Pam Spaulding, author of the award-winning LGBT blog Pam’s House Blend, has announced she’ll be shutting down her site on July 1.
Spaulding says ongoing health problems, including chronic pain conditions and rheumatoid arthritis, have kept her from producing the quality of work she’d like Pam’s House Blend to uphold. The site will be converted into archives on July 1, while contributors will continue writing for its parent site FireDogLake.
Reflecting on the impact of citizen-run blogs like hers in the mainstream media and even on beltway Washington politics, Spaulding offered a brief retrospective.
“I brought the perspective of a black lesbian living in the South to the dialogue — broadcasting a voice certainly not represented in the power structure of the LGBT movement,” explains Spaulding. “It was the first major blog to feature a transgender contributor, and it was important to me to bring talent to the blog from under-represented regions and voices.”
The question of who qualifies as married is shaping up as the next big battle for same-sex marriage advocates. It’s “fundamental to where this issue goes next,” Fred Sainz of the Human Rights Campaign told MSNBC.
“But three years ago, I also promised you this: I said that even if it took more time than we would like, we would see progress, we would see success, we would see real and lasting change. And together, that’s what we’re witnessing.”
In honor of Pride Month, the NFL Players Association is releasing a line of LGBT pride shirts to benefit the anti-homophobia organization Athlete Ally. The “One Team Pride” shirts can optionally feature the jersey numbers of Brendon Ayanbadejo, Connor Barwin, Scott Fujita, Steve Gleason, Chris Gocong, Chris Kluwe, Donte’ Stallworth, Terrell Suggs and Eric Winston. Get yours here. (via Buzzfeed)
Openly gay basketball player Jason Collinsmarched in Boston’s gay pride parade this weekend, two months after writing in Sports Illustrated that he wished he could have marched last year. Lookin’ good, my friend. (AP photo by Mary Schwalm via CBS News)