The Stonewall Democrats 2006 National Conference will take place right here in Pittsburgh this coming weekend, June 2-4. Howard Dean will be the keynote speaker with Governor Rendell making an appearance on the last day of the conference.
But you won't read about it here.
Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents applied for press credentials to cover the conference. As the region's largest LGBT blog, we believe that covering THE national gay democrat conference in Rick Santorum's hometown would be relevant to our focus. And that the rest of the LGBT community might want our perspective, especially given Howard Dean's recent headlines on a variety of gay issues.
Apparently, we were wrong. Because the local chapter hosting the event, the Steel-City Stonewall Democrats. has decided that bloggers will not receive press credentials.
This in spite of the fact that both parties issued press credentials to bloggers for the 2004 National Conventions.
I was still invited to attend the conference as a paid attendee.
DISCLAIMER: Sue is a former board member of the Steel City Stonewall Democrats chapter. She resigned this past fall along with most of the Executive Board (before launching this blog). Thus, she is somewhat biased on this issue.