Mid-year last year, Sarah Blazucki was ready for a professional change.
The 37-year-old Baltimore native had a good six-and-a-half year run as editor at Philadelphia Gay News and was looking for fresh vistas to tackle. In October, she moved to Washington to work as a writer and editor with The Peace Corps.
“I felt like I’d done all I could do with the paper and it was time to let someone else take over,” she says. “Someone with new, fresh ideas and for me to do something else. I was sort of looking to take my career to the next level.”
Though she says things are “very good” in her new position, it’s a huge change from what she calls “the rhythm” of the weekly newspaper rigors. She also realizes it will take time to get integrated into D.C. LGBT life.
“Just being at the PGN, I very much had my finger on the pulse of the LGBT community and down here I just don’t,” she says. “Granted I’ve only lived here three months, but it’s just going to take some time to find the community again. And not just the bars. I know where they are, but I mean really the heart of the community. The non-profits, the larger piece that really makes up the heart of the community.”
Blazucki is also active in the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the founder of website lgbtrights.me which allows web surfers to find out what laws apply in their part of the country. She also writes resumes on the side.
She has identified as queer since she was 21 and was in an 11-year relationship with a man whom she eventually married. But she says she knew all along she “was not straight.”
Blazucki’s dating but not in a serious relationship. She lives in Petworth and enjoys running, yoga, reading and “being a news junkie” in her free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
Since I was 21. Sometimes I get flack from gays and lesbians because I’m not a gold-star lesbian and that can be hard.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
Can I have more than one? As a journalist, I really admire Rachel Maddow. She’s super-smart and she’s got moxie. I also have a couple of personal heroes, who I can also count as friends: Gloria Casarez, who is the director of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia, and Carrie Jacobs, the executive director of The Attic Youth Center in Philadelphia.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
Tracks. I had some good times there.
Describe your dream wedding.
I was married before and that was probably as close as I would get. (See my answer about overrated social customs.) It was a 1920s carnivale theme, very fun. Less of a wedding, and more of a big party.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
Gender equality/women’s rights.
What historical outcome would you change?
The 2007 Supreme Court decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. In the case, the court ruled 5-4 against Lilly Ledbetter, who had been getting paid less than her male counterparts at Goodyear for years. The court said her claim of long-term discriminatory pay decisions was filed after the statute of limitations, 180 days, had expired.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
Pop culture really isn’t my forte, but Kurt Cobain’s suicide was pretty significant.
On what do you insist?
It’s OK to be gay. Also, good grammar and correct language use. It’s my job.
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
“So excited to have found what is likely the closest grocery store to my house, and it’s an organic grocer. That only took 3 mos. Sheesh!”
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“Determined: How I got over a mostly shitty childhood and found my way in the world”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
For myself, nothing. I like being queer. For others, encourage self-acceptance.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Keep up the good fight. Don’t let the LGBT-rights movement be sidelined by petty differences. Don’t sacrifice the minorities amongst us for the good of the majority.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
My family, my close friends, LGBT equality.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
That lesbians “process” too much.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
What’s the most overrated social custom?
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
I’m not particularly motivated by either, but a Pulitzer would be nice.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
That my life and work mattered, and that I could have a positive impact with both.
Work. And it helps that my family is close.