Zack Ford is the LGBT editor of ThinkProgress, hailing from the small town of Newport, Pennsylvania. In 2014, The Advocate magazine named him one of its “40 Under 40” prominent voices in LGBT media. In 2015, he was a finalist for a Religion Newswriters Association award. Prior to joining ThinkProgress in 2011, Ford blogged at and co-hosted a popular LGBT-issues podcast called Queer and Queerer with activist and performance artist Peterson Toscano. A graduate of Ithaca College with a B.M. in music education and Iowa State University with a M.Ed. in higher education, Ford is an accomplished pianist with a passion for social justice education who still performs musical theater on the side.