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About Mark Zustovich

After more than 20 years as a broadcast journalist at all-news radio station 1010 WINS in New York City and as a contributor to Associated Press, CNN and ABC Radio, Mark has spent the last decade working in the nonprofit sector and for the City of New York. When not mentoring young people in New York’s most challenging neighborhoods and in the LGBTQ community, he can be found training for the New York City Marathon, which he recently completed for the second time, and spending quality time with his husband in Jackson Heights, Queens.
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Thanks-Misgivings: Greed Gobbles Up a Holiday

By Mark Zustovich If you’re expecting an unbiased critique of holiday shopping, full disclosure: I am not a big fan of capitalism in its current form. I value my holidays, weekends and time off from work. I think bargain...
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#MayaAngelou: An LGBTQ Appreciation

By Mark Zustovich In 2009, two years before New York State finally passed a marriage-equality bill, three state senators received phone calls from a most unlikely “lobbyist.” On the line was 81-year-old Harlem resident D...
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“Reality” Check: An Open Letter to @MichaelSamNFL

By Mark Zustovich Game-changing heroes possess a quiet dignity—pioneers like Jackie Robinson, who transformed the game of baseball by speaking with a bat and glove and silencing the doubters and the haters. At the time o...
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“PDA” in the NFL: Michael Sam and the Kiss

By Mark Zustovich In 1896, when Thomas Edison distributed The Kiss — one of the first films ever commercially shown to the public — critic Herbert Stone denounced the actor and actress kissing and canoodling ...
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Ditat Deus: Arizona’s God Complex

By Mark Zustovich Before passing the draconian “free exercise of religion” bill, certain members of the Arizona Legislature should have contemplated the wise words of Aldous Huxley: “That men do not learn very much from ...
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Michael Sam: Coming Out and Moving the Chains

By Mark Zustovich Growing up in suburban Long Island, my “Al Bundy” moment of football glory — or so I thought — came in junior high school, when I ran nearly the entire length of the field to score my …
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Sochi: Olympic-Sized Hypocrisy

By Mark Zustovich OK, so Sochi wasn’t the best choice to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Then again, neither was Germany as the Nazis ascended to power in 1936, nor Mexico, where ongoing government oppression led to the d...

MLK and LGBTQ: A “Dream” Deferred?

By Mark Zustovich Thanks in part to recent public discourse about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the gay rights movement, Bayard Rustin, the chief organizer of the March on Washington 1963, has taken his rightful place in h...
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NYC Marathon: A “Sweet” Finish

 Completing 26.2 Miles on a Wing, Prayer and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups By Mark Zustovich A fleeting moment during my first running of the New York City Marathon stands head and shoulders above the rest. No, not th...