June 18, 2015 at 8:00 am EST | by Staff reports
Blade names int’l news editor
Cuba, gay news, Washington Blade

Michael K. Lavers on assignment in Las Tunas, Cuba, on May 16, 2015. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

The Washington Blade this week announced the creation of a new position — international news editor — in recognition of the paper’s growing focus on LGBT issues around the globe.

Michael K. Lavers, a Blade reporter since 2012, will take on the new role, which involves covering international stories, cultivating LGBT sources abroad, managing and editing the work of freelance contributors and traveling to foreign countries.

Lavers is just back from a week in Cuba, where he traveled the island nation reporting on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. This week, he’s in the Dominican Republic, where he’s scheduled to interview local officials, activists and the U.S. ambassador, who’s gay.

“Michael has worked hard to broaden the Blade’s coverage of international issues and this promotion is perfectly suited to his unique skill set and our commitment to covering the LGBT community’s struggle for equality around the globe,” said Blade editor Kevin Naff.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to cover international LGBT rights issues from Cuba, Peru, Mexico, the Netherlands and other countries where the Blade has sent me over the last three years,” Lavers said. “It is important to have an LGBT publication that devotes the resources necessary to cover these stories. I very much look forward to the opportunity to continue this reporting.”

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