HuffPo/Gay Voices Editor Noah Michelson on the Importance of Being Earnest
In 2005, what most LGBT Angelenos knew about Arianna Huffington was that she still had her Greek accent after living in America since 1980, had once been a prominent conservative columnist and that she didn’t out her prominent Republican husband Michael after their divorce. She’s also smart, gay-friendly and fiercely independent. In 2004, she told her friend Jon Stewart she supported Democrat John Kerry because, “When your house is burning down, you don’t worry about the remodeling.” What media junkies and Westside intellectuals also knew was that Huffington ran a prestigious invitation-only salon—more Dorothy Parker and Algonquin Round Table than Virginia Woolfe and the Bloomsbury Group. So when she announced in May 2005 that she was launching The Huffington Post, some long knives came out, but most were excited about a liberal counterpoint to the right-wing Drudge Report. Indeed, IN Los Angeles magazine (which merged with Frontiers in 2009) published Huffington’s column to inspire LGBT readers.