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snapshot polisigh: David Pepper

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’90s that I acknowledged to friends that I wanted to see if I might be gay. There were girls I was definitely in love with, and one I’m still pretty sure I would have married. So, would I want to give up those experiences? No way. Would I want to give up having to have gone through the struggle of coming out? It’s tempting but… Would I be were I am at today without them? Definitely not.

funny enough, so the next “me” won’t have to go through what I did to get here… even though having been through it, I wouldn’t give it up for the world.

Welcome to Outlook’s first statewide issue in over a decade. For those parts outside of Columbus who don’t know me, I’m the publisher here. And on behalf of my business partners and I have often thought about what my life would have been like if staff, thanks for reading. Change is a coming quick these I had known growing up that it was OK to be gay. Would I have It’s a good bet I wouldn’t have landed in gay media at all. Orig- days. We can see marriage equally circling Ohio like turkey vulcome out in elementary school or maybe junior high? Would I tures. Now whether inequality is going to have a slow death or inally, I wanted to sing and dance, but acting had an air of be married to my high school sweetheart or the guy who lived being a little too gay (go figure) so, I pursued filmmaking ina swift one is anyone’s guess. Regardless, there is lots of work next to me in the dorms in college? Would I have dated girls at stead. Had perceived gayness not been an issue, I’d probably to be done in the state and we hope to foster part of that. Our all? be holed up in a community theater somewhere up north doing goal is to be the voice for Ohio’s GLBT and ally community, a another version of Fiddler on the Roof, which my husband and kind of landing pad for everyone to connect through, socially Growing up in Findlay in the ’70s and ’80s didn’t much allow four kids hate but still come to see every time I perform - it’s a and politically, and experience what’s going on throughout the for entertaining the idea that loving another man was even a tradition. ;) state. We hope you’ll join us on this journey. Who knows where possibility. Queer people, seemingly for everyone in Northwest we’ll end up, but I know if we do it together, the destination will Ohio, were talked about more like fictional characters than a Ironically, it was my coming out and subsequent move to New be great, as will the ride. reality. We didn’t have a village gay, people weren’t out, and York City that got me into queer publishing. Eager to explore there were no role models or examples. what being gay was all about, I ended up turning down a book Christopher Hayes publishing internship for an editing job at Next Magazine, and Publisher So nonetheless, the sexual experiences I had with other boys that changed my life forever. Since then I’ve only had brief growing up didn’t register as a natural experience, and like leaves of absence from LGBT print media. I love it. Not because PS: Happy Pride Month! We look forward to seeing you at every many of us Gen Xers and older, stunted my development and I it gives me access to plays and concerts and what not, but be- Ohio Pride:) Stop by our booth and say hi! put my sexual orientation on lock down until I could process it. I cause I get to make a permanent change in the world. I do this, dated girls in and beyond college and it wasn’t until the mid

NEXT MONTH: the we ♥ ohio people issue • our annual interview edition

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Outlook: A Reader’s Guide

PUBLISHER Christopher Hayes

Everything You Need to Know About Ohio’s LGBT Magazine by Bob Vitale

at cfrye@outlookmedia.com.

In the first issue of Outlook pub- Calendar of events: Our lished in June 1996, the head- monthly calendar is a rundown line shouted, “Hello Columbus!” of everything LGBT-related, from movies and plays to support I’m the editor of this thing now, groups to book clubs and bear so let me do a quick rewrite, add happy hours. If your organization some more punctuation and say or business is hosting an event without further ado: “Hello, that you think members of the Ohio!” LGBT and ally community would like to attend, send the details In its 18 years, Outlook has been to Bob Vitale at bvitale@outa bi-weekly and weekly newspa- lookmedia.com or call per, and now it’s a monthly 614.268.8525, x3. magazine. We cover Columbus. Now we’re covering LGBT news, Wedding and engagement anentertainment, culture, sports, nouncements: Share your big business and more across all of news with the entire state! Every Ohio. month in the pages of Outlook, we share wedding and engageThat’s a lot in a lot of places. So ment announcements from we’d like your help. As you read happy couples all over Ohio. this first issue of the new Ohio- (See this month’s announcewide Outlook, you’ll see what we ments on Page 15.) Send your do. And we hope you’ll think of a announcements of 200 words or few things we should do. less, as well as a photo of the two of you, to Erin McCalla at Here’s how to share your ideas, erin@outlookmedia.com. tips, news, suggestions and expertise: Business stories: Are you an LGBT business owner, or do you News tips: In the last year, Out- know someone who is? Every look was the first media outlet month, we write about an LGBTto report on a series of hate owned business in a feature we crimes in Columbus and a pol- call Small Pond. (Read this icy of state officials to deny month’s story about People rental space at the Ohio State- Called Women, a Toledo shop house for wedding ceremonies that is the only feminist bookand receptions of same-sex store in Ohio, on Page 22.) To couples. If you know of somesuggest a Small Pond subject thing we should look into, email and don’t be shy if it’s you! Editor-in-Chief Bob Vitale at email Managing Editor Erin Mcbvitale@outlookmedia.com or Calla at give him at call at erin@outlookmedia.com or give 614.268.8525, x3. her a call at 614.268.8525, x2. Advertise! LGBT consumers are fiercely loyal to businesses and brands that are loyal to them, and LGBT Ohioans are frequent visitors to all parts of the state. If you’re a welcoming business, let everyone know! Call Advertising Director Chad Frye at 614.268.8525, x4, or email him outlookohio.com

Bars and Nightlife: They’re a big part of our community - one of the first things many of us look up when we head out of town. If you know of a gay bar or club in Ohio that should be included in our monthly collection of bar maps, email Chad Frye at cfrye@outlookmedia.com or call

him at 614.268.8525, x4.

ASSOCIATE PUBLISHERS Bob Vitale & Chad Frye

chris@outlookmedia.com or call 614.268.8525, x1.

Snapshot: Every month, we share photos from of social events, fundraisers, rallies and other community gatherings. Send your pics for our Snapshot pages to Chris Hayes at chris@outlookmedia.com.

Write for us: Outlook is looking for freelance writers in all parts of Ohio. If you’re a journalism student at one of Ohio’s colleges or universities, or if you’re interested in covering news, entertainment, arts, business, sports Share your opinions! We want and more, contact Erin McCalla Outlook and outlookohio.com to at erin@outlookmedia.com or be a forum for our community to call 614.268.8525, x2. discuss issues and outrages, to share experiences or a good Photos: If you’re a freelance laugh. If you’d like to be a guest photographer and you’re interblogger - your piece can be long ested in shooting for us, contact or short, serious or silly - contact Chris Hayes at chris@outlookErin McCalla at erin@outlook- media.com or call media.com or 614.268.8525, x2. 614.268.8525, x1. LGBT Resource Guide: We have compiled a comprehensive, cityby-city list of more than 220 organizations that serve the LGBT community in Ohio, from civilrights groups and LGBT community centers to softball leagues and gay men’s choruses. The entire LGBT Resource Guide starts on Page 97 and will be online at outlookohio.com. If you’d like your group listed, or if you need to update your group’s listing, call Bob Vitale at 614.268.8525, x3, or email bvitale@outlookmedia.com. Event sponsorships: From time to time, Outlook signs on as a sponsor for LGBT events. If you’d like to talk to us about sponsorships, contact Chris Hayes at

Internships: Outlook offers internship opportunities in writing, photography and design, as well as in social media, marketing, events and sales. To find out about editorial internships, contact Erin McCalla at erin@outlookmedia.com. To find out about sales and marketing internships, contact Chad Frye at cfrye@outlookmedia.com. Distribution: If you’d like to make Outlook available to readers in your business or office, call Erin McCalla at 614.268.8525, x2 or email erin@outlookmedia.com.

On the Cover: Ohio Pride

HEADQUARTERS Outlook Media, Inc. 815 N High St, Bsmt Ste G, Columbus, OH 43215 614.268.8525 phone / 614.261.8200 fax SALES Chad Frye / cfrye@outlookmedia.com Conner McClure / conner@outlookmedia.com Spencer Tonovitz / spencer@outlookmedia.com NATIONAL ADVERTISING Rivendell Media - 212.242.6863 ADVERTISING DEADLINES Reservations by the 15th of each month. Art in by the 20th. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Bob Vitale / bvitale@outlookmedia.com MANAGING EDITOR Erin McCalla / erin@outlookmedia.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS James Blackmon, Brooke Cartus, Bryan Cole, Debe, Peyton Hardesty, Chris Hayes, Andrew Hypes, Aaron Leventhal, Erin McCalla, Tom Muzyka, Kailen Nourse, Mario Pinardi, Romeo San Vicente, Dan Savage, Regina Sewell, Debra Shade, Kristen Spicker, Debbie Van Bommel, Bob Vitale, Mickey Weems ART DIRECTOR Christopher Hayes /chris@outlookmedia.com CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Diane Docis, Emma Parker, Beth Brickweg, Art Attack CYBERSPACE http://www.outlookohio.com http://www.outlookmedia.com http://www.networkcolumbus.com http://twitter.com/outlookcolumbus http://facebook.com/outlookcolumbus Outlook is published and distributed by Outlook Media, Inc. the first day of each month throughout Ohio. Outlook is a free publication provided solely for the use of our readers. Any person who willfully or knowingly obtains or exerts unauthorized control over more than 5 copies of any issue of outlook columbus with the intent to prevent other individuals from reading it shall be considered guilty of the crime of theft. Violators will be prosecuted. The views expressed in Outlook are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or personal, business, or professional practices of Outlook Media, Inc. or its staff, ownership, or management. Outlook does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness or reliability of any interpretation, advice, opinion, or view presented. Outlook Media, Inc. does not investigate or accept responsibility for claims made in any advertisement. Outlook Media, Inc. assumes no responsibility for claims arising in connection with products and services advertised herein, nor for the content of, or reply to, any advertisement. All material is copyrighted ©2014 by Outlook Media, Inc. All rights reserved.

puzzling solution - puzzle on pg 94

We're an LGBT magazine and therefore legally obligated to put a rainbow of some sort on our Pride issue cover. But for the first issue of our rechristened Outlook Ohio, we wanted to show a little pride in our home state as well. Chris Hayes designed the Ohio Pride flag just for that purpose. We hope you enjoy this issue and many more to come!

Read carefully; there will be a quiz later.

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Short North Gala 5/4/14 @ Hyatt

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Stonewall Democrats Wine Tasting 05/15/14 @ Union photos: Jeffrey A Benedict

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Six Couples File Suit to End Marriage Ban

“It is time to let that beacon of freedom shine brighter on all our brothers and sisters. We will be stronger for it.”

- Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza, Arkansas

The Month in Marriage Arkansas: More than 540 couples married in the week between a May 9 state court ruling in favor of marriage equality and a May 16 stay by the Arkansas Supreme Court. State officials have appealed.

Game: A federal judge ruled last year that Ohio must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages on death certificates. Set: The same judge ruled in April that Ohio must recognize all marriages performed in states where same-sex couples are allowed to wed. Match? A lawsuit filed April 30 in Cincinnati seeks marriage equality inside Ohio’s borders. “We have a right to equal rights in the state of Ohio,” said Gary Goodman of Cincinnati, one of 12 plaintiffs in the latest and most direct challenge to the state’s 2004 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. All 12 people - six unmarried couples said they’re waiting to marry in Ohio. They’ve been together for as long as 19 years. They’re from Hamilton and Clermont counties and are represented by the same law firm that brought the other two marriage-equality cases to federal court in Cincinnati. “They want to get married,” said Jennifer Branch of Gerhardstein & Branch, a Cincinnati firm. “Some have been engaged for years but cannot marry here, at home, surrounded by family and friends because Ohio forbids it. Ohio’s unequal treatment of these couples is

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unconstitutional and cannot continue.” Goodman and Karl Rece Jr (pictured above), who met in 2001 during Pride Night at Kings Island, want a December wedding but likely will have to wait longer than that. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who opposes marriage equality, has appealed both of his court losses on the issue and most likely would do so again. And a different judge was assigned this latest challenge. US District Judge Timothy Black, appointed by President Obama, issued the first two rulings in favor of marriage recognition.

Florida: A Florida Atlantic University student asked a state court in May to recognize his out-of-state marriage to a Florida man and grant him instate tuition. Idaho: US District Judge Candy Dale overturned the state’s marriage ban on May 13, but the ruling was put on hold May 15, a day before weddings were to begin. Indiana: Ohio’s Mike DeWine isn’t the only attorney general fighting in court against terminally ill gay people. Indiana’s Greg Zoeller appealed a federal order on May 9 that the state recognize the out-of-state mar-

riage on a death certificate for Niki Quasney, who has cancer. Massachusetts: The first state to let same-sex coupled wed celebrated 10 years of marriage equality on May 17. “Since Massachusetts began marrying people, the joy spread,” lawyer Mary Bonauto told The Associated Press. Oregon: US District Judge Michael McShane’s ruling in favor of marriage equality on May 19 was not put on hold and will not be appealed by the state. Weddings began immediately. Pennsylvania: US District Judge John E Jones struck down a state marriage ban on May 20. It was the 14th consecutive court victory for marriage equality. Utah: A federal judge ordered the state on May 19 to recognize

more than 1,000 marriages that took place in the 17 days between a Dec 20 equality ruling and a Jan 6 stay. The state is appealing this one, too. Virginia: A three-judge federal panel heard an appeal on May 13 of a February ruling in favor of marriage equality. GayRVa.com reported that judges seemed to “lean toward supporting marriage equality in the commonwealth.” Courts: New lawsuits were filed in Alabama, Alaska and South Dakota. Marriage bans in North Dakota and Montana are the only two that have yet to be challenged in court. Public Opinion: A May poll conducted for Politico.com was the first in more than a year to measure a majority of Americans against marriage equality. It’s a 48 percent to 52 percent split, the website reported.

The new case was assigned to Judge Michael Barrett, who was appointed by George W Bush. The couples are suing Lance Himes, interim director of the Ohio Department of Health, and Hamilton County Probate Judge James Cissell. “We live here. This is our home. Why should we not be able to get married in our home?” said Michelle Gibson, who met her partner, Deborah Meem, in 1995. The other couples in the suit are Heather Apple and Mary K Koehler, Ronald Kastner Beck and Dave Beck, Andrew Hickman and Ethan Fletcher, and Rhonda Craig and Kendra Dukes. Look for daily news updates at outlookohio.com

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Kentucky Governor: ‘Procreation Is Vital’ Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear argues in a legal brief submitted in defense of his state’s marriage ban that samesex couples shouldn’t be allowed to marry because they can’t “naturally procreate.” His argument, already rejected by courts around the country, was dismissed immediately by marriage proponents as ridiculous and archaic. “Procreation is vital to the continuation of the human race and only manwoman couples can naturally

Diaz-Scheidler Engagement Joel Diaz and Craig Scheidler were engaged on April 10, 2014. The date marked the anniversary of the day they first met three years ago at a mutual friend’s birthday party.

serves as the chief development officer for the AIDS Resource Center Ohio.

Craig is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Joel planned a surprise proposal for Craig that The Ohio State University. He is the senior community director for the March of Dimes in led him on a scavenger hunt of their various first moments throughout Columbus. The final Central Ohio. Both Joel and Craig have chosen clue led Craig to the Columbus Museum of Art, to dedicate their careers to nonprofit work and enjoy giving back to their community. where the couple had their first date, and where Joel proposed in Derby Court. They look forward to sharing their love and commitment with close friends and family and Joel is from Houston, Texas, and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration hope to enjoy many more adventures as they spend the rest of their lives together. from The Ohio State University. He currently

procreate,” the brief said. Beshear hired a private law firm to defend the ban after Attorney General Jack Conway refused. A federal judge ruled in February that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. “You don’t, when you apply for a marriage license, have to check a box stating that you will procreate,” said Laura Landenwich, who represents the couples seeking state recognition.

“They face a tiered system of recognition that grants greater legal status to married felons, deadbeat parents and mail-order brides.”

- US District Judge Michael McShane, Oregon

Ohio Historical Society Shares LGBT History

Paul Grimm and Scott Winemiller, after 13 years together, exchanged vows among the ancient and colossal towering trees of the redwood forests in Northern California on April 1, 2014. Their marriage was officiated by the Eureka Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Paul is a freelance software developer and founding partner of Sirius Systems Consulting in Columbus. Scott is a licensed social worker whose mission is to sustain the independence of older adults in Franklin County, with a special interest in bringing awareness to and improving the livelihoods of LGBTQ older adults. With a passion for good food, you might run into Paul at one of the many farmers markets in Central Ohio, or you might encounter Scott reading Walt Whitman out in the open air. Together they love to travel and explore new places, especially when that involves the occasional escape to the outdoors in the wild and

The Ohio Historical Society is getting ready for Pride season with a curator talk featuring the Gay Ohio History Initiative Collection. Grimm-Winemiller Wedding natural environment, hiking, camping or just relaxing outside. Paul and Scott, along with their menagerie of pets, live northeast of Columbus.

Outlook publishes wedding and engagement announcements every month for LGBT couples in Ohio. Send your photos and announcements (200 words or less, please) to erin@outlookmedia.com. outlookohio.com

It will take place on June 14 at 2p at the Ohio Historical Center, located at 800 E 17th Ave in Columbus. GOHI began in 2006 as an effort between the Ohio Historical Society and Outlook. It’s a project to preserve LGBT culture and history in the state.

Outlook is a media partner of LGBTQNation.com.

Curator Emily Lang will highlight some of GOHI’s unique pieces and talk about how they enrich the overall collection. The talk is free with museum admission. “I am going to pull some of our political memorabilia, shirts and archival material from Stonewall Columbus and leaders of the LGBTQ communities in Ohio,” Lang said. “It is going to be very casual, but it gives us an opportunity to show off collections we don’t normally get to show.” june 2014

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Maryland Lawmakers Ban Anti-Trans Discrimination Maryland has added gender identity to its state laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Marylanders support the new law, which takes effect in October. Two Republican state lawmakers said they’ll push for a repeal at the ballot box, though.

“We are closer today to creating that open, respectful, inclusive world that we want for all of our children,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said before signing the bill May 15, according to The Washington Blade.

Maryland is the 18th state to outlaw discrimination against transgender people. Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania are among states that include neither sexual orientation nor gender identity in their antidiscrimination laws.

A poll by Baltimore’s Goucher College found that 71 percent of

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Police: Philadelphia Man Was Killed by Grindr Date

Police are investigating the murder of a Philadelphia man who they say met his killer on Grindr.

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- US District Judge Candy Dale, Idaho

Michael Sam Jerseys Among Most Popular He was the 249th player selected in May’s NFL draft, but professional football’s first openly gay player already ranks second in rookie jersey sales. Michael Sam, the All-American defensive end from the University of Missouri, was selected by the St Louis Rams in the last round of the draft. He came out publicly in February.

Going to the Courthouse... Pennsylvania became the 19th marriage equality state on May 21 when Gov. Tom Corbett announced he wouldn’t appeal a federal judge’s ruling in favor of same-sex couples. With an earlier ruling in Michigan on hold pending appeal, Pennsylvania is the first Ohio neighbor with full marriage equality. For all you lovebirds, here is your closest marriageequality courthouse. Akron: It’s one hour, 15 minutes on I-80 to the Mercer County Courthouse in Mercer, Pa. Cincinnati: It’s still closer to Illinois: three hours on I-74 to the Vermilion County Courthouse in Danville.

Dino Dizdarevic, a 25-year-old chemical engineer, was found by a passerby at the bottom of a fire escape in Chester, Pa. Police said he had been beaten and strangled to death. On April 30, Dizdarevic told his boyfriend, with whom he was in an open relationship, that he was driving to Chester to meet a man he’d met on Grindr, Phillymag.com reported.

“This case asks a basic and enduring question about the essence of American government: whether the will of the majority, based as it often is on sincere beliefs and democratic consensus, may trump the rights of a minority.”

His boyfriend began to fear the worst when the night wore on and he hadn’t heard anything from him.

Cleveland: It’s one hour, 40 minutes on I-90 to the Erie County Courthouse in Erie, Pa. Columbus: It’s two hours, 30 minutes on I-70 to the Washington County Courthouse in Washington, Pa. Dayton: It’s still closer to Illinois: three hours, 10 minutes on I-70 and I-74 to the Vermilion County Courthouse in Danville. Toledo: It’s three hours, 30 minutes on the Ohio Turnpike and I-90 to the Erie County Courthouse in Erie, Pa. (Chicago is four hours away.) Youngstown: It’s less than 40 minutes on I-80 to the Mercer County Courthouse in Mercer, Pa.

“In the 60 years since Brown [v. Board of Education] was decided, ‘separate’ has thankfully faded and only ‘equal’ remains. Similarly, in future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage.”

- US District Judge John E Jones III, Pennsylvania

RIP Dino. Please be careful, everyone. Always leave a note at home about the person you’re dating.

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‘I Am Not New to This Fight’ David Pepper Makes Equality a Focus of Attorney General Race

councilmembers were told they couldn’t do anything to address LGBT issues.

When asked about his campaign’s focus on marriage equality, David Pepper smirks. “I guess I haven’t been shy about it.” Throughout his run for Ohio attorney general, Pepper certainly hasn’t kept his pro-LGBT views to himself. The Democrat, a former Hamilton County commissioner and Cincinnati City Council member, is more than willing to take on Ohio’s discriminatory policies, and he also frames marriage equality in economic-development terms. “If we’re a state that puts up a big billboard that says ‘We Discriminate,’ and all these other states are no longer doing that, we will lose,” he said. Pepper is quick to point out the harm caused by incumbent Attorney General Mike DeWine, a Republican who’s appealing a federal judge’s order that Ohio acknowledge same-sex marriages on people’s death certificates. The case stems from a July 2013 lawsuit filed by John Arthur and James Obergefell, a Cincinnati couple who married in Maryland and asked the state to identify Obergefell as Arthur’s surviving spouse. Arthur died in October of ALS. Pepper doesn’t mince words when discussing the cruelty inherent in DeWine’s attempt to invalidate a dead man’s marriage. If elected, Pepper said, he would stop defending Ohio’s 2004 marriage ban in court and drop the attorney general’s fight against a gay widower. “When you are in court to literally seek to erase a marriage from the death certificate of an Ohioan who has passed away a year before, that’s extreme. That’s as extreme as it gets,” he said. Ohio isn’t the only state making news on the marriage front. From Virginia to Oregon, many states have celebrated breakthroughs in the aftermath of last year’s historic US Supreme Court decision that struck down a key portion of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. As the tide continues to turn toward equality, more politicians will join the cause. But Pepper insists he isn’t a latecomer. After winning election to the Cincinnati City Council in 2001, Pepper helped fight Article XII, a charter amendment that prohibited any law from granting protected status on the basis of sexual orientation. It was so restrictive that 18

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Allies on City Council refused to give up, and in 2002 they passed hate-crimes legislation. Two years later Cincinnati voters overwhelmingly rescinded Article XII on the same day Ohioans added a same-sex marriage ban to the state constitution. In addition to marriage equality, Pepper has staked out progressive positions on other hot-button issues, including Ohio’s worsening heroin crisis, a public health emergency that he says the attorney general is simply not taking seriously. “We have almost no leadership from the state - a lot of talk about it, a lot of town hall meetings - but I would tell you when you measure it by the amount of money they’re putting into things like treatment, or the amount of creative ideas, we are literally in the back of the pack [nationally].” Pepper also rails against DeWine’s efforts to complicate the voting process, such as his past efforts to disqualify “right place, wrong precinct” votes where problems arose due to poll worker error. “You won’t see me on the side of voter suppression as attorney general, you will see me on the side of protecting voting rights,” he said. Discussing his opponent brings Pepper back full circle to marriage equality and why he considers the race for attorney general so crucial. Ohioans will vote for attorney general and other statewide offices Nov 4. Increasingly, LGBT rights - and particularly issues like marriage equality - have been fought in the nation’s courts, decreasing the relevance of footdraggers in the executive and legislative branches. What matters now, Pepper insists, is whether you have state officials fighting for equality, or appealing pro-LGBT court rulings. His final example is Virginia. Democrat Mark Herring won a 2013 race for attorney general there by less than 1,000 votes. Within a month of taking office he refused to defend the state’s marriage ban. Those few votes were the difference between an administration that strives to be on the right side of history and one that seeks to deny basic rights to its citizens, Pepper said. “This race is the same thing. ... In many ways the battle of marriage equality is not about Congress, it’s not about governors, it’s about who your attorney general is.”

DeWine backed Rick Santorum in 2012.

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SPONSORS, SPECTATORS, VOLUNTEERS MAKE GAY GAMES HAPPEN by Kristen Spicker

It takes a village to raise a child, but it takes an entire city - two, actually - to host the Gay Games. From participants to spectators and sponsors to volunteers, the international event slated for Aug 9-16 in Cleveland and Akron has plenty of ways to get involved. Participants With 36 athletic competitions, there’s an event for everyone, from gym rats to pool sharks. The Games’ two cultural events - band and choral - also include people whose minds and bodies favor the arts. Athletes and musicians can apply for general registration online for $195 until May 31. Late registration in June includes a $30 late fee, and participants can continue to register until July 15 with an $80 tardy price tag.

the Games, estimated that 8,000 competitors and 28,000 volunteers and spectators will travel to Northeast Ohio for the games. Luckily, there are more than 20 hotels listed as viable options for out-of-towners. Most hotels are offering discounts, so be sure to ask for a Gay Games rate. Because the Games take place in Cleveland and Akron, picking a place to stay can be difficult for those not familiar with the region. Games organizers created a tracker at gg9cle.com that tells you the closest hotel for each event. There are also plenty of activities outside of the competition. Besides nightly Gay Gamesrelated entertainment at the Festival Village (set up at Downtown Cleveland’s Mall C), Sands cited tours, cruises, Indians games, concerts and art exhibits that will lure tourists and locals.

allow people of all interests to pitch in. With more than 35 events, the Games also needs plenty of volunteers to make sure the competitions run smoothly. “Each event needs a large number of people, from hospitality, score-posting, registration and check in, and some other things specific to various events, like water stations during the marathon,” Sands said. Organizers still need a little more help in a few areas. “We are still in need of volunteers all over the Games, but some of our Akron area events have space available, which is a great option for people who might find that a more convenient locale,” Sands said. Have a tight schedule? No worries, the Games will find a spot for anyone. Just contact the Games’ volunteer coordinator, Chelsea Kertes, at ckertes@gg9cle.com.

