MEET MICHAEL KEY Photo Editor
When I came out in high school in the mid-90s there were few positive representations of LGBT life to be found in the media, but I found a copy of the Washington Blade at my local library in Fairfax, Va. I was very excited as soon as I started reading the paper as a closeted teenager in high school. Here was a paper that represented a community that I knew had to exist, but I hadn’t yet found. The Washington Blade helped me to come out in my senior year.
Michael Key reporting on LGBT life in Havana.
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I couldn’t imagine back then that I would be working now as an adult at the nation’s oldest and most respected LGBT newspaper capturing the movement in photos. I have had the privilege to cover the Obama years: the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the dismantling of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the sweeping Supreme Court ruling granting marriage equality. Today, I cover the news in photographs from the Trump White House and the many protests countering the policies of the current administration as well as other events of interest to the LGBT community. The Blade changed my life and I am privileged to bring the news to a new generation of movers and shakers.
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Losangelesblade.com, Volume 2, Issue 38, November 23, 2018