Michael Kenton Mahler has been the co-editor of Erie Gay News since it was founded in December 1992. He is also a founding member of NWPA Pride Alliance. He serves on the Erie Mayor's LGBTQ Advisory Council, the Pennsylvania Commission for LGBTQ Affairs, as well as Aging with Pride. He became the first LGBTQ person to be fully out in May 1992 when appearing on local TV coverage. Michael currently works as a programmer and analyst for Erie Custom Computer Applications.