Rex Wockner
Age: 66

Rex Wockner has reported news for the gay press since 1985.

His work has appeared in 300+ gay publications in 38 countries, including Outlines and Windy City Times in Chicago.

He has a B.A. in journalism from Drake University, started his career as a radio reporter, and has written extensively for the mainstream press as well.

Highlights of Wockner's career include:

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

Covering the world's first full gay marriages in the Netherlands on April 1, 2001.

Reporting from the first gay-pride events in Moscow and Leningrad in 1991.

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

Making early contact with emerging gay movements in the former East Bloc and developing nations.

Filing stories in the U.S. from the Democratic and Republican conventions, Creating Change, NLGJA conferences, the GLAAD Awards, Equality Begins At Home, the National Gay Men's Health Summit and numerous major ACT UP demonstrations.

And working from New Orleans for four months in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, reporting on the city's gay community and AIDS issues.

On June 17, 2008, Wockner got teary covering the first same-sex marriages at the San Diego County Administration Building, after the California Supreme Court struck down laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples.

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