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d e i l p i t l PRIDE u M PRIDE IN OHIO The movement for LGBTQ visibility, acceptance and civil rights kicked into high gear with the 1969 uprising at New York’s Stonewall Inn. And the annual recommitment to that cause began in 1970 with the first Pride marches in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. This year, Ohioans will celebrate Pride with 17 festivals, picnics and get-togethers in 16 cities from the first weekend in June to the last weekend in August. The calendar of related events includes parties, brunches, movie screenings, networking nights, drag shows, fun runs and a Pride Night baseball game for the Cincinnati Reds. We’ve got info on June’s festivals on Pages 42-45 and also on Page 55 of this month’s Prizm, and we’ve got Ohio’s most complete calendar of Pride events at We’ll also be covering Pride celebrations across the state, so visit our website for more. Cleveland, June 2 Dayton, June 2 Findlay, June 2 Lancaster, June 2 Athens, June 9 Newark, June 9 Zanesville, June 11 Columbus, June 15-16 Columbus Community Pride, June 16 Cincinnati, June 23 Sandusky, June 23 Springfield, June 30 Yellow Springs, June 30 Youngstown, July 21 Mansfield, August 4 Toledo, August 18 Akron, August 25

By JC McElravey

People from all over Ohio will head to Dayton, Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati this month to be out and proud, to see and be seen, to be counted in support of LGBTQ civil rights, and to buy just about anything with a rainbow on it. But as LGBTQ people feel more and more comfortable living in areas outside the big cities, they’re also more comfortable celebrating Pride in their own hometowns. Pride events will take place in at least 16 cities across Ohio this summer, and they’re not just in places where people have celebrated for decades. In communities such as Lancaster, Newark, Mansfield and Sandusky, they’re now hosting Pride marches on Downtown streets and festivals in local parks.

SIXTEEN OHIO CITIES, BIG AND SMALL, WILL CELEBRATE PRIDE THIS SUMMER. It’s city of 50,000 that boasts two openly gay City Council members and will celebrate Pride on Saturday, June 9. Organizer Trisha Pound says enthusiasm for the event is a reflection not just of the local LGBTQ community but of pride in Newark as well. But the event hasn’t been without controversy. When council member Sean Fennell asked county commissioners to shine rainbow-colored lights on the Licking County Courthouse for Pride, commissioners who had allowed other combinations for observations such as St. Patrick’s Day and the spring equinox quickly came up with a policy they cited to deny the request. “This is not a battle we should have to fight,” Fennell told commissioners at a May 1 meeting.

“Lancaster is my hometown, and it is amazing seeing this community come together with no hate and with open arms,” drag performer Lady Davona says of her Central Ohio community of 40,000. Lancaster will stage its second-ever Pride on Saturday, June 2. Newark and Sandusky are hosting their first Pride festivals this year with musicians, comedians, drag performers and vendors. Among major sponsors for events scheduled June 21-24 in Sandusky is Lake Erie Shores & Islands, the tourism promoter for Erie and Ottawa counties. Sandusky native Jim Obergefell, whose lawsuit led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 marriage equality decision, will speak on June 21. Three local women planned the events, which one said would offer LGBTQ residents a greater sense of community and others in Sandusky a little greater understanding. “I’m hoping it opens up people’s minds to different things,” organizer Robin Hudnall told the Sandusky Register when they announced plans in February. “We are in small-town Ohio, but I believe Sandusky is capable of way bigger and better things.” Newark, about 30 miles east of Columbus, embodies the changes taking place and the stereotypes that persist in small-town Ohio.

In its fourth year, Mansfield Pride— scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4—continues to grow. But not too much. “At the bigger festivals you can get lost in the crowd, you can miss things,” Mansfield Pride Association President Todd Rice says. “At a small-town festival, you get to see and hear things you would miss with the larger crowds.” JC McElravey graduated in May from the Arts & College Preparatory Academy in Columbus and will be attending Columbus State Community College this fall. They reported and helped write this story as part of a three-week career-exploring internship with Prizm.

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Ohio’s Mark of Shame In just three states—Ohio, Kansas and Tennessee— transgender people are not allowed to change the gender markers on their birth certificates, a rule that outs them against their wishes and subjects them to humiliation, discrimination and danger. A federal lawsuit aims to change that.


PRIDE 2018 Pride isn’t just celebrated in the gayborhood these days. LGBTQ people and our allies in 16 Ohio cities have events planned between now and August.


Dayton Pride

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Pride Across Ohio


Cleveland’s Pride in the CLE Columbus Pride Columbus Community Pride Cincinnati Pride … or at least it can be with our health and safety tips.

POLITICS Richard Cordray spoke out for LGBTQ civil rights long before most other politicians. He’s sharing a pro-equality message this year as he seeks to become Ohio’s next governor.


Sherrod Brown wants you to know: He’s got your back. Also, Nickie Antonio, Rick Neal and other LGBTQ winners in the May primary.



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LGBTQ musicians—and LGBTQ favorites—are on the summer concert bill all across Ohio.


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LGBTQ YOUTH A conversation with three transgender teens in Cincinnati gives us hope for all trans kids.


In just six months, Cincinnati’s Living With Change Foundation already has had a positive effect for trans youth and their families.


FASHION Happy Birthday, Torso! The Columbus shop that has kept queer customers happy for 20 years is featured in our June fashion shoot.



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Twenty years ago this month, my mom was frying zucchini—it’s an Italian thing—when I arrived in Toledo for a weekend visit. An ex-sister-in-law once wondered aloud why the family always made such a big deal when Bob came home. My mom told her we make a big deal of everything. It’s another Italian thing. A family prone to big deals is a blessing when it’s your birthday or you get inducted into the National Honor Society, but not necessarily when you’re about to come out as gay. You don’t embarrass the family in my family. Sadly, it’s kept people in bad marriages longer than they should have stayed, and it probably kept a few of us in the closet across the generations, too. My mom thinks her Uncle Nunzio might have been gay, although her only evidence is that he loved to dance. I shouldn’t have worried. I’d seen how my parents and brothers and sisters loved my cousins who’d come out before me. My eldest aunt told my mom once that she thought it was fine one of my cousins was a Lebanese; she was happy that she had a nice girlfriend. My family didn’t make a big deal. When I finally got it out to my mom, she expressed the concern every mother had for gay sons in the 1990s: Was I ill? She said the only thing she felt bad about was that if I had been troubled at any time over the years she might have been able to help. We finished frying the zucchini together. And, not skipping beat, her dream that I find a nice Italian girl quickly changed to a wish for a nice Italian boy. (She’s more than OK with the nice Filipino guy I did find. She introduced both of us as her sons recently to her new neighbors.) Families and communities evolve, and we all should be glad of that.

but the dozens of people who spoke proudly of their own orientation or their LGBTQ family and friends left no doubt that some future group of county leaders will be great allies. Two women told the county commissioners about their gay brothers who moved away long ago because they felt alone and afraid in their own hometown. The photo on the front page of the Newark Advocate newspaper the next day certainly told LGBTQ kids living there now that they have much love and support. We’ve worked hard since launching Prizm last October to make sure each issue reflects all of LGBTQ Ohio: all of its regions, all of its identities, all of its diversity. We will soon be launching reader advisory groups in different parts of the state to keep us on track in that mission, and over the summer we’ll be starting monthly visits to different communities to report on LGBTQ life in all parts of our state. Publisher Carol Zimmer Clark, creative director Staley Munroe, advertising account executives Chris Johnson and Joe Matessa, designer Patrick Butler, and I are looking forward to attending as many of Ohio’s 17 Pride celebrations as possible this summer. Look for us, say hello and share with us your ideas for people, places and issues to feature in future issues. We wish everyone a Happy Pride. And our wish is that after another year of progress and evolution, next year’s Pride is even happier for everyone, everywhere in Ohio.

