You Mean The New York Post Isn’t Gay-Friendly?

A great Jeff Bercovici-penned blog entry for Portfolio focuses on the fact that the New York Post isn’t the preferred job environment for gay & lesbian journalists… except in the case of a page designer who doubles as the president of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Assocation:

“In fact, while I know plenty of gay people who work at the New York Times, the Daily News and just about every other big media organization in town, I had to search high and low to find a single gay Post staffer. The Post insiders I asked weren’t much help. “I’m trying to think of any gay employees I worked with there, but I can’t,” said one former longtime editor. “I couldn’t even tell you the last gay employee who worked there,” said a writer.
So I changed tacks. I called up the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association to see if there have been any complaints about discriminatory hiring or treatment of workers at the Post. That was when I found my first gay Postie. His name is Eric Hedegus, and he’s a page designer. He’s also the NLGJA’s national president. He told me he couldn’t comment. Quite the muscular group, that NLGJA.”