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Congratulations to Karen Ocamb, Journalist
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/28/12
Last updated on: 04/28/12
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Karen Ocamb after receiving a NLGJA award in 2012.

Congratulations to Los Angeles-based journalist Karen Ocamb. Her remarkable photo-essay at lgbt/pov entitled "Nuance and LGBT-News" not only explains why the glbtq press continues to be necessary even as gay issues are covered by the mainstream press, but it also constitutes a mini-history of glbtq activism in Los Angeles and of Ocamb's own admirable career.

Ocamb's central point is that a gay press is necessary "to provide insight, balance and often accuracy to stories where chasing and grasping nuance is too often perceived as a chore or a luxury to mainstream reporters on deadline."

Active as a reporter of glbtq news since the 1980s, and currently news editor at Frontiers In LA magazine, Ocamb came out in the midst of the AIDS crisis. "I didn't know how to be useful other than to write about what I saw," she states.

By writing about what she saw, Ocamb did something very useful indeed. She recorded with nuance and understanding the struggles and triumphs of the Los Angeles movement for equal rights.

The essay is illustrated by a treasure trove of photographs, most of them taken by Ocamb herself, depicting movement figures such as Robert Hattoy, Harry Hay, Jim Kepner, Morris Kight, Judith Light, Sir Ian McKellen, David Mixner, Paul Monette, Urvasha Vaid, Sgt. Perry Watkins, Winston Wilde, Phill Wilson, Terry Wolverton, and many others.

In the video below, recorded in February 2012, when Ocamb was honored by the National Gay and Lesbian Journalism Association, she explains her continuing enthusiasm for glbtq journalism.

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