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Columbus will be the first city in America to publish a LGBT version of the popular Who’s Who books franchise. Outlook Media owners Chris Hayes and Michael Daniels have teamed with Who’s Who Publishing for the historical endeavor.

Here’s more from the Who’s Who in GLBT Columbus Web site:

The GLBT community in Columbus is out, proud and powerful. Did you know our community makes up approximately 15 percent of the population, spending 25 cents of every dollar in the metropolitan area, accounting for $7.5 billion in the local $30 billion economy? Impressive right? So are the people that contribute to those statistics. People like you.

The foreword to Who’s Who in GLBT Columbus™ will be penned by Tom Grote, founding board chair of the Equality Ohio Education Fund and local businessman, investor and entrepreneur. In addition, the book will feature the history of the central Ohio GLBT community and will highlight some of the very best, brightest and most influential members of the city’s diverse GLBT community.

If you self-identify as a member of the GLBT community and would like to be included in this groundbreaking book, we invite you to submit a quality digital headshot and a current biographical sketch no longer than 180 words for inclusion in this upcoming edition. We are also adding a never before seen feature in any Who’s Who Publishing book—the ability to submit photos and bio information as a couple! (Couples’ submissions can be 350 words.)

It was also recently announced that the introduction will be written by Mary Jo Hudson, the first openly gay Cabinet member in Ohio, serving as director of the Ohio Department of Insurance for Gov. Ted Strickland.

Outlook and Who’s Who held a kickoff party for the book at the Ohio Historical Society Oct. 12 that featured Grote, Hudson and Mayor Micheal Coleman. They plan to host an unveiling celebration Dec. 14 at Shadowbox Live, (503 S. Front Street, Columbus).

You can submit your bio and head shot by mail (Who’s Who Publishing Co. Editorial Office, 3700 Corporate Dr., Suite 110 Columbus, OH 43231), email (GLBTColumbus@whoswhopublishing.com) or online (click here). The deadline for submissions is THIS Friday, Oct. 28, 2011.

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