Bob Vitale

In early May, I attended a meeting of the Licking County commissioners, where people spoke one after another of their love for their community and their support for Newark’s first-ever Pride, scheduled for Saturday, June 9. The three commissioners didn’t budge on their stand against shining rainbow lights on the local courthouse to show support for the celebration, May 2018 |


Two years after our state's turn toward Trump, the candidate for governor delivers a pro-LGBTQ message of fairness and progress.

By Bob Vitale It’s 9:45 a.m. on a Friday in May and Rich Cordray’s tie hangs untied around his neck. Who says the Democratic nominee for governor is too stiff and formal? It’s 9:55 a.m., and Rich Cordray is tying his necktie. Maybe the rumors are true, but please indulge the 59-year-old former Ohio attorney general, former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and former five-time champion on “Jeopardy!” his 10 open-collared minutes. His 40-percentage-point primary victory three days earlier ended up much more lopsided than it felt it would be. His campaign had begun officially just three weeks after Cordray left his job in Washington last November, ending five years of shuttling between weekdays in the nation’s capital and weekends with his family in suburban Columbus. And in a time when Democrats call themselves the resistance and talk of a blue wave come November, Cordray’s calm, measured approach has been criticized from the start by those who wanted a progressive candidate for governor who’s as amped up as the party’s base. But now, with his necktie retied and his party’s nomination in hand, Cordray is charging on—calmly—to November and a rematch with Republican Mike DeWine, who defeated him in the 2010 race for attorney general by less than 50,000 votes and less than 1.5 percentage points. Their supporters sure can crank it up; DeWine has President Donald Trump’s blessing, while Cordray has an enthusiastic backer in a leading presidential nemesis, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.


But this race is unlikely to feature much of the barking we’ve come to know and despise over the past two years. Cordray’s Twitter topics have included trivia about the shape of Ohio’s state flag. In an interview with the Dayton Daily News, University of Cincinnati political scientist David Niven likened the 71-year-old DeWine to “a grandpa on the porch going on about how much he enjoys pie.”

financial institutions—he has a political track record that dates back to 1990.

Cordray pays no mind. He sits in his campaign headquarters in Columbus with his hands folded in his lap, explaining in a lawyerly way that all the energy and restlessness among Ohio voters is for a governor who can listen as well as talk.

Former Frankin County Recorder T.J. Brown worked for Cordray in the county treasurer’s office in 2003 and calls his former boss “a true public servant.” He confronts problems by seeking input from Democrats and Republicans, government experts and the private sector, and people representing different viewpoints, says Brown, the only openly gay person elected to Franklin County office.

“I think people want to know that somebody

Everybody deserves to be treated fairly.” is going to give them a voice. Somebody’s going to care about them, care about the things that they care about. People see a lot of politicians in office that seem to have their own agenda, whether it’s a self-serving or an ideological agenda that’s often very disconnected from what they care about in their lives. And I think that there’s a wideopen path in Ohio this year for candidates who can offer real solutions to the problems that are on people’s minds and have a track record for getting problems solved.” Although Cordray is touting his most recent accomplishments as the head of the federal agency created after the 2008 U.S. financial meltdown—when a May 9 Trump tweet called him a “big failure,” Cordray reminded the president that his agency recovered $12 billion for 30 million Americans cheated by

The Grove City native was elected that year to his first and only term in the Ohio House. He was elected as Franklin County treasurer in 2000 and as state treasurer in 2006. When then-Attorney General Marc Dann resigned in 2008 after reports of sexual misconduct, Cordray was elected to complete the term.

Cordray has a pro-LGBTQ record that dates back just as far. As a candidate for Congress in 1992, two decades before the issue was finally resolved, he supported allowing gay and lesbian Americans to serve openly in the military. As Ohio’s unelected solicitor general a few years later, he worked against Cincinnati’s Article XII, which once kept the city from enacting any LGBTQ-friendly civil rights laws. As a lawyer in private practice, Cordray did pro-bono work with Lambda Legal on a 1996 U.S. Supreme Court case that struck down a similar statewide law in Colorado. “Even in positions where you wouldn’t think he would have an impact on LGBTQ issues, he still showed up,” says Lynne Bowman, a longtime Ohio activist who now works as a deputy director for the Human Rights Campaign’s HRC Rising project. “He still recognized that it was important that we were part of the community.” Continued on Page 8

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MONDAY | JUNE 11 | 8:30 PM Join Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Council President Shannon Hardin for the annual illumination of City Hall to honor Columbus Pride Week. A special presentation of the Steven Shellabarger Illuminator Award will take place, honoring an individual who makes Columbus a more open and inclusive community.



Ten LGBTQ Ohioans Will Be on November’s Ballot Cuyahoga County’s Democratic machine backed Nickie Antonio’s opponent in the May 8 primary for a seat in the Ohio Senate, but Cuyahoga County’s Democratic voters backed Nickie Antonio. The lesbian legislator who in 2010 became the first LGBTQ Ohioan elected to the state House of Representatives likely will become the first LGBTQ Ohioan elected to the state Senate come November. She defeated fellow state Rep. Martin Sweeney of Cleveland for the party’s nomination in the 23rd Senate District. It’s a virtual ticket to Columbus in the heavily Democratic district; Antonio faces write-in Republican opposition this fall. “The girls won!” Antonio laughed at a primarynight gathering in Lakewood. She shared the celebration with her wife, Jean Kosmac, credited a mostly female campaign staff, and described a months-long political battle against “a good old boys’ network, which isn’t very good for a lot of you.” Sweeney, a former Cleveland City Council president, maneuvered his way to the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party’s endorsement despite Antonio’s lengthier resume and superior reputation at the Statehouse. The move, however, ended up energizing female and LGBTQ voters.

Continued from Page 6 As governor, Cordray vows, he would fight for passage of a bill to add sexual orientation and gender identity to Ohio’s antidiscrimination laws. He supports the Ohio Fairness Act, introduced by state Rep. Nickie Antonio of Lakewood in the current session of the General Assembly. Cordray also supports expanding Ohio’s hate-crimes law, ending a policy that forbids trans Ohioans from changing the gender marker on their birth certificates, and banning the practice of “conversion therapy” against LGBTQ children. “Everybody deserves to be treated fairly,” he says. “That’s a very deep strain in my outlook on life. It makes me angry, and I have a very strong emotional reaction when I see people picking on each other, which is what a lot of this is. It’s sort of building me up by knocking you down.” At the suggestion DeWine has been less than supportive of LGBTQ civil rights, Cordray quickly interjects: “That’s putting it mildly.” As attorney general, DeWine fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court against Ohioan Jim Obergefell’s wish to be listed as the surviving spouse on his late husband’s


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• Gay: Democrat Zach Dickerson won his party’s nomination in Ohio House District 42, which includes Dayton’s south suburbs. Democrats John McManus (House District 41, Dayton and Kettering), Jeremy Blake (House District 71, Newark), Garrett Baldwin (House District 85, Urbana and Bellefontaine) and Tyler Sappington (House District 94, Athens and Nelsonville) were unopposed in the primary.

