By Erin Rook, PQ MonthlyThis weekend, about 70 writers, editors, and bloggers working in queer media will gather in Philadelphia for the 2013 LGBT Media Journalists Convening. The annual event -- now in its fourth year -- is hosted by Bilerico Project Editor-in-Chief Bil Browning, sponsored by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, and funded through a grant from the Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund.
This year's convening will focus on coalition building, including around issues pertaining to aging, immigration, trans justice, communities of color, Â and the labor movement."I'm excited to bring the 2013 LGBT Media Journalists Convening to Philadelphia this year. The city has really rolled out the red carpet and thanks to the generosity of companies like Comcast and the Philadelphia tourism bureau, we're able to bring in almost twice as many attendees as normal," Browning says. "As we tackle this year's topic of 'coalition building,' we're bringing our most diverse group yet to the convening to learn how LGBT journalists can cover and interweave common themes from social justice struggles into their every day reporting." I am excited to be among those journalists invited to attend this weekend's convening. The focus on understanding the intersections between the LGBTQ rights movement and other social justice movements aligns perfectly with PQ's mission of representing every letter and every color in our diverse communities. I'm looking forward to connecting with and learning from other queer journalists and leaders in a variety of social justice movements. "The LGBT Media Journalists Convening is an exciting opportunity for NLGJA," says Executive Director Michael Tune. "It brings together diverse skills and experiences from many news producersÂ and experts to reach a greater understanding of the issues important to the LGBT community. Â NLGJA is proud to be part of this on-going educationalÂ program to help participants share ideas and professional experiences, and to better identify how to cover the LGBT community both fairly and accurately." I'll be reporting back throughout the weekend via Facebook and Twitter. To get the fullest picture of the weekend's events, follow the Â hashtag #LGBTmedia13 on Twitter (and perhaps also Instagram?). Feel free to ask us questions and participate in the conversation. If any of our readers are in Philly this weekend, we'll be having a collective fan meet-up (sponsored by theÂ Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp)Â at Tavern on Carmac from 9 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23.Â Â Otherwise, I hope to see you all at PQ Monthly's First Anniversary Press Party on Feb. 21 at Portland City Hall.