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11Alive reporter opens up about LGBTQ representation in media

Pierrotti's story on being denied to donate blood after his COVID-19 recovery last year sparked surprising reaction from his dentist.

ATLANTA — This Pride Month, 11Alive celebrates the LGBTQ community while shining a light on issues impacting the community amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

11Alive’s Andy Pierrotti shares an account of a conversation he had after 11Alive aired his story on being denied the ability to donate potentially life-saving plasma following his recovery from COVID-19.

Months after the story aired, his dentist stopped Pierrotti and let him know the story left an impression. Pierrotti's dentist, who is a part of the LGBTQ community, said in his more than 20 years of living in Atlanta, he never heard a TV reporter recognize themselves as gay on TV. 

He said the more role models like Pierrotti, the better, because he never felt comfortable with his sexuality when he was growing up.