Towleroad at Netroots Nation 2011 Conference


Guestblogger Haas Jason Haas is a digital media consultant and LGBT equal rights advocate. In 1996, his landmark case — represented by the Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) — won critical resources for LGBTQ students in the Boston Public School System. Jason has held positions with Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and Obama for America, as well as volunteer leadership with Rock the Vote, the New York LGBT Community Center, and the 2009 National Equality March in Washington, D.C. The Advocate named Jason a "young gay hero" for his leadership in the LGBT equal rights movement.

I'm super jazzed to be covering this year's Netroots Nation conference for Towleroad after being rewarded a full-expense-paid scholarship through Michael Rogers and supporters of the LGBT National Blogger and Citizen Journalist Initiative.

Netroots-Nation-2011Netroots is in its sixth year:

Netroots (formerly known as the YearlyKos Convention) will be held June 16-19 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN. Netroots Nation 2011 will include panels led by national and international experts; identity, issue and regional caucuses; prominent political, issue and policy-oriented speakers; a progressive film screening series; and the most concentrated gathering of progressive bloggers to date."

Last year, President Obama addressed conference-goers and the repeal of DADT via telecast.

Netroots 2011 headliners will be Sen. Al Franken, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Van Jones, Former Governor Howard Dean, AFT president Randi Weingarten, and more. 

Check the website for a full list of this year's presenters and events. There's even a Netroots mobile app.

You can follow Netroots and LGBT goings-on in real-time on Twitter using hashtag #NN11 and #NN11LGBT.

More to come!