo, a division of Viacom Inc.’s (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) MTV Networks, today made additional announcements about the presidential candidate forum on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues to take place in Los Angeles on August 9. After enthusiastic community response, former Senator Mike Gravel has been invited to participate. Confirmed candidates now include, in alphabetical order, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT), former Senator John Edwards (D-NC), Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Senator Barack Obama (D-IL). The format of the program will also be extended to 90 minutes to ensure in-depth conversations with each candidate. Discussions are continuing with a variety of journalists and a moderator for the forum will be announced in the near future.

Its been a fascinating few days since HRC and Logo announced that they were jointly sponsoring a forum on LGBT issues featuring presidential candidates. Both progressive and conservative bloggers weighed in with criticism and praise. The criticism focused on the initial exclusion by HRC and Logo of Mike Gravel from the forum and the lack of journalists on the panel that will be moderating the event. Pam Spaulding had multiple posts, Chris Crain said this and this and my friend Lane Hudson said this. My thoughts on the matter and blogger reaction is here.

The blogger initiated outcry forced HRC to reconsider its initial rules around who would be invited to speak, who would serve as panelists and the group expanded the amount of time that the forum will last. This shows the growing power of the LGBT blogosphere, in particular those on the progressive side, and the new relationship that is building between LGBT bloggers and activists and the national advocacy groups.

The explosion of gay focused blogs like Bilerico Project, Queerty and Blogactive have increased the power of individual activists, opened up the possibilities for new ways of collaborating and mobilized new advocates. And, all of this has happened at lightening speed.

Among the things still to be worked out are how bloggers, community activists and staff of national groups work together and separately when needed, how we leverage online advocacy to push forward a common legislative agenda and how we create the kind of messaging echo chamber that conservatives created through talk radio.


Entry filed under: 2008 Election, Advocacy, Barack Obama, Blogs, Campaigns, Chris Dodd, Democrats, Dennis Kucinich, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, LGBT, Liberals, Mike Gravel, Politics.

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