LGBT Journalists Prepare to Meet in Philly

The 2015 LGBT Media Journalists Convening is set to take place in Philly from March 13-15, bringing together LGBT media from all across the nation for a series of panels and activities. This marks the second time Philly has hosted the event.

The weekend kicks-off on Friday, March 13 at the Comcast Center with a opening reception from Bil Browning of The Bilerico Project, Adam Pawlus, Executive Director of the NLGJA, and Klayton Fennell, senior vice president of government affairs for Comcast, followed by a keynote address by Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP.

A series of panels will take place on Saturday, including one from Philadelphia’s LGBT liason to the mayor, Nellie Fitzpatrick, called Fighting for Equality from Within: How Government Officials Are Advancing LGBT Rights.

On Sunday, media will have the opportunity to explore the city with a tour of the Rosenbach Museum, where they can see the Oscar Wilde exhibit which includes original and unpublished manuscripts.

Local media that will be in attendance include journalists from Phillesbian, the Philadelphia Gay News, Philadelphia Weekly, and Harriet’s Gun Media. National outlets include AfterEllen, Autostraddle, Advocate, & ThinkProgress, among many more. Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) is also expected to be in attendance. Approximately 70 attendees from more than 20 outlets will be in town for the event, which is invite-only. A particular focus on this year’s event was to include more women, people of color, and trans* folk, as the planners recognized that most legacy invites to state papers or large LGBT media sites tend to go to cisgender white males.

#LGBTMedia15 is sponsored by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association and funded by the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr., Fund. You can follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #LGBTMedia15.

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