Rick Neil (right) and his family

Antonio was one of 10 LGBTQ candidates who won Democratic Party nominations in May across Ohio. There were no known LGBTQ Republicans on the ballot. In the 15th Congressional District, which includes parts of Columbus and areas from Athens to Wilmington, Rick Neal won a contested primary and will face incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers in November. Stivers hasn’t cast a single pro-LGBTQ vote during his four terms in Congress, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

• Bisexual: Democrat Melinda Miller was unopposed in the Democratic primary in Ohio Senate District 31, which includes Newark. • Transgender: Democrat Lis Kenneth Regula was unopposed for the Democratic nomination for Portage County auditor in Northeast Ohio. He is believed to be Ohio’s first openly trans candidate for public office. All but Antonio are challenging Republican incumbents.

For the first time in Ohio, LGBTQ candidates represent the entire spectrum of the community: • Lesbian: Democrat Rebecca Howard was unopposed for her party’s nomination in Ohio House District 53 in Butler County.

death certificate. The case ended with the court’s 2015 ruling for nationwide marriage equality. And DeWine hasn’t given up three years later, apparently. In response to the question on a March survey from Cincinnati Right to Life—”Do you support the union of one man and one woman as the only definition of marriage that should be legally recognized at all levels of government?”—he answered in capital letters: YES.

another, is generally very good in this state,” he says. “But there are politicians who see advantage sometimes in creating divisions and pitting people against each other. Or they just have their own very harsh views of things. I think that’s not where most Ohioans are.”

“I think their party, a lot of them, are still fighting a rear-guard action on this,” Cordray says. “That’s why they’re not willing to update the nondiscrimination laws. They still have some vague notion that they’re going to take us backward. It’s not by any means in the rear-view mirror for them.” A May report from the Washington-based Public Religion Research Institute found that 61 percent of Ohioans, though, favor marriage equality. And 69 percent want nondiscrimination laws that outlaw bias against LGBTQ people in the state. It’s not surprising to Cordray. “The atmosphere in Ohio, the sort of way in which we understand ourselves to treat one

Bob Vitale is the editor of Prizm. As a government reporter for The Columbus Dispatch from 2004 to 2006, he covered Franklin County government and Rich Cordray during his time as county treasurer.Follow him on Twitter @Bob_Vitale or email him at

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VOICES A sampling of LGBTQ commentary from around the web


Jewelle Gomez “We have one thing that (our opponents) don’t: pure joy. That is, their joy is not pure because it comes from oppressing others. Our joy comes our love of others.”

Frank Bruni “I’m glad to witness the spread of a more diverse vocabulary that pays important heed to the distinctions between us. But while LGBT spells out those differences, it also mashes everything together in a manner that deprives some of the consonants of their particular history.”


Janelle Monae Twitter: @JanelleMonae “I want young girls, young boys, nonbinary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you.”

Mahdia Lynn “The world can be cruel to people like us. Sometimes we are cruel to each other. It is our duty to be there for one another when it feels like the world is falling to pieces and other safety nets have failed. We find those people who need community and we build that community together.”

Stanley Maszczak Facebook: RealLiveStan “Much like how we approach life and the world, it’s all a matter of our willingness to be open to new, expansive, life-giving ideas, even when they’re different from what we’ve known so far. Life is beautiful, limitless and expansive. The actions we take to allow this expansiveness into our lives determine the life we create for ourselves and the world we co-create with those around us.”




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‘People need somebody to have their back’ By Bob Vitale

that supported Uganda’s “kill the gays” bill.

Sherrod Brown wants you to know he has your back.

“No, I’ll say fear,” Brown continues, “from many people about what their government has become. People need somebody to have their back, and that’s what I’m elected for. I’m elected to fight back against this.”

“That’s what I’m elected for,” says Ohio’s U.S. senator, who’s finishing his second sixyear term this year and running for a third. “I see over half this state is unhappy with what’s going on. In many of them, I see an anxiety. I don’t want to use...” Brown stops himself from using the word fear but then realizes that’s exactly what he sees. It’s a Friday afternoon in late April, and Brown has just finished speaking to military veterans at an American Legion post on the East Side of Columbus. It’s the day after President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs withdrew over allegations of improper conduct. For almost a month, critics also said Dr. Ronnie Jackson was unqualified for the job. Now Brown is talking to Prizm about LGBTQ issues. It’s also the day after Mike Pompeo’s confirmation by the Senate as Trump’s secretary of state. Brown voted against Pompeo, citing a long anti-LGBTQ record that includes close ties to a U.S. hate group


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Brown, who was first elected to the Ohio House in 1974 (he was just 21 years old), has been a staple of state politics ever since. He served two terms as Ohio secretary of state in the 1980s and represented Lorain and Cleveland’s western suburbs in Congress from 1993 to 2007. He defeated Republican Mike DeWine in 2006 to become a U.S. senator. His opponent in the Nov. 6 election is Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth. Their differences on LGBTQ issues are stark. Brown, who is endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign, has scored 100 percent on HRC’s annual congressional scorecard every year he has served in the Senate. Renacci, who was elected to the U.S. House in 2010, has scored an average of 10 percent over his first three terms.

“Senator Brown has stood shoulder to shoulder with our community, relentlessly championing justice, fairness and equal rights for every American,” HRC President Chad Griffin says. “Senator Brown has proven himself to be … one of our staunchest allies in the United States Senate.” Renacci, on the other hand, said in a Cincinnati Right to Life survey that be believes the federal, state and local governments should recognize only opposite-sex marriages. When he received Trump’s endorsement before Ohio’s May 8 primary, Renacci said: “I look forward to fighting alongside the president to advance a conservative agenda.” Brown says that agenda is downright mean. “They’re a mean-spirited administration,” he says. “And the Republican majorities are mean-spirited toward poor people, they’re mean-spirited toward immigrants, they’re mean-spirited toward LGBT people, they’re mean-spirited toward people of color.” “It’s a mean-spirited government.”

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It’s a summertime delight that uses Ohio-grown Lodi apples and Ohiosourced wildflower honey that’s fermented and aged in oak. You can order Brothers Drake products at bars and restaurants throughout Ohio— Twist in Cleveland and Wheat Penny in Dayton are among them—and you can buy bottles at many Kroger, Giant Eagle, Whole Foods and Fresh Thyme supermarkets. $24 •



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If you happen by the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, stop next door on Detroit Avenue for the Bob Feller Ballpark Sundae at Sweet Moses. What’s not to love about this Cracker Jack-inspired fan favorite? Scoops of Salted French Caramel ice cream on a bed of crunchy, homemade caramel corn, topped with homemade hot fudge, more caramel corn, Spanish peanuts, whipped cream and a cherry. Feller was a pitcher, but this concoction is a home run. $7.95 •

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Evans Mirageas Artistic Director, Cincinnati Opera Home: Cincinnati Identifies As: Gay Pronouns: He/Him/His Evans Mirageas’ career in the arts has taken him to Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, London, Cologne and elsewhere. He was named by Opera News as one of the “25 Most Powerful Names in U.S. Opera” in 2006, the year after he came to Cincinnati as artistic director for the Cincinnati Opera. What intersections do you see between the Cincinnati Opera, the local arts scene and the LGBTQ community?



