Deb Price broke barriers in 1992 when she became the first-ever syndicated columnist to write from a gay perspective. Nearly 1000 columns later, Price is leaving her post at The Detroit News to pursue a journalism fellowship in Massachusetts.
In her farewell column published this week, Price reflects on the people she met while on her “journalistic adventure”:
Over the next 18 years — and about 900 columns — I introduced my readers, mostly heterosexuals, to a gay couple — Joyce and me — and countless other wonderful people we met along our journalistic adventure.
One was 87-year-old Christine Burton, creator of Golden Threads, a pen pal group for older lesbians. When I asked her about dating a mere 58-year-old, she laughed: "If you're going to blame me for robbing the cradle, I'm going to say, 'What do you want me to do? Rob the grave? Everyone my age is dead.'"
Another was a mom who'd embraced her gay adult child with the help of P-FLAG and sported a button that read, "I'd rather have a bigot think I'm a lesbian than a lesbian think I'm a bigot."
Price is a three-time GLAAD Media Award winner and eleven-time nominee. Price was most recently nominated in the ‘Best Newspaper Columnist’ category at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in 2010.
GLAAD congratulates Price on her groundbreaking career at The Detroit News and thanks her for 18 years of fair and accurate reporting!