Growing up in NC, I was a moderately conservative Southern Baptist. We had our world hunger potlucks and meals on wheels, but the one thing that I really got into was apologetics. Christian apologetics "is a field of Christian theology that aims to present a rational basis for the Christian faith, defend the faith against objections, and expose the perceived flaws of other world views." With aplogetics, we could get into a discussion with anyone, reason our beliefs and feel firm in our stance. I joined various bible studies, and we would dive into the texts, going beyond what Paster George said on Sunday.
Nowadays I'm the furthest thing from a proper baptist (I don't quite have the self loathing anymore, but I'm still great at judging others), but the methods I've learned have always stuck with me. I don't write a lot about the LGBT culture; I live it, I breath it and I hold very strong beliefs but that isn't enough. There are very strong opponents and they use apologetics mixed with a bit of good ole hate to dash everything apart. I don't say a lot because I don't know a lot. I always believe that silence is better than a foolish toungue, but there is nothing worse than being given the opportunity to speak and saying nothing. Hopefully that will change for me soon. Buffawhat was always meants to be more than boys toys and tech.
Enough preface, let me sharpen to the point. I recieved a call yesterday from Mike Rogers
. The same Mike Rogers that outs political figures who publicly work against LGBT progress, yet are queer themselves, living in secret. He called me to let me know I was accepted to attend the LGBT Blogger & Citizen Journalist Initiative Summit this December in Washington, DC. The summit fell into my radar in early October. I applied because I knew this was the opportunity I needed to learn queer apologetics.
Washington, DC – Blogger Michael Rogers today announced the formation of the
National LGBT Blogger and Citizen Journalist Initiative to support training and
grants for the country's leading and emerging online voices. The program, established
with a leadership gift of $50,000 from Jonathan Lewis, will bring together the online
world with traditional organizations throughout the country. To date, over $70,000
has been committed to the Initiative.
“The importance of bloggers in both the LGBT community and larger blogosphere
cannot be overstated,” said Rogers, publisher of PageOneQ and a leading blogger.
“This initiative will bring bloggers together to acquire new skills, build relationships,
and improve the effectiveness of their work. This is the first opportunity to collaborate
between online media and traditional organizations and I am excited at the coalitions
that will form as a result. Groups sponsoring this Initiative are at the forefront of new
media in the LGBT community and we are grateful for their support.”
The Initiative will begin with a summit of 50 bloggers, citizen journalists, and
representatives of LGBT and progressive groups. The event will take place in
Washington on Dec. 5-7. Sponsors include the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay
and Lesbian Victory Fund. The Summit will be hosted by the Center for American
Progress Action Fund and managed by the New Organizing Institute.
“The Human Rights Campaign understands the importance of online organizing,
commentary, and activism. It makes our movement stronger and smarter. We're
excited to be a part of this groundbreaking effort,” HRC president Joe Solmonese said.
“This venture will help create a synergy between organizations and new media never
before seen in our movement and we are proud to be a part of it.”
“Citizen journalism is strengthening the LGBT community in ways none of us could
have imagined just a few years ago,” Victory Fund President Chuck Wolfe said. “We’re
sharing information at lightning speed and reaching audiences that have been
underserved by traditional media. The Victory Fund is honored to be a part of this
exciting new initiative.”
The amount of networking and support filled training at this summit will be tremendous. DC has become my choice for eventual migration and I can get a head start on blogosphere with all the people I'll meet. I'm really excited to meet Mike; he came out of the closet living in downtown Buffalo in the 80's and helped to start the Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus. I think I'll have no problem getting connected here in Buffalo, too.
And I suppose I publicly forgive Sam Hoyt for being a Mint Skoal snob. First impressions can kill ya, buddy.
I suppose I'll link to bloggerinitiative.com
even though there isn't any more info at this moments. For more info, look at the Washington Blade article
P.S. - I get to stay with John for the weekend! Free trip! WOOOOO!
- via wikipedia - John M. Frame (1994). Apologetics to the Glory of God. Phillipsburg: Presbyterian & Reformed. ISBN 978-0875522432