The Washington Blade was selected on Monday to join the in-town pool rotation for the White House Press Corps, becoming the first LGBT publication to take part in the duties.
The board of the White House Correspondents’ Association approved the Blade’s application to take part in the pool along with Buzzfeed and the U.K.-based Guardian. The duty entails having a reporter monitor the president on a rotating basis to inform other members of the press about his activities within the Capital Beltway.
Steve Thomma, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, told the Blade the vote was unanimous among the board members present and the status of the the paper as an LGBT news outlet didn’t come up during discussions.
“This is not a political statement by the Correspondents’ Association in any way, shape or form,” Thomma said. “It is a journalistic statement. We welcome into the print pool tell-all journalists.”
Blade editor Kevin Naff welcomed the news.
“This designation reflects the Blade’s nearly 45-year commitment to quality journalism,” Naff said. “We’re excited to get started and continue the Blade’s long tradition of excellence in objective reporting.”