Very early in my tenure we began Pride Night at the Opera, which has grown into a big success. And of course there is the runaway success of our commissioned opera, “Fellow Travelers,” which has already been produced in New York and Chicago and goes to Minneapolis in June and elsewhere in the next two seasons. “Fellow Travelers” tells a story drawn from documented histories of the Lavender Scare in Washington, D.C., in the 1950s. It was a witch hunt for gay men and women coincident with the McCarthy hearings targeting supposed Communists in the State Department and elsewhere in the U.S. government. How do the arts and activism overlap? Operas are inherently political, either in their plots or the historical setting. What is great about opera is that the stories they tell are almost always moral, either extolling or scolding our behaviors in any area of life. It is our triumphs and tragedies written in large bold type, so to speak, on stage. Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” from 1786 was filled with allusions to the corruption of the aristocratic classes, and it was premiered just three years before the French Revolution. … Verdi, in his first success, “Nabucco,” used the Hebrew slaves in captivity as metaphoric stand-ins for the people of Italy yearning to be free from Austrian domination. The chorus in that opera, “Va, pensiero,” has become the unofficial national anthem of modern Italy. We offer examples. We hold a mirror up to society with beautiful music and compelling stories. Photo by Philip Groshong One Of Us is a monthly portrait celebrating the diversity of Ohio’s LGBTQ+ community.


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Same love. Different rights. It’s Ohio’s moment for fairness. Did you know that even in 2018, LGBTQ people don’t have basic equality in Ohio? That’s right–it’s generally legal to fire somebody, kick them out of their home, or deny them basic goods and services just because they are LGBTQ. The solution is the Ohio Fairness Act, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity/expression to the laws that make discrimination illegal in Ohio.

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From the Indigo Girls to Janelle Monae, Boy George to Sam Smith, our stars will be out across Ohio. tour with another lesbian folk singer, Susan Werner, and this show is the deal of the summer at $15.

After a long, desolate winter, there's nothing like drinking a cold beer at an outdoor concert. And after the winter Ohio had, we deserve two or three (beers or concerts, take your pick). Here's a roundup of the best LGBT and LBGT-adjacent concerts in Ohio this summer: Indigo Girls With the Toledo Symphony Orchestra Friday, June 1 at the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, 43614 • $35-$65 The only duo with Top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 each decade since the 1980s joins the Toledo Symphony for a seamless fusion of folk and symphonic music.

Sam Smith Saturday, June 23 at Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, 43215 • $35-$300 Shania Twain Saturday, June 16 at Quicken Loans Arena, 1 Center Court, Cleveland, 44115 • $29.95-$149.95 Even after recently saying that she would have voted for Donald Trump—quickly followed by an apology—there are probably some faithful Shania-stalwarts in the community willing to forgive and forget. The country superstar is taking a page out of Cher’s songbook by going on the road again after her last farewell to support her 2017 album, "Now."

Brandi Carlile Sunday, June 10 at LaureLive Festival, 7420 Farimount Road, Russell Township, 44072 • $75-$115 Carlile will play the Sunday night headliner spot (8:45 p.m.) at this two-day festival about 25 miles east of Cleveland in Geauga County. While she may be the only out performer at the festival, there are plenty of other artists worth checking out, such as Fitz & The Tantrums, Foster the People, Tall Heights and Trombone Shorty.

Janis Ian Friday, June 22 at Cain Park, 14591 Superior Road, Cleveland Heights, 44118 • $15 The legendary singer-songwriter has been writing and recording music since she was 12 years old. In 2013, she beat out two fellow lesbians and a president (Ellen DeGeneres, Rachel Maddow and Bill Clinton) for the Best Spoken Word Grammy for her autobiography, "Society’s Child." Ian is on

Smith is a Tony away from an EGOT, but instead of hunkering down to write a genderqueer musical, the out singersongwriter is touring to promote his sophomore record, "The Thrill of It All." Melissa Etheridge Friday, June 29 at Jack Cincinnati Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Cincinnati, 45202 Sunday, July 1 at Hard Rock Rocksino, 10777 Northfield Road, Northfield, 44067 • $35-$75 She's one of rock's icons and one of the LGBTQ community's greatest heroes. Patriotic Pops, featuring the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus Saturday, June 30 at Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St., Columbus, 43215 • $25-$85 The annual installation of all things stars, stripes and Sousa will include rainbows and glitter this year. It’s the first pairing of the two local institutions. Continued on Page 23

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Continued from Page 20 Taylor Swift Saturday, July 7 at Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, 43210 Tuesday, July 17 at FirstEnergy Stadium, 100 Alfred Lerner Way, Cleveland, 44114 • $45-$408 Tay’s Reputation tour will include all the drama and girl power that Swifties have come to expect from their favorite pop singer.

Patti LaBelle Sunday, July 15 at Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, 45424 • $23.50-$78 The Godmother of Soul is taking a break from selling sweet potato pie to grace the Dayton stage to sing hits like "New Attitude" and "Lady Marmalade." Giuchie, giuchie, ya ya dada, indeed. Dave Koz & Friends Friday, July 20 at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, 45429 Saturday, July 21 at Cain Park, 14591 Superior Rd., Cleveland Heights, 44118 Sunday, July 22 at Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest, Scioto Mile, Columbus, 43215 • $25-$75 (but the Columbus show is a freebie)

Janelle Monae Tuesday, July 10 at the Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th St., Cincinnati, 45202 • $36-$77

The gay saxophonist usually jingles through Ohio for his annual holiday concert, but he’ll play back-to-back-to-back shows in Kettering, Cleveland and Columbus over one July weekend.

Culture Club Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Centennial Terrace, 5773 Centennial Road, Sylvania, 43560 Wednesday, Aug. 8 at Hard Rock Rocksino, 10777 Northfield Road, Northfield, 44067 Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, 45429 • $40-$125 Finish the summer with Boy George and Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey for a throwback of ‘80s jams. Erin McCalla is an editor, writer and concert-goer in Columbus. She previously worked as the managing editor for Live Local! Columbus and Outlook Ohio.

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Prizm creative director Staley Munroe sat down recently with three fellow transgender Ohioans to talk about their lives, their experiences and their hopes for the future. Zane Stapleton, 18; Allison Kurtz, 17; and Riggins Vaughn, 14, are out—since ages as young as 11. They have parents and siblings who love them. They attend schools, even if it took some searching, that are supportive. Every day has its challenges that they face with courage and a determination to remain authentic. They’ll be honored on June 23, along with other young people who are part of Southwest Ohio’s new Living With Change Foundation, as grand marshals for Cincinnati Pride. Here is a portion of Staley’s conversation with Allison, Riggins and Zane. It might not illustrate every trans person’s experience, but we think it offers a hopeful glimpse of what’s possible when families and communities embrace LGBTQ youth.

Staley: How did you come into your current school situation? Allison: It was the nearest public school, and they were very, very helpful. Very considerate. Lakota West (in suburban West Chester) is like a dream school. Staley: How about you, Riggins? What’s it been like being around a bunch of middle schoolers? Riggins: I kind of came out and I kind of told people to call me this and that in 7th grade. It was kind of when I was having some questions about myself. ... From intermediate school to middle school it was a different school, so new people, so I could then come out and it was a little better. Staley: A fresh start...

Staley: Middle school for me was a nightmare. High school was kind of a nightmare, maybe a little bit better. Tell me about the culture of your schools. Have people been supportive? Have your friends gone on this journey with you?

Riggins: But it was still the same, kind of. People talked. I knew. People talked behind my back and stuff. It was difficult at first. My friends, I kind of told them before school started, “Call me by Riggins now, say he, him. My friends were really supportive. I had none that were like, “I’m not going to do that.” What was harder was just the people at school. I didn’t get my name legally changed until maybe half-way, three-fourths way through the 7th grade.

