Second, as some people may have noticed from a Twitter and Facebook explosion over this past weekend, senior political editor Chris Geidner won the 2012 GLAAD Media Award for ”Outstanding Magazine Article” for his Metro Weekly series on the history of the Defense of Marriage Act, which had its ignominious 15th anniversary last year. (The category was a tie, with Carolyn M. Brown also winning for her Black Enterprise feature, ”Black & Gay in Corporate America.”)
A little over two years ago, when I first talked with Chris about the possibility of doing some political writing for us, I had an instinctive feeling that he could be an integral part in what I saw as the next evolutionary step for Metro Weekly. Not to toot my own horn while praising others, but my instinct was right. Chris and I share some important perspectives on what LGBT journalism should be — unbiased and fair to our subjects; willing to report the good and the bad without sensationalism; not reliant on the Washington culture of anonymous sources — and that’s made this an exciting time for me as an editor and publisher.
While I stand by my belief that we do this work because we believe in its inherent importance — whether we’re covering politics, arts or nightlife — I’m also not going to put up a front of false modesty. I am beyond proud, not just of the accolades being placed on Chris and Will, but of everyone who works to make Metro Weekly the best LGBT publication and website you will find anywhere.
My own childhood dream of becoming a journalist wasn’t fulfilled by going to journalism school. It wasn’t fulfilled running around the halls of Capitol Hill. In the end, it was fulfilled by working with a group of talented and creative people who shared my passion for both journalism and community. So when any individual at Metro Weekly is honored, it’s an honor for everyone. My hat is off to them all.