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Although Spaulding's personal vision dominates her site, guest bloggers on Pam's House Blend represent other perspectives as well. These guest bloggers include Autumn Sandeen, a transgender activist; Daimeon, a young gay man; Julien Sharp, a lesbian marriage-equality activist; "Radical Russ" Belville, a straight-but-not-narrow Oregonian; and Terrance Heath, an African-American gay activist from Washington, D. C. In 2006, Spaulding received a Monette-Horwitz Award for her work in helping combat .

Joe Jervis launched his Joe.My.God blog (www.joemygod.blogspot.com/) in 2003. Passionate and frequently humorous, Jervis has attracted a large audience for his ruminations about gay politics and news. Although reporting from New York, Jervis is well known for bringing to the fore local news from well beyond New York and Washington.

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The Boiled Frog Blog at Tips-Q (www.tips-q.com/articles) also offers interesting and cogent comment on news stories and political developments. Blogger David Hart is especially adept at eviscerating anti-gay activists and religious hypocrites and at explaining the significance of stories that might have gone unnoted in the glbtq media.

Jeremy Hooper founded Good As You (G-A-Y) (goodasyou.org) in 2005, when he was twenty-five years old, in order to challenge the pervasive anti-gay rhetoric in the media and to initiate "a fresh, new, irreverent approach" to gay activism. His tone is light rather than angry; he avoids calling anti-gay activists "bigots"; and generally approaches the news more positively than negatively. On the other hand, he allows anti-gay activists to expose themselves simply by quoting their lies and inconsistencies.

On July 7, 2009, Hooper posted, under the rubric, "This is what marriage equality looks like," photos and videos of his June wedding in Connecticut. The images of the happy male couple surrounded by a large and supportive group of family and friends make a powerful case in favor of marriage equality.

Another youthful activist is responsible for the Canadian blog Slap Upside the Head (www.slapupsidethehead.com). Described as a gay rights and anti-homophobia blog, the site features comments on news items that irritate Mark (no last name given) because they are stupidly anti-gay or delight him because they are not stupidly anti-gay. The site is unusual for a political blog because it does not permit comments.

In addition to JoinTheImpact.com, mentioned above, other blogs were spawned by the passage of Proposition 8 in California. Among the new bloggers stirred into activism by the defeat in California are David Badash of The New Civil Rights Movement (www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com) and David Yale Mailloux of Dym Sum (dym-sum.com). They became bloggers to protest the injustices glbtq people face throughout the country. Badash and Mailloux have a special interest in marriage equality, but they comment on glbtq news stories generally. They help promote events such as a national kiss-in to protest the arrest of young men in Salt Lake City for kissing on land owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

News Sites and Group Blogs

News sites, whether individual online newspapers (including online versions of glbtq newspapers) or aggregate sites that publish news from around the Web, frequently feature bloggers who provide commentary on specific news items or more general remarks.

The two most popular glbtq news sites, Advocate.com and 365gay.com prominently feature blogs. While Advocate.com tends to present a large number of occasional bloggers, and to feature blogs by well known figures such as Michelangelo Signorile and Dan Savage (both of whom maintain their own websites), 365gay.com hosts a stable of regular bloggers who represent a range of viewpoints.

For example, on 365gay.com New Yorker James Withers writes from the perspective of an urban African American gay male and Cody Daigle, of Lafayette, Louisiana, writes from his experience as an openly gay man living in a conservative medium-size city. In their blogs on 365gay.com, Lisa Neff often addresses family and youth issues; John Corvino emphasizes ethical questions; Emma Ruby-Sachs analyzes legal matters; Wayne Besen, an expert on the ex-gay movement, who also maintains his own website, writes frequently about religious issues; Ali Davis, who often reports on Rachel Maddow's television show, also comments on news topics, as does 365gay.com editor, Jennifer Vanasco.

Launched in 2008, the news site GayAgenda.com features a section entitled "Voices from the Blogosphere." Selected by the GayAgenda.com news team, the blogs that are included are on glbtq topics and sometimes on political issues, but they are not necessarily from glbtq sources. Including non-glbtq comments on gay political issues sometimes yields fresh perspectives.

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