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Another legal blog is the Sexual Orientation and the Law Blog ( Edited by law professors Sara Benson and Steve Sanders, this blog is a treasure trove of information and ideas about legal issues in which sexual orientation figures directly or indirectly.

Immigration Equality Blog ( focuses on achieving equality for glbtq and HIV-positive individuals and couples under American immigration law.

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Dr. Jillian T. Weiss maintains an informative blog focused on transgender issues in the workplace, Transgender Workplace Diversity: The Law, Politics, and Public Issues of Transgender Workplace Diversity (

Mike Rogers's blogActive: Direct Action Tools from D. C. ( may also be considered a specialized blog. Rogers, who is featured in Kirby Dick's documentary Outrage (2009), specializes in exposing hypocrisy among government officials, especially politicians who vote against glbtq rights while surreptitiously pursuing gay sex. Although Rogers comments on general glbtq issues and news, he clearly most relishes exposing the hypocrisy of moralistic politicians.


The proliferation of glbtq political blogs says something about the thirst glbtq people have for information about their lives and issues, information that is not always forthcoming from mainstream news sources. While it is true that glbtq issues are now covered more often as general news than they previously were, the coverage of these issues by the mainstream media is often biased or uninformed. Hence, the need for specialized news services and commentary is as imperative as ever, and the glbtq political blogs help meet this continuing need.

This proliferation is also a manifestation of grassroots (or 'netroots) activism. It probably indicates a widespread desire for a decentralized, bottom-up approach to advancing the glbtq movement, especially in light of the fact that many blogs were launched in the aftermath of the passage of California's Proposition 8, a loss that is widely blamed on the apparent ineptness of professional political experts and established organizations. Indeed, whether merited or not, the political blogs express over and over again a lack of faith in the ability of established organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign or Equality California to achieve the goals of the movement.

The growth of the gay political blogosphere also reflects the new popularity of participatory journalism. At a time when established journalism is under attack for a lack of objectivity and for ideological slants of various kinds, participatory journalism not only offers citizens an opportunity for self-expression, but the new tools of the Internet also allow their voices to be disseminated widely and with an immediacy not heretofore possible.

Perhaps most profoundly, however, blogging on the Internet creates the kind of community that most glbtq people can not find in their "real" lives, especially if they do not live in centers of gay activism. The new media and tools make it possible to communicate directly and quickly with others of a like mind or similar interests, and thereby create communities that may be "virtual" but nevertheless deeply satisfying. The creation of these communities make possible a new kind of political activism, one that may be able to bridge many of the divisions that separate our extraordinarily diverse communities.

Claude J. Summers

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