"I get to decide who I am, according to the State of California and a growing number of other states. But even in those states where self-identification is not yet the law, as journalists, don't you want to respect the identity of the individual as they perceive themselves?"
If we're in the business of raising awareness on sexual diversity, of fighting discrimination against LGBT people, of sharing stories, we need to take an incisive look at what we do and how we are executing our work as narrators of reality.
Is someone who is straight (or closeted) any better able to cover a gay story? Every reporter has a long list of bias points. It is time we shatter this notion that being part of a minority group means you should not be able to cover that group.
I challenge the local, national, and international queer press to step back and look at the bigger picture. I suggest that you work harder to be journalists instead of just lazily stirring the pot we have been placed in by those who would do us harm.
As the general population grows more accepting of our community, is the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender news media still relevant? Do we really need newspapers, radio shows, web sites and television shows that are all gay all the time?