Randy Lovely today was promoted to the top editor's post at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix, following Ward Bushee's departure to take Phil Bronstein's job at the San Francisco Chronicle. What makes this especially notable is that Lovely will become the only openly gay top editor at a very large paper -- in fact, we count only one previous. I am remember six years ago when we first wrote about him after he moved to Arizona and he expressed little fear of his greeting there. And he repeats today to us that he has found Arizona and its "libertarian" atmosphere quite tolerant.
Pam Fine, the openly gay managing editor of The Indianapolis Star, praised the appointment: "It's great to see it. I hope more companies will be less-afraid to pick gay editors."