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Feral

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« on: June 26, 2007, 07:39:14 PM »

Oh, now here's a thought: HRC has erected a blog of its very own. Don't mistake me -- I think its a good thing.

Statements from HRC are pretty much always provocative conversation starters. As a matter of fact, I think the longer the statement is, the higher the chances are that it will provoke a conversation.
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2007, 06:26:35 PM »

Triangle Foundation Reaches Out To The Community Through Blogging

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In an effort to further strengthen its relationship with the LGBT and allied community, members of the staff of Michigan’s Triangle Foundation have launched personal blogs.

“Our constituency has grown so large it can be hard to keep things on the personal level that we, and our community, prefer,” said Greg Varnum, director of Information Technology. “These blogs will provide an extra way for our community to communicate with us, and us with them, on a more personal level than is often possible with speaking engagements, policy and anti-violence work.”


And quite a constellation of blogs it turns out to be:

Executive Director Jeffery Montgomery: Outside the Triangle – http://www.outsidethetriangle.org

Director of Policy Sean Kosofsky: Blog O’Queer – http://www.blogoqueer.org

Director of Youth Initiatives and Information Technology Greg Varnum: Bloggin.OUT – http://www.blogginout.org

Director of Communications Dawn Wolfe: The BiWonkette – http://www.biwonkette.org

West Michigan Field Organizer Colette Beighley: Mostly Sunny with a Chance of Gay – http://www.chanceofgay.org

Certainly a blog allows a member of an organization to publish his or her views quite readily. I've seen what these "speaking engagements" can do as far as reaching an audience with a message is concerned, as well as the amount and quality of community feedback an organization can get from such events. They aren't all that bad -- that would be why organizations have done them for decades -- but they leave something to be desired. This new trend of organizational blogging (or blogging members of organizations) looks like it will fill in a number of obvious gaps quite nicely.
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2007, 07:02:47 PM »

Readers may remember the blog InterstateQ but may not be aware that it has recently expanded into a network. The network's current affiliates include:

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AQE - Action for Queer Equality
http://aqequality.interstateq.com/
A grassroots organization based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that aims to raise awareness regarding discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in our country and our world using dialogue and conversation.

Activate!-NC Advocacy Coalition
http://activatencac.interstateq.com/
The website of the North Carolina-based LGBTQI youth political advocacy organization.

Finding the Way
http://gaychristian.interstateq.com/
A small educational, resource site for LGBTQI Christians or those seeking more info on Faith & Sexuality.

LOVE of Tampa
http://love.interstateq.com/
GLBT Connection Center of Tampa Bay, FL

Mombian
http://www.mombian.com/
Mombian is a lifestyle site for lesbian moms and other LGBT parents, offering a mix of parenting, politics, diversions for all our varied roles.

Republic of M
http://www.republicofm.com/
Dedicated to reporting and commenting on news and issues of concern to the LGBTQ community in Michigan.

ScoutPride
http://scoutpride.interstateq.com/
For gay, bi & non-theist current, former or dismissed members or leaders of the Boy Scouts of America.

Trans Philly Youth
http://transphillyyouth.interstateq.com/
Outreach & resources to LGBTQI youth in the Philadelphia area with a focus on Trans and Intersex youth.


As can be seen from the URLs to these sites, many of them might not have an Internet presence at all without the intervention of the network.
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