Transitioning at AMERICAblog

Yesterday, John announced that, after over a decade spent working tirelessly as a leading advocate and activist in the LGBT community, he is leaving AMERICAblog to blaze new trails at the United Nations.

He has asked me to take over as editor for the site, and I’m extremely excited and grateful to have the opportunity.

I started writing for AMERICAblog back in 2012, when I was a sophomore at Kenyon College. John noticed a post I wrote for NextGen Journal, liked it, and asked me if I’d be interested in writing for a larger audience. Since then, save for a seven-month stint on President Obama’s reelection campaign, writing here has been a constant for me, no matter what else I was up to. Whether I was in school in Ohio or interning in DC or working in Boston, AMERICAblog has always been an outlet for my opinions, a breeding ground for new ideas and, perhaps most importantly, a community with which to share them.

And now, after I finish out the next two weeks at my current day job, it will be a full-time gig.

That’s pretty surreal. Not too many people get to write to pay the bills, and even fewer get to do so on their own terms. As John wrote yesterday, blogging isn’t something you do for the money; you do it to (hopefully) make some positive change in the world around you. I’ve got some big shoes to fill, but I intend to pick up where John left off in that regard.

I have no intention of doing it by myself, though. I’ll have help in John’s nephew, Anthony Katsivalis, who will be handling the business side of things, along with a new cohort of young, progressive writers who will bring a diverse set of perspectives and analyses to our pages. A few of them — James Neimeister, Andrew Firestone and Josh Yazman — have already started, and more are on the way. Together, we intend to broaden AMERICAblog’s reach and continue its tradition of being a leading progressive voice in the online community.

And there is so much work to be done. John may be right when he says that the culture war for LGBT non-discrimination is winding down in our favor, but even if that’s the case, we need to run through the finish line. Going beyond that, though, our climate is changing, our criminal justice system is failing and our elections — with respect to both who funds them and who gets to vote in them — are being undermined by anti-democratic interests. And that’s just a start.

These are massive problems, and we’re going to keep raising hell about them until something is done.

I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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