Friday, December 15, 2017

Bob Vitale

Bob Vitale
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Bob Vitale is the editor of Prizm. A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, he has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the Sangamon State University/the University of Illinois-Springfield. Contact: BobVitale@prizmnews.com
By Bob Vitale When the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland opens its brand new home 10 to 12 months from now, the stairs will go up. Officials and supporters of the 42-year-old center—the third oldest in the nation—broke ground yesterday for a new facility that will offer nearly triple the space for expanded programming. It will be across the street from the LGBT center's current home, which is located down a...
By Prizm News A court case with echoes of Leelah Alcorn is making news in Cincinnati. A 16-year-old transgender boy, backed by Hamilton County social workers, has asked a local judge to allow him treatment at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. His parents want him to receive counseling from a religious provider.  The Cincinnati Enquirer reported today that the child, who has been living with his grandparents since Hamilton County officials asked for temporary...
By Prizm News The first openly gay Ohioan elected to the state House of Representatives hopes to become the first openly gay Ohioan elected to the state Senate. State Rep. Nickie Antonio announced her candidacy Thursday in Ohio's 23rd Senate District, which includes her hometown of Lakewood, as well as Detroit Shoreway and other parts of Cleveland's West Side, Parma, Middleburg Heights and other areas of western Cuyahoga County. Ohio's next legislative...
By Bob Vitale Former President Barack Obama delivered a hopeful message ahead of Friday's World AIDS Day, recapping worldwide progress in treatment of the disease and saying "we can end this pandemic once and for all."  In a videotaped message on Tuesday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," Obama credited policymakers and philanthropists for advances against HIV/AIDS but reserved his highest praise for organizers, activists, doctors, nurses and researchers who have been on the front...
By Bob Vitale You've vowed not to overdo it this holiday season.  But you know you will.  Far be it from us to enable bad habits—you sure you don't want one more slice?—but if you're going to overspend, you might as well do some good at the same time. More than 40 LGBTQ organizations in Ohio are part of AmazonSmile, a program of the online retailer that generates micro-donations to your favorite causes...
Prizm News / November 7, 2017 / By Bob Vitale Cincinnati and Newark become the first Ohio cities with two openly gay council members.                             By Bob Vitale  Gay and lesbian candidates were elected to nine city and village councils Tuesday, and 17 of 27 LGBTQ contenders won local offices across Ohio.  In all, openly gay and lesbian candidates won more than 356,000 votes. Among the day's winners: Democrat Megan Kilgore was elected city auditor...
There are 20 openly gay and lesbian candidates on Ohio's local-election ballots today. They're seeking office as city and village council members, school board members, a city auditor and a municipal court judge. AKRON Patrick Bravo, executive director of the Summit County Land Bank, is seeking re-election to the Akron School Board. He is endorsed by the Summit County Progressive Democrats and Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. CINCINNATI Tamaya Dennard (pictured above), a former staff...
Prizm News / November 7, 2017 / By Kayla Beard Politicians no longer have to avoid discussion of their sexual orientation when seeking voters' support.  By Kayla Beard  LGBTQ candidates on the ballot today in small towns and big cities across Ohio say they've encountered mostly accepting voters more concerned about their plans for public office than their sexual orientation.  While past candidates might have felt pressure to keep their identities hidden, most LGBT politicians these days...
Prizm News / November 2, 2017 / By Bob Vitale Cincinnati was once among the nation's most anti-gay cities. On Tuesday, seven gay and lesbian candidates will make its local election ballot one of the most inclusive. How times have changed. By Bob Vitale Let us finally bury the old trope about conservative, anti-gay Cincinnati. Yes, local prosecutors charged the head of the city’s Contemporary Arts Center with obscenity over an exhibit of Robert...
PRIZM News / October 3, 2017 / By Jim Obergefell When the question came up, a scared Ohio grad student made a life-changing decision and came out. By Jim Obergefell “Are you gay or straight?” My friend Cass, sitting in the driver’s seat, posed that question to our friend, Matt, in the front seat and to me in the back. I had recently turned 26, and after teaching high school German for two years,...