The view toward Philadelphia City Hall and the iconic William Penn statue. I arrived in the city last night for the fourth annual Haas Convening—follow #LGBTMedia13—a conference gathering the nation's leading LGBT journalists, editors, writers and bloggers for an update on research and political/policy developments around immigration, transgender specific issues,labor issues and international LGBT concerns.
The convening is underwritten by the San Francisco-based Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund and the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. The host is Bilerico's Bil Browning, who previews this year's theme:
This year's convening is focusing on coalition building. We'll have presentations on immigration reform, international issues, the aging queer community, transgender-specific issues, and the labor movement. Philadelphia Mayor Nutter will address the group during lunch on Saturday while Cleve Jones and David Mixner will do a Q&A session at Friday night's reception and dinner.
Previous convenings were held in Houston, San Francisco and New York City. Bil has done a fantastic job planning this year's event. I'm on this year's advisory committee and have helped with invitations and programming over the last two months. I'll be speaking—between the occasional cough or sneeze—and am moderating a panel on Saturday.
All of the conference sessions on Saturday will be on the record and freely available. Feel free to submit questions via Twitter or Facebook using #LGBTmedia13.