Today was the morning kickoff of the LGBT Bloggers & Citizen Journalist Initiative. This morning's session is at the Center for American Progress, which publishes one of my favoritest blogs Think Progress. The working breakfast began at 8:30 or 9am—entirely too early for most bloggers—but the the conference center was packed. Here are few snaps from the BlackBerry. Above is Mike Rogers outlining the goals of the morning session and asking the assorted bloggers to introduce themselves. Many of the people behind the blogs you read were in attendance, such as Rev. Irene Monroe in the foreground, Michael Crawford, Lane Hudson, Ron Buckmire aka the Mad Professah, who was heavily involved with black gays and Proposition 8. The always fabulous Pam Spaulding from Pam's House Blend was also in the house. On Friday afternoon, Pam and I strategized and shared ideas for two hours over lunch at Annie's on 17th Street. PHB contributor Autumn Sandeen, the trans advocate who was recently very helpful in sharing information on murder of a young black trans woman in Syracuse, was also in the house.
There were two panels. The first was lead by Open Left's Matt Stoller who offered some tips on branding blogs, networking and coalition building. The second panel was devoted to Proposition 8 and the lessons learned from the blogosphere's approach and the No on 8 campaign. Let's just say it was a very lively discussion. We touched upon much of the same strategic and tactical mistakes that have been discussed here for weeks, but, it's very refreshing to hear many others admit the obvious.
Oh and finally this is the second day in a row my name tag has been butchered. This one is a little too embarrassing to wear.