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GLAAD will join leading LGBT voices in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this week for the sixth annual Netroots Nation convention, an annual conference for bloggers, online leaders, and advocacy organizations.

Netroots Nation is a project of the non-profit, non-partisan organization Bloggerpower.org, and held its first gathering in 2006. Since then, an increasingly diverse group of organizations, policy experts, and bloggers have come together each year to talk about using technology to strengthen the voices of advocates in the public sphere. This year’s speakers include Congressman Jerry Nadler, Lieutenant Dan Choi, LGBT blogger Pam Spaulding, and GLAAD Board Member Randi Weingarten.

GLAAD is co-sponsoring the LGBT Netroots Connect pre-convention, an event for LGBT community leaders and online advocates to exchange ideas on June 15, 2011.

There are several conference sessions that will include LGBT issues; a few are listed below.

Life Since Vegas: How the Netroots Forced Action on DADT and DREAM, Thursday, 06/16/2011 - 9:00am

"This panel is a case study in what happens when fiery activism trumps cynicism and forces Washington to act, as was the case with the push to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell and the DREAM Act in the very last days of last year's Congress. It's not often that these two issues are taken together, despite the common struggles both LGBTQ and immigrant communities face. However, the highly parallel, fierce fights over DADT and the DREAM Act last year--both key issues at last year's Netroots Nation--provide vital takeaways for the larger progressive movement." With: Jackie Mahendra, Yahaira Carillo, Heather Cronk, Felipe Matos, Trevor Thomas

Social Justice Strategy Session, Thursday, 06/16/2011 - 9:00am

"Interested in issues like immigration or education reform? Come to one of our new strategy sessions! Held in place of our typical issue caucuses, these moderated sessions are similar to caucuses, but aimed at forming greater strategic alliances on progressive issues including the environment, labor, LGBT community, immigration, women's issues, social justice and education. We'll look at case studies and discuss ways to work together better in the coming months."

Moving Forward with Faith, Thursday, 06/16/2011 - 3:00pm

"Yes we can? The last two years have been a disappointment for many in the progressive community as numerous policy setbacks were followed by a hard election. But despite setbacks, a few victories stand out--passage of the new START treaty, repeal of DADT and the passage of healthcare reform. One thing these successes have in common is that progressives worked to integrate faith and values messaging and outreach into their overall strategy. A clear lesson to from our recent history is that faith and values communities are increasingly proving to be critical to successful progressive advocacy. In this panel, we'll look at lessons learned in the past two years, share opportunities to expand relationships with online faith communities and discuss how to create campaigns that incorporate faith and values messaging into long-term progressive strategies." With: Eric Sapp, Beth Dahlman, Elizabeth Denlinger, Burns Strider, Rev. Rebecca Voelkel

What to Do When the President is Just Not that Into You, Thu, 06/16/2011 - 3:00pm

"The signing of a "Don't Ask Don't Tell" repeal act late last year demonstrated change was possible, but it did not come without a fight. The struggles between activists, donors, lobbyists, journalists and the administration in 2009-10 provide insights for other progressive movements pushing this administration to lead on our issues." With: Joan McCarter, Dan Choi, Jane Hamsher, John Aravosis, Felipe Matos

Bottoms-Up! Affecting National Policy on a Local Level, Thursday, 06/16/2011 - 4:30pm

"Gridlock in Washington, DC should not mean gridlock for progressive reform. While progressive issues have failed in the Senate, the right has managed to push their agenda on the local and state level, helping shape the national debate. Now it's our turn. Whether we're talking about single payer health care, marriage equality or education reform, there are numerous opportunities to score major political advancement on our issues without having to break a filibuster. What does it take to run an effective local or statewide issue campaign that has national implications--and where are the upcoming opportunities?" With: Nick Passanante, Eden James, Matt Singer, Julielyn Gibbons

Our Progressive History (The Historical Roots of Many Issues We Fight on Today), Thursday, 06/16/2011 - 4:30pm

"The issues progressives work on today have long and storied histories--ones that provide valuable lessons for today's modern progressive movement. In this panel, progressive historians and scholars will explore brief histories of the key issues of our time, including labor, Social Security, the welfare state and safety net, women's rights, immigration, the religious right, voting rights and equality." With: Stephanie Taylor, Tula Connell, Robert Cruickshank

LGBT Strategy Session, Friday, 06/17/2011 - 10:30am

"Interested in issues like immigration or education reform? Come to one of our new strategy sessions! Held in place of our typical issue caucuses, these moderated sessions are similar to caucuses, but aimed at forming greater strategic alliances on progressive issues including the environment, labor, LGBT community, immigration, women's issues, social justice and education. We'll look at case studies and discuss ways to work together better in the coming months." With: Mike Rogers

Bullies and the Blogosphere: Creating Safe Spaces in Our Schools and Online, Friday, 06/17/2011 - 3:00pm

"Bullying is all too prevalent, not just in our schools and communities but online as well. This unfortunate trend causes many to feel unsafe voicing their opinions and revealing their true identities. This panel will bring together organizations and activists to discuss the need to recognize and combat bullying in our schools, online and in our communities. How can the Netroots help raise awareness of bullying--and in turn push back against the right-wing framing that demonizes issues like LGBT rights and immigration." With: Randi Weingarten, Amanda Lenhart, Laura Rico, Scott Zumwalt

The Plan to Advance Marriage Equality, Inside and Outside of the 112th Congress, Sat, 06/18/2011 - 1:30pm

"This panel will gather experts from the various fronts of the marriage equality struggle--the courts, Congress, state campaigns and online media--to answer the question: how do we work together to advance marriage equality in a challenging political environment? Too often activists, lawmakers and litigators work independently and don't communicate effectively with each other. Congressman Jerry Nadler, author of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), will join other leaders in the fight for marriage equality to build awareness and solidify alliances and strategies for moving forward." With: Joe Sudbay, Congressman Jerry Nadler, Pam Spaulding, Rick Jacobs, Camilla Taylor

See the Netroots Nation website for a full list of sessions and more information. Not able to attend Netroots Nation? Follow the Twitter hashtags #NN11 & #NN11LGBT for updates from the convention.

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