Wow – now this is really a “we’re not worthy” moment. Received a call from the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC on Friday.
On Tuesday I went on the Michelangelo Signorile Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio to talk about the upcoming close of the coffeehouse on July 1.
A sad day for the LGBT online community. Pam Spaulding, a veteran activist, prolific blogger, and friend of Towleroad is closing her long-running site Pam’s House Blend, she writes in a post today:
All good things must come to an end, even after numerous awards and accolades, it’s time to acknowledge that I cannot continue to run on fumes alone. The Blend could continue limping along, but my health and well-being come first; over the last few years burning the candle at both ends with a full-time offline job and PHB. It has taken a severe toll — most readers have learned that I am dealing with chronic pain conditions — fibromylagia, and in the last couple of years, aggressive rheumatoid arthritis.
My decision to close the blog is just as reality-based as its content has been. If I cannot produce material at the frequency or with the same level of quality, enthusiasm and effectiveness, it’s really time to close the doors to this coffeehouse — and work to ensure it continues to have a life as an archive, a snapshot in our digital political history. Pamshouseblend.com will redirect to archives… …By the way, I’m not disappearing into complete obscurity (though that would be OK as well), I’ll continue to be active on social media and make time to mentor folks as I can. It’s just time for someone else to pick up the ball and run with the daily activist grind, and forge new ground in an ever-shifting new media.
Pam’s unique perspective (“I brought the perspective of a black lesbian living in the South to the dialogue” - and much more, I might add) will be missed, deeply, by myself and many, many others. Everyone at Towleroad sends our best wishes.
From Chicago Phoenix: In 2012, there was no shortage of local LGBT community news and stories that impacted our lives. Everything from updates on the battle for marriage equality to queer activists protesting the NATO Summit in Chicago this summer; from political plots to pride parade coverage; from LGBT progress and advancements to community tragedy and loss — these stories will undoubtedly resonate with us into the new year.
Due to the increase of followers that Project Queer has been getting as of late, I have decided to post a few reminders:
- Project Queer was created and is currently run solely by me - Riley Konor. I am a twenty-something year old white non-binary trans* guy who is queer in regards to my sexual orientation, gender identity, and sexuality.
- I do not have ask/submit boxes enabled, and I do not respond to fanmail. That being said, I DO sometimes respond to replies/comments on my posts - as well as inquiries sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 98% of Project Queer’s posts deal with queer, trans*, and gender non-conforming issues, culture, news, action alerts, intersectionality, art, entertainment, safe sex education/sex positivity, body positivity, and more. (This means some posts may be NSFW - not safe for work. The other 2% may be personal posts regarding my life and adventures.
- I add trigger warnings whenever appropriate. If I slip up, please do not hesitate to call me out on it so I can fix the issue and apologise. I also do not post gifs or other materials that may be harmful to some folks.
- While cisgender and straight allies are welcome here, please know that this blog is not FOR you. It is not about you. RESPECT QUEER, TRANS*, AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING SPACES.
P.S. If interested, I also run the following queer and trans-related blogs:
- Lovers in Transition (trans* and queer relationship, safe sex, help hotline, and resources blog - run with my girlfriend)
- Hot Queer Porn Fest (blog for Chicago’s first-ever queer and trans* porn festival 2013 - 18+)
- Riley Konor XXX (personal queer porn blog - 18+)
- Riley-FerretBoy-Konor (personal blog)
As 2012 draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at the most important stories of the last twelve months.
While we have looked at the top fifteen stories that have changed LGBT life the UK this year, this category is dedicated to the strangest stories of the year: the news in 2012 which took us completely by surprise.
Click the header link above to read the article.