Allison: I went through Catholic schools up until sophomore year of high school, at which

Staley: How did that feel when it was official?

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Riggins: It was amazing. It was awesome. Staley: Feels so good, right? You’re celebrating that now, aren’t you, Allison? Allison: Just yesterday. It was interesting.... It wasn’t that interesting. It was only us in this tiny little courtroom, and the judge had just had mouth surgery, so she was like, “I can’t smile, but I’m very happy for you.” Zane: I love that. Staley: Zane, tell us a little about your social interaction when you chose to present yourself authentically and what the response was. Zane: So, I came out when I was 11. I actually found out what the term transgender meant from YouTube when I watched a little documentary called “Age 8 and Wanting a Sex Change” that showcased these other trans kids. I was like, “Wow, I feel like they do.” I thought about it. I felt it in my soul that this was probably what was going on. So right then and there, I sat my parents down and like, “Look, I’m this.” And then at school, I was also like, “Hey, you know, this is what’s going on.” Staley: At 11? Zane: Yes, at 11. Which didn’t go so well, probably because no one really knew what transgender meant. No one really knew what that was or anything of the sort, so it was very hard. My friends were as supportive as 11-year-olds could be without knowing what it was. Continued on Page 30

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By Ramona Peel Coming out is a milestone for any LGBTQ person, and it’s one of the most deeply personal decisions anyone can make. The questions we weigh are momentous: How psychologically corrosive is it to hold this inside? Can I stand to stay in the closet one second longer? How will coming out affect my relationships with my loved ones, my friends, my co-workers? Will I get fired if I come out? Will I get kicked out of my house? Am I putting myself in danger? For all these reasons, it’s obvious why it must be left up to each of us to determine the time, manner and place of our own coming out. But transgender and nonbinary people born in Ohio often don’t get to choose. Ohio is one of only three states—along with Tennessee and Kansas—that do not allow people to change the gender marker on birth certificates issued by the state government. That refusal locks trans women into being identified as male and trans men into being identified as female on a critical document that follows them throughout their lives. Birth certificates don’t just get locked in a dusty file cabinet in the basement of a county courthouse. They’re required to get driver’s licenses, marriage licenses and passports, and they’re often requested by employers, banks and others as an official form of identification. Those demands can out transgender Ohioans against their will, often in very public places, and often to total strangers who can be annoyingly inquisitive at best and downright nasty at worst. “Life becomes very complicated, even cruel, when a transgender person has to produce their Ohio birth certificate,” says Susan Becker, general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio.

We’re one of just three states where transgender people can’t update their birth certificates. It’s a humiliating and dangerous policy that a federal lawsuit aims to change.


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“And unfortunately, being outed as transgender often carries serious consequences, ranging from denial of a job or housing to verbal harassment and even physical violence.” Bureaucratic settings that are merely annoying for cisgender people have been traumatic for Stacie Ray of Columbus. She recalls leaving one government office in tears after a clerk loudly informed her that the gender markers on her birth certificate and driver’s license didn’t match. She quit a new job after being involuntarily outed over identification issues; one coworker started calling her “the freak,” and another threatened to beat her up if she used the women’s restroom.

“This isn’t just humiliating, it’s dangerous,” she says. Add to that the fact Ohio has no statewide protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Outside of 20 municipalities that have passed local laws against such discrimination, transgender and nonbinary folks can legally be fired and denied employment, housing and public accommodations simply because of who they are. Federal nondiscrimination laws exclude gender identity as well. According to a 2015 study by the National Center for Transgender Equality, 34 percent of transgender and nonbinary Ohioans reported being fired, denied a promotion or experiencing some other form of mistreatment in the workplace. Twenty-five percent have experienced some form of housing discrimination in the previous year, such as being evicted or denied a lease because of their gender identity. And 32 percent experienced at least one type of mistreatment in public accommodations.

The Ohio Department of Health, which maintains the records and the policy that keeps transgender people from correcting them, told Prizm in March that it doesn’t comment on pending litigation. One thing is clear, though: The state’s policy has nothing to do with maintaining records as they were created originally. People can change a child’s name, parents and other information on Ohio birth certificates. Adding to the confusion is the fact that Ohio— and the federal government—does allow changes to gender markers on other identity documents, such as driver’s licenses and U.S. passports. That means a trans person born in Michigan who ends up residing in Ohio is able to align all their personal documentation with their gender identity: birth certificate, driver’s license, Social Security records, U.S. passport and others.

Currently, only Washington, Oregon and California allow nonbinary gender markers on birth certificates. “Having the correct gender marker on my birth certificate would open the door for correct markers on other documents. Having non-binary genders legally recognized would also go a long way to broader acceptance in general,” says Carrie Frederick, a school counselor in Columbus who identifies as nonbinary. Ideally, Frederick says, the lawsuit would push for all gender options immediately. But, they add: “I would still rather see some progress than no progress for trans people in Ohio.” Becker says progress on this issue can lead to progress on others.

Life becomes very complicated, even cruel, when a transgender person has to produce their Ohio birth certificate...”

The ACLU and Lambda Legal, a national LGBTQ civil rights group, filed a federal lawsuit in late March to challenge Ohio’s stand against allowing people to change the gender markers on their birth certificates. Ray is one of four plaintiffs.

The tactic has had success in other states. In March, a federal district court ruled that Idaho must allow gender marker changes. “A rule providing an avenue to obtain a birth certificate with a listed sex that aligns with an individual’s gender identity promotes the health, well-being and safety of transgender people without impacting the rights of others,” Judge Candy Dale wrote, according to the Idaho Statesman newspaper. The ACLU hopes for a similar ruling in Ohio. “It is indeed a curiosity as to why Ohio continues its discriminatory birth certificate policy when…all but two other states and the federal government allow correction of gender markers on other identification documents and official records,” Becker says. “It’s not clear whether Ohio’s current birth certificate policy stems from state officials’ animus toward transgender people or just bureaucratic inertia, but either way, the policy must be changed.”

—Susan Becker,

American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio

If they have a sibling born just over the state line in Toledo who also happens to be trans, though, Ohio policy sticks that sibling forever with an incongruent birth certificate that can repeatedly and coercively out them as trans. Becker reflected on what victory in the case would mean for Ohioans.

“Attorneys who litigate cutting-edge civil liberties issues have to make very difficult decisions as to how far we can push the envelope on any particular issue, at any given time, and in any given court,” she says. “I can tell you that the ACLU and our co-counsel in this case are deeply committed to fighting the discriminatory treatment that nonbinary people all too frequently face, and that this lawsuit is a critical building block in that fight.” Frederick summed up why the effort is important.

“There are tons of trans people who are living with these negative impacts daily,” they say. “There is no reason to put another person in such a position, especially when almost every other state already has provisions for trans people to change their gender marker, and several are beginning to include nonbinary markers as an option.”

“On a practical level, it will allow them to align the gender markers on all of their identification documents. They will no longer be compelled to reveal one of the most personal aspects of their lives every time they show their birth certificate,” she says. “In other words, transgender people will be on equal footing with cisgender people when applying for jobs, or housing or other necessities of life.” Work on the issue won’t end with victory in this case, though. The lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Health is silent on the needs of nonbinary people who want to change the gender marker on their birth certificates to something other than male or female.

