Thursday, May 03, 2018

Rex Wockner

Rex Wockner reported news for the gay press from the 1980s until 2011. His work appeared in hundreds of publications.

He has a B.A. in journalism, started his career as a radio reporter, and wrote for the mainstream press as well, including the Chicago Tribune and The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Highlights of Wockner's career include:

• Going to Denmark on Oct. 1, 1989, to cover the world's first registered partnerships granting same-sex couples the rights of marriage

• Going to the Netherlands on April 1, 2001, to cover the dawn of marriage equality

• Reporting from the first LGBT-pride events in Moscow and Leningrad in 1991

• Reporting from world conferences of the International Lesbian and Gay Association and the international AIDS conferences

• Making early contact with and reporting on LGBT movements in the East Bloc and developing nations

• And filing stories in the U.S. from Democratic and Republican conventions, Creating Change conferences, NLGJA conferences, the GLAAD Awards, Equality Begins at Home, the National Gay Men's Health Summit, LGBT marches on Washington, ACT UP demonstrations and actions, the National Equality March, the Maine marriage-equality battle, the trial in the federal Proposition 8 case, and New Orleans after Katrina.

"I was basically a wire service for the LGBT press, meaning I would write a story and it would appear in scores of local newspapers. The internet eventually made that concept obsolete, but it was a wonderful adventure for nearly three decades. While no one story stands out, I won't forget witnessing history in Denmark and the Netherlands, covering ACT UP, or seeing California's Prop 8 launch a new era of LGBT activism."
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