Sebastian Fortino is a lifelong city guy, raised in Philadelphia and educated at New York’s Fordham University, Lincoln Center. He has been writing ever since he can remember. About 12 years ago he began writing with Metrosource.com and EdgeMediaNetwork.com, as well as PhillyGayCalendar.com, celebrating the gay community in Philly. He has also appeared in many other digital and hard copy publications.
In 2010, Fortino accepted a role as a senior editor with the South Florida Gay News (SFGN.com). His title was Lifestyle & Features Editor. He has been lucky enough to interview multiple individuals within the LGBTQ community as well as allies. Such as he has been also interviewed gay icons such as Bruce Vilanch, Coco Peru, Miss Richfield 1981, writer and HIV activist Sean Strub, and many others. After gaining the trust of Elliot Tiber, the gay man who saved Woodstock, he wrote several interviews about Mr. Tiber and two well-received book reviews.
After a hiatus from writing, Fortino took a role as Editor-in-Chief of Proud Queer, formally PQMonthly. In that role he wrote most of the content and edited all of it. In his relatively new home of Portland he has been lucky to interview local individuals who continue to make an impact on the lives of LGBTQ people in the region.
“I have known many influential writers, such as my editors at SFGN and Metrosource, and many of my colleagues,” he told ProudTimes.com about his work. “Under the Obama administration we felt safe, and protected. But today, once again we need a vibrant community of writers, editors, and publishers to make sure we are visible everywhere and that our voices are heard. I am proud to serve my community as both a writer and editor. I look forward to bringing stories showcasing the LGBT community in Portland with ProudTimes.com.”
Fortino hopes to attract multiple writers in the Portland region who wish to produce LGBTQ content. He also appears as a columnist for Gay Voices with Metrosource.com, where he was first published. He also makes amazing tomato sauce and meatballs. But no: he’s not giving up the scoop on his sauce.