Ramona Peel is the lead trainer for the Equitas Health Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity, the education, research and community engagement arm of Equitas Health. Learn more at or contact the institute at

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Continued from Page 24 Staley: Do you think the older people in your lives were thinking it was a phase because you were so young? Or do you feel like maybe your peers thought this was like make-believe? Zane: Yes. To both. The school was not so much a phase but like, “You’re confused. … You hang out with primarily boys and maybe they’re wearing off on you.” And my friends, some of them were like, “That doesn’t even exist,” and I’m like, “Yes it does! It was on YouTube!” Staley: What are the ways you’ve seen the dynamics in your families change since you’ve transitioned? Allison: Nothing much has changed in my family. … It’s the same way it’s always been. They swapped out brother for sister. And like, Allison. The only difference is my dad calls me sweetie instead of champ. Staley: I love that. That’s so great. How about you, Riggins?

Riggins: If they screw up, like with my grandparents, it’s fine. They called me (my former name) for like 12 years and she and her. Think of it as like, it’s just the opposite. You kind of just erase the opposite gender, like for you, male, or for me, female. Don’t erase those memories, but just focus on she is he. Staley: I tell people to think of a butterfly. You know, a caterpillar is a caterpillar, and it’s meant to be and that’s great. It was made to be that. And then when it turns into a butterfly, it’s now a butterfly, you know? Zane: Remind yourself you’re also kind of going through a transition yourself. ... You may have to remind them to give you gentle reminders: “Hey, I prefer this, this, this and this. Because it definitely does take time to rewire how you address someone, especially with parents, because you have been addressing your child as so-and-so for so long, and now they’re different and they’re going by these new names and pronouns.

The only difference is my dad calls me sweetie instead of champ.”

Riggins: My mom and my step-dad, they were on it, like, immediately. If they screwed up, they were like, “Oh God, I’m so sorry. But it wasn’t like they would screw up all the time. They got it down. My grandparents, they got it, they were totally accepting, but you know, they were a little slow. They screw up sometimes. Staley: How about you, Zane? Zane: When I came out, my mom was also immediately on it. … My dad was a little bit harder to deal with. He didn’t exactly accept that I was changing from his daughter to his son. He came around, but it just took a lot longer. I had two brothers. One of them is all right. He calls me Zane, he/him/his, all of that stuff. My other brother, unfortunately, passed away in 2016 from a drug overdose. He was always like standing up for me and making sure that my friends acknowledged me this way. He like actually threatened to beat up some of my friends for being disrespecting toward me! Staley: You mentioned your father coming around. What advice do you have for people who have someone they love who comes out to them? Allison: it seems a lot more daunting than it is. It seems like there’s trip-wires everywhere and you don’t want to set them off. Really, it’s just as simple as, do not refer


to them with male pronouns and terms. Just don’t describe them in that way. And the opposite for trans men.

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Chris and Jessica Cicchinelli

Fixing Society via Cincinnati By Prizm News Perhaps no community in America has taken Leelah Alcorn’s message to heart more than her own hometown. Since the trans teen from suburban Cincinnati killed herself in December 2014 and posted a message to the world with the plea, “Fix society,” the number of children seeking help from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has soared.

Staley: Allison, you had a big day yesterday. Zane, you’re graduating from high school. Riggins, you’re going to start high school. You all have big things going on right now. How do you feel about your futures?

Cincinnati has banned “conversion therapy.” And in January, Pure Romance CEO Chris Cicchinelli and his wife, Jessica, announced a $2 million pledge to start the Living With Change Foundation. It will help expand treatment, connect experts and educate everyone on trans issues.

Allison: Every day’s going to be another change, and every day’s going to be a new challenge to tackle that change, and I’m OK with that.

“We’re full steam ahead,” says Cincinnati City Council member Chris Seelbach, the foundation’s executive director and a Cincinnati City Council member.

Riggins: I see myself participating in Pride things, transgender things. I see myself helping others who feel the same as I do.

The Cicchinellis are parents of a transgender daughter who has flourished since she began transitioning. They knew that many children, though, are on waiting lists for treatment.

Zane: I went from wanting to be a doctor to wanting to be a professional ballet dancer. … Hopefully I can show people you can truly do whatever it is you want to do. It’s up to you. Staley Munroe is the creative director of Prizm. She’s a photographer and fashion industry veteran who worked in New York and Los Angeles before returning to her hometown of Columbus. You can contact her at

Seelbach says the foundation will help the hospital expand its staff. Its other major mission is training; Cincinnati Public Schools and 10 other districts already are on board. The Living WIth Change Foundation also has scheduled a Midwest Transgender Symposium for September.




BY BEKAH BRUNSTETTER DIRECTED BY SHELLEY DELANEY Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Della believes there’s no problem so big it can’t be solved while eating one of her perfectly delicious cakes. When Jen, the daughter of a dear friend, returns home to get married, Della is thrilled to bake the wedding cake—until she discovers Jen’s groom is not a groom, but a bride. Della is torn between deeply held faith and her love for Jen, who struggles to reconcile her own conservative roots with her liberal life. In a nation deeply divided on social issues, this new play by Bekah Brunstetter (NBC’s This Is Us) is a delectable confection of humor, compassion, and Southern hospitality. How do we love when the political meets the personal?


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June means Pride nationwide, and if there were ever a time for it to show up in your attire, it's now! Stylist Nicholas Niederkohr partnered with Scott Rousku, owner of the Torso in Columbus, to bring our Pride fashion shoot to life. Torso, the signature store of the Columbus gayborhood, is celebrating 20 years. It's at 772 N. High St., in the Short North Arts District.

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"I think there a few key factors that play into the store's 'legacy' status," Rousku says. "Of course, you have the environment of the store: fun, friendly and always listening to customers. I feel the big one, though, is giving back to our community, be it through a sports

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sponsorship, pageants, partnership with Equitas Health or many others. That's what we are supposed to do, support each other! Our community is everything to me, and we’ve come a long way in 20 years." A recent winner of the Short North Alliance's Beacon Award, Rousku shares his keys to success: "You have to be a chameleon in any business to succeed. In the world of fashion and gifts/dÊcor, change is inevitable, an everevolving process of reinvention. The store undergoes an interior update yearly to keep it fun and fresh, with floor changes and new product almost weekly, making each visit a little different."

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Zachary M. Klein, Columbus City Attorney City of Columbus

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As our 2018 Pride parade and festival fast approaches, we want to share our collective feelings and concerns in hopes that we can have a successful event that is inclusive and safe for all. Last year’s protest and subsequent arrest of the Black Pride 4, which garnered national attention, also brought awareness of a schism within the LGBTQ community that we continue to address. We are asking to enter into dialogue and partnership with the Columbus Division of Police and other peace officers with the goal of ensuring safety for all persons – those marching in the parade, those watching the parade, those using the venue of the parade to peacefully protest injustice across our nation, and law enforcement. As we state our requests for patience and restraint on the part of Columbus Division of Police and other peace officers, we also acknowledge the value of the service you provide. For some, police presence is reassuring and eases fear; however for some the opposite is true – particularly for persons of color. Indeed, across the nation there has been an increase in violence and intolerance against LGBTQ and persons of color communities. Those most at risk are transgender and gender-nonconforming persons of color. As intolerance – homophobia, racism, transphobia and other forms of oppression – have become more mainstream and seemingly acceptable, we fear the wave of efforts aimed at stripping us of protections and progress we have worked for so hard and so long. While many have benefitted from that progress, some in our community have been left behind, marginalized, and alienated. Their world continues to be a daily struggle, and they don’t view Pride as a cause for a celebratory parade, but rather an opportunity to continue the fight against oppression until there is true equality for all. We recognize that peaceful protest has long been a catalyst for change, and we respect and support those working to amplify the voices of marginalized communities. It is our hope that Pride can be a significant way for our community – LGBTQ of all races – to come together in solidarity. The parade shows the world we are proud of who we are and are defiant in the face of prejudice. It’s a celebration of how far we’ve come and an opportunity for allies, families, businesses, and our city to join us and show their support. Pride can also be an opportunity to raise