And the Games will continue to add events. After completing general registration, athletes can apply for their specific events. Each event has a different cost, from aquatics open swim at $45 to golf at $360. Both band and choral members’ registration is $90. Spectators For any out-of-town couch potatoes hoping to get in on the action, start booking hotels now. Lisa Sands, a media relations manager for outlookohio.com

“So keep checking back every week, because you might see something new that you didn’t see a few days ago,” she said. Volunteers Not happy with sitting on the sidelines? The Gay Games still needs volunteers to help with all areas of the weeklong event. Opportunities such as recruiting participants, grassroots marketing, airport welcoming, event hospitality and volunteer check-in

Sponsors With the Gay Games bringing the community together it’s only natural for businesses to get involved. The Cleveland Foundation contributed $250,000 to become the first presenting sponsor of the event in its 32-year history. Other sponsors like the Cleveland Clinic, Ernst & Young, Forest City Enterprises and Key Bank are not just donating money to the Games, but also time.

• After May 31, general registration goes from $195 to $225. Starting July 1, it goes up to $275. Registration ends July 15. • The entertainment lineup is taking shape for the area in Downtown Cleveland that will become Festival Village during the Games’ weeklong run. There’s a 10-hour dance party planned on Aug 10 to benefit the AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland. Drag star Detox, openly gay rapper Le1f, the Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronic, singer Bright Light Bright Light, and JD Samson & MEN will perform during the week. • Eat at Johnny Mango World Café & Bar, 3120 Bridge Ave in Cleveland’s Ohio City, on June 2 or July 7, and you can direct 20 percent of your tab to the Gay Games. Find the Upcoming Events link at the Gay Games website to print out a flyer to show your server. • Grunt, a soon-to-launch gay social app, is conducting a Gay Games model contest on its YouTube channel. Search YouTube for gruntapp and vote; the two faves will be sent to Cleveland for the Games in August. • Visit gg9cle.com for a full list of events, as well as registration and hotel info. “They’re involved on a sponsorship level, but are also allowing their employees to volunteer,” Sands said. For smaller businesses with smaller pocketbooks, the Games provides different levels of sponsorship, ranging from contributions of $500 to $14,000. However, Sands stressed that regardless of how much money a sponsor can contribute, GG9 is willing to accept other forms of help. “We’re also working with companies who say, ‘We’ve got a huge workforce, what can we do?’” she said. “So we’re finding opportunities for them to volunteer.” Businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact development director Mary Zaller at mzaller@gg9cle.com.

Gay Games isn’t only about the athletes but also the hottie volunteers and spectators.

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The Story Continues... by Bob Vitale

Ohio’s only feminist bookstore carries hundreds of titles by women, from US Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Cleveland columnist Connie Schultz. But owner Gina Mercurio, who opened Toledo’s People Called Women in 1993, hesitates to say the books she carries are for women. After all, who couldn’t learn something from At the Dark End of the Street, a 2010 history by Danielle McGuire that details sexual violence against black women in the South as a forgotten impetus for the Civil Rights Movement? And who shouldn’t learn about the life of Mary Walker, an abolitionist, suffragist and Civil War surgeon for the 52nd Ohio Infantry, who was awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor and arrested more than once for wearing men’s clothes? “I wouldn’t say books ‘for women,’” Mercurio said. “Books are for everybody.” Still, People Called Women is decidedly a women’s space. The bookstore has evolved into a community center of sorts over its 21 years in business. On its backroom sofa and comfy chairs is where Girls With Guitars gathers once a month to play tunes. It’s where book discussions, movie nights, potlucks and Saturday socials take place. It’s where Mercurio and other activists in 22

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Ohio’s Only Feminist Bookstore Writes a New Chapter

Flames in Columbus, most have fallen to the same forces - integration and the Internet that have shuttered many gay bars.

And in an age where online shopping offers It hasn’t been easy for People Called Women, people faceless anonymity to buy books either. In 2011, the store held a staying-inabout domestic viobusiness sale after anlence or coming out, that it was “I’ve had parents come nouncing it’s a place where “in the process of deterin whose kids have just mining if we have people still can come to talk. Mercurio has enough support to keep come out. I’ve had described her busiPCW open.” battered women come in ness as “a bookstore, a meeting space, a Mercurio has adapted and show me their gathering place and taking her show on bruises. Not only is it a by for some, a lifeline.” the road. She sets up community center, it’s a tables at Pride festi“I’ve had parents place where people come vals, women’s gathercome in whose kids ings and social-justice seeking a safe space.” have just come out. events. She takes orI’ve had battered ders by email and sells Gina Mercurio women come in and Owner, People Called Women online through a link to show me their the California-based bruises,” Mercurio Green Woman Store. said. “Not only is it a community center, it’s a place where people come seeking a safe (People Called Women will sell books and space.” other items at Cleveland Pride on June 28 and at the Ohio Lesbian Festival from Sept Toledo native Gloria Steinem, whose books fill 19-21 outside of Columbus.) an entire store shelf, must be proud. The store also has plans for its home base. Along with shops in progressive havens like Portland and Madison, Austin and Ann Arbor, On Steinem’s 80th birthday on March 25, People Called Women is one of just 12 femiPeople Called Women, along with the Toledo nist bookstores left in the United States. chapter of the National Organization for There’s only one in all of Canada. Women and other Northwest Ohio groups, opened a feminist library and women’s hisThere were 132 women’s bookstores in North tory archive that will be housed at the bookAmerica when Mercurio opened her store in store. Toledo. Like Crazy Ladies in Cincinnati, Gifts of Athena in Cleveland Heights and Fan the Steinem’s Sisters will house the works of Reading is fundamental. So are Chili Cheese Fritos.

first- and second-wave feminists, women such as Susan Brownmiller, Andrea Dworkin, Alice Walker and Steinem herself. There are 40 books and DVDs so far; the goal is to add rare and out-of-print titles, women’s studies textbooks and more. The University of Toledo Women’s and Gender Studies Department is among the project’s supporters. Mercurio said organizers’ longterm goal is to create a stand-alone community center for feminist education and activism. “We wanted to do something to honor her and her work, which she’s still doing,” she said. Steinem has noticed those working for the same issues in her hometown. In 2008, when she returned to Toledo to speak at the annual meeting of the local United Way’s Women’s Initiative, Steinem signed books. Mercurio was one of those who got a personal note on her pages from the feminist icon. “Thanks for bringing books to women,” she wrote. People Called Women peoplecalledwomen.com 6060 Renaissance Place Toledo, Ohio 43623 419.469.8983 Open 11a-7p, Tuesday-Saturday

In addition to shopping at the store, you can email orders to pcwtoledo@yahoo.com or shop online.

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LGBT Youth

How the World Looks, Before It Gets Better by Peyton Hardesty Now, here’s a puzzle. We’re privileged to live in a time when the president of the United States records an It Gets Better video expressing solidarity with LGBT teens. Homophobia is considered, at the very least, distasteful in much of public life. Marketers explicitly reach out to the LGBT middle class. Lee Hirsch’s 2011 documentary, Bully, was a critical and financial success. We’ve even got Lady Gaga speaking out for us. Not bad, right? But here’s the thing: At the same time, it’s never been so hard to be an LGBT teen.

How do we reconcile these two realities? What does it mean for today’s teens trying to connect with a broader LGBT community? How has the LGBT community adapted to welcome this new wave of refugees from the homophobic mainstream? Picture this. You’re an LGBT high school sophomore in, say, a suburb of Dayton. Your alarm clock buzzes. You’ve learned to hate daylight. Darkness is safer. You’ve adapted to it. You stay silent because the words are bitter, and you don’t want anyone to notice. You’ve already said too much. Everybody already knows you’re gay. Their taunts follow you. “Don’t look at me, faggot.”

Bullying is rampant, and it’s a new, especially merciless sort of bullying. The victim is pursued until he or she cracks. Educators sometimes still respond with a fatalistic shrug about kids being kids. Eighty-five to 90 percent of LGBT teens report being bullied, too often with catastrophic results. 24

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“You make me sick.” “Just go ahead and kill yourself.” But you’ve got to go to school. First, the wardrobe. It Trevor Project 24-hour line: 1.866.488.7386

takes a few attempts to assemble an outfit deserving the “hetero-OK.” Perhaps you won’t be teased. Maybe you’ll just be teased less. Nothing too flashy. Also, nothing too dark. They’ll call you “goth,” or say that you don’t look happy enough gay enough. And you must, at all costs, stick to your gender role. Anything remotely androgynous is out, in more ways than one. “I didn’t feel that I could wear what I was comfortable in,” said Alex DiLorenzo, a 17-year-old from the Columbus suburb of Dublin. She left Dublin Coffman High School and will start her senior year this fall at the Arts & College Preparatory Academy in Columbus, a charter school with a large LGBT student body. “I was afraid people wouldn’t talk to me,” Alex said of her early experience in high school. “It was more important that the bullies were comfortable.” Remember when you were a kid and you played games where you couldn’t touch the floor because it was lava? This is high school for many LGBT teens. outlookohio.com

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The perennial pronoun confusion is just the beginning. “I take the same tests as you and watch the same TV shows,” Alex said. She’s incredulous that something so natural as romantic orientation could cause such a fuss. “What’s the big deal?” You’d expect that teachers would step in at this point, right? Think again.

As for bisexuality, it’s perhaps the only sexual orientation that many people believe is a complete fiction. Homophobes at least believe that gays and lesbians exist, but bisexuals are often regarded as heterosexuals who’ve been infected by the “homosexual agenda.”

Kids Being Kids

Gays, lesbians and allies are hardly more tolerant. It’s common to hear that bisexuals are really just gays without the conviction.

They’re the three magic words that some educators feel absolve them from responsibility. Or they’ll blame you for “flaunting” your orientation, even though most of your waking hours are spent attempting to conceal it.

“The label is more damning than anything else when you’re bisexual,” said Gabby Orozco, 19, a Wittenberg University freshman. “Because there’s no strict stereo

“There’s been a tremendous and exciting diversification of the stories being told, both in terms of nonfiction memoir as well as fiction,” said contemporary author Sassafras Lowrey. “Especially worth noting is the growth of trans literature as a genre.” But every silver lining has its cloud. With abundant LGBT resources comes all the problems of institutionalization. Petty competition. Procedures. Cliques. While it’s awful to be defined by the mainstream, self-definition can be no less demanding. The categories can seem both overwhelming and oddly final.

Can you imagine anything more frustrating?

If you’re lesbian, are you “lipstick”? “Chapstick”? “Butch”? And for gays, “twink”? “Bear”? “Wolf”? “Cub”? It’s like an entire zoo.

In schools where discipline is a problem, teachers might even feel pushed into kissing up to the popular kids. This means, in effect, joining the bullies. You’d be surprised at how often educators become complicit in bullying.

Many LGBT teens are nervous that if they don’t stay inside their boxes, the community they rely on for solidarity will accuse them of not being progressive enough, or not being honest with themselves. And whatever gay liberty does exist is like so many other social amenities: unequally distributed.

And young women in the LGBT community are subjected to special prejudice. The image of female homosexuality is erotically charged. Lesbianism is seen as a charade that women perform to challenge and degrade - or excite - men.

“Some [gays] are seen simply as too poor, too queer, too loud, too black to fit in,” said activist and writer Kelly Cogswell, author of Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger.

“Guys would grope me to try to ‘change’ me,” said Lexiee Bosques, 16, who’s originally from Cleveland but now attends ACPA in Columbus. “They couldn’t believe that I liked girls and not them.”

But let’s imagine an alternative. Imagine that the LGBT youth take “Out, Loud and Proud” literally - and as a matter of principle, even a sacred social obligation.

This atmosphere doesn’t just create misery for gays. Anyone who seems disloyal to his or her gender role gets called the same awful names.

For a parent whose only exposure to queerness comes through Ellen, a gay son doing some calm, confident, informed PR for the cause would do wonders.

They’re on a Role

It’s a relief to conclude that today’s LGBT teen does have a role.

You know the adage that rape isn’t about sex, but about violence? Well, homophobia isn’t about romantic attraction. It’s about gender roles.

typical way that we act.”

For transgender youth, the gender-role battle is unfathomably more complicated.

Be Yourself? Who’s That?

“The trans community gets put down,” said Max Rivers, 18, who’s graduating this month from Cleveland’s St. Martin de Porres High School and interning at the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland. “We’re a minority group, and we’re not usually vocal.” A minority, that is, of a minority. Gay and lesbian teens are seen as preserving the basic gender distinction. Hetero teens might find us repulsive, but at least they “get” it. But to many, being transgender is as remote and confusing as quantum physics. outlookohio.com

“Be Yourself” has long been an almost religious mantra. But what can that mean for LGBT teens? LGBT youth need a sense of belonging to keep sane. Somewhere to feel comfortable. But where? There are organizations galore. Outlook’s LGBT Resource Guide, which starts on Page 97, lists more than 220 support groups, social clubs, activist organizations and more - in the state’s big cities and smaller towns. There are more books, websites, movies and documentaries than ever. Checked your Neflix queue lately?

We’re not only teachers, but queer missionaries: honest, articulate and ready to change some minds by sheer force and candor. We won’t always be welcomed, but with enough resilience, who knows? Perhaps we’ll even feel comfortable wearing our favorite band T-shirt. Victory at last... if only for the fact that school uniforms are so god-awful. Peyton Hardesty is a 16-year-old who just finished her sophomore year at the Arts & College Preparatory Academy, an LGBT-affirming Columbus charter school. Although she finds the alarming number of labels to be appalling, she religiously applies Chapstick. Coincidence? (Pictured: Left page bottom row: Cody Upton and William Mayer; top row: Lily Theiben, Natylye Gomez, Alex DiLorenzo and Peyton Hardesty. Outlook photo by Emma Parker. Right page Gabby Orozco)

Look in our LGBT Resource Guide on Page 97 for youth groups in your hometown.

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What’s in a Name? For Those in the Trans Community:

Everything

by Brooke Cartus For most of us, the name we are born with is the name that follows us through our lives, from middle-school roll call to newspaper obituaries and everything in between. But what if you’re transgender? Queer? Gender non-conforming? Changing your name can be an emotional experience crippled by legal and familial hurdles. And choosing what name works for the rest of your life is scary; what would your name be if you could change it right now? Nathaniel Allen Anderson is a bartender in Columbus’s Short North who was born in Lima and raised in De Graff. His sardonic wit makes him perfect at his job, but being a bartender means he comes out as trans almost every day. Even in such a social environment, Anderson tries to avoid revealing too much. “Unless they are trans, I don’t share that right away, because they may pry and ask inappropriate questions,” he said. Growing up, Anderson’s little sister called him Nat, and the nickname stuck, so Nathaniel just seemed like a logical choice for him. His middle name? For Allen County, the county where he was born. Anderson started hormones and started going as “Nathaniel” simultaneously. “Since I was going to start exhibiting signs of not being female, I wanted it to be official.” As for changing his driver’s license, things were a little more complicated. “In Ohio, you can’t change the gender on your birth certificate ever,” he said. “And if I want to change the gender marker on my license, a doctor needs to sign off on the change. I don’t have insurance, so right now my license says “Nathaniel Allen Anderson, F” [for female]. Ohio, Idaho and Tennessee are the three remaining states that don’t allow people outlookohio.com

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to change their birth certificates. But many states have strict rules about the types of surgeries or hormones a trans person must have had before changing the gender on an identification document.

figure out my name first,” he said.

Many who identify as trans do not undergo hormone treatment or surgery. The name he chose is a Danish name. Studies show more than 80 percent of “I found Silas on a list of names that self-identified trans women and 98 are popular in Denmark. I’m Danish, percent of self-identified trans men do and that’s a part of my identity I really not undergo gender-confirmation surconnect with.” gery. It makes state laws that require Changing names on a license is simdocumentation of hormone treatments ple - it’s the same form married cou- Hansen reached out to his friends and surgery seem antiquated when it ples use to change their last names - when he settled on “Silas.” When that comes to addressing the needs of the but the letters M and F cause serious went smoothly, he told his family. He’s growing genderqueer community. setbacks. The ID issue affected Ander- from a small town in Western New son when he applied for jobs. York, and his name change went sur- As for whether hormones and surgery prisingly smoothly. are necessary, “ask 1,000 people, get “I had job interviews at the beginning 1,000 opinions,” said Shane Morgan, of my transition, and it was difficult,” “My 90-year-old grandma is, ironically executive director of TransOhio, the he said. “I would go in for a second in- enough, the only one who doesn’t statewide organization for transgender terview. They would sound hopeful. I mess up my pronouns,” he said. people. would hand them my ID, and I would never hear back.” Hansen says his identity is now inter- “Not all trans-identified people take twined with his name. hormones or pursue any sort of medThe issue of conflicting IDs affecting employment is common. The National Center for Transgender Equality reports rampant trans discrimination even in places like San Francisco. If more than 50 percent of transgender people there feel they have been discriminated against, what about Ohio, where state laws barring job discrimination cover neither gender identity nor sexual orientation? Anderson is remarkably nonchalant about his name and really doesn’t mind the nickname “Nat” because he has been called “Nat” since he was a kid.

My 90-year-old grandma is, ironically enough, the only one who doesn’t mess up my pronouns.

world we live in.” She chose her name from a video game she really liked. “The name sounded vintage and Irish and I loved it. I’m a little bit Irish so it was perfect.” Coming out to her family has been difficult because Galvin wasn’t transitioning from one stereotypical gender to the other, like male to female. She was coming out as genderqueer, which is an identity outside the binary. However, Galvin’s attitude is remarkably positive. “The last family trip I took was to a place that wasn’t very open minded,” she said. “So I called my sister beforehand and said, ‘I’m having a dilemma. I’m going to see the family, and I only want to pack girl clothes.’ And she replied, ‘Isn’t that what you do normally?’ In some situations I see myself as exclusively female, sometimes androgynous and sometimes more masculine.” “It’s tough to explain to family.” For that family trip, Eileen packed all girl clothes, and her family tried their best to be accepting.

“You can’t always expect that your ical transition. So saying to somebody, family will understand you 100 per“It was weird at first, because I’ve ‘Wait until you’re on hormones’ or, cent,” she said. “But the conversation “As long as you respect me for who I never been called this before. But ‘Wait until you have surgery’ promotes is happening, and that’s a step in the am and respect me as male, then it’s eventually, it made me feel right and I exactly what we’re trying to get away right direction. God, I would love for fine,” he said. was really confident about the choice I from as a community,” Morgan said. them to throw a ‘she’ in there once made,” he said. “I identify very and a while! It would mean so much Not everyone in the trans community strongly on the gender binary, but Eileen Galvin works at the Columbus to me.” chooses a name when starting horwhen I started off I didn’t. It’s been a College of Art & Design and is a burmones; the process is very personal step-by-step process, and I’m trying to lesque performer with Crimson Lace She’d love to hear them call her and unique to the individual. Silas figure out where the end point is for Cabaret, a Columbus troupe. For her, ‘Eileen’ as well. A name, while it Hansen, a writer and graduate student me.” gender roles are arbitrary. She has not seems arbitrary, holds immense at Ohio State University in Columbus, changed any identification documents meaning for those who change it. changed his name first and then But what about those who identify as but lives the majority of her life under (Pictured: Silas Hansen, Eileen Galvin and started hormones eight months later. genderqueer or gender non-conform- the name Eileen. Nathaniel Anderson. Outlook photo by Emma ing? If they don’t want to change the “I didn’t want to start living as male M or F on their driver’s licenses, how “In a perfect world, I would be a pan- Parker.) without changing my name or change does that affect their lives? sexual genderqueer, two-spirited my name eight times, so I wanted to being,” she said. “But that’s not the

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Is This Pill the Answer? ARC Ohio Embraces New Strategy for HIV Prevention by Bob Vitale In every city with a Pride parade, young activists in T-shirts and young dancers in washboard abs will be tossing out condoms by the fistful. But here’s what Bill Hardy, president and CEO of AIDS Resource Center Ohio, calls “kind of the dirty little secret we’ve been wrestling with,” both in Ohio and elsewhere around the country: A lot of them will go unused, just as nearly 30 years of safe-sex messaging is going increasingly unheeded. Treatment advances have brought about a 20-year decline in annual deaths from AIDS, but Ohio’s HIV infection rates particularly among men who have sex with men - are rising to levels not seen since the mid-1990s. Could one of the top-selling drugs for

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people with HIV also be the answer to keeping people from getting infected in the first place? In May, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised doctors to consider prescribing the HIV drug Truvada to HIV-negative people considered at substantial risk of infection. Truvada stops HIV from reproducing in the bodies of people with the virus, lowering the level of HIV in their blood. As a pre-exposure prophylaxis - or PrEP - it blocks the virus from ever attaching to blood cells when people who are HIVnegative are exposed. Dr. Jonathan Mermin, who heads the CDC’s HIV/AIDS prevention efforts, called PrEP “a powerful tool that has the potential to alter the course of the US HIV epidemic.”

ARC Ohio was on board even before federal officials issued their guidelines, which recommend Truvada for gay and bisexual men who’ve had bareback sex in the last six months, for anyone in a relationship with an HIV-positive partner, for straight men and women who don’t use condoms with partners known to be at risk for HIV, and for people who’ve injected drugs or shared equipment. In April, the board of the statewide organization voted to implement a PrEP strategy at its clinics in Dayton and Columbus. ARC Ohio is one of 68 HIV/AIDS service organizations around the country to endorse the drug’s use. Hardy said the plan is in the works and should be in place by the end of summer. Clinical trials found that Truvada reduced the risk of HIV infection by up to

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99 percent in gay and bi men who took it consistently. Among men and women with HIV-positive partners, the drug reduced the risk of infection by 75 percent. The US Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada for people without HIV in 2012, but its use as a prevention tool by doctors and advocates has yet to be widely embraced. Hardy calls that “peculiar,” although he said much of the trepidation has had to do with the feeling that positive reports on PrEP might be too good to be true. Gilead Sciences, the maker of Truvada, hasn’t pushed its drug as a preventive tool, some suggest because of longsimmering debate among HIV/AIDS professionals and among gay men over whether PrEP would cause an even further erosion of the safe-sex message. outlookohio.com

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Critics fear the drug will replace condom use and lead to a rise in other sexually transmitted diseases. A Huffington Post commentary in 2012 coined the term “Truvada Whores” to describe men who might use the new tool for protection as permission to play it unsafe. The CDC’s new guidelines say the drug should be used in combination with condoms and other proven risk-reduction strategies. Dr. Michael Para, ARC Ohio’s medical director, said it has taken time for people to wrap their minds around the biggest potential change in HIV/AIDSprevention strategy since condoms were first recommended in 1986. “The mindset just wasn’t there: We’re telling people to be safe, and we’re giving them a pill so they don’t have to be safe?” Para said. “I think that’s going to change. I like calling it ‘another tool.’ It’s another tool in the tool chest. It’s worth the discussion.” PrEP’s biggest critic, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, remains unconvinced. Founder Michael Weinstein has criticized Truvada as a “party drug” that will reduce condom use and create a false sense of security among users. People have focused more on the medication than on the other parts of the CDC’s PrEP guidelines, AHF spokesman Ged Kenslea said.

ing resistance to the drug that also treats HIV. Truvada must be taken daily to be as effective as its most encouraging trial results showed. Those 90 percent-plus risk-reduction figures were among men with detectable levels of the drug in their blood. “It’s unlikely people will take the drug on a Friday and be protected Friday night,” Para said. Cost is an issue, too, both for users and ARC Ohio. Truvada costs about $1,200 a month, although Medicaid and many insurers have covered its use for HIV prevention, said Tyler TerMeer, director of the Ohio AIDS Coalition. Gilead also has assistance programs in place for those who don’t have prescription coverage. At ARC Ohio, officials have other costs to cover. The agency’s biggest sources of funding - the federal government’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program - pays only for services for people with HIV. That means those tests and consultations for people taking Truvada as a preventive drug must be paid for another way. The agency will bill Medicaid or insurance when possible, but ARC Ohio clients also might include people who don’t qualify for help, don’t have insurance and seek treatment before they can enroll in the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace.

“It’s not a magic pill.” AHF says its organizations and affiliated physicians are free to decide for themselves, though. The AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland is part of AHF’s network, and AHF runs testing, treatment and a pharmacy in Columbus. PrEP enthusiasts in Ohio might hail Truvada as a potential breakthrough in HIV prevention, but they’re not pitching it as simple or carefree. ARC Ohio will require patients to see a doctor every three months for HIV, kidney and liver tests. If people take Truvada sporadically and become infected, Para said, they run the risk of develop-

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Let Your

Pride Flag Fly!

This month we asked our resident snarks Mario and Debbie (meet them on Page 74) which color of the Pride flag best represents them. The original design, imagined in 1978 by San Francisco designer Gilbert Baker, called for eight colors, with a specific meaning assigned to each. There’s pink for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic and art, and blue for serenity. Mario chose blue, and Debbie, not being able to pick just one, claimed turquoise and hot pink. Baker’s flag first flew in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978, but it didn’t become an LGBT symbol until after Harvey Milk, the openly gay city supervisor, was shot and killed on Nov 27, 1978. After Milk’s assassination, Baker was inundated with requests for the flag, and he turned to the Paramount Flag Co, which used stock rainbow fabric consisting of seven stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue and violet. By mass-producing the flag, pink was omitted. Sorry, Debbie. In 1979, San Francisco began hanging modified vertical versions of the flag from lampposts on Market Street. Because the lampposts obscured the middle color - turquoise - changes were made again, resulting in a flag containing only red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.

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For the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in 1984, Baker was asked to create the world’s largest rainbow flag. The flag utilized only six colors, measured 30 feet wide, and still holds the record as the world’s largest flag.

