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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, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and 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 University of Illinois-Springfield. Contact: BobVitale@prizmnews.com
Prizm News / July 16, 2018 / By D’Anne Witkowski He's a proud deplorable who stokes conservative anger. But oh wait, he's just kidding.   Commentary by D’Anne Witkowski Milo Yiannopoulos is not a good person. But then, who cares, right? It’s not like he cares about being a good person.   In fact, the fact that he is a terrible person—a deplorable, if you will—is his entire appeal. Without his awfulness, he’s just another gay...
Prizm News / July 11, 2018 / By Bob Vitale   'We want transgender and gender-nonconforming folks to want to work here,' executive says.   By Bob Vitale   Equitas Health, the largest healthcare provider for LGBTQ people in Ohio, will begin covering more medical services for its transgender employees starting Aug. 1. The nonprofit agency is adding about a dozen services and procedures to employee health plans that already cover gender-confirmation surgeries. They'll be subject to the...
Prizm News / July 10, 2018 / By Bob Vitale Early voting is under way in the Aug. 7 race in the state's 12th Congressional District. By Bob Vitale As early voting started today in an Ohio special election for Congress that's being watched nationally, the Human Rights Campaign weighed in with an endorsement for the LGBTQ-friendly Democratic candidate. “If you work hard and play by the rules, you deserve to get ahead,...
Prizm News / July 3, 2018 / By Bob Vitale   Our protests and parties beat their joyless, humorless anger any day.   Commentary by Bob Vitale   Hell hath no fury like LGBTQ people who are pissed off. My first text came from Brad Henry, Prizm’s web guy and man about town, at 12:02 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. “Something big and fun brewing. Can you talk?” Folks had just gotten word that Vice President Mike...
Prizm News / July 2, 2018 / By D’Anne Witkowski The administration's zero-tolerance policy is intolerable.   Commentary by D’Anne Witkowski Out of the blue the other day, my 8-year-old son asked me, “What would you do to get me back?” “What do you mean?” I asked.   “Like, if I was taken.” I was actually too stunned to formulate a good answer. “Well, I’d do anything,” I said. He thought for a moment. “If you could only see...
Prizm News / July 1, 2018 / By Chris Azzopardi   The actor-activist talks about defying Hollywood's limits, using his voice for good, and Pride past and present.   By Chris Azzopardi   Really, aside from a fame-catapulting role on “Empire” and a dreamy croon so velvety you could rest your head on it at night, Jussie Smollett is just like you. Or was. He remembers going to Pride. All the rainbows and fiery ex-boyfriend drama. These...
Prizm News / July 1, 2018 / By Christine Howey The Cincinnati Opera's production of ‘As One’ explores a transgender life. Five performances are scheduled from July 25-30.   By Christine Howey   There are so many ways a transgender person realizes they don’t fit in, and many of them happen in grade school. A couple decades ago, for instance, a boy who felt like a girl was chastised for writing his cursive exercises...
Prizm News / July 1, 2018 / By Ian Argo (Correction: In the July issue of Prizm, we listed the wrong preferred pronouns for M.Carmen Lane. Carmen prefers to be referred to as Carmen.) M. Carmen Lane Doula Home: Cleveland Identifies As: Two-Spirit Pronouns: "I do not have a preferred gender pronoun. If asked, the word to use is Carmen." “I was born in Kahyonh:ake, the western territory of the Haudenosaunee,” Carmen Lane says before adding...
Prizm News / July 1, 2018 / By Bob Vitale A six-state effort that includes Ohio will intensify efforts to get equality-minded voters to the polls in November. By Bob Vitale Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin was as bummed out as most of you were on the night of Nov. 8, 2016. But as Ohio and other swing states lined up behind Donald Trump in the presidential election, he found a glimmer...
Prizm News / July 1, 2018 / By Laura Newpoff Garrett Baldwin is an openly gay high school swimmer whose part time job is at a local burger joint. He’s looking for a promotion to the Ohio House of Representatives.   By Laura Newpoff Don’t tell Garrett Baldwin he’s an underdog. The resident of Mechanicsburg, a tiny village of 1,600 in rural Champaign County, says he’ll be the next state representative from a district...