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Kevin Rector joined The Sun as a breaking news and general assignment reporter in 2012, after working for years as a reporter in Baltimore's suburbs. An Ellicott City native, Rector attended high school at Loyola Blakefield in Towson and graduated in 2007 from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also pursued a concentration in LGBT Studies and participated in the university's LGBT Speaker's Bureau. He also spent a summer learning about grassroots advocacy as an intern at Equality Maryland, and has written often on LGBT issues. In 2010, Rector spent a year away from journalism in rural southern Africa, as a fellow with a nonprofit fighting childhood HIV/AIDS and malnutrition.
Michael Gold is a member of The Baltimore Sun's social media and community team. Prior to moving to Baltimore, he covered movies, arts, sports and the LGBT community as a freelance writer and web producer in Philadelphia. While a cinema studies major at the University of Pennsylvania, Gold researched changing mainstream media portrayals of gays and lesbians. He is currently a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.