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In 2003 he was commissioned again to produce a flag marking the 25th anniversary of his original design. This flag, known as “25Rainbow Sea to Sea,” was conceived by the citizens of Key West, Fla, and restored the original eight colors. When completed, the flag was more than 8,000 feet long, 16 feet wide, contained more than 18,500 yards of nylon, 25 miles of seams and stretched the entire width of Key West from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Constructed in 25- and 100-foot sections and joined with ripseams, sections were sent to LGBT organizations throughout North America after the unfurling. Two sections of 25 and 100 feet are brought to Columbus Pride each year by Outlook Media and are carried by volunteers to close the parade. This year, as Outlook becomes a statewide magazine for the LGBT and ally communities, Outlook Media is taking the 100-foot section to Cincinnati on May 31, Dayton on June 7 and Cleveland on June 28. A 25-foot section will be in Youngstown on June 7, and a section also will be taken to Toledo for the Pride parade on Aug 23. “Everyone gets so excited to see the flag,” said Christopher Hayes, president of Outlook Media. “For me, that’s one of the best moments in the parade - to see people participate, to march. I’m looking forward to bringing the flag across the whole state.” Which color of the Pride flag represents you, Ohio?

Outlook is bringing the Key West Pride flag to Pride parades across Ohio! If you’d like to help us carry it, visit outlookohio.com to sign up.

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Pride Brings Out the Haters, Too

Be Careful Out There by Bryan Cole

When June arrives and the temperatures start to rise, you know Pride season is here. Cities around the world host parades and festivals, and the LGBT community celebrates another year of political and social progress. Unfortunately, with increased visibility comes a greater risk of harassment and assault. Gloria McCauley, executive director of BRAVO, the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization, doesn’t think the increased violence is a coincidence. BRAVO monitors violence, harassment and discrimination against LGBT people across Ohio.

bigots lash out. Hate crimes rise nationwide in between parks, parties and bars. June, according to BRAVO. • Project confidence and be aware of your surroundings. “When we’ve been in the news a lot, people feel permission to act out their hate,” Mc• Carry a whistle or another way to make a lot Cauley said. of noise. McCauley thought Pride month visibility was a contributing factor last year in attacks against • Trust your gut. If a situation doesn’t feel three gay men in Columbus over a four-day right, follow your instincts and leave. span in June. One took place near a gay bar, one took place soon after two men walking • If you are harassed, it is not usually a good home kissed goodnight and parted ways, and idea to respond. the third was accompanied by anti-gay obscenities. In the Clubs • Watch your drink. People can slip various To keep people safe during Pride month, drugs, like roofies (a date rape drug), into your BRAVO has compiled a list of safety tips: beverage to impair you.

“Whenever we have a lot of media attention, there tends to be a backlash,” she said.

At the Parade • If you meet someone new, introduce her or • If you encounter protesters, don’t respond to him to a friend or to the bartender (especially In the summer months, hot days and warm them. Remember, if they were reasonable peo- if you decide to leave together). nights draw people out of their homes to enjoy ple, they wouldn’t be protesting! patio dining and walks in the park. They often • Don’t overindulge. It is impossible to make stay out later than they would in colder sea• Follow the requests of parade security. They good decisions if your faculties are impaired. sons. are community members who have volun• Partying affects your awareness and judgteered to keep us all safer. Being out and visible, coupled with well-publiment. Heat makes it worse. Drink water! Have cized political victories in the state and around In the Streets a designated driver, or volunteer to be a desigthe world, can create an environment in which • Stay with a group, especially when walking nated driver. 34

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In Our Neighborhoods • More visibility can sometimes lead to neighborhood problems. If there have been problems with a particular neighbor, he or she might use it as a rationale for escalating hostilities. • Participate in neighborhood groups or blockwatch activities. Don’t try to fix confrontational situations by yourself. BRAVO has trained crisis intervention specialists available (1.866.86.BRAVO) who can help you look at all of your options, walk you through the various steps of dealing with the situation, and provide life-saving advice and referrals.

Report Hate Crimes

If you have been assaulted, threatened or discriminated against, call BRAVO, our statewide anti-violence organization. Statewide: 1.866.86.BRAVO (1.866.862.7286) Cincinnati: 513.453.4001 Cleveland: 216.370.7361 Columbus: 614.294.7867 Visit bravo-ohio.org for more information. outlookohio.com

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Cincinnati Pride

Cincinnati Pride•May 31 Cincinnati kicks off Pride season in Ohio with a parade and festival on Saturday, May 31. A week of events leads up to the big celebration on the Riverfront. This year’s theme is “Life. Liberty. Family.”

The Big Events

Parade: Saturday, May 31 @ 2p, Downtown. The parade starts at 7th and Culvert Streets, winds past Fountain Square and Great American Ballpark and ends at Sawyer Point on the Ohio River. This year’s grand marshals are local activists Crystal Loomis and Ron Clemons. Festival: Saturday, May 31 @ Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove. As soon as the parade ends, the Pride festival begins. Exposé, the ’80s and ’90s pop/dance trio, will perform at 8p on the Kroger Stage, followed by the annual festival-closing fireworks at 9p. Local artists perform on two stages from 3p-8p. The festival also includes a Family Fun Zone, dozens of vendors and community groups, food and beer. Another highlight: During a break in the entertainment at 6p, couples will be welcomed onto the Kroger Stage for a commitment and recommitment ceremony. Anyone can participate; just gather at the stage by 5:45p. After the ceremony, couples will celebrate with the en36

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tire Pride festival as they share their first dance on stage. History Forty men and women gathered for the first Cincinnati Pride, in April 1973, in the center of Fountain Square. It was less than four years after the Stonewall Riots sparked the nation’s gay-rights movement. There had been only three annual demonstrations up to then in the cities that gave birth to Pride: New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. How many are expected? 50,000 Best Parade Entries • Couples involved in a federal lawsuit to overturn Ohio’s marriage ban will be on the float from Gerhardstein & Branch and Newman & Meeks, the law firms that are representing them. • In a city where Catholic-school teachers are threatened with their jobs if they speak out for LGBT rights, a group called Catholics Embracing the LGBT Community will march. Why It’s Worth a Road Trip • Fireworks! Cincinnati’s Pride celebration always

ends with a fireworks display after sundown. • Cincinnati Pride always snags a worthwhile headliner. Last year, Debbie Gibson performed. This year, it’s Exposé.

Other Cincinnati Pride Events

Monday, May 26 Wiggin’ Out for Pride Staff Turnabout Show @ Below Zero Lounge, 1120 Walnut St, Cincinnati, 45202; 513.421.ZERO (9376); belowzerolounge.com: Below Zero staff and members of the Pride committee perform in drag to raise money for Cincinnati Pride. 7p cocktail hour and 8p show; $10 suggested donation. Tuesday, May 27 Pride of Fashion Show @ 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, 45209; 513.731.8000; FB: The Pride of Fashion Show: The second annual Pride fashion show, featuring clothes from Pretty Penguin Studios, Amy Kirchen Collection, Curate Boutique and Article Menswear. 7p-10p; $10 general admission or $20 VIP. Cincinnati Pride Ride @ Fountain Square, Vine Street, Cincinnati, 45202; FB: Cincinnati Pride Ride 2014: It’s a 3.8-mile route (they promise it’s “very easy”)

Help carry the Pride Flag with us in the Cincinnati parade. Hit up our website to sign up!

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The Parade: Staging/starting area is at 7th and Culvert streets. From there, parade participants will travel west on 7th Street, turn south (left) on Vine Street, and take a left on 5th Street at Fountain Square. From there, the parade will continue east on 5th to Sentinel Street and then on to Eggleston Avenue. It’s south down Eggleston to the festival site on the Riverfront.

through Downtown, around Washington Park, along the Riverfront and through Sawyer Point. Cyclists are encouraged to wear and display rainbow colors and gather after the ride at On Broadway. 6:30p. Wednesday, May 28 Pride Movie Night, Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine @ Below Zero Lounge, 1120 Walnut St, Cincinnati, 45202; 513.421.ZERO (9376); FB: Pride Night at the Movies: A childhood friend of Matthew Shepard made this documentary designed to introduce viewers to the young man behind the symbol of antigay violence. 7p. Thursday, May 29 Interfaith Worship Service @ Temple Sholom, 3100 Longmeadow Ln, Cincinnati, 45236; 513.791.1330; FB: 2014 Cincinnati Pride Interfaith Service: Leaders of various faiths offer their Pride week messages of hope. 7p-9:30p.

Dr, Cincinnati, 45202; FB: Art After Dark: Pride Night: Pay for parking and get free admission to the museum, free guided tours of the Cincinnati Wing, free live entertainment and a cash bar. 5:30p8p; $4. Skyy Vodka Pub Crawl @ various locations. A $10 wristband buys you passage on buses making three loops around 20 bars in Cincinnati, Newport and Covington. You can get your wristband starting at 8p at select locations or outside any of the buses. 9p to 3a; $10. Who’s In Charge? Cincinnati Pride is an all-volunteer operation. Visit cincinnatipride.org to find out more.

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Youngstown Pride

Youngstown Pride•June 7 The sixth annual Pride festival and parade will take place from noon-9p on Saturday, June 7 in Downtown Youngstown.

The Big Events

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Why It’s Worth a Road Trip • The more intimate attendance numbers will ensure you make quality community connections.

Who’s In Charge? Board members Anita Davis, Carlos Rivera, Jr and Kim Akins-Voeks.

• It’s the only Pride in Ohio that is promoting a puppet show!

Visit prideyoungstown.org to find out more.

Youngstown Pride Events

Saturday, June 7 The Official Pride After Party @ Martini Brothers Burger Bar, 110 W Federal St, Youngstown, 44503; 330.744.7683, FB: The OFFICIAL Pride Youngstown Festival After Party: Hosted by Mona Lotz with music provided by Digital D Entertainment. 11p; free.

Bob and Chris will both be in Youngstown. Come say hi at the Outlook booth or march with us in the parade.

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Dayton Pride

Dayton Pride • June 7 “Peace, Love & Pride” is the theme of this year’s Pride events in Dayton. Related events start Friday, June 6 and end on Sunday, June 8 with a brunch.

The Big Events

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45402; 937.274.1776; daytonlgbtcenter.org: Instead of dinner and speeches, it’s a party with two stages for entertainment that will follow this year’s Pride theme of “Peace. Love. Pride.” Openly gay comedian Thai Rivera headlines. 6p-10p; $50.

April Carrion, Gia Gunn and Laganja Estranja @ Masque, 34 N Jefferson St, Dayton, 45402; 937.228.2582; clubmasque.com: The RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 contestants perform with Hope Sexton and Penny Tration.

Best Parade Entries • LGBT student groups from all three Dayton colleges - Wright State University, the University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College - march in the parade every year.

Courtney Act @ Masque, 34 N Jefferson St, Dayton, 45402; 937.228.2582; clubmasque.com: The RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 runner-up performs with Genevieve Van Hore and Montana McDaniels.

Why It’s Worth a Road Trip • It’s a Dayton tradition: Every year until there’s marriage equality in Ohio, couples have exchanged vows at the Pride festival. This year, Mayor Nan Whaley will officiate.

Saturday, June 7 Pride Breakfast @ MJ’s Café, 119 E 3rd St, Dayton, 45402; 937.223.3259; mjscafedayton.com: Proceeds benefit Dayton Pride. 9a11a; $5.

Sunday, June 8 Peace Love & Pride Brunch @ Wheat Penny Oven & Bar, 515 Wayne Ave, Dayton, 45410; 937.496.5268; daytonlgbtcenter.org: The Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus will perform. 10a-1p; call for reservations.

bration moved out into the streets. The parade has followed the same route every year. How many are expected? 3,000

• Several shows from Dayton’s Gay Men’s Chorus surround the proceedings. The chorus will perform in concert Saturday night and then again at the Sunday brunch.

Dayton Pride Events

Friday, June 6 Pride Gayla @ David H Ponitz Center, Sinclair Community College, 444 W 3rd St,

Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus/I Am Harvey Milk @ Victoria Theatre, 138 N Main St, Dayton, 45402; 937.228.3630; daytongaymenschorus.org: The chorus and members of the Dayton Philharmonic present this work by Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa, which tells the story in music of Harvey Milk’s life. 8p; $20 in advance & $25 at door.

Wednesday, June 25 Pride Night at the Movies/To Be Takei @ the Neon, 130 E 5th St, Dayton, 45402; 937.222.8452; neonmovies.com: Screening of the new documentary about George Takei, from Star Trek to coming out to becoming social media royalty. 7:30p; ticket details not yet announced. Who’s In Charge? The Greater Dayton LGBT Center Visit daytonlgbtcenter.org to find out more.

Help carry the Pride Flag in the Dayton Parade. Go to outlookohio.com to sign up!

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A Real Queen

Miss Ohio Contestant is First Lesbian to Go for the Crown

by Erin McCalla

Kara Mitchell, the first openly gay Miss Ohio contestant, will compete for the crown on June 21 at 7:30p in Mansfield. Her platform, “Just Ask Me,” is geared toward LGBT acceptance and reaching out to young adults. Mitchell says there still aren’t enough role models for LGBT youth to look up to, and she wants to share her testimony as an openly gay woman. She thinks her platform is the most controversial that the Miss Ohio pageant system has ever seen. The preliminary and final pageant competitions will be held at the Renaissance Theatre at 138 Park Ave, Mansfield, 44902. A parade to kick off the festivities will take place in Downtown Mansfield on June 15 at 2p.

competed in the Miss Indiana pageant in 2011 as Miss Ball State University, her alma mater. This year, Mitchell’s eye is on the Miss Ohio crown, as it’s the last year she’s eligible due to age. Miss Ohio will win $10,000 in scholarship money and the opportunity to compete for Miss America in Atlantic City in September. Miss America wins $50,000 for continuing education. If Mitchell wins Miss Ohio, she’ll be the first openly gay state winner. The Columbus resident said she’d travel around the state and country to promote positivity in the LGBT community, go to all the Pride festivals, and be accessible to pageant fans and people in LGBT community.

Mitchell is up against 24 other women from around the state, and she said her fellow contestants seem to accept her and her sexuality. She’s competing as Miss Northwestern Ohio after winning a regional pageant in Defiance.

“Pageants are Americana. [Miss America] has transformed so much since the beginning,” Mitchell said. “The girl next door looks different now than she did then. The program needs to evolve as we evolve.”

It’s Mitchell’s second time competing in the state pageant; she made it to the Top 10 last year as Miss Cuyahoga County. She also

Tickets to Miss Ohio on June 21 are $50 and can be purchased online at mansfieldtickets.com.

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Mansfield could be the best “Pride” of all. Good luck Kara!

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Columbus Pride•June 20-21

With attendance at 350,000, Columbus Pride is the biggest LGBT celebration between New York and Chicago. And no demo is left out: There will be a Teen Village, an LGBT senior tent and a family area for those with young children, as well as entertainment for all ages.

Dodge Park, 667 Sullivant Ave, Columbus, 43215. The annual day-after-Pride party and drag softball game raises money for the Columbus Lesbian & Gay Softball Association, Stonewall Columbus, Kaleidoscope Youth Center and AIDS Resource Center Ohio.

Pride events happen all month in Columbus, but the festival weekend is packed with parties and other activities. This year’s grand marshal is actor and activist George Takei.

History Despite Columbus’s reputation as a gayfriendly city, its Pride roots are humble. In 1971, local judges denied multiple requests by gay activists to march on W Broad Street, and it wasn’t until a decade later that the first official parade took place - with some participants wearing bags over their heads to protect their identities.

The Big Events

Parade: Saturday, June 21 @ 11a, Downtown. The parade starts at State and Front streets, weaves around Broad to High, heads up to the Short North and ends at Buttles Avenue near the festival. Festival: Friday, June 20-Saturday, June 21 @ Goodale Park, Park Street and Buttles Avenue. The festival is from 4p-11p on Friday and 11a-8p on Saturday. Bat-N-Rouge: Sunday, June 22 @ noon, outlookohio.com

Pride parade in Columbus.

• Music and entertainment during the two-hour-plus parade comes from Flaggots Ohio, an LGBT color guard, and the Capital Pride Band, some of whose members marched in President Obama’s 2012 inaugural parade. • A 100-foot section of a rainbow flag that once stretched the entire width of Key West will once again wind through the streets of Columbus to end the parade.

Why It’s Worth a Road Trip • It’s the biggest Pride in Ohio and one of the best-attended in the entire country. • To hear George Takei say “Oh myyy!” Who’s In Charge? Stonewall Columbus Where Does the Money Go? Money raised during Pride benefits Stonewall Columbus.

Visit columbuspride.org to find out more.

Since then, attendance has grown to hundreds of thousands. How many are expected? 350,000 Best Parade Entries • A massive rev of the engines from Dykes on Bikes always starts off the Stay hydrated while sitting in the sun throughout the entire parade!

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Columbus Pride Events

Sunday, June 1 Pride Interfaith Service @ Summit on 16th United Methodist Church, 82 E 16th Ave, Columbus, 43201; 614.291.3324; FB: Interfaith Pride Blessing Sunday: Last year’s annual service included prayers of love and affirmation from the Jewish, Sikh and Christian traditions. This year’s will be followed by a potluck meal. 10:30a.

Sunday, June 8 Pride Film: The Case Against 8 @ Studio Movie Grill-Arena Grand, 175 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, 43215; thecaseagainst8.com: Screening of the HBO documentary about the 2013 US Supreme Court case that overturned California’s 2008 marriage ban, known as Proposition 8. RSVP by June 4 by clicking on a link at columbuspride.org/events/pride-filmcase-8. 5:30p reception and 8p film.

Thursday, June 5 At the Intersection: Is Gay the New Black? @ Stonewall Columbus, 1160 N High St Columbus, 43201; FB: Columbus Urban Pride: A Columbus Urban Pride community conversation examines this increasingly common comparison of LGBT and African-American civil rights movements. 6:30p-8:30p.

Wednesday, June 11 Out With Our Elected Officials @ Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E Broad St, Columbus, 43215; 614.268.8525, x1; networkcolumbus.com: Outlook’s monthly networking event is the political kickoff to Pride. Meet your elected officials and candidates for local and statewide office. 6p-8p.

Friday, June 6 Dance for Pride @ Wall Street Nightclub, 144 N Wall St, Columbus, 43215; 614.464.2800; FB: First Friday PRIDE Unleashed!: DVJ duo Nick D & Michele, Pride VIP package giveaways, Royal Renegades and more. First 25 through get Stonewall Pride packages. 8p-2:30a; $5 cover for 21+/$7 for 18-20.

Friday, June 13 Pink Party: A Benefit for Stonewall @ Axis Nightclub, 775 N High St, Columbus, 43215; 614.291.4008; axisonhigh.com: A party to mark last year’s communitywide stand against bullying and hate crimes features Nina West and Virginia West, Monica Beverly Hillz and Stacy Layne Matthews. 8p-11p; $5-$6 advance tickets or $25-$40 for tables of four.

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Saturday, June 14 Pride Bicycle Ride @ Club Diversity, 863 S High St, Columbus, 43206; FB: Pride Ride 2014 - 12th Annual Pride Poker Run: This year’s route follows the Olentangy Bike Path. The two-hour trip ends back at Club Diversity for a cookout. 10a-1p (registration starts at 9:30a); $10. Pride Poker Run @ Club Diversity, 863 S High St, Columbus, 43206; FB: Pride Ride 2014 - 12th Annual Pride Poker Run: This year’s route heads up Olentangy River Road toward Delaware, over to Sunbury and Hoover Reservoir, and back Downtown. There’s a cookout back at Club Diversity afterward. 11a; $15. Sunday, June 15 Fourth Annual Pride Gospel Service @ Driven By Purpose Ministries, 459 E Hudson St, Columbus, 43202; FB: Columbus Urban Pride; 11:30a-1p. Thursday, June 19 At the Intersection: LGBT and the Black Church @ Columbus State Community College Center for Workforce Development Ballroom, Fourth Floor, 315 Cleveland Ave, Columbus; 43215; FB: Columbus Urban Pride: An Urban Pride discussion on issues of religion and identity for LGBT people of color. 6:30p-8:30p.

So much Pride, it lasts the whole month.

Pre-Pride Comedy Show @ Stage Left Lounge, 1187 N High St, Columbus, 43210; 614.725.4042; shortnorthstage.org: LGBT comics Wonder Doug, Carlos Teel, Joseph Ivan, Christine Horvath, Lindsey Martin, Zachariah Baird and Brooke Cartus perform. 8p and 10p; $5. Mary Ann Brandt’s Songs Gays Like @ Level Dining Lounge, 700 N High St, Columbus, 43201; 614.754.7111; levelcolumbus.com: Mary Ann’s annual Pride show includes all our faves. 9p. Friday, June 20 Stonewall Columbus Festival @ Goodale Park, 120 W Goodale St, Columbus, 43215; 614.229.7764; columbuspride.org: Let the party begin! Pride is a two-day festival in Columbus. 4p-11p. Columbus Urban Pride Kickoff Happy Hour @ The Social, 527 Park St, Columbus, 43215; FB: Columbus Urban Pride: Hosted by the Columbus Black Gay Men’s Coalition. 6p-9p. Outlook’s Big Gay Dance Party 4 @ Park Street Patio, 533 Park St, Columbus, 43215; 614.268.8525 x1, outlookohio.com: Host Chi Chi LaRue, porn stars Brock Avery and David Christiano, Heoutlookohio.com

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Saturday, June 21 Stonewall Columbus Festival @ Goodale Park, 120 W Goodale St, Columbus, 43215; 614.229.7764; columbuspride.org: The party continues! While the parade’s working its way from Downtown, the festival is in full swing. 11a-8p.

lena Troy and the Glamazons, DJ Moxy. 8p-2:30a; $10 advance and $15 at the door, $50 VIP. Columbus Urban Pride Rainbow Bash @ Park Street Saloon and The Social, 525 and 527 Park St, Columbus, 43215; FB: Columbus Urban Pride: The openingnight party from Columbus Urban Pride is so big it takes two buildings. 9p; $10. South Side Soiree @ The Toolbox Saloon, 744 Frebis Ave, Columbus, 43206; 614.670.8113; FB: The Toolbox Saloon: Starring Jill-Ette Knicks, Diamond Hunter, Britney Blare and Viva Valezz. 9:30p Pride Friday Party @ Axis Nightclub, 775 N High St, Columbus, 43215; 614.291.4008; axisonhigh.com: Betty Who, Andrew Christian swimwear fashion show, Nina West and Virginia West. 10p; $12 advance, $15 at the gate. Jaeger Run for Pride @ Goodale Park, 120 W Goodale St, Columbus, 43215; 614.229.7764; runforpride.org: The 11th annual 5K run awards medals and prizes to the top 10 male and female finishers. (Walkers are welcome, too.) 7p (registration starts at 6p); $30.

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Columbus Pride Parade @ Downtown; 614.229.7764; columbuspride.org: Grab a spot along the route on Front, Broad or High streets. Follow the parade-ending Pride flag to the festival in Goodale Park. 11a. Pride Saturday Party @ Axis Nightclub, 775 N High St, Columbus, 43215; 614.291.4008; axisonhigh.com: The Unity Ball is inside the club and Dragapalooza is outside, and Detox, Willam and Vicky Vox headline both. Nina West and Virginia West host. 6p; $15 advance, $20 at the gate. Woodlands Productions’ After Pride Party @ Park Street Patio, 533 Park St, Columbus, 43215; 614.220.9151; patio.woodlandsproductions.com: Josh Zuckerman and Fabulous Johnson Brothers perform, DJ David Emerson hosts, drag and more. 8p-2:15a; $10, or $25 VIP.

Pride Show @ The Toolbox Saloon, 744 Frebis Ave, Columbus, 43206; 614.670.8113; FB: The Toolbox Saloon: Hosted by Cherry Poppins, with Josh Fabian, Jill-Ette Knicks and Rushena Fontaine. 9:30p and 11:30p. Pride 2014 Main Event @ Valley Dale Ballroom, 1590 Sunbury Rd, Columbus, 43219; FB: Columbus Urban Pride: The celebration continues at this party presented by Columbus Urban Pride and Kigo Entertainment. 11:30p; $10. Sunday, June 22 Pride Brunch @ Columbus Athenaeum, 32 N 4th St, Columbus, 43215; 614.229.7764; columbuspride.org: George Takei will be there, and the Richard Lopez Trio will perform. Tickets are only sold in advance through the Pride website. 11a-1p; $50 for Stonewall members and $55 for non-members. Gun Hill Road Film and Discussion @ Ohio Union, 1739 N High St, Columbus, 43210; FB: Columbus Urban Pride: Trans actress and Independent Spirit Award nominee Harmony Santana stars in this 2011 film. 4p-8p.

softball, what a combo. Money goes to help the Columbus Lesbian & Gay Softball Association, Stonewall, ARC Ohio and the Kaleidoscope Youth Center. Noon (first pitch at 3p); Price TBD. Gays and God: A Discussion @ Park Street Tavern, 501 Park St, Columbus, 43215; 614.625.1411; continuumchurch.com: Panelists Shane Hart of Capital City Church, Lisa Ho of Ohio Wesleyan University, Rahmundo Imani of Restoration Church and Josh Plaisance of The Dwelling Place will lead a discussion about faith and sexuality that won’t include yelling and shouting. 7p. Thursday, June 26 Movie: To Be Takei @ Gateway Film Center, 1550 N High St, Columbus, 43201; 614.247.4433; gatewayfilmcenter.com: George Takei will be in Columbus all Pride weekend, but those who can’t get enough of the actor and LGBT activist can see a one-time showing of the new documentary about him. 8p; ticket info not yet announced.

Bat-N-Rouge @ Dodge Park, 667 Sullivant Ave, Columbus, 43215; clgsa.com/events/bat-n-rouge: Drag and

From community conversations to drag shows, June has something for everyone.

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Shelterhouse Stage 4p: Musicians from Ft Hayes Arts & Academic High School perform.

Homegrown talent and national headliners will take the stage - make that two stages at Columbus Pride. Alex Newell from Glee and Ohioan and American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox will perform Friday, and The Voice finalists Beverly McClellen and Vicci Martinez will sing Saturday. Here are the lineups:

4:40p: Dasan Valentine: The Columbus artist calls himself as “an American soul singer with a Top 40 sound.” 5:30p: Liberty Deep Down: The five members of the dance band hail from the Columbus suburbs.

Friday, June 20

6:25p: Brooke Cartus: The law student/comedian has performed in Columbus and beyond.

Gazebo Stage 5:30p: Pass the Mic Karaoke with Bob & Jon Billy Theiss: The gay national pastime comes to Pride.

6:45p: Alex Newell: The Glee star - he plays trans high-schooler Unique - has just released a new dance tune, “Nobody to Love.”

8p: The Somewhats: Alternative pop band from Columbus.