awareness that injustice remains and there is still much work to be done. The undersigned believe there is value in celebration and in the continued work for equality. We ask that the Columbus Division of Police and other peace officers understand: intention and perception are key. Intention: As long as there have been pride marches and parades, there have been protesters who wish to do harm to our communities. They condemn us and seek to destroy us if they can, and we want to drown out their hateful ideology with our collective voices of love and inclusion. However, peaceful protestors from within the LGBTQ community who seek to raise awareness about the systematic oppression of persons of color and transgender and gendernonconforming communities have a right to have their voices heard, and we respect the right to protest. Perception: There are people along the parade route who think their way of life and their faith are somehow threatened by sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression different from their own. Their goal is to silence and shame us at the least, and to physically harm us at the most. We know they are against the LGBTQ community. However, there are those among us whose lives are actually threatened. They want to be treated equally and to live without fear of violence. They are part of the LGBTQ community; they are part of our family and we want them to be safe as they protest to bring attention to – and seek to change – injustice everywhere. Therefore, we respectfully ask for dialogue leading to a safe and secure Pride for all. Specifically, we ask that Columbus Division of Police and other peace officers keep intention and perception at the forefront of any response to protests that may arise during Pride. We recognize that the use of mace is a secondary, non-lethal tool; however, we ask for restraint in its use. We also specifically request the use of as many officers as possible who are trained in Crisis Intervention Team tactics. While we ask for patience and restraint on your part, we also understand that violence and aggression on the part of protestors is unacceptable. We recognize that you have a responsibility to keep

the public, the participants, the protesters, and law enforcement officers safe from harm, and we recognize this balancing act requires tact and empathy, as well as attention to intention and perception. To assist in this regard, we are taking steps to provide a significant presence of trained legal observers and community members who will monitor and report on incidents that might occur. In addition, we are taking steps to ensure that our technical means of communication – with one another and with law enforcement – are enhanced. We are hopeful for an incident-free, peaceful Pride celebration this year and are open to further ideas, as well as dialogue to ensure the best outcome for all. Thank you for your time and consideration of our concerns. Sincerely, • Bi Local, Merisa K. Bowers, Esq., Co-Founder and Coordinating Councilmember • Black Out & Proud, Inc. (BOP), J. Averi Frost, President, Board of Directors • Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO), Debé Turnbull, President, Board of Trustees • Diversity Chamber of Central Ohio, Curtis Davis, Founder & President • Equality Ohio Education Fund, Sandra J. Anderson, Esq., Board Chair • Equitas Health, Sam Rinehart, CFP, CLU, Chair, Board of Trustees • Family Pride Network, Joe Matessa, President, Board of Directors • Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Kelly Francone, President, Board of Directors • Lesbians Benefitting the Arts, Chris Cozad, President of Board • PFLAG Columbus, Jaron M. Terry, MS, APR, President, Board of Directors • Stonewall Columbus, Robert Podlogar, President, Board of Trustees • The Human Rights Campaign, Cheryl Rose, Board of Directors on behalf of Columbus Steering Committee • United Way of Central Ohio, Lisa Courtice, PhD, President & CEO

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Dayton Pride “Voices of Value” Saturday, June 2

The First Pride: “Originally it was people walking a parade, and not many people walking in a parade,” Greater Dayton LGBT Center board member Allison Cox told WYSO-FM in 2016 as Dayton marked the 40th anniversary of its first Pride. PARADE | Noon Cooper Park St. Clair Street, between 2nd and 3rd Streets Dayton, 45402 The parade will head south on St. Clair Street to 3rd Street, west on 3rd to Jefferson Street, north on Jefferson to 2nd Street, west on 2nd to Main Street, and south on Main to the festival at Courthouse Square.

PRIDE MONTH EVENTS Affair on the Square | Friday, June 1 Two of Dayton’s LGBTQ favorites, the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus and the Rubi Girls, kick off Pride weekend with performances at this Friday night outdoor beer and food truck rally. 5 p.m.10 p.m. at Courthouse Square, 23 N. Main St., Dayton, 45202. Svedka .5K Bar Crawl | Friday, June 1 Following Affair on the Square, a .5K Bar Crawl—that’s not 5K, it’s 0.5K!—will make the rounds of LGBTQ places in Downtown’s Fruit Loop.

FESTIVAL | Noon-4 p.m. Courthouse Square 23 N. Main St., Dayton, 45202

Running With Pride | Sunday, June 3 All proceeds from this 5K run/walk benefit PFLAG Dayton’s educational programs. 8 a.m.noon at Welcome Stadium, 1601 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Dayton, 45417. Registration is $25; search for Running With Pride at

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The First Pride: “An Out of the Closet Experience” was the theme of the first Cleveland Pride festival in 1989. Pride in the CLE began in 2016. The two festivals merged earlier this year. MARCH | Noon E. 17th Street and Lakeside Avenue Cleveland, 44114 It’s not a parade, it’s a march, without floats or trucks or cars. People will walk west on Lakeside Avenue to Ontario Street, and south on Ontario Street to Public Square and the festival site. FESTIVAL | Noon-6 p.m. Public Square West Superior Avenue and Ontario Street Cleveland, 44113

Spikes & Heels | Sunday, June 3 Teams compete in spikes or heels in this 3rd annual post-Pride kickball tournament. Spikes might help teams win on the field, but there also are prizes for the best team uniforms, best cheer squad and best decorated team tent. A beer tent and food trucks will be on site. Noon6 p.m. at Burns-Jackson Park, Dayton, 45410.

Flat Out Pride | Friday, June 1 A pre-Pride night of music, food, drinks and entertainment will include a special celebrity appearance by Thorgy Thor from “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” Season 3. It’s a free outdoor party from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. on Old River Road along the Flats East Bank waterfront, Cleveland, 44113. PFLAG Breakfast | Saturday, June 2 The organization for parents, families, friends and allies of the LGBTQ community hosts its annual pre-Pride breakfast. 10:30 a.m. at Old Stone Church, 91 Public Square, Cleveland, 44113.

2014 event in Cleveland and Akron. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Kite Field at Edgewater Park, 6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland, 44102. Tickets are $30-$150 and can be purchased via Eventbrite. Pride in the CLE Workout | Friday, June 8 It’s not the typical way to celebrate Pride, but why not? The CTown gym hosts a team workout—a team run, push-ups, lunges and more—in support of the LGBT Community Center. 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at CTown East Bank, 1678 Leonard St., Cleveland, 44113. It’s free, but donations will go to the center.

