Moderators announced for HRC's gay forum
Logo and the Human Rights Campaign have announced the moderators for the gay presidential forum on Aug. 9. The forum, now officially called 'The Visible Vote '08,' will include journalists Margaret Carlson and Jonathan Capehart, who will join Joe Solmonese, president of HRC, and lesbian rocker Melissa Etheridge on the panel.
Margaret Carlson was the managing editor of the New Republic before she began working for Time magazine, where she eventually became the first woman columnist in Time's history in 1994. She is now a columnist for the Bloomberg News and a contributor for the Huffington Post. As a political commentator, her coverage of gay-related issues includes the pieces: 'McCain and his gaydar,' 'Daughters book reveals little about Cheney,' 'Praying away the gay' and 'Bush dismays party base on gay marriage ban.' Carlson was also managing editor at The New Republic, Washington bureau chief for Esquire magazine and a member of the panel on CNN's The Capitol Gang.
Capehart is a gay Washington Post editorial page writer and a Pulitzer Prize winner. He and members of the New York Daily News editorial board won the award in 1999 for a series of articles about Harlem's Apollo Theatre. Capehart also wrote for the Bloomberg News from 2000-01. He is a member of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.
HRC only decided to get some real journalists after a number of gay bloggers gave them lots of grief of having Melissa Etheridge and Joe Salmonese as the moderators.