Pam Spaulding Blogs Her Way to the Top

The disinclination of many Democratic candidates to take a stand on issues such as gay rights means that many feel there is nobody to vote for. Spaulding feels that even a candidate such as Hillary Clinton, who would on the surface seem like a possibility for office, is unfortunately "one of the politicians who has been reticent to openly support civil equality."

Despite Spaulding's obvious passion for politics and justice for the LGBT community, she does not have any desire to become anything more official than a political blogger.

"I am too much of an introvert to run for office," she insists.

But Spaulding's blog is clearly making an impact, and part of this is because she genuinely loves what she does and sees it as an important task. She believes that blogging can not only build community, but can also fight for civil rights. "A lot of progress can be made at the ground level offline based on what we learn from each other online," she says.

At a recent dinner with other bloggers and former vice presidential candidate John Edwards, Spaulding had the opportunity to connect the blog world with the real world.

"It was all off the record, but it was a chance to hear what he thought about current events [and] the use of blogs in campaigns," Spaulding says. "It also gave me a chance to see a politician with their guard down. So many run in public autopilot candidate mode and cannot be as candid. I only wish more politicians would speak frankly. Everything is too massaged."

Spaulding has been characterized as "the hardest working blogger in the blog-o-sphere," a title that is well-deserved. She not only blogs many times a day, but also has a full-time career managing an IT department at Duke University. " I usually blog between 9—11 p.m., then I have insomnia and inevitably am up around 4 a.m. and stack up posts to release during the day," she says.

Among all the posts that she has written since she launched Pam's house Blend, there are a few that she often remembers: those about the issues surrounding the Westboro Baptist Church's visit to protest a local production of The Laramie Project, and the more racially focused posts discussing whether black people can tan.

Despite the potentially politically divisive nature of her blog, Spaulding's family is very supportive of her outspoken opinions, her blog and her partner, Kate, whom Spaulding married in Vancouver in July 2004. The two decided to head north to Canada to make their relationship official because they "wanted to get married so that it would be legal somewhere on the planet."

Although she knew she was gay early on, at age 10, Spaulding didn't come out until she was in her 20s. For a self-proclaimed " geeky, bookworm gay," she has made significant progress in getting her voice heard.

Her advice to the everyday lesbian looking to change things is simple: "The first thing is to vote. Read up on your local races and see where they stand on basic issues of fairness regarding LGBT citizens. Since the national Democratic party is dragging its feet, give support to candidates who are publicly supporting LGBT rights."

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