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party photos: gay journalism panel 03.12.02

Imagine the frisson that coursed through the audience when Tunku Varadarajan, the conservative, English-accented Wall Street Journal columnist, stood up at our "Gay Editors at Mainstream Magazines: Ghetto or Gestalt?" panel discussion to ask an editor at a rival newspaper — Adam Moss, editor of The New York Times Magazine — a somewhat leading question: "You said you 'edited a magazine that was pretty gay already.' What did you mean by that?"

Later, a Rosie magazine editor prompted another frisson when she identified herself in the audience, and quickly found the panelists up on the stage shooting her own question back at her. (Basically: Whither gays and Rosie, post–Rosie O'Donnell's coming out?)

You can read the complete transcript of the panel, which was cosponsored by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, by clicking here. (You must be an AvantGuild member to read event transcripts.) The panelists included Moss; Emil Wilbekin, editor-in-chief of Vibe; Maer Roshan, editorial director of the late Talk; Henry Scott, former president and editorial director of Out and a consultant to BusinessWeek and Nest; and Arlyn Gajilan, a senior editor at FSB: Fortune Small Business and a veteran Newsweek reporter. The moderator was Marcus Mabry, a senior editor at Newsweek International.

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Panelists Marcus Mabry, Maer Roshan, Arlyn Gajilan, Adam Moss, Emil Wilbekin, and Henry Scott

Author and New York Press columnist Michelangelo Signorile and former Talk senior editor Drew Lee

Former Talk contributing writer Leah Nathans Spiro, Bill Keith, Rosie’s Melissa Walker and Kristine Solomon

Henry Scott, The New York Times’s Tom Kulaga, and Eric Savers

Dave Adox, 60 Minutes II associate producer Todd Stallkamp, CBS News’s Mike Whitney, and Evan Bachner founder Laurel Touby and guests

Next magazine editors Gary Montgomery and John Polly with writer Michael Luongo

Ziff-Davis Media editor Peter McKie and AOL features editor Michael Flocker

Columbia Journalism Review associate publisher Dennis Giza & ABC World News Tonight’s Wonbo Woo

Soap-opera journalist Tony Calega and’s Taffy Akner

Jersey Journal education reporter Jeff Theodore and The Village Voice assistant editor José Germosen’s Ron Hogan, Rachel Sklar, and former Blender editor-in-chief Dale Hrabi (part of the Maxim launch team)

Also seen: The New York Times advertising columnist Stuart Elliott and media reporter David Carr, editors Horacio Silva, The Wall Street Journal deputy op-ed editor Tunku Varadarajan, former Talk managing editor Richard Balestrino, Teen People editorial manager Carl Germann, Women's Wear Daily media reporter Jacob Bernstein

Photographs by Adam Wasserman.

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