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National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association honors Steven Thrasher, Chris Geidner

Today has brought a bumper crop of nice recognition of members of the LGBT community. First Rev. Irene Monroe, and now friends of the Blend, the Village Voice’s Steven Thrasher and former senior political editor reporter at MetroWeekly (now senior political reporter at BuzzFeed) Chris Geidner. The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) announced the recipients of its Excellence in Journalism Awards:

The NLGJA 2012 Journalist of the Year is Steven W. Thrasher, a staff writer for the Village Voice and writer for the New York Times and Out. Whether it is about multigenerational gay families, a homeless shelter for LGBT youth, or a controversial political dynasty involved in New York’s same-sex marriage battles, Thrasher’s work succeeds at being interesting and unexpected. A keen interviewer and beautiful writer, his willingness to move beyond the usual in covering LGBT lives hit its peak this year.

This year’s Sarah Pettit LGBT Journalist of the Year Award goes to Chris Geidner, former senior political editor at Metro Weekly, and now senior political reporter at BuzzFeed. Geidner has been the go-to voice for important news stories in Washington, D.C., covering the White House, Supreme Court, and Justice Department. His sober and intelligent writing thoroughly explains some of the most important political stories of the year, quickly becoming one of the most attributed LGBT journalists online and in the mainstream press.

The Village Voice said this about Steven’s work:

Thrasher, who has been at this paper since 2009, won the accolade for work that has appeared in theVoiceNew York Times, and Out. The Voice stories recognized by NLGJA include “Diaz Family Values”— which details Rubén Díaz Sr.’s bomb-lobbing against gay rights, his borough president son, and his lesbian granddaughter — and “Maybe I do And Maybe I Don’t” — which explains some gays’ decision not to marry.

In 2011, his Voice cover profile of Lt. Dan Choi, Bad Lieutenant, took second place in anAssociation of Alternative Newsweeklies contest. He was awarded the 2010 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, given by Hunter College, for “Ronnie’s Kids: The Bright Side of ‘Amnesty.'” Thrasher also won the Courage Award from the Anti-Violence Project, in addition to others.

“I’m extremely honored to have my work recognized by my peers at the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Journalists, and especially excited to be accepting this award at the UNITY Journalists of Color convention,” said Thrasher, who will be recognized at that meeting in Las Vegas this August.

Steven also made a splash here on the Blend, participating in a liveblog about one of his his controversial pieces, “Stepping on the third rail of race w/Steven Thrasher of ‘White America Has Lost Its Mind‘.

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