BuzzFeed LGBT is here, we’re queer, and gurl, listen: We’ve got a lot to talk about. Edith Windsor is taking her historic marriage equality case to the Supreme Court. Drag queens are werking the runway on prime-time TV. NFL players are standing up as LGBT allies in the Super Bowl spotlight. And teenagers are writing kick-ass letters to the president about marriage equality and trans rights. The list of barriers being broken down and ground to glitter goes on and on. (No, really. It’s a long list.)
Of course, it’s not all glitter and rainbows in the LGBT world — and that’s not all we’re going to be thinking and writing about, either. We’re also obsessed with the persistence of LGBT teen homelessness, marriage and workplace inequalities, bullying, suicide, and transphobia. But the common thread in all of this is that whether it’s a story about politics, pop culture or personal journeys, or about trans women, immigrants, or people of color, we believe in coverage that’s as diverse and multifaceted as our readers. From a trans teen in the South to gay lumberjacks in the Northwest, and from the groundbreaking impact of a lesbian comedian to the challenges faced by bisexual women, queer stories are everywhere. And with staff writers and reporters in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, we look forward to meeting you and your stories at every turn.
But even more than physical geography, the social web is where the real conversations are happening, and we’re there — whether on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Vine, or whatever else pops up next week. Remember what Audre Lorde told us: “I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood” — so don’t be shy. We will be publishing work by emerging and established LGBT voices, so send us your ideas!
BuzzFeed LGBT is also nurtured and supported by a more robust company than most LGBT publications have available to them. We have the resources and the drive to take risks and shine light on the margins of American culture. We’re here — and we’re here to stay.