How rainbow flags turned Palm Springs blue

How rainbow flags turned Palm Springs blue

Palm Springs is a resort town, a private desert oasis, and a solidly Democratic city in an otherwise purple county. That stubborn blue streak is thanks to the 1980s gay community, which adopted Palm Springs as a new home during the AIDS crisis. “When people looked for...
NLGJA elects its first president of color

NLGJA elects its first president of color

The association that represents LGBTQ journalists, known historically for a lack of diversity, has elected its first president of color. Sharif Durhams will serve a two-year term as the ninth president of NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists starting Sunday...
The T in an all-LGBTQ city council

The T in an all-LGBTQ city council

In 2017, Lisa Middleton became the first openly transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in California. Middleton, a Palm Springs City Council member, has been in office for over a year now and aspires to make a difference. In an interview with CONNECT,...
New NLGJA award goes to a rebelle with a cause

New NLGJA award goes to a rebelle with a cause

As an Associated Press reporter in her hometown of Chicago, Karen Hawkins was used to covering complex news stories, such as the criminal retrial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and a trial involving police brutality. But in 2012, she encountered a...

Growing online harassment is everyone’s problem

Journalists regularly endure harassment on the basis of their work, gender, sexuality or ethnicity, among other factors. This consistent online harassment raises the question: Among individual journalists, newsrooms and social media platforms, whose responsibility is...