In just a few decades, societal tolerance and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues has evolved dramatically, and LGBT reporting has advanced alongside it. Each day introduces fresh discussions and new considerations for journalists who sincerely seek to thoughtfully report on this rapidly expanding beat. It can be a challenge, however, to accurately and sensitively report on such a diverse, vibrant community, especially if the reporter is new to the task. Occasionally we have failed. But while pleading ignorance does not excuse blunders, these errors are opportunities, highlighting the path to improvement. At the end of the day, LGBT people deserve inclusive, principled storytelling. It’s up to journalists to familiarize themselves with standards and tools necessary to accomplish that goal, and to overcome stumbling blocks and misconceptions by seeking insights from those “in the know.”
That's precisely why we’re pleased to reveal that our next #muckedup guest will be none other than Noah Michelson, Executive Editor of Gay Voices at The Huffington Post and the Managing Editor of The Huffington Post Voices. Noah received his MFA in poetry from New York University and his poems have been featured in The New Republic, The Best American Erotic Poetry from 1800 to the Present, and other publications. He has also contributed to Out magazine, Details and Blackbook and served as a commentator on CNN, BBC, Fusion, Inside Edition and Sirius XM, among other outlets. Got a question for Noah about LGBT journalism? Tweet or email it to me by noon this Monday, and we’ll incorporate it into Tuesday’s discussion! While you’re at it, help us spread the word by clicking here, then join our chat by following the #MuckedUp hashtag on Twitter this Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST.