#LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard

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You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of WordPress.com over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all states. (The United States now joins 20 other countries, including my own, Portugal, in fully recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.)

Here at WordPress.com we strive to democratize publishing and empower freedom of speech. It’s amazing to see the thoughtful analyses of the Supreme Court’s decision already being published, like this excellent piece from Tropics of Meta putting the decision into long-term historical context. We’re also proud to provide a platform for all the incredibly talented LGBTQ writers who are advocating for change…

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Read All Your Favorite Blogs in One Place

I’m so proud of my fellow Automatticians who’ve been working on this! I’m also proud to have helped out with the Recommended Blogs wizard!

WordPress.com News

If you feel like it’s a chore to keep up with all your favorite blogs, you can now read posts from all the blogs you follow (even the ones that aren’t on WordPress.com!) in one convenient place on the WordPress.com home page:

Your reader displays all the posts across all the blogs you follow in the order they were published, with the most recent content appearing at the top. You’ll see an excerpt of the introduction to each post, the first image in the post, and thumbnails of any other images that the post contains.

You can even like and reblog WordPress.com content directly from the reader (we’re working on bringing reblogs back to the toolbar!) using the icons in the top right corner of each post:

Whether you’re at the computer or using the WordPress app on an Android or iOS mobile device, having all the posts from the…

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Ryan Markel

I spent this past weekend in Lisbon visiting colleagues and friends and attending the first-ever WordCamp Lisboa, which was a very nice event. I was able to meet and greet with the Lisbon WordPress community for the second year in a row (familiar faces!) and help a few folks at the Happiness Bar between talks.

I love Lisbon and was delighted to return there. It was amazing to see this community that has grown from a handful of people we invited to a get-together at our Happiness meetup last year to a WordCamp with almost 200 registrants. It’s the power of open-source publishing at work.

I didn’t bring my camera this year, but I did snap more than usual with my iPhone.

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Festas de Lisboa – Lisbon Festival (via Kerry Murray Photography)

Great photography of my city! Summer time is party time in Portugal, and a party just isn't a party without sardines and chorizo cooked over the coals and served with heaps of Portuguese bread (which is officially the most delicious in the world. Officially) and ridiculous amounts of beer. Welcome to the Lisbon sardine festival... … Continue reading Festas de Lisboa – Lisbon Festival (via Kerry Murray Photography)

New Beginnings (or, how I became an Automattician)

It's interesting to look back in time and see how much change the month of February has brought me in the past few years. Moving to new apartments, relationships that start or end, new job situation and this year a much bigger transformation  - much more than just a job change - a life change! … Continue reading New Beginnings (or, how I became an Automattician)