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WileECoyote
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(Posted Monday, March 08, 2004, 1:55:00 PM)

Out and proud. WCAU traffic reporter John Ogden is so "outraged" over President Bush's push for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage that he's decided to come out publicly.

"I want people to know we're everywhere," says Ogden, 22, who started his job in September after beating out 1,500 others in 'CAU's "Best Summer Gig Ever" contest.

"We could be your next-door neighbor. Someone you see on TV every day, or someone you graduated high school with. The more we put the face to the name homosexual, the more people will accept us."

Ogden is believed to be the first out TV reporter in Philadelphia and one of the few in the country. Generally, on-air types are hesitant to publicly disclose their sexuality for fear it may harm their careers.

A Roman Catholic High and La Salle University alum, Ogden says he came out to his family several years ago. He let in his colleagues by bringing his boyfriend to Channel 10's Christmas party.

An employee of Valley Forge's Traffic Pulse Network, Ogden reports from there weekdays between 5 and 10 a.m. and 4 and 6:15 p.m.

"We get a lot of positive feedback about John," says news boss Chris Blackman. "There's something about him that people like and root for."

Going public "isn't necessarily a brave thing," Ogden says. "I see myself as a role model. When I was growing up, I was looking for people to relate to. I just want people to know they're not the only ones out there."


http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/entertainment/8099933.htm (link to text above, at the bottom of the page)


Link to video and photos of his arrival at NBC10.

http://www.nbc10.com/traffic/2443502/detail.html


JONinSNJ
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(Posted Monday, March 08, 2004, 4:52:00 PM)

This man is GORGEOUS to boot. I don't even care about the traffic, but I watch the traffic report just for him.

I always suspected he was gay, so I am glad to have it confirmed.


Mikal
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(Posted Monday, March 08, 2004, 8:32:00 PM)

I followed the link to the video clip..he's very cute, obviously enjoys what he's doing. I bet he has good chemistry on camera..and I wish him well.

Although I have lousy gaydar, his eyebrows pegged him as a mo from the first pic I saw :)


rym
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(Posted Tuesday, March 09, 2004, 2:10:00 AM)

Am I hallucinating, or does he look like Jai Rodriguez's long lost Anglo cousin?


dkeith
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(Posted Tuesday, March 09, 2004, 8:10:00 AM)

Can someone post a pic of this guy? I tried to do a web search on him but I couldn't find anything.


Britpark
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(Posted Tuesday, March 09, 2004, 10:51:00 AM)

Hope these come through.


http://images.ibsys.com/2003/0829/2443610_200X150.jpg


http://images.ibsys.com/2003/0503/2177613_200X150.jpg

This post was edited 3/9/2004 10:54:36 AM by Britpark.


dkeith
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(Posted Tuesday, March 09, 2004, 12:03:00 PM)

Thanks Britpark! God, he looks like a kid.


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(Posted Tuesday, March 09, 2004, 2:28:00 PM)

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