LGBTQIA Pride 2012

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For the month of June 2012, The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education celebrates 30 trailblazers from the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex and Allied) community.

The curated list of Americans chosen for our feature is worthy of celebration and further study, which our short profiles hope to encourage. Included are writers, editors, journalists, publishers, trailblazers and change makers. They remind us of the rich contributions LGBTQIA people make and have made in the world of words.

This is by no means a definitive or exhaustive listing. It’s a starting point for learning, comment and discussion during the various Pride Celebrations happening in late June, when our nation pays a little more attention to issues of diversity. Be heard. Tell us what you think and what we can learn by sending a message to! 

Don Michaels
May 31, 2012
In 1976, Don Michaels was in Buffalo, where he was Mattachine Society president and a self-described “full-time gay activist” managing a gay community center and editing a small gay newsletter, when he and his partner, John Yanson, decided to move... more »
Leroy F. Aarons
June 1, 2012
Leroy F. Aarons was a journalist, editor, author and playwright whose assignments took him around the globe, and whose stewardship of The Oakland Tribune helped garner that paper a Pulitzer Prize. He died in 2004 of cancer at the age of 70.¬†Aarons... more »
Thomas Morgan III
June 2, 2012
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) was not particularly welcoming to its lesbian and gay members before Thomas Morgan III was elected as the association's president in 1989. Many doubted that they existed — sometimes openly... more »
Michelangelo Signorile
June 3, 2012
Michelangelo Signorile hosts his eponymous radio show on Sirius XM Radio's OutQ channel (SiriusXM 108) weekdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. EDT. On satellite radio, streamed on the Internet and to Android, BlackBerry and iOS handheld devices, his show is... more »
Deb Price
June 4, 2012
Deb Price's debut column for The Detroit News invited readers to help her come up with a less awkward way of introducing her boss to the woman who, at the time, had shared her life for six years: “Surely, a little ingenuity will solve this problem.... more »
Marlon Riggs
June 5, 2012
In 1992, Marlon Riggs wrote about the questions the approaching 21st century raised. The challenges to the "cozy myths by which America has been ritually defined…In the next century, can we even continue to speak (could we ever?) of a collective 'we... more »
Gail Shister
June 6, 2012
Gail Shister is widely regarded as the first “out” reporter in mainstream news media in the United States.The groundbreaking journalist earned the distinction of being, at three separate newspapers, the news organization’s first female sportswriter... more »
Richard Goldstein
June 7, 2012
Richard Goldstein has been writing about the intersection of politics and pop culture for more than four decades, starting by covering the 1960s rock scene for New York’s Village Voice. He became a regular contributor and, eventually, editor and... more »
June 8, 2012
Washington, D.C. native Jack Nichols helped found a Mattachine Society chapter in the city in 1961. In 1965, the same year he founded the Society’s Florida chapter and organized the first gay rights protest at the White House, Nichols and his... more »
June 9, 2012
LZ Granderson is a CNN weekly opinion correspondent and senior writer at ESPN. He is an openly gay, African American journalist who tackles topics of race, sexuality and gender in society and sports.Granderson is a senior writer and columnist for... more »