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posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 22
State Dept. brings foreign journalists to Blade office
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State Dept. brings foreign journalists to Blade office

By Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Washington Blade

Journalists from 20 nations visited the offices of the Washington Blade on Monday as part of a special reporting tour organized by the U.S. State Department to brief the journalists on how the U.S. addresses LGBT-related issues.

Blade editor Kevin Naff spoke to the journalists about how the Blade and other media outlets cover the LGBT community and how coverage from the LGBT press differs from coverage by mainline news organizations.

'LGBT issues are a human rights priority for Secretary of State [Hillary] Clinton,' said Dick Custin, deputy director of the State Departments Foreign Press Center, which organized the tour.

'Many of the journalists who will be joining us come from countries where homosexuality is not only stigmatized, it is punishable by imprisonment or even death,' Custin said in an email prior to the journalists visit. 'The courageous participants on this tour are willing to report back to the readers, listeners and viewers in their home countries on how the U.S. is handling this important issue.'

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