7:30p: Fresh Wreckage: Alternative pop rock group from Columbus.

9p: The Scratches: Punk band from Columbus.

8:30p: Crystal Bowersox Band: The Northwest Ohio native and American Idol runnerup will play Patsy Cline on Broadway.

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Saturday, June 21 Gazebo Stage Noon: The Pink Flamingos: Indie band from Columbus. 1:30p: Columbus Women’s Chorus: The feminist chorus raises awareness about women’s issues and LGBT issues. 1:50p: Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus: The men’s chorus lives by the motto, “Voices Raised, Lives Changed.” 2:10p: Columbus Stompers: The LGBT country and western dance team performs. 2:30p: Capital Pride Band: The LGBT marching band performs along Park Street for Pride-goers. 2:45p: Flaggots Ohio: The LGBT color guard performs along Park Street. 3p: Columbus pianist Sam Muccio, Cleveland singer/songwriter Alexis Antes and Cincinnati singer/songwriter Tracy Walker.

5p HIT M ENT: Presenting Summer Jam 2014: The Takeover Shelterhouse Stage Noon: Teen Fiction: Pop/electronic/punk group from Columbus. 1:30p: Counterfeit Madison: Singer/songwriter from Columbus. 2:30p: Wild Rutz With Gaye Adegbalola: Virginia-based blues singer and activist. 3:30p: Sneak Peaks/Todd Berry, Josh Zuckerman, and Kelly Zullo, plus the Amazing Giants, a Columbus stilt-walking troupe. 4:30p: Fabulous Johnson Brothers: An LGBT community favorite from Columbus. 5:30p Beverly McClellan and Vicci Martinez: The openly gay singers were both finalists on The Voice. 6:30p: Winslow: The soul band is a favorite in Northeastern Ohio.

4:40p: Urban Pride Choir: Singers share the spirit of Columbus Urban Pride.

From partying in the park to partying on the patio, the Big Gay Dance Party 4 heads up Friday night’s events!

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Boys of Summer by Erin McCalla

YouTube Stars Take a

Mark Miller and Ethan Hethcote are just two Midwestern boys in love. They go on dates and trips like every other couple. When they argue, they kiss and make up. The only difference between them and any other pair of incredibly cute twinks is that they have nearly 500,000 YouTube subscribers between the two of them and are making a living - a good living - documenting their relationship and their lives online.

Boyfriend Adventure to Columbus

as their next “Boyfriend Adventure.” Their Boyfriend Adventure to Canada was viewed 257,863 times.

But who are these guys, and why do viewers care so much about them? Hethcote, 20, grew up on a farm in Huntington, Ind, is currently studying telecommucations and film at Indiana University. Miller, 22, was born and raised in Fort Wayne and just graduated in May from Ball State University with a degree in film.

it on Huffington Post. Both young men decide on content, shoot the footage and edit the video themselves. They firmly believe in quality over quantity and their motto that “everyday is a great day.” Creative control is important, and Miller stresses that they want to maximize their following - and make money - without completely “selling out.” “This will be my career while it lasts,” he said.

And in order to maximize that following, they They met online via Facebook - “Hey, it’s not take trips and set world records. Grindr, OK?” said Miller - and have been dating for about a year. Last month, the couple went to Miami and created a Guinness World Record for most This is the first time Miller and Hethcote have And soon, they’re moving in together in selfies taken in an hour to launch attended a Pride festival, and both are pretty Bloomington while Hethcote finishes school, #MissionSmile, an idea to spread positivity excited to pop their Pride cherries. providing plenty of fresh content to film. throughout the world. Miller was the photographer and had to take different photos with “I haven’t had the opportunity to go out and Miller has posted a video every week for more different people in order to clinch the title. get a little gay,” Miller said. “I’m gonna put than two years. Hethcote is newer to the After the hour was up, he had snapped 355 on a skimpy bathing suit and cruise around.” game and isn’t as stringent in his posting pictures on his cell phone. schedule, but he lets his fans know if he’s But amidst all that cruising, the pair plan to going to be absent. They saw a spike in pop- It’s that positivity they try to spread to their shoot plenty of footage to compile and post ularity after a joint video about kissing made younger viewers. Hethcoate and Miller have Their next chronicled adventure? Columbus Pride on June 20 and 21, courtesy of Polaris Financial Partners.

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become gay role models, and they get a lot of questions on when and how to come out. “I mainly want to represent homosexuality to normalize it, so one day people don’t have to come out,” Hethcote said. “I try the best I can to answer their questions without doing any harm.” Hethcote always addresses comments dealing with suicide. “I tell them, ‘There is always a better solution.’” “It’s hard. Ethan’s a little better with communicating with people. It’s a gray area for me; I don’t know when to get involved or sit back and let it go,” Miller said. “I don’t want to be responsible; I’m just a kid. But I remind them to stay positive. It will get better.” While they have accumulated thousands of fans, the duo is still adjusting to their newfound fame. “It’s fun! I like [getting noticed in public]. But it’s still kind of crazy; I didn’t think there would be a celebrity aspect to it,” Hethcote said.

For a good laugh, check out Mark’s video “Asking Guys if I’m Gay.” Funny and insightful.

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Urban Pride•June 5-22 Columbus

Columbus Urban Pride events are designed to celebrate diversity in the LGBT community and educate people about issues facing LGBT people of color. (See Page 69 for more.) History In 2012, a group of organizers came together to plan a series of events during Columbus’s Pride month that were geared toward LGBT people whose interests and concerns aren’t always part of the calendar. Why It’s Worth a Road Trip • There are parties on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights of Columbus Pride weekend, June 20-22. • It’s not just a party. Urban Pride also includes community conversations focused on the intersection of LGBT and African-American identities.

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Columbus Urban Pride Events

Thursday, June 5 At the Intersection: Is Gay the New Black? @ Stonewall Columbus, 1160 N High St, Columbus, 43201; FB: Columbus Urban Pride: A Columbus Urban Pride community conversation examines this increasingly common comparison of LGBT and African-American civil rights movements. 6:30p-8:30p. Sunday, June 15 Fourth Annual Pride Gospel Service @ Driven By Purpose Ministries, 459 E Hudson St, Columbus, 43202; FB: Columbus Urban Pride; 11:30a-1p. Thursday, June 19 At the Intersection: LGBT and the Black Church @ Columbus State Community College Center for Workforce Development Ballroom, Fourth Floor, 315 Cleve-

land Ave, Columbus; 43215; FB: Columbus Urban Pride: An Urban Pride discussion on issues of religion and identity for LGBT people of color. 6:30p-8:30p.

43219; FB: Columbus Urban Pride: The celebration continues at this party presented by Columbus Urban Pride and Kigo Entertainment. 11:30p; $10.

Friday, June 20 Columbus Urban Pride Kickoff Happy Hour @ The Social, 527 Park St, Columbus, 43215; FB: Columbus Urban Pride: Hosted by the Columbus Black Gay Men’s Coalition. 6p-9p.

Sunday, June 22 Gun Hill Road Film and Discussion @ Ohio Union, 1739 N High St, Columbus, 43210; FB: Columbus Urban Pride: Trans actress and Independent Spirit Award nominee Harmony Santana stars in this 2011 film. 4p-8p.

Columbus Urban Pride Rainbow Bash @ Park Street Saloon and The Social, 525 and 527 Park St, Columbus, 43215; FB: Columbus Urban Pride: The openingnight party from Columbus Urban Pride is so big it takes two buildings. Featuring legendary DJ Angel X, MC Lil Ryan and DJ Tish. 9p; $10. Saturday, June 21 Pride 2014 Main Event @ Valley Dale Ballroom, 1590 Sunbury Rd, Columbus,

Pride Kulture Part 2 @ Park Street Saloon and The Social, 525 and 527 Park St, Columbus, 43215; FB: Columbus Urban Pride: Traxx Columbus presents Nubian Queens Showcase featuring Akasha O’Hara Lords, Bianca Debonair and Ty’Isha Cartier Lords; Fatha Ron “Drama” Lanvin and Fatha Kash Ebony; and DJ Tish. 9p.

Urban Pride’s Friday night dance party is right next to Outlook’s again! Two great tastes...

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Cleveland Pride•June 28

Cleveland rounds out Pride month with a parade and festival on Saturday, June 28. The theme for its 26th year is “Express Yourself,” and the suggested donation to enter is $10 to $20.

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Photo by Roy Coffey, retouching and graphics by Jereme Nogueras, both for ARTattack Studios History LGBT Cleveland before the Gay Games in Au- Saturday, June 28 Pride Show @ Bounce Café Bar Club The first Cleveland Pride was on W 29th gust. Lounge, 2814 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 44113; Street in 1988 and was attended by several 216.357.2997; bouncecleveland.com: Ruhundred people. Two years later, organizers Cleveland Pride Events Paul’s Drag Race contestant Laganja Esadded a parade to the festivities, and in tranja will perform. VIP passes are available 1996 the event was moved to its current loFriday, June 27 that will grant access to an exclusive meet cation at Voinovich Park behind the Rock and The Roast of Kari Nickels @ Bounce Café and greet. 9p; $30 VIP. Roll Hall of Fame. Bar Club Lounge, 2814 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 44113; 216.357.2997; bouncecleveHow many are expected? 20,000 land.com: Local drag queen Kari Nickels gets Who’s In Charge? Cleveland Pride Board roasted by fellow queens. Porn stars Logan Best Parade Entries Vaughn and Shawn Wolf will be the special Visit clevelandpride.org to find out more. • The Pride Board says they are proud that a guests. 9p; cover charge. very large number of religious groups participate. Why It’s Worth a Road Trip • Cleveland Pride usually pulls a big name entertainer (last year its was Deborah Cox). This year’s headliner hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s certain to be a crowd pleaser. • It’s an opportunity to get acquainted with Visit Outlook’s booth at the Cleveland Pride Festival.

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Toledo Pride•August 22-24 More information will become available as August approaches, but festivalgoers can expect the return of the 5K and 1-mile runs, as well as the Sunday Funday festivities.

The Big Events

Parade: Saturday, Aug 23 @ noon, Downtown. The parade starts at Washington and Ontario streets, continues down Washington past Fifth Third Field, wraps around Boeschenstein Park to Summit Street and ends at Promenade Park. Festival: Saturday, August 23 @ Promenade Park, Water Street and Jefferson Avenue, Toledo, 43604. The parade ends at the festival site. Entertainers haven’t been announced yet, but organizers promise it will be the biggest and best lineup yet. The festival runs until midnight.

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History Toledo celebrated its first Pride at Erie Street Market in 2010. Since then, attendance has grown from 2,000 to 15,000. By pushing the date back to August, Toledo Pride has carved out a late-summer niche for those seeking to end Pride season with a bang. How many are expected? 15,000

Why It’s Worth a Road Trip • You can cool off with a boat ride down the Maumee River. They’ll be offered during the festival. • You won’t have any other Pride conflicts - it’s in August!

Toledo Pride Events

Friday, August 22 Toledo Pride Nite Glo 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, Walk and Roll @ the University of Toledo, 2801 W Bancroft St, Toledo, 43606; toledopride.com: Pride kicks off with a nighttime run and walk through the University of Toledo campus. Online registrants get a T-shirt, glow stick and swag bag, and runners will be treated to live entertainment after the race. 8:30p (day-of registration starts at 7p); $20.

Sunday, August 24 Sunday Funday @ Downtown. A familyfriendly day concludes Toledo Pride. There will be events for kids and families in the afternoon and entertainment later in the day. Who’s In Charge? Toledo Pride Committee Visit toledopride.com to find out more.

Saturday, August 23 Sandpiper Pride Ride @ Pride festival. The Sandpiper Boat is offering 40minute cruises down the Maumee River, providing scenic views of Downtown and the Veterans Skyway Bridge. Prices haven’t been set yet; advance tickets will be available online or on the dock on the day of Pride.

End the summer right. Head to Toledo Pride. Outlook will be there.

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by Bob Vitale

Straight comedian Demetri Martin often wonders aloud how the rainbow came to be the symbol for LGBT people. “I just think it’s weird that one group took refracted light,” he jokes. “That’s pretty greedy, gays.” We know how and why. Who else could find so many uses for so many colors at once? And who else has the pizzazz to make it into a look? Fuzzy rainbow leg warmers? Rainbow tinsel false eyelashes? Rainbow lip appliqués? No one’s wearing any of that to a Nickelback concert. Here’s some of our favorite rainbow merchandise for 2014. A word of warning, though: The back of that Rainbow Thong is only wide enough for green. Pistol Pete Swimsuit Torso, Columbus, $49.95

Rainbow Contacts eyemoods.com, $19.95

Rainbow Suspenders Torso, Columbus, $12

Fuzzy Rainbow Leg Warmers The Garden, Columbus $24.99

Rainbow Temporary Lip Appliques violentlips.com, $7.49 Rainbow Thigh-High Tube Socks Torso, Columbus, $12 Rainbow Jock Straps The Chamber, Columbus $9.99-$14.99 Knitted Cap Etsy, $38 Rainbow Fedora ebay.com, $15.99 Rainbow Boxers rainbowdepot.com, $10 Rainbow Thong rainbowdepot.com, $21.95 Rainbow Fishnet Tights overtherainbowshop.com, $12 Rainbow Tinsel False Eyelases partycity.com, $4.99

Rainbow Tail Torso, Columbus, $19.95

Bert & Ernie Belt Buckle rainbowdepot.com, $28.95 Gay Pride Graduation Tassel prideshack.com, $12.59 Gay Pride Graduation Tassel prideshack.com, $12.59

Unicorn Hat Torso, Columbus, $12.95

60-inch Rainbow Metallic Christmas Tree rainbowpridegifts.com, $82.95

Rainbow Lighter rainbowdepot.com, $9

Gay Pride Feather Wreath ebay.com, $19.99

Angel of Pride Table Top Figure (embellished with glitter) christmascentral.com, $28.99

Rainbow Flag Toothpicks rainbowdepot.com, $5 for a box of 100

Quentin the Pride Bear overtherainbowshop.com, $11.95 Rainbow Backpack rainbowdepot.com, $21 Star of David Ceramic Bead Necklace rainbowpridegifts.com, $18.95 Lesbian Pride Tongue Jewelry rainbowdepot.com, $2.25

Rainbow Table Cloth overtherainbowshop.com, $15 Toscana Pride Watch overtherainbowshop, $59.95 Rainbow Puka Shell Ankle Bracelet rainbowdepot.com, $4 Rainbow Flip Flops prideshack.com, $14.69 Lesbian & Gay Engagement Ring prideshack.com, $27.29

Rainbow Hair Scrunchie rainbowdepot.com, $3.95

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pride coast to coast

American Pride

There’s Something Worth Cheering in Every State We’ve got a lot to celebrate this year, don’t we? Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and a California marriage ban last June, change has come more quickly than most of us could have imagined. Marriage equality has come to six more states, and federal court rulings are on hold pending appeal in eight more, (including Ohio). Judges have ordered states to either allow marriages or recognize them. We’ve made progress on other fronts, too. States and cities passed legislation upholding the rights of LGBT workers and kids. Big businesses expanded policies to LGBT spouses and families. LGBT candidates won public office. We still have a long way to go, to be sure. But along with this year’s rundown of Pride parades and festivals around the country, we thought it would be nice to share something that’s happened in each state since last June that we think is worth celebrating: ALABAMA: Birmingham (June 7-8),

Huntsville (June 22), Mobile (April 2015). Retired Bishop Melvin G Talbert risked disciplinary action from the United Methodist Church and performed a wedding service in October for a Birmingham couple who married in Washington, DC. ALASKA: Anchorage (June 14). The State

Personnel Board voted in September to expand state government’s family-leave policies to workers with same-sex partners.

ARKANSAS: Conway (June 1), Bentonville (June 14), Eureka Springs (Aug 1-3), Little Rock (TBD). Marriage equality! Maybe? A judge in Pulaski County struck down the state’s marriage ban in May although the ruling has been appealed. CALIFORNIA: Long Beach (May 17-18),

Santa Cruz (June 1), Sonoma County (June 1), Los Angeles (June 6-8), Fresno (June 7), San Mateo (June 14), Sacramento (June 15), San Francisco (June 28-29), LA Black Pride (July 3-6), Santa Barbara (July 12), San Luis Obispo (July 13-14), San Diego (July 16-20), Santa Ana (Aug 9), San Jose (Aug 16), Chico (Aug 22-24), Ventura (Aug 22-24), Stockton (Aug 23), Oakland, (Aug 31), Chula Vista (Sept 13), Humboldt (Sept 13), Pasadena (Sept 27), Anaheim (Oct 3-5), Oceanside (Oct 11), San Bernardino (Oct 24-26), Palm Springs (Nov 8-9). A law that took effect Jan 1 ensures the right of transgender children to participate in activities and use facilities that match their gender identity. COLORADO: Aspen (June 12-19), Denver

(June 21-22), Fort Collins (June 21-22), Colorado Springs (July 19-20), Pueblo (Aug 1517), Boulder (Sept 14). Colorado HealthOP and Kaiser Permanente announced in September that they would ensure the coverage of health services for transgender people. CONNECTICUT: Norwalk (June 14), New

London (Aug 2). Members of the NCAAchampion University of Connecticut women’s basketball team spoke out for lesbian and bisexual athletes in an October video for Br{ache (Break) the Silence, a national campaign. DELAWARE: Dover (Aug 2). State Sen.

ARIZONA: Bisbee (June 13-15), Flagstaff

(June 28-29), Sedona (Sept 25-28), Tucson (Oct 18), Phoenix (April 2015). Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill in February that would have allowed people to cite religious beliefs as a defense for discriminating against LGBT people. outlookohio.com

Karen Peterson and Vikki Bandy, both 63, were the first couple to legally wed in the state on July 1. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: DC Black Pride (May 23-25), DC Latino Pride (June 5), Washington (June 6-8). City government is-

sued new rules in February that require locally regulated insurance plans to cover gender-confirmation surgery and other care for transgender residents. FLORIDA: Pensacola (May 22-26), Mel-

bourne (May 25-June 1), Orlando Black Pride (June 3-9), Tallahassee (June 5-12), Key West (June 11-15), Wilton Manors (June 21-22), St. Petersburg (June 27-29), Jacksonville Black Pride (Aug 8-10), Jacksonville (Oct 4-5), Orlando (Oct 6-12), Ocala (Oct 18), Sarasota (Oct 18), Gainesville (Oct 25), Fort Lauderdale (Feb 28-March 1, 2015), Lake Worth (March 2015), Miami Beach (April 2015). Retired Miami Heat guard Tim Hardaway, who once declared, “I hate gay people,” was the first to sign a marriage-equality petition in July. He’s now an LGBT ally who is involved with the Trevor Project. GEORGIA: Columbus (June 21), Augusta

(June 27-29), Marietta (July 31-Aug 2), Atlanta Black Pride (Aug 26-Sept 2), Savannah (Sept 13), Valdosta (Sept 20), Atlanta (Oct 11-12). Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit in April on behalf of three couples and a widow who are challenging the state’s samesex marriage ban.

ville (June 7), Spencer (June 7), Fort Wayne (July 25-26), Lafayette (Aug 2), Indianapolis Black Pride (Aug 8-10). A federal judge ruled in April that the state must recognize the marriage of a terminally ill woman and her wife. IOWA: Cedar Rapids (May 31), Quad Cities (June 6-8), Des Moines (June 13-15), Iowa City (June 21), Council Bluffs (June 26-28), Waterloo (Aug 23). Five years after the state Supreme Court brought marriage equality to the state, 78 percent said in a March poll that it has had either a positive effect or no effect at all on their lives. KANSAS: Kansas City (May 31-June 1), Wichita (September). The Topeka City Council voted in September to include education about anti-LGBT discrimination in the mission of the local Human Relations Commission. KENTUCKY: Louisville (June 20-21), Lex-

ington (June 28), Louisville Black Pride (Aug 7-10), Lexington Black Pride (Sept 18-21). A federal judge ruled in February (it’s on hold pending an appeal) that Kentucky must recognize legal, out-of-state same-sex marriages.

HAWAII: Honolulu (June 7). Marriage equal-

ity! Weddings began Dec 2 after state lawmakers and Gov. Neil Abercrombie extended marriage rights to same-sex couples. IDAHO: Pocatello (June 28). Marriage

equality! Closer, anyway. A federal judge ruled for marriage equality in May although the decision is on hold pending appeal. ILLINOIS: Springfield (May 17), Chicago Latino Pride (June 1-7), Chicago (June 2122), Chicago Black Pride (July 4-6). Marriage equality! Weddings began March 1 in some counties after state lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn extended marriage rights to same-sex couples. INDIANA: Indianapolis (June 6-14), Evans-

Use this as your Pride bucket list.

LOUISIANA: New Orleans (June 20-22),

Baton Rouge (June 28). Viewership for Duck Dynasty’s January season premiere on A&E was down 28 percent after racist and antigay remarks by patriarch Phil Robertson. MAINE: Portland (June 14-15), Bangor

(June 25-29). US Rep. and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud came out in November. He’d be the first openly gay candidate elected as a governor in the United States. MARYLAND: Baltimore (June 13-23), Frederick (June 28), Annapolis (Aug 2), Baltimore Black Pride (Oct 10-14). State lawmakers and Gov. Martin O’Malley added gender identity to anti-discrimination laws in May. june 2014

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MASSACHUSETTS: Northampton (May 3), Boston (June 6-16), Salem (June 21), Worcester (Sept 6). State lawmakers and Gov. Deval Patrick strengthened protections for LGBT children in updates to an anti-bullying law in April.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Manchester (TBD). Amid cheers from classmates and hugs from friends, 17-year-old Ray Ramsey was crowned homecoming king at Concord High School in October. He came out as trans to friends and family last year.

MICHIGAN: Ferndale (May 31), Detroit

NEW JERSEY: Asbury Park (June 1), Maple-

(June 7-8), Kalamazoo (June 13-14), Grand Rapids (June 14), Flint (June 28), Holland (June 28), Detroit Black Pride (July 22-27), Lansing (Aug 23). Marriage equality! Almost. A federal judge struck down the state’s marriage ban on March 21, and more than 300 couples were able to marry before the ruling was put on hold pending an appeal.

wood (June 2-8), Jersey City (Aug 2). Marriage equality! Weddings began Oct 21 after a September ruling by the state Supreme Court.

MINNESOTA: Pine City (June 1), Minneapo-

lis (June 28-29), Rochester (July 17-20), Moorhead/Fargo, ND (Aug 14-17), Duluth/Superior, Wis. (Aug 28-31), Mankato (Sept 5-6), St. Cloud (Sept 19-21). State lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton enacted a new law that requires schools to develop anti-bullying policies, train their staff and quickly investigate bullying incidents. MISSISSIPPI: Jackson (TBD), Jackson Black Pride (Nov 13-16). Although one of those prodiscrimination “religious freedom” bills becomes the law on July 1, businesses across the state have begun putting “We Don’t Discriminate” decals in their windows.

NEW MEXICO: Albuquerque (May 31), Los

Ranchos (June 1), Las Cruces (June 5-8), Santa Fe (June 28), Deming (July 18-19), Taos (Aug 14-16). Marriage equality! Weddings began statewide on Dec 19 when the state Supreme Court determined that gender-neutral marriage laws allowed same-sex unions. NEW YORK: Buffalo (May 25-June 1),

Queens (June 1), Poughkeepsie (June 5-8), Albany Black and Latino Gay Pride (June 6-7), Albany (June 6-8), Rockland (June 8), Brooklyn (June 9-14), Huntington (June 14), Syracuse (June 15), Hudson (June 20-21), Harlem (June 22-29), New York (June 27-29), Staten Island (July 12), Rochester (July 18-20), Western New York Black Gay Pride, Buffalo (July 31-Aug 3), Rochester Black Pride (Aug 7-10), Fire Island (Aug 15-17). Three openly gay incumbents and three openly gay newcomers won seats on the New York City Council in November. That’s the most ever in city history.

MISSOURI: Joplin (June 7), Springfield (June

14-21), Kansas City (June 20-22), St. Louis (June 28-29), Columbia (Aug 24). Michael Sam, an All-American defensive end on the University of Missouri’s football team, came out publicly in February and received a standing ovation one week later when he attended a basketball game. MONTANA: Butte (June 20-21). City com-

missioners in Butte approved an ordinance in February that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. NEBRASKA: Quad Cities (June 6-8), Omaha

(June 26-28), Lincoln (July 10-13). Douglas and Sarby counties extended family benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees in December and January.

NORTH CAROLINA: Salisbury

(June 21), Ashville (July 12), Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Black Pride (July 25-27), Charlotte (Aug 16-17), Outer Banks (Sept 12-14), Durham (Sept 27). The chapel at Fort Bragg, home of the Green Berets and 82nd Airborne Division, began hosting same-sex wedding ceremonies in December. NORTH DAKOTA: Bismarck (Aug 2),

Fargo/Moorhead, Minn. (Aug 14-17). Hemmed in by home-rule laws that won’t allow nondiscrimination policies tougher than the state’s, Fargo city commissioners adopted a resolution in October that calls for “tolerance and acceptance of all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.”

NEVADA: Reno (Aug 16), Black Rock (Aug

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OHIO: Cincinnati (May 31), Dayton (June 7),

Youngstown (June 7), Columbus Urban Pride (June 20-22), Columbus (June 21-22), Cleveland (June 28), Toledo (Aug 22-24). US District Judge Timothy Black ruled in April that the outlookohio.com

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state must recognize all out-of-state marriages, not just those of opposite-sex couples. OKLAHOMA: Tulsa (June 6-8), Oklahoma City (June 20-22), Enid (Sept 22). Marriage equality! Kind of. A federal judge struck down the state’s ban on Jan 14, but he put his ruling on hold until an appeal is decided. OREGON: Portland (June 14-15), Portland

Black Pride (June 18-22), Bend (June 28), Portland Latino Pride (July 18-20), Eugene/Springfield (Aug 9), Lincoln City (Sept 5-7), Ashland (Oct 10-12), Salem (TBD). Marriage equality! A federal judge ruled in favor of marriage in May, and there was no appeal. Weddings began on May 19. PENNSYLVANIA: New Hope (May 11-18),

Philadelphia (June 8), Pittsburgh (June 1415), Lancaster (June 21), Reading (July 20), Pittsburgh Black Pride (July 21-27), Harrisburg (July 26), Wilkes-Barre (Aug 10), Allentown (Aug 17), Erie (Aug 23). Marriage equality! A federal judge struck down the state ban on May 20. Gov. Tom Corbett didn’t appeal even though he opposes marriage equality.

