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John Aravosis is becoming a big blowhard.

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Back in the EARLY 2000s before most of America even knew what a blog was, my RA--a great straight ally of the community and a good friend of mine, Bill Russell--forwarded me an email from a grassroots commentator named John Aravosis who published a newsletter called "The List" which listed the top gay stories for that week.  This was long before PlanetOut and had any meaningful content, and before I had Advocate, Out and Instinct subscriptions.  I went to his page and subscribed immediately, and through Aravosis, I was introduced to Michelangelo Signorile, later OutQ when Michelangelo helped launch the network, and the rest of the gay media planet.  John was the first sort of voice in the dark calling out to me and leading me to the city of gay knowledge.  And now I eat, sleep and breathe LGBT news... so much so I've stopped being able to carry on conversations with heterosexual friends because they aren't quite as waist-deep in the world of LGBT news as I am.  I've always held a lot of respect for John Aravosis--he had a lot of great things to say back then...

However, John really needs to get ahold of himself.  His blog is becoming SO sensational, its the gay FoxNews.  I feel very disapointed at the administration, but seriously, put away the National Enquirer Style Guide!



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Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Streit
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