Friday, January 01, 2021

Rex Wockner

Rex Wockner reported news for the gay press from the 1980s until 2011.

He has a B.A. in journalism, started his career as a radio reporter and wrote for the mainstream press as well.

Highlights of Wockner's career include:

• Going to Denmark in 1989 to cover the world's first registered partnerships granting same-sex couples the rights of marriage

• Going to the Netherlands in 2001 to cover the dawn of marriage equality

• 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 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 a little wire service, meaning I would write a story and it would appear in many local LGBT newspapers. While no one story stands out, I won't forget witnessing history in Denmark and the Netherlands or seeing California's Prop 8 launch a new era of LGBT activism."
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