TEXAS: Houston Black Pride (May 8-11), El Paso (June 4-8), McKinney (June 8), Houston (June 21-30), San Antonio (July 5), Austin (Sept 14-20), Dallas (Sept 21), Dallas-Fort Worth Black Pride (Oct 2-5), Fort Worth (Oct 212). Marriage equality! Maybe. A federal judge struck down the state’s marriage ban on Feb 26, but it’s on hold until an appeal is heard. UTAH: Salt Lake City (June 6-8), Moab (Sept 26-28). Marriage equality! For 17 days, at least. A federal judge struck down the state’s marriage ban on Dec 20, and more than 1,000 couples were wed before the US Supreme Court put them on hold pending appeal. VERMONT: Burlington (Sept 7-15). Gay &

Lesbian Advocates & Defenders started a website in September to educate LGBT as well as HIV-positive youth about their legal rights in school and other settings. VIRGINIA: Norfolk (Aug 18-23), Roanoke

(Sept 6-7), Richmond (Sept 27). Marriage equality! Soon? A federal judge found the state’s ban unconstitutional on Feb 13, but the ruling is on hold during appeals. WASHINGTON: Spokane (June 14),

PUERTO RICO: San Juan (June 1). A San Juan

attorney who married her longtime partner in Massachusetts filed suit in March to have their marriage recognized by the commonwealth. RHODE ISLAND: Providence (June 20-22).

Weddings began Aug 1 as Rhode Island joined all other New England states in recognizing marriage equality. SOUTH CAROLINA: Columbia Black Pride

(June 26-29), Spartanburg (Sept 13), Columbia (Sept 20). Analouisa Valencia became the first openly gay contestant in the Miss South Carolina pageant last July. SOUTH DAKOTA: Sioux Falls (June 21). A transgender woman who was fired from her job at a Rapid City supermarket won the maximum settlement - $50,000 - from her former employer, as well as a letter of apology and a letter of recommendation. TENNESSEE: Nashville (June 13-14), Memphis

Black Pride (June 13-15), Knoxville (June 21-22), Memphis (Sept 27), Nashville Black Pride (Oct 17-19). A baby girl born in March is the first in the state to have two mothers listed on her birth certificate. Her moms won a federal lawsuit.

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Olympia (June 20-21), Seattle (June 28-29), Tacoma (July 12), Vancouver (July 12), Bellingham (July 12-13), Bremerton (July 20), Seattle Black Pride (Aug 1-3). Ed Murray, who championed marriage equality as a state legislator, won election as Seattle’s first openly gay mayor in November. WEST VIRGINIA: Charleston (Aug 2-10). The Huntington City Council voted in December to add sexual orientation to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance. WISCONSIN: Milwaukee (June 6-8), Madi-

son (June 14), Superior/Duluth, Minn. (Aug 28-31). Milwaukee County supervisors voted in April to add gender identity to the county’s nondiscrimination law. WYOMING: Cheyenne (June 6), Medicine

Bow (Aug 6). Former Sen. Alan Simpson recorded a public-service announcement for Freedom to Marry: “I’m a Republican, and the party’s basic core is government out of your life and the right to be left alone. Whether you’re gay or lesbian or straight, if you love someone, and you want to marry them - marry them. Live and let live. It is very simple.” (Sources: Interpride, gaypridecalendar.com, seasonsofpride.com, gaytravel.about.com, LGBTQ Nation)

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This Pride Month play Photo Pride Bingo with us! First like us on Instagram @OutlookOhio. Then find the items on the spaces below, take a pic and tag us as you post.

Someone Giving “Free Hugs”

Topless Woman

Rainbow Tutu

Protesters

Guy in a Jock Strap

Politician

Someone Collecting Every Booth Giveaway

Drag Queen with Melted Makeup

Rainbow Wig

Pet Wearing a Bandana

Lemon Shakeup Stand

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Radical Faeries

PFLAG Mom

Wigless Drag Queen

Lesbian in Sports Bra and Cargo Shorts

Twink in Tank Top

Body Paint

Shirtless Bear

Leather Man

Token Straight

Free Condoms

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I donÊt believe they realize there was a time when you couldnÊt sit outside a gay bar sipping cocktails on a Yikes! patio.

This Pride, I Raise a

Glass to the Past by James Blackmon I’ve always loved Pride.

A lot of that has to do with the fact that my first Pride was in LA with my first boyfriend. He was a TV producer and lived in West Hollywood. It was 1991. I was 23 and in love. I’d just graduated from Alabama the year before, and the main reason I moved all the way across the country was so I could live openly as a gay man. A few years before, I spent the summer of ’88 “out” for the first time in my life. I’d had a few sexual experiences prior to that, but I’d only told one other person I was gay. We were dorm mates my sophomore year. We really liked hanging out together and were becoming friends. He was straight and I wasn’t attracted to him, but I just needed him to know. If we were going to be friends, I wanted 66

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us to be real friends. More importantly, though, I needed someone to tell. Being in the closet was destroying me. I needed to be out. And telling him was the beginning of my coming-out process. He wasn’t a violent guy, and I wasn’t afraid he’d freak out and punch me. But I was dreading his reaction. One night while watching TV, I told him I was gay. He smirked at me and said, “’Bout time. Yeah, I know and I don’t care. Now shut the fuck up, you queer, I’m watching TV.” We became good friends. In the last 20-something years, I’ve seen Pride celebrations in LA, New Orleans and Columbus. Times have changed. Back then, AIDS awareness was the big thing. Now it’s marriage equality. Back then if we were ever seen openly on TV, it came with a “mature subject matter” warning. Today, we are openly over all media. And I wonder as I look around at some of my younger LGBTQ sisters and brothers if they realize how different things used to be. If they live in an embracing community or attend a welcoming college, I wonder if they know there was a time not too long ago when you couldn’t walk down the street holding your boyfriend’s hand and wearing your hotpants. Or that there was a time when it was illegal to be gay.

So no, I don’t believe they realize there was a time when you couldn’t sit outside a gay bar sipping cocktails on a patio. Or that there was a time when same-sex couples were not allowed to dance together, or when the law demanded that people wear the clothing of their perceived gender. Or that the whole reason we started having Pride celebrations across the country was to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots, the event that essentially gave birth to the Gay Rights Movement. I was born in 1968, and I wasn’t old enough to witness the Black Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. But as the fight for marriage equality spreads like wildfire across the country into states I thought would never accept marriage equality like Arkansas - it occurs to me that we are living through a significant chapter in American civil rights history. It’s the culmination of a multi-decades-long movement that now thrives on the sacrifices of those who kicked down the doors through which we gaily skip. So this Pride, I proudly celebrate all those who have gone before me, the courage and bravery of those who risked everything, fought in the trenches and even died so that, among other things, you and I can today reap the benefits of federal marriage equality as gay American citizens. We owe them all a debt of gratitude that we can never pay back. We can, however, pay it forward. Happy Pride!

At first you’d think, “Of course they do.” But then again, we’re talking about the same generation that earnestly posts tweets like, “Guys, the Titanic was real! #mindblown” and “Who the fuck is Paul McCartney and why is he on [the Grammys].”

James Blackmon is a musician, actor, director and former owner of James Club 88 in Columbus. You can follow him on Twitter at @MrJamesBlackmon. The Other Side runs every month in Outlook, written alternately by James and Columbus writer Debra Shade.

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by Debra Shade I’m always the devil’s advocate. When I first heard about Columbus Urban Pride and its parties and events during Columbus Pride, I immediately thought it was a ploy of minorities to stand separate and “special” in the LGBT month of acknowledgement and celebration. Since 2012, the Pride celebrations within the black community have taken place at the same time and quite a distance from the Columbus Pride festival, which made it hard for many minorities to attend without making an obvious and distinct statement of not attending events hosted by Stonewall Columbus.

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Asians and all minorities within the LGBT community to celebrate diversity and inclusion. In their third year, Columbus Urban Pride planners have great activities scheduled in conjunction with those hosted by Stonewall Columbus Pride, making this year one of the most exciting LGBT Pride celebrations ever.

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“There needs to be a space for celebration of racial diversity and acceptance, and we are excited this year to have planned our events around those of Stonewall so everyone can take part in all of the activities during Pride month,” Steward said. Building the relationship with Stonewall has been one of the committee’s goals from inception, he said. Progress is defined as

This separation within the LGBT community was noted, and it was a source of conversation among my circle of friends for months before and after. Many wondered why the events were set up in such a way and why the two could not be blended together.

Columbus Urban Pride was created to offer events and efforts specifically geared toward people of color during the Columbus Pride Festival, Steward explained. The committee works to bring together Blacks, Latinos, outlookohio.com

“It’s important to celebrate diversity within the mainstream Pride movement. However, a Black Pride ... would signify a celebration of racial diversity,” Steward said.

I am excited to celebrate with all of my fellow LGBT community members throughout the month of June. And I hope to witness a sea of diversity at all of the events that have been planned for us through Pride and Columbus Urban Pride.

The LGBT community faces so much adversity. Why have a division in our celebrations based on race?

Success for Columbus Urban Pride is “diversity and representation in headliners and entertainment truly representative of the LGBT community’s minority’s members who are here,” said Terrence Brooks, who has been a member of the committee since its inception, alongside Dwayne Steward and other longtime minority LGBT community advocates.

Brooks and Steward both see the need for a Black Pride Festival in Columbus like those in many other major cities. They hope their work and partnership with Stonewall can bring that to life soon. Black Pride celebrations are usually held at different times than a city’s Pride parade and festival.

The events hosted by Columbus Urban Pride have had a great turnout, anywhere from 45 to 150 people of color at film screenings and gospel services, and upward of 800 for the Main Event, a Saturday night party after the Columbus Pride festival is over. That’s testament to the fact that LGBT minorities are waiting and ready to celebrate and stand behind the diversity they each represent.

It left me confused and perplexed.

I asked some of the members of the Columbus Urban Pride committee that question.

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Steward and Brooks are equally excited that their committee was able to work this year in a partnership with Stonewall. “I joined CUP because there was a void of minority celebration within the Pride celebrations,” Brooks said. He said he’s proud of the progress that has been made so far. This year, Columbus Urban Pride events are being promoted by Stonewall as well.

“forward or onward movement toward a destination,” and the partnership with Stonewall Columbus is the fruition of hard work and determination in expressing a need for activities and events that also represent the minority LGBT community members. There has never been any pushback or resistance from Stonewall in building a bridge of diversity that includes LGBT members of all communities; it just hasn’t worked out before. It’s exciting to find the Columbus Urban Pride activities included within the advertising and schedules posted by Stonewall at

Black Pride festivals throughout the country are listed on Pages 61-63.

Debra Shade is an author and owner of Shade Media in Columbus. You can find her on Facebook at Shadyontop or follow her on Twitter at @shadeyontop. The Other Side runs every month in Outlook, written alternately by Debra and Columbus writer James Blackmon.

Columbus Urban Pride If you’re coming to Columbus for Pride on the weekend of June 20, check out Columbus Urban Pride parties on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as a screening of the film, Gun Hill Road, on Sunday. We have a complete rundown of Columbus Urban Pride events on Page 52 of this issue, and you can find even more on the Columbus Urban Pride Facebook page. june 2014

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by Regina Sewell

There are things you can do that will help LGBT teens feel like they have something to celebrate.

Celebrate! & Work

LGBT Kids Still Need Our Help

We have lots of reasons to celebrate.

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Polls show half the country now accepts same-sex marriage, and marriage equality is legal in 19 states. Last summer, the U.S. Supreme Court bolstered the impact of same-sex marriage by overturning the section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that withheld federal recognition from same-sex couples. Federal agencies quickly complied. The IRS and the Justice Department now recognize same-sex marriages, even if a couple lives in a state that doesn’t permit them. That means if you got a marriage license in, say, New York, the IRS will recognize your marital status in Ohio or anywhere else. Same-sex spouses now get to cash in on the federal marital tax benefits our straight counterparts have been getting for years. The repeal of DOMA provisions has led to a flurry of lowercourt decisions that hold the future of marriage bans and constitutional amendments in doubt. Judges in New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Pennsylvania have ruled in favor of equality, and decisions are on hold pending appeals in Utah, Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan, Arkansas and Idaho. Courts in Ohio and Kentucky have said the states must recognize all marriages performed outside their borders, although those rulings are being appealed as well.

You can make a difference by volunteering your time. And if time is in short supply right now, financial donations are always welcome. Here are a few places that could use your help: Although its focus isn’t solely on young people, BRAVO - the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization - offers self-defense classes and has a helpline for LGBTQI people who have been harassed or assaulted or who are struggling with intimate partner abuse. BRAVO also works to make harassment and anti-GLBTQI violence a thing of the past. BRAVO (bravo-ohio.org) serves all of Ohio and can be reached statewide at 866.86.BRAVO (866.862.7286), in Cincinnati at 513.453.4001, in Cleveland at 216.370.7361, and in Columbus at 614.294.7867.

Many LGBT teens don’t really feel like they have a lot to celebrate, because their lives are hell. Gender nonconforming youth are especially at risk.

But even with all these major cultural shifts, we can’t afford to be complacent.

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, has chapters in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northeastern Ohio. (Visit outlookohio.com for a complete resource guide to Ohio’s LGBT groups.) The national GLSEN organization offers resources to educators and advocates for LGBT youth, especially in the political arena. There’s a link on the GLSEN website (glsen.org) where you can send emails to your representatives with a few keystrokes. It’s an easy-peasy way to take political action.

In Columbus, the Kaleidoscope Youth Center (kycohio.org) has a free drop-in center for LGBTQ youth and their allies.

Many LGBT teens don’t really feel like they have a lot to celebrate, because their lives are hell. Gender nonconforming youth are especially at risk. Surveys indicate that 85 percent to 90 percent of LGBT kids report being verbally harassed at school. Forty percent report being physically harassed, and 20 percent report being physically assaulted.

All over the country, the Trevor Project provides social media and crisis-line support to LGBTQ youth who might be struggling. And the organization has many volunteer opportunities that can be done from home. TrevorSpace administrators monitor the TrevorSpace social networking community, and TrevorChat counselors answer instant messages. Volunteers also respond to letters from young people about LGBTQ issues.

Not only is bullying painful, it can be deadly. Bullied kids are up to five times more likely to try suicide. And since LGBT youth are more likely to be bullied, they are more likely to try to kill themselves.

If you’re looking for something that requires less of an ongoing commitment, you can give hope to teens who are struggling by sharing your “it gets better” story - either in video form or in writing - with the It Gets Better Project.

A study published in 2011 in the journal Pediatrics reported that 21.5 percent of the LGBT youth respondents had attempted suicide, compared to 4.2 percent of respondents who didn’t identify as LGBT. LGBT youth account for 30 percent of youth suicides, even though they’re no more than 10 percent of the population.

Regina Sewell is a licensed mental health counselor. To ask her a question, propose a column topic, read about her approach to counseling, or check out her books and other writing, visit reginasewell.com. Insight Out runs every other month in Outlook.

This issue has more rainbows than Valhalla.

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#$@%!

When to Haul Out the Big Guns in a War of Words

by Mickey Weems Young people have two reactions when loved ones refuse to accept their orientation or trans expression. The first is hurtful withdrawal. The second is in-your-face anger. Of the two reactions, hurtful withdrawal is the most dangerous because it can lead to a dead young person. Internalized, unprocessed suffering can become self-hatred, metastasize throughout the psyche and plunge the soul into darkness from which there is no escape. Reasonable conversation is certainly the best way to handle the ignorance of homophobic or transphobic kinfolk. But sometimes the walls they set up are so thick and sound-proof that the only thing able to get through to the other side is rage.

Direct your words to behaviors rather than the person: “All of that stuff you say about Gay people going to hell is crap,” instead of, “You’re full of crap.” That gives them the chance to back off without losing face. The problem with retaliating against the person rather than the behavior is not so much what it does to your folks, but what it does to you. Once you’ve said such things, your words sear the memory of both parties and can’t be undone. Giving a Good God Damn: If you come from a religious family, a healthy “God damn it!” can do wonders in getting someone’s undivided attention. Using the Lord’s Name in vain lets people know that their fire-and-brimstone devil-talk will get them nowhere.

Dropping the F-Bomb: Like “God damn it!,” use the F-bomb And when we get angry, many of us cuss. It might upset family sparingly. If you can’t help yourself, then once again, aim your members, including those who are allies and within earshot. rage at the behavior, not the person: “That’s f*cked up and you But using swear words is not the end of the world and may ac- know it” instead of “F*ck you!” tually clear the air when nothing else works. Some words you should avoid altogether. It is infinitely preferable to respond with obscenities than with a suicide note. Stay away from calling your parents “bitch” or referring to them as sex organs. Refrain from “tool,” “dick” and above all, Cuss words have power. They are signals that the cusser has a see-you-next-Tuesday, even if they throw “faggot” or “dyke” had it, that the normal channels of civil communication are no at you. longer sufficient. Swearing also releases pent-up frustration and hurt. If you’re a young queer who can no longer handle the homophobic nonsense your kinfolk give you, always remember that the first rule is personal safety. Don’t let your mouth put you in a situation where you could suffer a physical attack. The best response to family members who resort to violence or threats is not to say anything. Just get out. There are support groups that can help you if you’re in danger. If you do happen to unleash a few cuss words and your folks criticize you for using foul language, tell them to take a look at themselves. The real obscenity is lack of loyalty to LGBT children, not whatever trifling cuss words you employ.

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The experience might hurt you even more than it hurts your targets. There’s a good chance you’ll regret losing your cool like that with family - and regret is OK. But don’t beat yourself up too much. Keep this in mind: You did not create the conditions that summoned your rage in the first place. Forgive yourself. Do not take on complete responsibility for a fight you did not seek, or else you might embark on the path to self-loathing and even worse. Here are some organizations you can contact if you ever feel that you are at the end of your rope: Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization: The statewide organization works to stop anti-LGBT violence and helps victims. BRAVO can be reached statewide at 866.86.BRAVO (866.862.7286), in Cincinnati at 513.453.4001, in Cleveland at 216.370.7361, and in Columbus at 614.294.7867. Visit bravo-ohio.org. TransOhio: The statewide group offers support and rounds up resources for transgender people in the state can be reached at 614.441.8167 or transohio.org.

Ohio Domestic Violence Network: Call 1.800.934.9840 Cuss words have from 9a-5p for a referral to an agency that can help you. power. They are The National Domestic Violence Hotline is open 24 hours a day at 1.800.799.7233. signals that the cusser Trevor Project: The national suicide prevention hotline for LGBT youth is available at has had it, that the 1.866.4U.TREVOR. Visit thetrevorproject.org for information about coming out. normal channels of civil Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The 24/7 suicide prevention hotline is 1.800.273.TALK. It’s on the web at communication are no suicidepreventionlifeline.org. longer sufficient. Mickey Weems is a writer, educator and creator of the Qualia Encyclopedia of Gay Folklife. You can follow him at mickeyweems.com or qualiafolk.com, or email him at mickeyweems@yahoo.com. Complete the Circuit runs every other month in Outlook.

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Let’s say you completely go ballistic and cuss a blue streak.

You have a whole community behind you.

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the mario and debbie show by Mario Pinardi and Debbie Dash

MARIO I am a tall, sassy, big Italian guy who originates from the Pittsburgh area - yes, I am a Steelers and Pirates fan. I have a journalism degree and a master’s in education, and both wore me out, like a sexually frustrated nerd.

vs DEBBIE

They’re friends, they’re coworkers, they are booze hounds. They’re a gay man and a lesbian, and every month they bat around whatever topics we toss at them.

Introduce yourself to Ohio…

I have a husband who is just as witty and dry, and for some reason, still loves me. Along with Hubby, we have two Chihuahuas and two “smart ass” cats, so there is always a battle of wits in the house. Before Hubby, I was constantly a naughty boy and I got more ass than a public restroom, and I have no regrets about it.

What’s your favorite Pride tradition?

I love to make people laugh and I love pushing the boundaries of humor. I feel that we need to laugh more and we need to be OK with our idiosyncrasies.

People-watching. I have been to hundreds of Pride festivals all over the United States and in Europe, and I am always amazed at how people celebrate Pride Month. It is inspiring and hilarious at the same time.

Blue. Blue is a calming color, and those who know me know that I am a dry and a matter-of-fact kind of guy. I tend to stay away from those who go from one drama to another throughout their lives. Blue also tends to mean clean, and I like everything that is clean, especially a clean “down under.”

My first Pride celebration was in Birmingham, Great Britain. I was spreading glitter and my legs with many beefy factory workers there. I remember New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” was the Pride song at that time, and I heard it everywhere. It was liberating and extremely celebratory, and I did not feel marred by queers judging me because I was different, like I felt back home.

This one is hard. I have so many! I love Cher’s “Strong Enough” and Kylie’s “All the Lovers” for newer summer songs. But anything Kylie and Cher will get me going, plus they both help me keep my Gay Card.

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What color of the Pride flag represents you?

Where and when was your first Pride?

Hello to all the Buckeyes! Welcome. I’m excited to see our magazine distributed throughout the state. I am Debbie Dash, a Denver native, transplanted to Columbus 24 years ago. I am a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and employed by that great big Insurance Company in the city. I love my five pussy cats (what dyke doesn’t?) and have a wonderful gf, soon-to-be wife. I also love drag shows, the diversity of Columbus, winter, the arts and music festivals, Wicca, ghosts and our governor. The last one is a total lie. I love a parade. And one thing I do every year is nap afterward with the expectation of waking up to further partake in the festivities of my neighborhood establishments. Beer hangover and heatstroke, withstanding. If you don’t know the flag’s amazing history and evolution, Google it like I did. I am turquoise (one of the original 1978 colors), which indicates magic and art, with a little hot pink (another original) for sexuality thrown in.

It was the 1980s and I was riding my bike in the Capitol Hills area of Denver (think Short North/Highland Square/Lakewood/Northside) when I turned into the parade route by accident and got swept up with the flow. I didn’t know what the hell was going on.

What is your favorite summertime song?

Haiku! Flag Day

I remember boom boxes playing cassette tapes of “We Are Family.” Oh, and boys with perms, short shorts and tube socks. And girls that looked like Tawny Kitaen! Giggity!

“Cruel Summer” by Bananarama. Summer does not like me much, nor do I, her.

Show national love Wave your Stars & Stripes so proud Mine will have glitter

Got a topic for Mario and Debbie? Send them to Bob at bvitale@outlookmedia.com.

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Designing Woman Edith Head Comes to Ohio

by Erin McCalla Out of 35 Academy Award nominations, she took eight Oscar statues home. Not Bette Davis or Meryl Streep - they haven’t even come close to those numbers. Edith Head has become synonymous with costume design in film, and an exhibit showcasing 36 of her costumes will be on display at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster from June 7 through Aug 17. Randall Thropp, a Lancaster native who’s the curator for Designing Woman: Edith Head at Paramount 1924-1967, has worked at the Hollywood studio for more than a decade. He has stored and archived Head’s work whenever he has encountered one of her designs. “I always knew where to look for a name in the garment, so when I’d find them, I’d hide them away so no one would rent them,” he said. “I would say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, we don’t rent out any costume with a name in it.’ Of course that was a lie! But it helped save these pieces.” Thropp oversees a collection of 20,000 costume pieces and 12,000 pieces of jewelry at Paramount, and he estimates that nearly 80 percent of that collection is Head’s. The exhibit in Lancaster, about 35 miles southeast of Columbus, marks only the second time the collection has left Hollywood. The first was in 2012 for an El Paso Museum of Art showing in conjunction with the Plaza Film Fest. 76

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Head’s archives were officially established in 2009, and until the 2012 show, the costumes had not been restored. They had to be cleaned, sewn and repaired to look ready for exhibition. When restorations were made, a shell was created inside each costume so the garment would rest on a shelf of sorts rather than on itself. “Dry cleaning is the worst enemy for vintage clothing,” Thropp said. “It breaks down the fabrics and the threads.”

Head’s legacy has influenced many designers today. She was a smart, astute businesswoman, and she branded herself in a way that no one else had prior. She used men’s tailors for women’s clothing and is considered the inventor of the “power suit.” Head was also one of the first people to do makeovers on TV.

“Your dresses should be tight enough to show you’re a woman and loose enough to show you’re a lady.”

During Head’s 60-year career - 43 of those were at Paramount she oversaw costuming for 1,000 films, from musicals and comedies to dramas and westerns. She won her Oscars for The Heiress (1950), Samson and Delilah (1951), All About Eve (1951), A Place in the Sun (1952), Roman Holiday (1954), Sabrina (1955), The Facts of Life (1961) and The Sting (1974).

- Edith Head

Head was a favorite among actresses, hiding their flaws with design techniques. She created costumes for stars such as Barbara Stanwyck, Agnes Moorehead, Veronica Lake, Hedy Lamarr, Joan Fontaine and Dorothy Lamour, and those pieces will be a part of the exhibit at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio.

And because of her legacy and longevity, there will never be another costume designer like her. “Today, Colleen Atwood is one of the best. She does the Tim Burton films. She is very, very creative,” Thropp said. “Head was very conservative - not that she didn’t have flair. But, design wise, there are more creative people ... but to have a career that endures for 40 years, I don’t see that happening.”

During the exhibit’s run in El Paso, 13,000 visitors saw Head’s costumes, and Thropp hopes the Lancaster exhibit will be just as popular. Four galleries will house Head’s collection, and one will be dedicated to elements of her workroom, complete with boxes of original thread, trim and steam irons. You’ll be able to photograph the workroom and garments, but turn off your flash because it damages the pieces.

On June 8, Thropp will give a curator talk at 2p. He’ll discuss Head’s costumes, as well as costuming from the initial design sketch through the finished garment. On Aug 16, he’ll return with actress Susan Claassen, who will give tours as Head. Thropp says Claassen inhabits Head’s complete persona, and her likeness is like “channeling the dead.” “I’m not big on cover bands or impersonators, but when I saw her show, my jaw dropped,” Thropp said. Along with the tours, Claassen will share stories and anecdotes about the actors Head worked with while on set. Thropp said he’s surprised Head is still a household name. He frequently gives VIP tours of the costume department at Paramount, and she is clearly still a fan favorite. “I’m fascinated. The woman has been dead since 1981, and I get more questions about Edith Head than any movie.”

Designing Woman: Edith Head at Paramount 1924-1967 June 7-Aug 17

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio 145 E Main St Lancaster, 43130

Edna Mode, the costume designer in Pixar’s The Incredibles, is based on Edith Head.

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ll the World’s a Stage A Outdoor Performances in Ohio

by Kailen Nourse

and accusations of infidelity, madness and demon possession. 7p; Shall I compare thee to a summer’s free. day? Theater and music is “more lovely and more temperate” when • The Tragedy of Hamlet, July 1719: Shakespeare’s longest and enjoyed outdoors. most poignant tragedy, full of murHere is a list of plays, productions der, madness and plotting for reand performances around the state venge. 7p; free. that employ the open air as one of the cast or band members. Cincinnati Bowling Green

Award-winning trumpeter rejoins the Pops for a performance. 8p; $25. • Red, White and Boom on July 4: All-American celebration with versatile string trio Time for Three, plus Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks. 8p; $15. • Broadway Sing-Along on July 19: From Jersey Boys to Sound of Music, this concert also features the winning ensemble from ArtsWave’s Cincy Sings contest. 8:30p; $20.

Cincinnati Pops, Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati, 45230, cincinnatipops.org: Beautiful Kids Independent Shakespeare, Needle Hall, Bowling The Cincinnati Pops is the most Party in the Park on Wednesdays Green City Park, 520 Conneaut Ave, successful Billboard classical Bowling Green, 43402, FB: Beauti- crossover recording artist in history. from May to August at Yeatman’s Cove, 805 Pete Rose Way, Cincinful Kids Independent Shakespeare: Right here in Ohio. nati, 45202, party-in-the-park.com: The company has been bringing Shakespeare to Bowling Green • Cincinnati Pops Orchestral Spec- Make your hump day happy! Enjoy local music and cold beer next to since 1997, providing opportunities tacular on June 7: Enjoy Stravinto anyone interested in theater pro- sky’s Firebird to Respighi’s Pines of the Great American Ballpark on the duction. Rome and the thundering cannons Ohio River. 5p-10p; free. of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. 8p; East Side Players Community The$20. • Comedy of Errors, June 5-7: atre, Blue Ash Recreation Center Shakespeare’s shortest and most Amphitheatre, 4433 Cooper Rd, farcical comedy features twins sep- • Chris Botti with the Cincinnati Blue Ash, 45242, esptheater.org: arated at birth, mistaken identities, Pops on June 21: The Grammy 78

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ESP is a community theater troupe made up of ordinary people, from school children to business professionals, who just love theater.

Elyria, Lakewood, Parma, Mayfield Village, Mentor and Kirtland. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair. Check www.cleveshakes.com for locations. 7p; free.

• Seussical, June 5-14: A musical rendition of this amalgamation of some of Dr Seuss’s favorite books. 7:30p; $9.

• Romeo and Juliet, July 18-Aug 3: The classic tragedy of star-crossed lovers. From July 18 to July 20, the play will be performed at Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park on the corner of • Barnum, Aug 7-16: Circus and musical theater meld in this musi- Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard, and from July 25-27 cal based on the life of showman and Aug 2-3 at Lincoln Park in P.T. Barnum. 7:30p; $9. Tremont. A special performance will take place on Aug 1 at Market Cleveland Square Park on the corner of West The Cleveland Shakespeare Festi- 25th Street and Lorain Avenue. 7p; free. val, various locations, cleveshakes.com: Chillicothe • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, June 6-29: Love and magic interTecumseh! Outdoor Drama from mingle when two couples get lost in June 6-Aug 30 at Sugarloaf Mounan enchanted fairy forest on the tain Amphitheatre, 5968 Marietta eve of a royal wedding. The produc- Rd, Chillicothe, 45601, tecumsetion hops around to different ven- hdrama.com: A retelling of the life ues in Coventry Village, Shaker of legendary Shawnee chief TecumHeights, South Euclid, Tremont, seh. 8p; $17.95-24.95.

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6p; $23-25 for adults, $8 for kids.

Actors’ Theatre of Columbus at Schiller Park Amphitheatre Stage, 1000 City Park Ave, Columbus, 43206; Columbus Commons, 160 S High St, Columbus, 43215; and Easton Square, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, 43219, theactorstheatre.org: A Columbus tradition since 1982, the company performs a slew of Shakespeare - and other classics every summer. Performances are “pay what you will,” but a $10 donation is suggested.

• Classical Mystery Tour on June 13: More than 30 Beatles tunes performed exactly as written.

• The Tragedy of Hamlet from May 22-June 22, at Schiller Park Amphitheatre Stage: This re-enactment of one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies is set in the late Victorian era with a female playing the lead of Hamlet, taking this oft-performed play and giving it a new life in gender commentary. 8p.

• The Legends of Rock with John Elefante on June 28: The former lead singer of Kansas will perform classic rock tunes by Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Heart and Foreigner.

• A Most Rare Vision: 6 Plays by Shakespeare, Fridays June 6-27 at Easton Square: Repartee, a street performance group, offers previews for the Actors’ summer season at Gallery Hop and arts festivals around Columbus, bringing live theater back into daily culture. 7p; free. • All the Great Books (Abridged), Saturdays from June 7-28 at Easton Square: Three cultural guerillas of the Reduced Shakespeare Company ambush the audience with comic outrage of a literary fashion. 7p; free.

• Cirque Musica on June 14: A blend of circus performance and symphonic music. • The Ben Folds Orchestral Experience on June 21: The singer/songwriter will play his new piano concerto as well as his pop hits.

• Patriotic Pops on July 5: Conductor AlbertGeorge Schram leads the symphony in patriotic favorites and Sousa marches. The evening ends with a fireworks display. • The O’Jays on July 12: The classic R&B group from Canton will perform hits like “For the Love of Money,” “Use Ta Be My Girl” and “Love Train.” • The Manhattan Transfer on July 19: The 10-time Grammy Award-wining vocal quartet will perform hits “Tuxedo Junction,” “Route 66,” and “Java Jive.”

• The Ohio State Marching Band on July 2526: The Best Damn Band in the Land pairs up • The Barber of Seville, Thursdays through with the symphony for the classiest tailgate Sundays from June 26-July 27 at Schiller Park of the year. Amphitheatre Stage, 1000 City Park Ave, Columbus, 43206: The Barber of Seville is a Toledo classic love triangle with a hilarious twist. 8p. Toledo Symphony Orchestra Music Under • Merry Wives of Windsor, Thursdays through the Stars, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, Sundays from July 31-Aug 31 at Schiller Park 43609, 419.241.1272, toledozoo.org: A longAmphitheatre Stage, 1000 City Park Ave, standing summer tradition in Northwest Ohio Columbus, 43206: A funny story about getcontinues with free concerts on July 20 and ting back at creeps that was essentially com- 27 and Aug 3 and 10. 6p; free. missioned fanfiction by Queen Elizabeth I. 8p. Yellow Springs • The Hound of Baskervilles, Fridays through Sundays from Sept 5-14 at Columbus Com- Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse, Antioch Ammons: One of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most phitheatre, 910 Corry St, Yellow Springs, beloved Sherlock Holmes stories. 7:30p. 45387, 937.767.7800, yskp.org: A youth theater that focuses on creating all original Columbus Symphony Picnic With the Pops works. at Columbus Commons, 160 S High St, Columbus, 43215, 614.228.8600, colum• Superhuman Happiness, July 11-21: A mubussymphony.com: Some of today’s popular sical adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphosis entertainers perform with the Columbus Sym- that combines dance, theater, music and phony. Pack a picnic basket and a bottle of tableaux to tell stories of mischief and cleverwine or buy food and drink at the park. All ness while exploring the “hows” and “whys” concerts begin at 8p, with gates opening at of personal change. 7:30p; $6.

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deep inside hollywood by Romeo San Vicente

Garbo, Dietrich Return as TV Series Subjects

Aspiring Filmmakers Get Reality TV Check

Here’s a name you might not know: Megan Ellison. You might not know her name because she moves behind the scenes, but she’s doing some of the best work in Hollywood right now.

Zachary Quinto’s production company, Before The Door Pictures, is partnering with producer Chris Moore (Project Greenlight) for their first venture into reality competition programming.

As the head of Annapurna, the hot-shot young lesbian movie mogul produces some of the most daring and original work coming from the mainstream film industry. Acclaimed films like Spike Jonze’s Her and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master were probably turned down by others who sat scratching their heads and wondering why there weren’t any space aliens in the script.

The Chair, already set to debut on the Starz network this fall, will follow two first-time filmmakers as they bring their movie to the big screen, shepherded by film industry mentors, including Quinto. The catch: Both directors will be working from an identical script, identical budgets and will shoot their version in the same general location.

Here’s a lesbian name you might know if you’ve been paying attention: Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S., True Blood). She and collaborator Alex Kondracke (Hung, The L Word) are teaming up with Annapurna for the company’s first TV project, an as-yet-untitled film about the Golden Age of Hollywood. Focusing specifically on the lives of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, the period piece will explore the relationship between the two and their intersections with people like Tallulah Bankhead, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant and John Wayne. The casting for this one is going to get very interesting...

It’s Not You, It’s ‘Undateable John’ John (John Philbin, Point Break) is a middle-aged surfer/slacker (see: Point Break) who’s on and off the wagon. Then he falls for a beautiful woman in his AA meeting and that’s presumably where we find out why he’s undateable. The new feature comedy from writer Cynthia Posner and director Demian Lichtenstein includes a list of possible reasons right in its cast, since John’s costars are Meredith Baxter, Margaret Cho and Joan Jett. Of course, Estella Warren, Daryl Hannah and Shannon Doherty are in there too, so maybe his luck improves with the latter additions to the dating pool. Not that any of this matters to what is certainly the film’s target demographic of lesbians and ... oh all right, more lesbians (hope the marketing team is on that one already). The movie’s wrapped and in post-production at the moment, so expect this indie to wind up in film festivals soon enough. And maybe on an Olivia cruise movie night. outlookohio.com

Who else misses Heroes?

The script is a youth-oriented Thanksgiving comedy currently known as How Soon Is Now? (thanks, The Smiths), and the 10-episode series will follow the shoots, as well as the marketing and theatrical release of both versions. They’ll also be broadcast on Starz. The winner will be selected by audience vote. One question: What if both versions are equally terrible? Do they just hand the prize over to The Room’s Tommy Wiseau?

‘SATC’ Creator Plans New 4-Woman Show Darren Star (Sex and the City) has a new show in the works, and it stars four women. Sound familiar? Well, it’s not. Not exactly, anyway. TV Land is partnering with Star for the alreadypicked-up Younger. Starring Broadway baby Sutton Foster (she won a Tony Award for Thoroughly Modern Millie), Extra Virgin’s Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Hilary Duff, the sitcom will follow the misadventures of a jobless, 40-yearold single mother (Foster), whose desire to get back into the working world is stymied by her age. Until she decides to pretend she’s 26, that is. Thanks to a youth-oriented makeover, she lands a job, hangs out with twentysomething Duff for pointers and, it can be assumed, starts dating hot college guys. We love Foster for her work on the unjustly canceled Bunheads, so maybe this project will give her a chance to shine on TV again. And if not, there’s always the possibility that she could pretend to be 18 for the Spring Awakening movie. Romeo San Vicente is forever 21. And 31. And 41. He can be reached at DeepInsideHollywood@qsyndicate.com. Deep Inside Hollywood runs every other week at outlookohio.com and every month in Outlook. june 2014

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Akron Native, Iraq Veteran Rob Smith Pens a DADT Memoir serving, I never darkly humorous aspects of what was going on and made it clear that this is ul- once encountered a nonwhite officer. n November 2010, Rob Smith was ar- timately a story of triumph and not tragedy. This book is more “yes, we can” Even enlisted solrested in front of the White House diers who were while protesting the nation’s refusal than “woe is me.” African-American to let gay men and lesbians serve openly TM: You describe some “homoerotic beand had reached in the military. a certain point in their cahavior to make a gay porn star blush” reers seemed to reach a ceiling. that’s part male bonding and part sexual Less than a month later, the Iraq War vetrelease... eran stood inside the White House as a What about your evenguest of President Obama when legistual goal of going to lation was signed to lift the Don’t Ask, college after the servAs a community we rely way too Don’t Tell policy. ice? Did that increase much on images of sexy porn stars tension with career sol“I felt in my gut that it was something and extremely wealthy celebrities to diers? that needed to be done,” he said of the RS: Once verbalized, my protest. Of witnessing the repeal: “It make us feel good about ourselves goal of going to college felt like a true conclusion to that chapwhen we should be looking to the out did cause tension with ter in the LGBT rights movement.” LGBT people around us for guidance some soldiers. There is idea that when you Smith was born and raised in Akron and support. I assure you that their an serve, you’re doing it and served five years as a tank driver lives are much more similar to yours solely for country. I get and infantry rifleman in the US Army. that, and duty was a Now a journalist whose video commenthan that of Neil Patrick Harris. part of why I served, but taries run regularly on The Huffington - Rob Smith I still believe that once Post, he has detailed his experiences in you make that sacrifice, Closets, Combat and Coming Out. it’s up to the country to fulfill their end of the bargain, and for me RS: I think that when you’ve got a lot of TM: You write about the difficult time young guys and a lot of testosterone and that was my education. you had coming to terms with your sexcuriosity around, things are going to hapuality in the midst of Don’t Ask, Don’t pen. I don’t think it would’ve changed or If there is one thing I would hope it is that Tell. You considered taking your own soldiers get over the shame of taking adbeen eliminated had DADT not been life. How difficult was it to put these exvantage of benefits that are offered to around. There’s a lot of experimentation periences on paper? that happens at that age with guys who them. There should be no homeless veterRS: The difficult part of sharing the may not necessarily identify as gay. ans. There should be no veterans who painful experiences that I went through aren’t able to get a college degree. was making sure that things never got TM: How much was race an issue once too dark or depressing. I didn’t want to TM: A major influence on your initial you started to get to know fellow solwrite some pity-party downer about how diers? perception of being gay came from awful my life was. RS: Race was always an issue for me in watching Queer as Folk and browsing gay chat sites. You make a good point the military, in some ways even moreso That’s why I worked hard on some of the that this limited view didn’t help as than my sexual orientation. When I was by Tom Muzyka

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much as hinder your coming to terms with your sexuality. What advice would you give a young queer person in similar circumstances? RS: The amount of advice I have could fill a whole new book, but the one bit of advice I have for young queer people is that if you don’t look like a Sean Cody porn star and have an Anderson Cooper bank account - and most of us don’t - it means you have to be extra aggressive in seeking out role models that represent who you are in some way shape or form. As a community we rely way too much on images of sexy porn stars and extremely wealthy celebrities to make us feel good about ourselves when we should be looking to the out LGBT people around us for guidance and support. I assure you that their lives are much more similar to yours than that of Neil Patrick Harris. TM: What are your thoughts on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? RS: I think that the repeal of DADT is great, but without a nondiscrimination policy protecting LGB soldiers it doesn’t go far enough. I also hope that we can follow through with open service from transgender soldiers as well, sometime soon.

Do tell us about your experiences in the military. Comment on this story at outlookohio.com.

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Pride Around the World Jerusalem Open House: Struggling for Equality in the Holy City by Aaron Leventhal

fortable living room with couches and cushy chairs where everyone can come to relax or I recently visited Israel’s capital city of meet informally. On Sunday evenings we operJerusalem and had an opportunity to interview ate a professionally staffed HIV and STD clinic. Tom Canning, the development coordinator for There are several small staff rooms we use the Jerusalem Open House of Pride and Toler- primarily for youth counseling and meetings. ance. JOH is non-religious and open to everyone. Our Tom is gay and lives with a straight and a gay constituency is comprised of secular and reliroommate. After serving in the Israeli Army, he gious Jews, Arabs, Christians and straights. is majoring in East Asian studies and ecoOur youth support program works with schoolnomics at Hebrew University. age teens and young people recently out of school or in the army. The son of an Israeli mother and Irish father, he was born and raised in Kfar Saba, a vibrant AL: What are the biggest issues facing your community near Tel Aviv and a partner city of organization? the Columbus Jewish Federation. TC: Bullying of gays is rampant in the schools and in the Israeli Armed Forces. It is cruel and Aaron Leventhal: What is the Jerusalem demeaning and can turn physically abusive or Open House? violent. Combatting this is one of our major Tom Canning: JOH, established in 1997 as a priorities. grassroots organization, was created to be the community center for the LGBT community. AL: Compare the gay scene in Jerusalem to Until recently, it was the only way to meet gays that of Tel Aviv. in Jerusalem. TC: Tel Aviv is totally open and gay-friendly. Couples freely embrace one another in public. It is located on the second floor of a commer- Jerusalem is different. It’s a conservative city cial building, so anyone can enter inconspicu- and tolerant only if you remain within its conously. Our staff includes executive director and servative norms for both straights and gays respected feminist activist Elinor Side, along pertaining to appearance and public displays with a youth worker, a clinic manager and my- of affection. self. The ultra-religious community, Haridi, is not A turning point came when, after years of homophobic. It’s actually the extremist politicampaigning, the municipality agreed to con- cal right that promulgates the hatred and tribute 15 percent of our $300,000 annual hostilities. budget. Tel Aviv has a wide array of gay bars, dining AL: What services does JOH provide? and entertainment venues. I know only of the TC: First and foremost, we have a large com- Video Pub and Oliver Twist as establishments outlookohio.com

catering to the LGBT community in Jerusalem. and time. He was bearded, wore a long black coat and never spoke to anyone. He would take AL: What is the status of gay rights, and a bag that we stored for him and put on a specifically gay marriage, today in Israel? dress with high heels, sit quietly in the corner TC: Israel’s laws do not single out gays, but of the lounge for about an hour. Then he would there are definite laws prohibiting discrimina- change and leave, returning the following tion against anyone in matters such as emweek. Eventually he stopped his visits, but we ployment and purchasing or renting property. were pleased to have offered him a safe place Most of our legal achievements have been for whatever issues he was dealing with. reached through the courts and not the legislature. “Our organization takes pride in shaping the future for an open and pluralistic community. However, there are significant roadblocks to JOH serves everyone.” total equality, with marriage as an example. A straight couple that does not want to go through a religious ceremony in Israel ... can go abroad, get married and return to Israel with all the rights granted to any married couple. However, gays who are married abroad are not granted full marital rights. For example, if a gay partner dies it is not automatic that his or her partner receives the property. The same with adoption. One partner is recognized as the legal partner, and the other partner must go though adoption procedures. There is a legal industry emerging in Israel to deal with all the convoluted laws affecting gays. Tom concluded our interview with a poignant story that illustrates the importance of the Jerusalem Open House for all Jerusalem residents - Jews, Arabs, LGBT, ultra-orthodox, everyone. “Recently an ultra-orthodox Jew began coming into the center every week on the same day

Columbus freelance journalist Aaron Leventhal is involved in organizing a unique, three-week volunteer program through Skilled Volunteers for Israel this coming December. For more information, go to leventhaltravel.com.

LGBT Jerusalem Gay Pride Week: It’s held annually at the end of July. The Pride march attracted a record 4,000 participants last year and is funded in part by the Jerusalem City Council. Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride Week is festive, while Jerusalem views its activities as politically motivated. Community Shabbat Dinners: They’re held monthly with a progressive service and potluck supper. There are also youth groups and HIV testing and an Israeli group similar to our PFLAG. For more information on JOH programs and services, go to joh.org.il. You can translate the site into English by clicking a tab at the top of the homepage.

Flights from Cleveland or Akron/Canton to Jerusalem start at around $1,700 round trip.

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Bigger&Gayer than Ever Outlook’s Big Gay Dance Party Opens Pride Weekend in Columbus

by Andrew Hypes For some, Pride is the platform to have their calls for equality heard. For others, Pride is all about the camaraderie one is afforded as a member of the LGBT and ally community. But Pride is also a celebration of all things gay, fun and all-around exciting. If the last description is your idea of a perfect Pride weekend, look no further than Outlook’s Big Gay Dance Party, scheduled for June 20. Celebrating its fourth year as a cornerstone Pride event in Columbus, the Big Gay Dance Party promises to live up to its name and more. This year, the stars will be out in full force - literally and figuratively. Nationally renowned DJ/drag queen Chi Chi LaRue will assume the hosting duties for a party under the night sky at Park Street Patio in Columbus’s Arena District. Bonus: It’s right across the street from the Pride festival’s home in Goodale Park. “What could be bigger, gayer and more fabulous than a big gay drag monster DJ actually DJing in full character?” said LaRue, a seasoned veteran of the party scene. As exciting as LaRue’s performance is set to be, her presence is just the 86

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beginning of the night’s entertainment. Columbus drag powerhouse Helena Troy and the Glamazons will provide their unique brand of entertainment during a special performance. In addition, Porn-a-Go-Go stars Brock Avery and David Christiano will perform throughout the evening, as will Columbus LGBT favorite DJ Moxy. This event, like many others during the Pride weekend, will serve as a big gay melting pot of unity and diversity. As the main attraction for the night, LaRue hopes to personify that ideal in her set. “I’ll be playing everything from Britney to Beyoncé. I’m really into music so I always make sure to get everything involved. You never know, maybe even a high-steppin’ country song could show up somewhere.” Doors open at 8p at Park Street Patio, located at 533 Park St in Columbus. Advance tickets are $10 at outlookohio.com and $15 at the door. (You get $5 off at the door, though, if you show your Stonewall Columbus 2014 Pride dog tags.) VIP tickets, which get you fast-track entry, a spot in the Sky Lounge, select cocktails, and a private bar and restrooms, are $50.

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OHIO LGBT BAR ROUND UP Akron

Adams Street 77 N Adams St Akron, Ohio 44306 330.434.9794 myspace.com/ adamsstreetclub

Babylon 820 W Market St Akron, Ohio 44303 330.252.9000 Cocktails Video Bar/ Daddies 1009 S Main St Akron, Ohio 44311 330.376.2625 cocktails-akron.com Interbelt 70 N Howard St Akron, Ohio 44310 330.253.5700 interbelt.com Resoto Club 627 S Arlington St Akron, Ohio 44306 330.724.4228 Square Nightclub 830 W Market St Akron, Ohio 44310 squarenightclub.com Tear-Ez 360 S Main St Akron, Ohio 44311 330.376.0011 tear-ez.com

Canton

Crew 304 Cherry Ave NE Canton, Ohio 44702 330.452.2739 crewnightclub.com 88

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Studio 704 704 4th St SW Canton, Ohio 44702 330.453.1220

Cincinnati

Below Zero 1122 Walnut St Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 513.421.9376 belowzerolounge.com The Dock 603 Pete Rose Way Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 513.241.5623 thedockcomplex.net

Simon Says 428 Walnut St Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 513.381.7577 FB: Simon Says

Cleveland

Bounce 2814 Detroit Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44113 216.357.2997 bouncecleveland.com Cocktails Video Bar 9208 Detroit Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44102 216.961.3115 cocktails-cleveland.com

Columbus

AWOL 49 Parsons Ave Columbus, Ohio 43215 614.621.8779 awolbar.com Axis 775 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43215 614.291.4008 columbusnightlife.com Cavan Irish Pub 1409 S High St Columbus, Ohio 43207 614.725.5502 cavanirishpub.com

Slammers 202 E Long St Columbus, Ohio 43215 614.221.8880 FB: Slammers

Southbend Tavern 126 E Moler St Columbus, Ohio 43207 614.444.3386 FB: SouthBendTavern The Toolbox Saloon 744 Frebis Ave Columbus, Ohio 43206 614.670.8113 FB: TheToolbox Saloon

Dayton, Ohio 45402 937.223.3259 mjscafedayton.com

Stage Door 44 N Jefferson St Dayton, Ohio 45402 937.223.7418 FB: The Stage Door

Sandusky

Crowbar 206 W Market St Sandusky, Ohio 44870 419.624.0109 sanduskycrowbar.com

Toledo

Circus 1227 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201 FB: CircusShortNorth

Tremont Lounge 708 S High St Columbus, Ohio 43206 614.445.9365 tremontlounge.com

Bretz 2012 Adams St Toledo, Ohio 43624 419.243.1900 FB: Bretz Nightclub

Leather Stallion 2205 St Clair Ave NE Cleveland, Ohio 44114 216.589.8588 leatherstallion.com

Club 20 20 E Duncan St Columbus, Ohio 43202 614.261.9111 FB: Club 20

Union Cafe 782 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43215 614.421.2233 columbusnightlife.com

R-House 5534 Secor Rd Toledo, Ohio 43623 419.474.2929

On Broadway 817 Broadway St Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 513.421.2555 FB: On Broadway Bar

Mean Bull 1313 E 26th St Cleveland, Ohio 44114 216.812.3304 meanbull.com

Club Diversity 863 S High St Columbus, Ohio 43206 614.224.4050 clubdiversity.biz

Wall Street 144 N Wall St Columbus, Ohio 43215 wallstreetnightclub.com

Serpent 4042 Hamilton Ave Cincinnati, Ohio 45223 513.681.6969 serpentbar.com

Twist 11633 Clifton Blvd Cleveland, Ohio 44102 216.221.2333 FB: Twist

Exile 893 N 4th St Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.299.0069 exilebar.com

Aquarius 135 E 2nd St Dayton, Ohio 45402 937.223.1723

Home Base Tavern 2401 Vine St Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 216.721.8484 hbtpride.com

The Hawk 11217 Detroit Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44102 216.521.5443

Old Street Saloon 13 Old St Monroe, Ohio 45050 513.539.9183 oldstreetbar.com

Shooters 927 Race St Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 513.381.9900 FB: Shooters Bar

Vibe 11633 Lorain Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44111 216.476.1970

Level Dining Lounge 700 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43215 614.754.7111 levelcolumbus.com

Dayton

Masque 34 N Jefferson St Dayton, Ohio 45402 228.2582 clubmasque.com MJ’s Cafe 119 E 3rd St

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Ripcord Bar & Grill 119 North Erie St Toledo, Ohio 43604 419.243.3412

Youngstown

Liquid NiteClub 1281 Salt Springs Rd Youngstown, Ohio 44509 234.855.0351 Pulse Niteclub 169 Four Mile Run Youngstown, Ohio 44515 Utopia Video Night Club 876 E Midlothian Blvd Youngstown, Ohio 44502 330.781.9000 FB: Utopia Youngstown

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Out & About Around Ohio CINCINNATI/SOUTHWEST SUNDAY, JUNE 1 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 SATURDAY, JUNE 7

Cincinnati Fringe Festival: Something Something New Vagina @ Gateways to Healing, 1206 Main St, Cincinnati, 45202; 513.300.5669; cincyfringe.com: Trans artist Rebecca Kling presents a solo performance “about laughter, surgery, activism, and a brand new vagina.” June 1 at 7p, June 4 at 7:15p, and June 7 at 2p; $12.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7 SUNDAY, JUNE 8

Muse Cincinnati Women’s Choir and Diverse City LGBT Youth Choir @ School for Creative &

Fairytales & Fantasies Pride Prom 2014 @ Unitarian Universalist Church-Akron, 3300 Morewood Rd, Akron, 44333; 330.252.1559; FB: Teen Pride Network: Prom for LGBT high-schoolers and their allies. Pre-sale tickets only through Eventbrite. 7p-11p; $15.

