The Blend was launched back in July 2004, and I created it to let off steam about the upcoming election and the state of issues that affect my life as an out lesbian — the right not to lose my job because I am gay, the right to marry — issues that were front and center as the homosexual boogeyman was flogged endlessly by the right wing.

I was shouting into the electronic void, not really expecting anyone to drop by and leave comments (a way to open discussion with the bloghost and others who read a particular post). But somehow, eventually, folks dropped by, from near and far, to share what they thought about a particular rant I had for the day.

It became clear that blogging about news stories involving LGBT concerns could give those who visited the Blend an insight into the progress (or lack thereof) of gay rights in Red State/Blue State America. The power of blogging is that you not only reach the readers of the blog, but the venue can serve as its own form of activism, a tool to spur action on issues that matter to us.

Readers who come here regularly are treated to my reactions to the personal and political and toss in their observations — it truly is our little coffeehouse.

I’m not an expert in anything other than the what the sum of my life experiences has given me. We can always learn from one another.

Contributors/guest baristas to the Blend: ‘Radical’ Russ Belville, Autumn Sandeen, Daimeon Pilcher, Louise, Lurleen, Julien Sharp, and Terrance Heath — they all add a level of diversity to the progressive perspective here that we all cherish.

Bios:

Pam Spaulding
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Pam Spaulding is the editor and publisher of Pam’s House Blend, twice honored as Best LGBT Blog in the annual Weblog Awards. She has guest blogged at Glenn Greenwald’s Unclaimed Territory on Salon and Americablog and Pandagon. Pam received the 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award from The Monette-Horwitz Trust for making significant contributions toward the eradication of homophobia. She was also named one of Huffington Post’s Ultimate Game Changers in Politics, honored with the 2009 Women’s Media Center Award for Online Journalism and the Courage Award from the New York City Anti-Violence Project and was selected as one of the OUT 100 for the year. Pam’s House Blend was nominated for the inaugural Best Blog prize at the 2011 GLAAD Media Awards. A Durham, North Carolina native and current resident, Pam lives in the Bull City with her wife Kate; they legally married in Canada in 2004. Email pam AT firedoglake DOT com.


Autumn Sandeen
Autumn Sandeen is a contributor to Pam’s House Blend. She previously blogged for the Ex-Gay Watch, and has written for Frontiers Magazine, The Advocate, the Washington Blade and Baltimore OUTloud. She currently writes the Trans Progressive column at San Diego’s LGBT Weekly. In 2010 she was honored as one of San Diego Pride’s Champions of Pride, and in 2012 was awarded the Community Service Award at San Diego’s Transgender Day of Empowerment. In 2008, she was one of the first two transgender reporters to be credentialed to cover the Democratic National Convention, writing for Pam’s House Blend. Autumn is a Persian Gulf War veteran who retired as a Fire Controlman Petty Officer First Class in 2000 after 20-years of service. She has a Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell story of being sexually harassed for being perceived as being gay that was featured in the joint HRC/SLDN/AFER Documenting Courage campaign. She went to jail twice for participating in the GetEqual Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell protests where LGBT veterans handcuffed themselves to the White House fence. A California native, Autumn lives in “America’s Finest City” — San Diego, California. Email: autumn at firedoglake.com.


For those who happen by because of a link they followed from elsewhere in the blogosphere, that may be a bore, but readership has continued to grow, so I really can’t say we’re driving people away.

The LGBT community is obviously not monolithic. Issues of concern to one element may not resonate with another, be it race, gender, gender expression or position on the political spectrum. What unites us all is that the hearty portion of the larger society is demonizing us.

I do post about personal issues on my blog, about pets, vacations, my wife. I want to make it clear that there is someone human behind the screen.

The Blend is about community, civility and friendly debate. It’s never going to be highbrow content at the Blend, but it is always newsworthy and I like to mix up the fun and the political quite a bit — as long as it makes people think.

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