Hornet — the world’s premiere gay social networking app — produced Loud & Proud, a panel discussion with Times Out at The New York Times Building in Midtown Manhattan. Moderated by Alexander Kacala, Hornet’s Senior Editor, the event brought key leaders and authoritative voices together to discuss issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion in the LGBTQ media industry.
Before introducing panelists, Kacala began:
“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” Those are the words of the fabulous Harvey Fierstein. Our stories are best told when we tell them ourselves. Now more than ever, media of the marginalized is vital to prevent the silence Harvey speaks of. The people we have assembled today have worked tirelessly to dedicate themselves and their voices to the LGBTQ community through the media.”
Matthew Breen, Editorial Director, Logo
Dawn Ennis, Associate Editor, LGBTQ Nation
Michelle Garcia, Senior Editor, Vox
Noah Michelson, Editorial Director, Voices at Huffington Post
Mathew Rodriguez, Staff Writer, Mic
Zachary Zane, Contributing Editor, The Advocate
Tim Greene, Hornet’s General Manager of Marketing for New York City, said, “Hornet is the first global gay social app to combine content with networking.”
“Hornet Places is our gay social city guide that contains places to go and things to do in 300 cities across 70 countries,” Greene explained. “Hornet Stories features our award-winning editorial team hailing from pioneering international gay publications such as Frontiers, Next, Tetu and MixBrazil. These platforms provide content that is both hard-hitting and fun in nature and relevant to the LGBTQ community.”
Greene continued, “At Hornet, we understand the importance of gay media for the community and are excited to engage conversation with folks who play such an important role in it.”
“Events like today are good for journalists and editors because you get to share ideas with people who work at similar but different organizations,” Matthew Breen told us. “So that is kind of fun to have an interplay of ideas and share perspectives.”
Dawn Ennis added: “If we don’t reach out and let our audiences, our readers, our viewers, our listeners know what we think, why we think it and ask them what they think and get feedback from them: we aren’t doing our jobs. Our jobs are to speak to the community and listen to what the community says to us.”
Hornet joined forces with Times Out, the LGBT and allies employee resource group of The New York Times Company, to produce the panel.
Check out these photos from Hornet’s event: