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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
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,...
Prizm News / October 3, 2017 / By Staley Munroe The Rev. Mary Reaman Founding Pastor, Tree of Life Community: A Unitarian Universalist Congregation Home: Dayton Identifies As: Lesbian Pronouns: She/Her/Hers On Faith: “Faith, to me, is a belief in the power of Love to transform us and our world. I believe my purpose is to continually seek to grow in heart, mind and spirit, and to befriend people, communities and creation in a way that celebrates our...
Prizm News / October 3, 2017 / By Andrew Newman Sleep in a modern yurt, take a calming hike and enjoy a getaway close to home.   By Andrew Newman Shinrin-yoku is the Japanese practice of forest-bathing. It's the bathing of one’s mind and spirit rather than one’s body. For those seeking to escape the constant turmoil of city life, nothing quite matches the fresh air of the outdoors. Immersing oneself in the contemplative...