SUNDAY, JUNE 8

Camp Hi Canoe Livery, 12274 Abbott Rd, Hiram, 44234; clevelandoutandabout.org: The group for LGBT outdoors enthusiasts takes a 7-mile trip down the scenic Upper Cuyahoga River. 11a; $22 per three-person canoe, $25 per one-person kayak.

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American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, 45202; 513-231-2100; myrivercitysoftball.net: The LGBT softball league hosts an outing to a Cincinnati Reds game vs Los Angeles. 7:10p; $5 and up.

SATURDAY, JUNE 14

Diana Ross @ Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, 1000 Broadway St, Cincinnati, 45202; 800.745.3000; www.horseshoecincinnati.com: The former Supremes lead singer - and vocalist on the gay anthem, “I’m Coming Out” - performs as a part of her Return to Love tour. 9p; $49.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 SUNDAY, JUNE 22

Cincinnati Men’s Chorus: Boys, Boas & Bears Oh My! @ School for Creative & Performing Arts Corbett Theater, 108 W Central Pkwy, Cincinnati, 45202; 513.542.2626; cincinnatimenschorus.org: The closing concert of the 2013-14 season will include all the gay classics you know and love. 8p; $23.

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Performing Arts Corbett Theater, 108 W Central Pkwy, Cincinnati, 45202; 513.221.1118; musechoir.org or diversecityyouthchorus.org: The concert, which is the debut for the LGBT youth choir, is titled “Brave Happy Love” and includes songs and stories that uphold the freedom of being oneself. 3p; $12-$18.

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Begin the Conversation/Movie: Boys Don’t Cry @ Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2929 Richmond Rd, Beachwood, 44122; 216.593.0575; maltzmuseum.org: A showing of the 1999 film about the life of Brandon Teena is part of a series to foster dialogue on diversity and tolerance. 7p; $5.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21

Dan Savage @ Cleveland Public Library Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 325 Superior Ave NE, Cleveland, 44114; 216.623.2800; cpl.org: The author, syndicated sex columnist (he’s in Outlook every month and on outlookohio.com every week) and It Gets Better founder speaks as part of the Writers & Readers series. 2p.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 SUNDAY, JUNE 22

North Coast Men’s Chorus: My Big Fat Gay Wedding @ Waetjen Auditorium, Cleveland State University, 2001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 44115; 216.556.0590; ncmchorus.org: A musical journey through courtship, popping the question, planning the wedding and navigating the in-laws. June 21 at 8p, June 22 at 3p; $10-$35.

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COLUMBUS/CENTRAL SUNDAY, JUNE 1SUNDAY, JUNE 15

The Divine Sister @ Short North Stage, 1187 N High St, Columbus, 43201; 614.725.4042; shortnorthstage.org: This tale evoking nearly every nun movie ever made was written by playwright and female impersonator Charles Busch, who also created Vampire Lesbians of Sodom; Die Mommy, Die; and Psycho Beach Party. 3p; $25-$30.

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Designing Woman: Edith Head at Paramount 1924-1967 @ Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, 145 E Main St, Lancaster, 43130; 740.681.1423; decartsohio.org: Lancaster native and Paramount Pictures’ wardrobe archivist Randall Thropp will discuss costuming and the exhibit of Edith Head costumes on display through Aug 17. 2p; $8 ($5 for center members).

FRIDAY, JUNE 20

Summer Movie Series: The Women (1939) @ The Ohio Theatre, 39 E State St, Columbus, 43215; 614.469.0939; capa.com: The gay cult classic starring Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell and Norma Shearer features more catty dialogue than six seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race. 7:30p; $4 (or $25 for 10-movie strip).

FRIDAY, JUNE 27 SATURDAY, JUNE 28 SUNDAY, JUNE 29

Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus: Big Gay Sing @ Lincoln Theatre, 769 E Long St, Columbus, 43203; 614.228.2462; cgmc.com: It’s a singalong! Featuring the music of ABBA, Sound of Music, Lady Gaga and more. June 27 and 28 at 8p, June 29 at 3p; $35.

FRIDAY, JUNE 27 SATURDAY, JUNE 28 SUNDAY, JUNE 29

Comfest @ Goodale Park, Goodale and Park streets, Columbus, 43215; confest.com: We’ll let organizers of the 44-year-old festival describe it themselves: “It’s a place where subcultures and tribes interweave, ... where strangers absorb shared ‘good vibes’ as they move through a gumbo of arts and crafts or plunk themselves in the shade to enjoy music.” June 27 until 11p, June 28 until 10p, June 29 until 8p. outlookohio.com

Do you think Bianca del Rio will win Miss Bretz this year?

DAYTON/WEST

THURSDAY, JUNE 5

Bianca del Rio @ Club Masque, 34 N Jefferson St, Dayton, 45402; 937.228.2582; clubmasque.com: The winner of the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 is on a victory tour. Time and cost TBD.

FRIDAY, JUNE 6

Courtney Act @ Club Masque, 34 N Jefferson St, Dayton, 45402; 937.228.2582; clubmasque.com: The Australian drag queen is performing in Dayton after her Top 3 finish on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7

Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus: I Am Harvey Milk @ Victoria Theatre, 138 N Main St, Dayton, 45402; 937.530.0642; daytongaymenschorus.com/iamharveymilk.com: After the Pride festival, chorus members perform an oratorio they co-commissioned to celebrate the life of an LGBT community hero. 8p; $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

TOLEDO/NORTHWEST SUNDAY, JUNE 1

Miss Bretz 2014 Pageant @ Bretz Nightclub, 2012 Adams St, Toledo, 43604; 419.243.1900; FB: Bretz Nightclub: More than $1,000 in cash and prizes is awarded in the drag competition. Doors open at 8p, pageant starts at 9p.

SATURDAY, JUNE 28 SUNDAY, JUNE 29

Crosby Festival of the Arts @ Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr, Toledo, 43615; 419.536.5566; www.toledogarden.org: This fine arts festival showcases the work of more than 200 artists from across the country. 10a to 7p on Saturday, 10a to 4p on Sunday; $8.

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by Dan Savage

a 24-year-old gay male in a three-year relationq I’m ship with a man I love with all my heart. I also have a diaper fetish. I told him about it once, nearly two years ago, but have not brought it up since. Recently I have gone out to buy diapers. I don’t use the diapers for pee or poop, but I enjoy the feeling of wearing them. I have talked to other diaper lovers online, but I have never gotten the courage to meet up and experiment.

I recently started talking with a guy who lives a few miles away who is also a diaper lover. I don’t want to cheat on my boyfriend, but I would like to indulge my fetish at least once in my life. If there is no sex during the fetish play, would that be cheating? There would be no kissing or anything. I would just change his diaper and powder him, and he would be doing the same to me and whatnot. I don’t have anyone I can talk to about this and would love to hear your advice. - Diapered Dilemma

what Good Dan would tell you: Go and tell your a Here’s boyfriend that you love him, remind him about the conversation you had two years ago about your diaper fetish, and ask if he would be up for exploring this aspect of your sexuality with you. If so, great! No need to see that other guy. But if not, DD, then ask your boyfriend how he would feel about you getting together with someone who shares your kink - not for sex, just for diapering and powdering and whatnot. If he doesn’t mind, great! If he does mind, well, then you need to think about whether staying in this relationship is wise, because sooner or later, you’re going to cheat on him. And if you don’t want to be the kind of person who cheats on his boyfriend, you’ll have to find one who shares your kink or is willing to share you. Here’s what Bad Dan would tell you: Seeing as you’re only 24, and seeing as you’ve been in this relationship for three years, and seeing as you’ve never engaged in any diaper play, sneaking off to play with that other diaper lover might help clarify things. 92

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Either you’ll learn that diaper play is something you can’t live without (which will prompt you to force the issue with your boyfriend, i.e., he either plays with you or gives you permission to play with others) or you’ll realize that diapered reality is a lot less sexy than diaper fantasies and your kink will evaporate (highly unlikely). Good Dan thinks you should take his advice, DD, because Good Dan is an annoying prick who thinks he’s right about everything. But Bad Dan thinks you should know that Actual Dan took his advice back when he was your age - about exploring his sexuality generally, not about exploring diapers specifically - and it helped clarify things for Actual Dan.

Savage Love appears every month in Outlook and every week at outlookohio.com. You can email Dan Savage at mail@savagelove.net, follow him on Twitter @fakedansavage or listen to his weekly podcast, “Savage Lovecast,” every Tuesday at thestranger.com/savage.

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the divine life

by Debé

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) You are master of all you survey this month, and you are surveying your ass off. You want to experiment and be adventurous, but be careful not to give mixed signals or there may be misunderstandings. Agree on a safe word ahead of time, baby, and go enjoy yourself! Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Money continues to be a focus in your life, with better opportunities coming your way as the month progresses. You “vant to be alone” until the end of the month, when you come out of your shell ready for action. Leo (July 23 - August 22) Are you ready to make it happen? Things at work and at home may come to a head, with changes necessary to take advantage of juicy opportunities. Speaking of juicy, your tastes run to the exotic and spicy this month. Don’t burn your tongue, pussycat.

take the lead. You may learn a new trick or two to add to your skills, which is always good. Capricorn (December 22 - January 19) Last month brought some sizzle at home, and you are still focusing your energy there. Home improvements and day-to-day putzing are in store. Put on Pharell’s “Happy” and get your homey groove on. Aquarius (January 20 - February 18) You find inspiration and pleasure in deep conversations. This gets your creative juices flowing, and you want to spend time with people who spark your desire to know more. You just can’t get enough oral stimulation. Oh my! Pisces (February 19 - March 20) It might be time to come out to someone close to you. If everybody already knows you’re a big ’mo, maybe they aren’t seeing who you really are. Get real, and it may lead to some nice surprises.

Virgo (August 23 - September 22) Your energy is devoted to work this month, and there is even a whiff of romance at the office. But be careful with that: Things can get sticky if you’re getting your money and your honey in the same place. Still, sticky can be fun.

Aries (March 21 - April 19) You have a lot of balls in the air this month, Ram - too many actually - but you like life on the edge. I know it’s exciting if you can balance them all, but if you don’t, those balls might get bruised when you drop them.

Libra (September 23 - October 22) There are new partnership possibilities for you this month, both personally and professionally. You still need to balance work and play, but somebody is bringing something yummy to the table that sparks your interest. Bon appétit!

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) You are ready to get your hands dirty on a project, or a person, and that comes with a side dish of drama. It might put you in the mood to splurge, but keep your purse strings taut until later in the month. Buyer’s remorse is a bitch.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? It’s time to focus on your physical health. Get moving and you’ll find the confidence and energy that we all know and love. We like you sexy and sure of yourself.

Great Gay Geminis: Anderson Cooper, Melissa Etheridge, Neil Patrick Harris

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) You are feeling feisty and creative this month. Ready to take a chance on a new venture or a new partner? Hang back and let someone else

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Handy Tip: The little lines on the percussive side of the hand under the mercury (pinkie) finger represent significant relationships/marriages.

Get a Pride month reading. Call Debé or Cynthia at Enchanted Elements for a master reading.

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Every month in print and every Monday online, we ask Outlook readers to do our work for us as members of our blog squad. If you want to share your rants, raves or observations, join the Squad! Contact Erin McCalla at 614.268.8525 x2 or erin@outlookmedia.com.

Adam Long

Lead Pastor, Continuum Church Columbus

Top 5 Religious Phrases to Retire 5. Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve 4. Hate the sin, not the sinner 3. AIDS is God’s punishment 2. Pray the gay away 1. God hates fags

June 16 topic: Matthew, Snark, Luke and John: Why the Bible Is So Bitchy About Being LGBTQ

Tony Gatto

Principal, Arts & College Preparatory Academy Columbus

Top 5 Ways to Create a Safe Inclusive Environment for LGBTQ Students:

5. Ensure that all classrooms are designated safe spaces and that school staff is supportive of LGBTQ students 4.  Use a curriculum that includes events in LGBTQ history and is representative of LGBTQ authors and artists 3.  Organize school-wide support of national initiatives such as the National Day of Silence and National Coming Out Day 2.  Ensure that your dress code allows for gender expression 1.  Take a group of students to march in the Pride Parade with Outlook!

June 23 topic: Why It’s Important for Schools to Be Safe and Inclusive for LGBTQ Students

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Lady Gaga, After a Fashion Across

1 Billy Elliot epithet 5 Sound of oral enjoyment 10 Come quickly 14 In two parts 15 Singer Reagon 16 Part of San Francisco’s BART 17 Regarding 18 Husband of a Duke 19 Misfire sound 20 Start of Lady Gaga’s definition of fashion 23 Family diagram 24 Valhalla VIP 25 Many are out of it 28 “Keep your pants on!” 32 “Thumbs up!” 33 More of the definition 37 Piece-loving org. 38 Ending for auto 40 Horizontal line on a graph 41 Boys in the Band author Crowley 42 It may make you rub your head 44 Triangle side 45 Ouija alternative 46 Hottie at a bar, e.g. 48 How a male stripper makes a living? 49 More of the definition 53 De Matteo of Desperate Housewives 56 Cock and bull 57 Type of seaman 61 Rhett Butler’s final word 62 Astronaut Cooper’s nickname 63 Thoroughfare 64 Navy rival 65 Guys who use come-on lines 66 Art Deco name 67 Simpatico sounds 68 End of the definition 69 Romeo or Juliet

You can get new puzzles and toons every week at outlookohio.com.

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1 Palm Pilot, e.g. 2 Remove from power 3 Scout’s recitation 4 You ride them in gay pride parades 5 Louisiana levy 6 Dayan of the land of the cut 7 Italian wine center 8 Cotton cloth 9 Where queens may rule 10 Moon of Frasier 11 Diva’s piece 12 Pay for a pad 13 Touching children’s game 21 Very, to Verlaine 22 Piercing part 25 Vehicle that may be bi? 26 The Wizard of Oz producer Mervyn 27 Oklahoma native 29 Kind of drum 30 Swashbuckler Flynn 31 Subtly spiteful 34 Batman portrayer Kilmer 35 Program file extension 36 Understand, to Kerouac and Ginsberg 39 Breakfast place of film? 41 Funny Cho 43 Scar, in The Lion King, for example 45 Catch some rays 47 Ars ___, vita brevis 48 Male offspring that goes either way? 50 They sometimes swing 51 Myanmar, formerly 52 Came to a halt 53 Saving Private Ryan event 54 Internally pink 55 Thompson of Angels in America 58 Dimension of a big shooter 59 A little behind 60 Adam and Steve’s locale?

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Love Big is our wedding expo. Big Love was an HBO drama about Mormons.

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Gay men’s choruses have June concerts in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton.

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Ohio LGBT Resource Guide This resource guide, also available online at outlookohio.com/resources, is organized by city and college or university.

If your organization isn’t listed, or if the information we have needs an update, email Editor Bob Vitale at bvitale@outlookmedia.com. Let us know about your group’s meetings and activities, too, so we can add them to our monthly calendar.

STATEWIDE BUSINESS/WORKPLACE Out and Equal Advocates for workplace equality outandequal.org/ohio Pride @ Work LGBT members of AFL-CIO unions prideatwork.org c/o Ohio AFL-CIO 395 E Broad St, Suite 300 Columbus, Ohio 43215 614.224.8271 CIVIL RIGHTS Equality Ohio “We envision an Ohio where everyone feels at home” equalityohio.org 118 E Main St, Suite 200 Columbus, Ohio 43215 614.224.0400 FreedomOhio Working toward a statewide vote on marriage equality freedomohio.com 1349 E Broad St Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.246.3807 Ohio Rainbow Coalition Facebook page for all Ohio LGBT groups FB: Ohio Rainbow Coalition OutServe-SLDN/Ohio Chapter Advocates for LGBT members of the U.S. military sldn.org

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Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.340.6777

Why Marriage Matters Ohio Educating Ohioans about marriage equality whymarriagemattersoh.org 118 E Main St, Suite 200 Columbus, Ohio 43215 614.224.0400

Camp Sunrise Summer camp for kids affected by HIV/AIDS www.sunrisekids.org PO Box 164182 Columbus, Ohio 43216 216.269.3782

HEALTH/SAFETY BRAVO, Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization Working to document and eliminate anti-LGBT violence bravo-ohio.org PO Box 82068 Columbus, Ohio 43202 Statewide: 866.86.BRAVO (866.862.7286) Cincinnati: 513.453.4001 Cleveland: 216.370.7361 Columbus: 614.294.7867

Ohio AIDS Coalition Advocacy arm of AIDS Resource Center Ohio ohioaidscoalition.org 4400 N High St, Suite 300 Columbus, Ohio 43214 614.444.1683

HISTORY Gay Ohio History Initiative Outlook/Ohio Historical Society initiative to preserve LGBT history gohi.org c/o Outlook Ohio 815 N High St, Suite G Columbus, Ohio 43215 614.268.8525 HIV/AIDS AIDS Resource Center Ohio Prevention, diagnosis and treatment services in 10 Ohio cities www.arcohio.org 1033 N High St

LESBIAN Ohio Lesbian Archives Collection of books, magazines, music, DVDs and more ohiolesbianarchives.wordpress.com c/o Clifton United Methodist Church 3416 Clifton Ave Cincinnati, Ohio 45220 513.256.7695 SOCIAL Ohio Leather Alliance Statewide leather organization FB: Ohio Leather Alliance Scarlet & Gay Ohio State University LGBT alumni scarletandgay.com PO Box 2012 Columbus, Ohio 43216 614.292.5130

University of Cincinnati LGBTQ Alumni Network UC alumni group is now forming FB: University of Cincinnati LGBTQ Alumni & Friends TRANSGENDER Heartland Trans* Wellness Group Developing physical, emotional and social resources 6566 Montgomery Rd, Suite 211 Cincinnati, Ohio 45213 513.549.4447 TransOhio Services, education, support and advocacy for transgender Ohioans transohio.org c/o 1160 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.441.8167

BISEXUAL Columbus Bi Network Meets on the first Tuesday of every month at Stonewall FB: Columbus Bi Network c/o Stonewall Columbus 1160 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.299.7764 BUSINESS/WORKPLACE Network Columbus Outlook’s monthly networking event for LGBT professionals www.networkcolumbus.com c/o Outlook Ohio 815 N High St, Suite G Columbus, Ohio 43215 614.268.8525

COLUMBUS

CIVIL RIGHTS Human Rights CampaignColumbus Steering Committee FB: HRC Columbus

COMMUNITY CENTER Stonewall Columbus Classes, programs, support groups for LGBT residents stonewallcolumbus.org 1160 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.299.7764

FAITH Dignity/Columbus An organization for LGBT Catholics PO Box 82001 Columbus, Ohio 43202 614.447.6546

Kaleidoscope Youth Center Programming, advocacy, education and support for LGBT youth www.kycohio.org 1904 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.294.5437

There are more than 220 organizations listed in this guide.

GAY MEN Central Ohio Naturist Guy Alliance Adult male, nonsexual nudist organization congaline.org

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Columbus Ohio Prime Timers Social group for mature gay and bisexual men primetimersww.com/copt 1928 Dandridge Dr Columbus Ohio 43229 614.885.0846 Columbus Ursine Brotherhood Bear social group hosts Bear Camp every summer columbusbears.org PO Box 16822 Columbus, Ohio 43216 HEALTH/SAFETY Columbus Public Health Sexual Health Clinic HIV, STI testing Monday-Friday columbus.gov/sexual-health.aspx 240 Parsons Ave, Second Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215 614.645.7772

Greater Columbus MPowerment Center HIV prevention in the black and Latino communities columbusmpowerment.org 1780 E Broad St Columbus, Ohio 43203 614.926.4132

PERFORMANCE Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus Full chorus and smaller ensembles perform throughout the year www.cgmc.com 51 W Jefferson Ave Columbus, Ohio 43215 614.228.2462

Out of the Closet Thrift Store Proceeds fund services of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation outofthecloset.org 1230 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201 800.558.8220

Capital Pride Band LGBT band marches at Pride and performs in concert www.cappride.org PO Box 8147 Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.325.1590

Project Zero: Ohio Fundraising group for Central Ohio HIV/AIDS organizations projectzeroohio.com 751 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201

Flaggots Ohio Central Ohio’s LGBT color guard flaggotsohio.org 614.562.6288

HIV/AIDS AIDS Healthcare Foundation Pharmacy Located inside the Out of the Closet Thrift Store ahfpharmacy.org 1230 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.732.5947

LESBIAN Hey Girl Hey Social group for women of color meets monthly heygirlheyoh@gmail.com c/o Stonewall Columbus 1160 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.299.7764

AIDS Resource Center Ohio Medical Center and Pharmacy HIV treatment, primary care, counseling, support services arcohio.org 1033 North High St Columbus, OH 43201 614.340.6777

Older Lesbians Organized for Change Supportive network for older lesbians oloc.org c/o Stonewall Columbus 1160 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.299.7764

AIDS Resource Center OhioClintonville Free, confidential testing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays arcohio.org 4400 N High St, Suite 300 Columbus, Ohio 43214 614.299.2437 Columbus Public Health Take Care Down There Clinic Free testing Monday-Thursday, 5p-8p columbus.gov/sexual-health.aspx 240 Parsons Ave, Second Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215 614.645.7772 98

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Rainbow Sisters Social group for women 40 and older rainbowsisters.info c/o Stonewall Columbus 1160 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.299.7764 Sistah Sinema Cinema by and for queer women of color sistahsinema.com c/o Stonewall Columbus 1160 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201 425.954.6372

PHILANTHROPY/SERVICE Gay for Good Members meet monthly for community service projects gayforgood.org FB: Gay for Good - Columbus, OH The Legacy Fund of the Columbus Foundation Raises and distributes money for LGBT organizations thelegacyfund.org 1234 E Broad St Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.251.4000 POLITICS Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio sdco.co 545 E Town St Columbus, Ohio 43215

Stompers Country-Western dance stompers.org Stonewall Columbus Photography Club Members take photography trips and host exhibits FB: Stonewall Columbus Photo Group c/o Stonewall Columbus 1160 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.299.7764 Trident International Levi/leather social club for men and women tridentico.info Trailblazers Group for LGBT people 50 and older stonewallcolumbus.org/trailblazers c/o Stonewall Columbus 1160 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.299.7764 SPORTS/RECREATION CMH Gay Bowling Wednesday and Sunday leagues cmhgaybowling.com 614.276.3185 Capital City Volleyball Fall and winter leagues for all skill levels capitalcityvolleyball.org 614.329.3696 CBus Hoops All levels from beginner to experienced cbushoops.com

PRIDE Stonewall Columbus Pride Scheduled for June 20-21, 2014 columbuspride.org c/o Stonewall Columbus 1160 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.299.7764

Columbus Coyotes Rugby Football Club columbuscoyotes.com

SOCIAL National Leather Alliance BDSM/Leather nlacolumbus.com PO Box 2011 Columbus. Ohio 43216 614.404.7521

Columbus Lesbian & Gay Softball Association 28 teams in five divisions clgsa.com FB: Columbus Lesbian and Gay Softball Association (CLGSA)

Columbus Electronic Dart League League travels from bar to bar mycedl.com 614.439.5833

Is this community organized or what?

Columbus Lesbian Softball League Nine teams in two divisions columbuslesbiansoftball.com Columbus Metropolitan Tennis Organization Summer leagues and winter tennis socials cmto1.org 1165 Tillicum Dr Columbus, Ohio 43085 Gay Hockey Ohio/Ohio Mayhem Team plays in Columbus recreation league gayhockeyohio.com Gay Softball World Series 2015 Columbus will host the event in August 2015 FB: 2015 Gay Softball World Series LGBT Hiking Club Hikes for all levels of fitness stonewallcolumbus.org/hikingclub c/o Stonewall Columbus 1160 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.299.7764 Rainbow Golf League Friday play, open to guests rainbowgolf.org 5428 Heathmoor St Columbus, Ohio 43235 Stonewall Columbus Runners Club Meets bi-monthly spring through fall FB: Runners Club - Stonewall Columbus c/o Stonewall Columbus 1160 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.299.7764 SUPPORT Central Ohio LGBT Veterans Peer-to-peer support stonewallcolumbus.org/veterans c/o Stonewall Columbus 1160 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.299.7764

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PFLAG Columbus Parents, friends and families support group columbuspflag.org PO Box 10200 Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.806.8025 Spectrum Columbus State Community College LGBT employee group cscc.edu/campuslife/diversity/spectrum.shtml 550 E Spring St Columbus, Ohio 43215 614.287.2426 YOUTH/COLLEGE Arts & College Preparatory Academy Charter school with large LGBT student population www.artcollegeprep.org 4401 Hilton Corporate Dr Columbus, Ohio 43232 614.986.9974 Fusion Social space for Central Ohio LGBT college-age residents FB: Stonewall Fusion c/o Stonewall Columbus 1160 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.299.7764 Huckleberry House Shelter and services for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth huckhouse.org 1421 Hamlet St Columbus, Ohio 43201 614.294.6109

AKRON COMMUNITY CENTER CANAPI, Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative Social events, programs and meeting space for LGBT residents canapi.org 895 N Main St Akron, Ohio 44310 330.252.1559 GAY MEN Rangers Leather/Levis/uniform club rangersinc.org outlookohio.com

PO Box 2732 Akron, Ohio 44309

understanding on gender issues canapi.org/groups.aspx c/o CANAPI 895 N Main St Akron, Ohio 44310 330.240.1600

HEALTH/SAFETY OutBreath - LGBT Mindfulness Meditation Society Offers free weekly meditation sessions akron.shambhala.org 1707 Front St Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221 330-983-9019

YOUTH/COLLEGE Teen Pride Network Safe space and activities FB: Teen Pride Network c/o CANAPI 895 N Main St Akron, Ohio 44310 330.252.1559

HIV/AIDS AIDS Resource Center Ohio Free testing on Mondays, 9a-1p arcohio.org 1815 W Market St, Suite 204 Akron, Ohio 44313 330.794.5289

ASHLAND SUPPORT Alpha Omega Society Support, resources for crossdressers, partners, families aosoc.org PO Box 864 Ashland, Ohio 44805

POLITICS Stonewall Democrats of Summit County summitdems.org/stonewalldem.aspx 438 Grant St Akron, Ohio 44311 234.678.7029

ATHENS HIV/AIDS AIDS Resource Center Ohio HIV testing and prevention services arcohio.org 18 N College St Athens, Ohio 45701 740.331.0407

SPORTS/RECREATION Akron Frontrunners Running club for the LGBT community frontrunners.org 330.687.5122 330.219.9423

SUPPORT PFLAG Athens Area Parents, friends and families support group FB: Athens Ohio Area PFLAG PO Box 5679 Athens, Ohio 45701 740.593.5659

SUPPORT PFLAG Akron Parents, friends and families support group pflagakron.org PO Box 5471 Akron, Ohio 44334 330.342.5825 TRANSGENDER TransAlive Support group meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday transfamily.org/events/akronmeetings c/o Fairlawn West United Church of Christ 2095 W Market St Akron, Ohio 44313 330.240.1600 Trans Pride Building respect and

Transgender Asterisk: Athens Area Trans* Advocates Resource on transgender accommodations asterisktransadvocates. blogspot.com c/o LGBT Center 354 Baker University Center Athens, Ohio 45701 740.593.0239

BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY

SUPPORT Baldwin Wallace University Office of GLBT Services Programming, resources, support and networking 275 Eastland Rd Berea, Ohio 44017 440.826.2900

BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY CENTER BGSU LGBT Resource Center Programming and support, plus LGBT library bgsu.edu/offices/sa/oma/lgbtaq_ resource_center 318-B Math Science Building Bowling Green, Ohio 43403 419.372.2642 SOCIAL Vision Educational and social programming FB: Vision Glbtqaiqa SUPPORT I.N.T.E.R.S.E.C.T.I.O.N.S. A sexuality and identity support group tobiass@bgsu.edu c/o LGBT Resource Center 318-B Math Science Building Bowling Green, Ohio 43403 419.372.2642 TRANSGENDER TAG - Trans Awareness Group Social and support group FB: Tag Bgsu

CANTON GAY MEN Canton Ohio Prime Timers Social group for mature gay and bisexual men cantonohiopt.com 1425 Channonbrook St SW Canton, Ohio 44710 330.832.9138 Iron Eagles Leather/Levis club for Canton, Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown ironeagles.com PO Box 9772 Canton, Ohio 44711

If your group is not listed, contact us.

HIV/AIDS AIDS Resource Center Ohio HIV testing and prevention services arcohio.org 400 Tuscarawas St W, Suite 405 Canton, Ohio 44702 Tri-County AIDS Coalition Serving Stark, Carroll and Tuscarawas counties tricountyaids.com PO Box 9569 Canton, Ohio 44711 330.477.0806

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY CENTER Case Western Reserve University LGBT Center A resource for students, faculty, staff and alumni case.edu/lgbt/center Thwing Center 11111 Euclid Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44106 216.368.5428 SOCIAL Spectrum Case Western Reserve University’s LGBT student group spectrum.case.edu 10900 Euclid Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44106

CINCINNATI BUSINESS Gay Chamber of CommerceGreater Cincinnati Networking for gay, lesbian, allied businesses gaychambercincinnati.com PO Box 141461 Cincinnati, Ohio 45250 CIVIL RIGHTS Equality Cincinnati Working for full equality in Greater Cincinnati equalitycincinnati.org 318 E 4th St Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 513.591.3247

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Human Rights CampaignCincinnati National HRC’s local steering committee FB: Greater Cincinnati HRC

PO Box 19806 Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 513.594.6962

GAY MEN Southern Ohio Naturist Society Adult male nudist organization g-hosting.info/sons PO Box 19371 Cincinnati, Ohio 45219

PHILANTHROPY/SERVICE Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Greater Cincinnati Offers funding for local LGBT organizations www.cincyglbt.com PO Box 23159 Cincinnati, Ohio 45223

Tri State Prime Timers Social group for mature gay and bisexual men primetimersww.org/tristate PO Box 141205 Cincinnati, Ohio 45250 513.956.4398

Imperial Sovereign Queen City Court of the Buckeye Empire Raising money for local charitable causes isqccbe.org PO Box 141152 Cincinnati, Ohio 45250

HIV/AIDS Planned ParenthoodSouthwest Ohio Region Rapid testing on Wednesdays, 5p-8p ppswoHIV.org 4138 Hamilton Ave Cincinnati, Ohio 45223 513.679.4453

PRIDE Cincinnati Pride Parade and festival on May 31, 2014 cincinnatipride.org info@cincinnatipride.org

PERFORMANCE Cincinnati Men’s Chorus Singing group for gay and gay-supportive men cincinnatimenschorus.org PO Box 3061 Cincinnati, Ohio 45201 513.542.2626 Diverse City Youth Chorus Performing arts group for LGBT and ally youth, 13-22 diversecityyouthchorus.com c/o Mt Auburn Presbyterian Church 103 William Howard Taft Rd Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 513.965.1568

SOCIAL Scorpius Of Cincinnati Leather/fetish group for men and women www.scorpiusofcincinnati.com PO Box 58241 Cincinnati, Ohio 45258 SPORTS/RECREATION Cincinnati Alternative Volleyball Association Sand and indoor volleyball leagues cincyvball.org Cincinnati Frontrunners/ Frontwalkers Meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays FB: Frontrunners Cincinnati 513.315.8722

pflagcinci.org PO Box 19634 Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 513.721.7900

A fledgling network for bi people in Northeast Ohio ashygirlforgirls.tripod.com/ bngcohio

TRANSGENDER Crossport Support for transgender people, family and friends crossport.org PO Box 1692 Cincinnati, Ohio 45201 513.344.0116

BUSINESS/WORKPLACE Plexus LGBT chamber of commerce thinkplexus.org PO Box 91697 Cleveland, Ohio 44101 1.888.PLEXUS9

TransSaints African-American trans people of faith transsaints.org c/o Truth & Destiny Covenant Ministries United Church of Christ 2645 W North Bend Rd Cincinnati, Ohio 45239 513.429.5085 YOUTH/COLLEGE Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network Local chapter of national gay-straight alliance glsen.org/chapters/cincinnati PO Box 19856 Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 866.934.9119

CLARK STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SOCIAL Clark State Community College Gay/Straight Alliance Campus group for LGBT students and allies clarkstate.edu/student_life

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Muse, Cincinnati Women’s Choir Heterosexual, lesbian and bisexual women united in song musechoir.org PO Box 23292 Cincinnati, Ohio 45223 513.221.1118

Rivercity Softball Association Recreational, intermediate and competitive leagues myrivercitysoftball.net 1447 Laurel Park Dr Cincinnati, Ohio 45214 513.231.2100

COMMUNITY CENTER LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland Programming for all ages in the LGBT community lgbtcleveland.org 6600 Detroit Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44102 216.651.5428

Queen City Rainbow Band LGBT marching band, pep band and ensembles qcrb.org

SUPPORT PFLAG Cincinnati Parents, friends and families support group

BISEXUAL Bisexual Initiative of Greater Cleveland

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CIVIL RIGHTS Human Rights Campaign Cleveland Steering Committee National HRC’s local steering committee FB: Human Rights Campaign Cleveland EDUCATION The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio Dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry, and racism diversitycenterneo.org 3659 Green Rd, Suite 220 Cleveland, Ohio 44122 216.752.3000 GAY MEN Arktos Bears of Northeast Ohio Social group for bears and admirers arktosbears.org PO Box 2577 Akron, Ohio 44309 Cleveland Bears Social group for bears and admirers clevelandbears.org PO Box 14756 Cleveland, Ohio 44114 Prime Timers Cleveland Social group for mature gay and bisexual men ptcleveland.org PO Box 91683 Cleveland, Ohio 44101 216.233.9146 HEALTH/SAFETY Lake Effect Free Alternative Health Clinic Free monthly massage, herbal medicine, acupuncture lakeeffectclinic.org c/o LGBT Community Center

We will be adding welcoming houses of worship to our guide soon.

6600 Detroit Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44102 216.538.2046 HISTORY Western Reserve Historical Society LGBT Archives Preserving LGBT history in Northeast Ohio wrhs.org 10825 East Blvd Cleveland, Ohio 44106 216.721.5722, x1519 HIV/AIDS AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland Prevention, education, supportive services, advocacy aidstaskforce.org 2829 Euclid Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44115 216.357.3131 Northern Ohio Coalition Inc. Addresses financial needs of LGBT people living with HIV and AIDS mynoci.org PO Box 110343 Cleveland, Ohio 44111 216.556.0129 LESBIAN Older Lesbians Organized for Change Supportive network for older lesbians oloc.org 216.227.1243 Sistah Sinema Cinema by and for queer women of color sistahsinema.com c/o S P A C E S Art Gallery 2220 Super Viaduct Cleveland, Ohio 44113 216.282.4434 WH2 Monthly women’s happy hours www.thewh2.com 440.342.3098

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PERFORMANCE North Coast Men’s Chorus Gay men’s chorus with more than 100 members ncmchorus.org PO Box 770664 Cleveland, Ohio 44107 216.556.0590 PHILANTHROPY/SERVICE Basement Beauties Community volunteer network FB: Basement Beauties c/o Twist Social Club 11633 Clifton Blvd Cleveland, Ohio 44102 Rock-n-Roll City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Activists/fundraisers/drag nuns rocknrollcitysisters.org POLITICS Cleveland Stonewall Democrats clevelandstonewalldems.org PO Box 91453 Cleveland, Ohio 44101 Log Cabin Republicans LGBT Republican organization FB: Log Cabin Republicans of Greater Cleveland PRIDE Cleveland Pride Scheduled for June 28, 2014 clevelandpride.org 2829 Euclid Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44115 216.226.0004 SOCIAL Asians & Friends Cleveland LGBT social group focused on Asian culture afcleveland.org PO Box 25095 Cleveland, Ohio 44125 Cleveland Couples Together Social group for committed LGBT couples clevelandcouplestogether.org PO Box 771102 Lakewood, Ohio 44107 SPORTS/RECREATION Cleveland Aquatic Team Twice-a-week practice sessions clevelandaquaticteam.com 104

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Cleveland Out and About Hiking, canoeing and other outdoor recreation clevelandoutandabout.org PO Box 181174 Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118 Cleveland Rockers North Coast flag football’s travel team FB: Cleveland Rockers North Coast Athletic Flag Football League Men and women of all skill levels northcoastfootball.com Gay Games 9 Aug 9-16 in Cleveland and Akron www.gg9cle.com 334 Euclid Ave, Suite 100 Cleveland, Ohio 44114 216.479.6470 Lake Erie Volleyball Association 25 teams compete from January to March lakeerievolleyball.com 1265 W 106th St Cleveland, Ohio 44102 216.236.LEVA North Coast Bowling Association Friday night bowling from September to March ncbafriday.org c/o Superior Bowl and Park 1500 Superior Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44114 North Coast Softball Teams compete from April through July northcoastsoftball.org PO Box 31001 Independence, Ohio 44131 Shooters Pool League Seasons run from October to March FB: Shooters Pool League Team Cleveland Umbrella group for Cleveland Gay Games participants teamcle.org 4618 W 156th St Cleveland, OH 44135 Team Cleveland Tennis Membership includes group lessons

teamclevelandtennis.org SUPPORT Cleveland Gay Fathers Group Monthly meetings for gay, bi men clegayfathers@gmail.com c/o Pilgrim UCC Church 2592 W 14th St Cleveland, Ohio 44113 Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association LGBT and Allies Committee Attorneys, business professionals and law students clemetrobar.org/Committees/LGBT 1301 E 9th St, Second Level Cleveland, Ohio 44114 216.696.3525 PFLAG Cleveland Parents, friends and families support group pflagcleveland.org 615 Prospect Rd Berea, Ohio 44017 216.556.1701 Veteran Pride Support Group Meets weekly at the VA center www.cleveland.va.gov/patients/ LGBT.asp Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center 10701 East Blvd Cleveland, Ohio 44106 216.791.3800, x3408 TRANSGENDER TransFamily Meets on the second Saturday of each month transfamily.org c/o LGBT Community Center 6600 Detroit Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44102 216.691.4357 YOUTH/COLLEGE Common Grounds Weekly homework help, activities for ages 12-17 lgbtcleveland.org/youth--youngadult-programs.html c/o LGBT Community Center 6600 Detroit Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44102 216.651.5428 x17 Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

Local chapter of national gay-straight alliance glsen.org/chapters/neo PO Box 93513 Cleveland, Ohio 44101 216.556.0960

COLUMBUS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUPPORT Columbus State Community College Pride LGBT and allies student group FB: CSCC Pride 550 E Spring St Columbus, Ohio 43215 614.287.2815 614.287.2327

DAYTON COMMUNITY CENTER Greater Dayton LGBT Center Hosts programs and events for Miami Valley daytonlgbtcenter.org PO Box 1203 Dayton, Ohio 45401 937.274.1776 FAITH Dignity Dayton LGBT Catholic group hosts a weekly Mass livingbeatitudes.org c/o Christ Episcopal Church 20 W 1st St Dayton, Ohio 45402 937.260.0407 GAY MEN ABBA Mpowerment (Aspiring Beyond Belief & Adversity) HIV awareness for AfricanAmerican gay, bi and trans men abbampowerment.yolasite.com 15 W 4th St, Suite 200 Dayton, Ohio 45402 937.461.2437, x2017 Miami Valley Prime Timers Social group for mature gay and bisexual men primetimersww.com/mvopt PO Box 750831 Dayton, Ohio 45475 937.331.8902

College and university LGBT groups: Share your details for the guide!

Mu Crew MPowerment Center Social, HIV education group for men 18-29 mucrew.hb2web.net 15 W 4th St, Suite 200 Dayton, Ohio 45402 937.461.2437, x2015 HIV/AIDS AIDS Resource Center Ohio Medical Center and Pharmacy HIV treatment, primary care, counseling, support services arcohio.org 1222 S Patterson Blvd Dayton, Ohio 45402 937.853.3650 AIDS Resource Center OhioKuhns Building HIV testing and prevention services arcohio.org 15 W 4th St, Suite 200 Dayton, Ohio 45402 937.461.2437 LESBIAN Lesbian Dayton Happy hours and other social activities lesbiandayton.com FB: Lesbian Dayton Lesbian Professionals of Southwest Ohio Women’s social and business networking meetup.com: Lesbian Professionals of Southwest Ohio PERFORMANCE Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus daytongaymenschorus.com PO Box 642 Dayton, Ohio 45401 937.530.0642 SPORTS/RECREATION Dayton Gay Euchre daytoneuchre.com Registration starts in August 105 E 3rd St Dayton, Ohio 45402 937.228.2033 Dayton Gay Volleyball Club Open volleyball every week daytongayvolleyballclub.com

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Rainbow Bowling League Thursday night league FB: Dayton Rainbow League POLITICS Dayton Area Stonewall Democrats FB: Dayton Area Stonewall Democrats SUPPORT PFLAG Dayton Parents, friends and families support group pflagdayton.org PO Box 3721 Dayton, Ohio 45401 937.640.3333 YOUTH/COLLEGE Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network Local chapter of national gay-straight alliance glsen.org/chapters/dayton PO Box 771 Dayton, Ohio 45401 937.545.1953 Youth First-Greater Dayton Weekly meetings for LGBT young people pflagdayton.org/youthfirst.html PO Box 3721 Dayton, Ohio 45401 937.640.3333

JACKSON HIV/AIDS AIDS Resource Center Ohio HIV testing and prevention resources arcohio.org 200 E Main St Jackson, Ohio 45640 740.331.9200

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY CENTER LGBTQ Student Center Resources, support for LGBTQ students and allies www.kent.edu/diversity/centers/ lgbtq/index.cfm Office 229, Schwartz Center 800 E Summit St Kent, Ohio 44242 330.672.8580 106

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campus minorities mcc.osu.edu Ohio Union Suite 1000, 1739 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43210 614.688.8449

SUPPORT Pride! Kent “Social acceptance and equal rights for all people” FB: Pride! Kent

OutSupport Local LGBT and ally support group outsupport.org FB: Out Support - Medina Ohio 330.241.1281

LIMA

MIAMI UNIVERSITY

HIV/AIDS AIDS Resource Center Ohio HIV testing and prevention resources arcohio.org 658 W Market St, Suite 200 Lima, Ohio 45801 419.222.0827

SUPPORT Miami University GLBTQ Services Programming, support and resources miamioh.edu/glbtq 2030 Armstrong Student Center 550 E Spring St Oxford, Ohio 45056 513.529.6504

SUPPORT Common Ground Lima Organizes, serves, advocates for Allen County’s LGBT community commongroundlima.org

NEW LONDON

OHIO UNIVERSITY

SPORTS/RECREATION Freedom Valley Campground Campground for men freedomvalleycamping.com 1875 US 250 S New London, Ohio 44851 419.929.8100

COMMUNITY CENTER Ohio University LGBT Center Educational and social events for students ohio.edu/lgbt 354 Baker University Center Athens, Ohio 45701 740.593.0239

PFLAG Lima Parents, friends and families support group pflaglima.org 4240 Campus Dr Lima, Ohio 45804 419.581.6065

NEWARK

Safe Spaces LGBT community support group pvff.org/support/LGTB.php c/o Partnership for Violence Free Families 658 W Market St, Suite 212 Lima, Ohio 45801 419.549.8530

HIV/AIDS AIDS Resource Center Ohio HIV testing and prevention resources arcohio.org 195 Union St, Suite B-1 Newark, Ohio 43055 740.349.7066, x207

MANSFIELD

OBERLIN COLLEGE

HIV/AIDS AIDS Resource Center Ohio HIV testing and prevention resources arcohio.org 410 Park Ave W, Suite 1 Mansfield, Ohio 44906 419.525.2437

COMMUNITY CENTER Oberlin College Multicultural Resource Center Encouraging inclusion and diversity new.oberlin.edu/office/multicultural-resource-center/ Wilder 208-105 135 W Lorain St Oberlin, Ohio 44074 440.775.8802

MEDINA Support Medina County Gay Straight Alliance Meets fourth Wednesday of each month at the Medina Library medinacountygaystraightalliance.webs.com

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY CENTER Ohio State University Multicultural Center A resource for LGBT and other

GAY MEN Sigma Phi Beta Fraternity for gay, bi, trans men sigmaphibeta.org/ohiostate SUPPORT Shades OSU Organization for LGBT students of color shadesosu.wordpress.com/

SUPPORT Ally OU student group meets weekly ohio.edu/orgs/ally 330.631.7388 PHILANTHROPY/SERVICE OU Little Monsters Charity group inspired by Lady Gaga oulm.weebly.com FB: OU Little Monsters 740.280.6856

OHIO UNIVERSITYZANESVILLE SUPPORT OU Zanesville/Zane State College LGBTA Alliance Raising awareness and acceptance ohio.edu/zanesville/currentstudents/clubsandgroups.cfm ekline@zanestate.edu

OWENS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Owens Community College Gay Straight Alliance Student, employee and alumni group FB: Owens Gsa

SANDUSKY SUPPORT PFLAG Sandusky/Firelands Parents, friends and families support group FB: PFLAG Sandusky, Ohio PO Box 143 Sandusky, Ohio 44871 419.433.6755

SPRINGFIELD CIVIL RIGHTS Equality Springfield Promoting broader awareness of LGBT issues equality-springfield.org 2425 Willow Rd Springfield, Ohio 45503 Youth First-Springfield 14- to 21-year-olds meet weekly FB: Youth First Springfield c/o Northminster Presbyterian Church 400 Villa Rd Springfield, Ohio 45503

TOLEDO CIVIL RIGHTS Equality Toledo Working to end anti-LGBT discrimination equalitytoledo.org PO Box 2659 Toledo, Ohio 43606 419.407.6225 GAY MEN Toledo MPowerment Group for gay and bisexual men, 18-29 FB: Toledo MPowerment c/o ARC Ohio 3450 W Central Ave, Suite 210 Toledo, Ohio 43606 419.241.9444, x413

SOCIAL

We are out and proud in all parts of Ohio.

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HEALTH/SAFETY Safe Schools Project Bullying prevention and awareness program equalitytoledo.org/projects.php c/o Equality Toledo PO Box 2659 Toledo, Ohio 43606 419.407.6225 HIV/AIDS AIDS Resource Center Ohio HIV testing and prevention resources arcohio.org 3450 W Central Ave, Suite 210 Toledo, Ohio 43606 419.241.9444 LESBIAN People Called Women Feminist bookstore also hosts meetings, social events peoplecalledwomen.com 6060 Renaissance Pl, Suite F Toledo, Ohio 43623 419.469.8983 POLITICS Log Cabin Republicans LGBT Republican organization logcabin.org/chapter/ ohio-northwest PO Box 118050 Toledo, Ohio 43611 PRIDE Toledo Pride Coming Aug 22-24, 2014 toledopride.com 2413 Collingwood Blvd Toledo, Ohio 43620 419.705.6748 SUPPORT PFLAG Toledo Parents, friends and families support group pflagtoledo.org 4623 Ottawa Trail Toledo, Ohio 43611 419.386.7830 Toledo Rainbow Families Support group for LGBT parents Yahoo Groups: Toledo Rainbow Families 419.410.6111

TRANSGENDER Toledo Area Transgender Support Group Meets on the fourth Sunday of every month transohio.org c/o Sylvania United Church of Christ 7240 Erie St Sylvania, Ohio 43560 419.551.0821 419.450.2430 YOUTH/COLLEGE Rainbow Area Youth Weekly meetings for LGBT youth, 13-19 raytoledo.org c/o Trinity Episcopal Church 316 Adams St Toledo, Ohio 43604 567.249.7135

UNIVERSITY OF AKRON SOCIAL LGBT Union University of Akron LGBT student group uakronstudentlife.orgsync.com/ org/lgbtu c/o Center for Service and Leadership 302 Buchtel Common Akron, Ohio 44325 330.826.1429

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI COMMUNITY CENTER University of Cincinnati LGBTQ Center Promotes understanding, acceptance and awareness uc.edu/lgbtq 565 Steger Student Life Center PO Box 210173 Cincinnati, Ohio 45220 513.556.4329 SOCIAL University of Cincinnati Colors of Pride Social, support group for queer people of color FB: Colors of Pride GenderBloc University of Cincinnati trans

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activist group FB: GenderBloc UC Alliance University of Cincinnati LBGT and allies group FB: UC Alliance

UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO SOCIAL Spectrum - University of Toledo Safe and inviting community for LGBTQA students FB: Spectrum UT 2801 W Bancroft St Toledo, Ohio 43606 419.530.7975

URBANA SUPPORT PFLAG Urbana Area Parents, friends and families support group urbanaareapflag.org 221 S Dugan Rd Urbana, Ohio 43078 937.653.4960

WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY CENTER GLBT & Ally Center for Diversity Open safe zone for students, faculty and staff wittenberg.edu 641 Faculty Court W Ward Street Springfield, Ohio 45503 937.327.9210 SOCIAL Wittenberg University Gay-Straight Alliance LGBT and ally student group wittenberg.edu/student_ organizations/gsa c/o GLBT & Ally Center For Diversity 641 Faculty Court W. Ward Street Springfield, Ohio 45503 937.327.9210

WOOSTER SUPPORT PFLAG Wooster Parents, friends and families

Happy Pride, Ohio!

support group FB: Wooster Pflag 3186 Burbank Rd Wooster, Ohio 44691 330.264.7396

POLITICS Mahoning Valley Stonewall Democrats mvstonewall.com

WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY

PRIDE Pride Youngstown Parade and festival on June 7, 2014 prideyoungstown.com PO Box 2891 Youngstown, Ohio 44511 330.799.1240

COMMUNITY CENTER Wright State University GLBTQA Resource Room For students, faculty, staff and alumni wright.edu/glbtqa 016 Student Union 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy Dayton, Ohio 45435 937.775.5533 SOCIAL Wright State University Rainbow Alliance Education, social activities, outreach and advocacy wright.edu/studentorgs/ rainbowalliance/index.html 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy 29D Student Union Dayton, Ohio 45435 937.775.5565

XAVIER UNIVERSITY SOCIAL Xavier University LGBTQ Alliance Welcomed, encouraged on the Catholic college campus xavier.edu/alliance

YOUNGSTOWN COMMUNITY CENTER Mahoning Valley Pride Center Educate and reduce prejudice and discrimination FB: MahoningValleyPrideCenter 1523 Poland Ave Youngstown, Ohio 44502 HEALTH/SAFETY Youngstown Health District STD Clinic Operates STD clinic on Tuesdays and Fridays ychd.com 345 Oak Hill Ave Youngstown, Ohio 44502 330.743.3333, x262

SUPPORT PFLAG Youngstown Parents, friends and families support group youngstownpflag.org 1239 Grant St SE Youngstown, Ohio 44483 330.747.2696 TRANSGENDER Trans Valley Meets on the third Monday every month transfamily.org/other-ne-ohiogroups/trans-valley c/o Mahoning Valley Pride Center 1523 Poland Ave Youngstown, Ohio 44502

YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY SOCIAL YSUnity Youngstown State University LGBT group ysunity.webs.com c/o YSU Student Activities 1 University Plaza Youngstown, Ohio 44555 330.941.3597

ZANE STATE COLLEGE SUPPORT OU Zanesville/Zane State College LGBTA Alliance Raising awareness and acceptance ohio.edu/zanesville/currentstudents/clubsandgroups.cfm ekline@zanestate.edu

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