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The First Pride: In 1981, some marchers in the first Columbus Pride parade covered their faces to protect their identity. The first parade and festival drew 200 people. PARADE | 10:30 a.m. Goodale and High Streets, Columbus, 43215 The parade will head south on High Street to Broad Street, west on Broad Street, over the Scioto River to Starling Street, and south on Starling Street. FESTIVAL | Friday, 4 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Bicentennial and Genoa Parks 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, 43215

PRIDE MONTH EVENTS 2018 HRC Columbus Gala | Saturday, June 2 The 35th annual HRC Columbus Gala Dinner will bring together more than 800 guests for an evening of celebration and inspiration to support the Human Rights Campaign. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., Columbus, 43210. Tickets are $125-$250 and are available at Ride for Pride | Sunday, June 3 A scenic ride through German Village and the Short North includes a cookie from Bake Me




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Saturday, June 23 The First Pride: In 1973, the year the “Brady Bunch” filmed a vacation episode at the newly opened Kings Island, people gathered at Fountain Square to march for gay rights and awareness. PARADE | 11 a.m. 7th Street and Central Avenue Cincinnati, 45202 The parade will head east on 7th Avenue to Vine Street, south on Vine Street to Freedom Way, east on Freedom Way to Joe Nuxhall Way, south on Joe Nuxhall Way to Mehring Way and east on Mehring Way to the festival site at Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove. FESTIVAL | Noon-9 p.m. Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, 45202

PRIDE MONTH EVENTS Cincinnati Pride Headliner Release Party | Friday, June 1 Come see who’s on the marquee for this year’s Pride festival. 7 p.m. at Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Cincinnati, 45202. Drink and Draw: Queer Art | Thursday, June 7 Enjoy a cocktail, learn about some talented queer artists and channel your own inner queer artist to help make signs for Pride. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. 6th St., Cincinnati, 45202.

Happy and brunch at the Pint House. Check in and line up starting at 9 a.m. at Paradise Garage, 921 N. High St., Columbus, 43201. Registration is $25. Columbus Pride Amateur Drag Contest Monday, June 11 Our community’s aspiring drag kings and queens compete in a show hosted by Hellin Bedd. Performers advancing to the semifinals will compete on the Drag Stage at the Columbus Pride Festival. 9 p.m.-midnight at Boscoe’s, 1224 S. High St., Columbus, 43206. Jaeger Run for Pride 5K | Friday, June 15 The event that gets Columbus Pride off to a running start will take place Downtown along the Scioto Mile. Registration is $35 at Stonewall Columbus Pride Brunch | Sunday, June 17 The final event of Pride weekend honors community contributions and raises money for Stonewall Columbus. 11 a.m-1 p.m. at the Columbus Athenaeum, 32 N. 4th St., Columbus, 43215. Tickets are $25-$60. Bat-n-Rouge | Sunday, June 17 Wigs and heels replace batting helmets and spikes for this annual drag softball game that’s not quite drag and not quite softball. It’s definitely a good time, though, and the Columbus Lesbian & Gay Softball Association helps other LGBTQ groups through its annual fundraiser. Noon-6 p.m. at Dodge Park, 667 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, 43215. Tickets are $10.

Pride Night at Great American Ballpark | Friday, June 8 The Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Pride host Pride Night festivities that include a pregame ceremony honoring the LGBTQ Community Advocate Award winner. All are welcome at the Machine Room before and during the game. Postgame fireworks are planned. 7:10 p.m. at Great America Ballpark, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, 45202. Tickets are $16-$63 and available at RedsPride. A portion of tickets ordered through that site will go to Cincinnati Pride.

Columbus Community Pride “Back to Our Roots” Saturday, June 16

The First Pride: This is it. Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus organized this series of Pride events after four activists were arrested and three were tried and convicted following protests at last year’s Columbus Pride. (A fourth protester still awaits trial.) They were trying to call attention to police violence, violence against trans women of color, and marginalization within the LGBTQ community. FESTIVAL | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mayme Moore Park 240 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Columbus, 43203

PRIDE MONTH EVENTS The Jump Off! Kickoff Party | Saturday, June 2 Four QTIPOC DJs from Columbus and Cleveland— adab, fana, a.s.l.princess and noided.v—play tracks from club to techno to disco and more at this 18+ party. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Summit, 2210 Summit St., Columbus, 43201.

Film and Panel Discussion: ‘Major!’ | Tuesday, June 5 “Major!” Is a 2015 documentary about Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, who has been fighting for the rights of black trans women for more than 40 years. The formerly incarcerated veteran of the Stonewall uprising continues her work today as part of the Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project. She’ll join a post-screening discussion via Skype. 6 p.m. at Columbus State Community College, 550 E. Spring St., Columbus, 43215. Onyx Zine Release and Cookout | Thursday, June 7 Celebrate the release of Onyx, BQIC’s second annual zine, which features visual and written art from queer and trans Ohioans of color. The celebration includes music, spoken-word artists and a cookout with vegan options. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at 934 Gallery, 934 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, 43201. Marsha P. Johnson Day | Monday, June 11 Pride started as a riot––and Marsha P. Johnson, legendary black trans activist and elder—was there to see it through. Marsha worked throughout her life to protect and support transgender youth and sex workers, Learn about her legacy and impact at this celebration, and work alongside community members to create a collaborative art project. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Vanderelli Room, 218 McDowell St., Columbus, 43215.

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Pride Night at the Observatory | Saturday, June 9 The Cincinnati Observatory hosts tours in conjunction with NKY Pride. Weather permitting (though the event will take place rain or shine), view Jupiter through the facility’s historic telescopes. 9 p.m.-11 p.m. at the Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, 45208. It’s free, although a $5 donation is suggested to support youth outreach efforts. NKY Pride | Sunday, June 10 The theme is “Y’all Means All!” and this year’s festival has a focus on LGBTQ youth. The parade starts a 1 p.m. on Covington Landing, and the festival runs from noon5p.m. at Goebel Park, 501 Philadelphia St., Covington, Ky., 41011. Absolut Pride Party | Saturday, June 23 After the festival ends, the party begins. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at Below Zero Lounge, 1120 Walnut St., Cincinnati, 45202.

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America’s G.B.F. Adam Rippon talks about finding his power, sex-inspired costumes and his post-Olympics clapback for Tinder ghosters. By Chris Azzopardi “Yes, this is an interview,” a schoolgirl-giggly Adam Rippon deadpans to fellow figure skater Charlie White, who, naturally, is curious about the current topic of conversation. We’re talking about sex and harnesses and how both come together to inspire Rippon’s uniquely nontraditional collection of on-ice ensembles. “He said he’s never been honest and open.” Rippon takes a long, very Adam-Rippon-for-dramatic-effect pause. “You should try it out!” No kidding. The 28-year-old ice champion leads by example, proving with unapologetic defiance (he fiercely came at Vice President Mike Pence for his anti-gay rhetoric) and Folsom Street elegance (like the S&M gear he wore during this year’s Oscars) that being yourself can take you places.

If you’re Rippon, it can take you to Pyeongchang, South Korea, where he won a bronze medal in the Winter Olympics. I want to give you a phone hug and say thanks for giving this 35-yearold man a new level of realness to aspire to. I’m hugging you back. You took a pic recently with Britney Spears at the GLAAD Media Awards. I heard she liked the way you smelled. Yes, she did. It’s just, like, weird; you’ve seen somebody your whole entire life and then you walk up to them and you’re like, “Oh, you’re real.” But she was really nice. We just congratulated her on her award and she was like, “You smell really nice,” and I was like, “Thank you so much, ’cause that’s so important to me.” And that night was special because gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy kissed you on stage. How exactly would you describe your relationship with Gus at this point? We’re just like brothers. I guess brothers who kiss. But no, I love him, he’s so nice, and we’re very good friends. You have a new man, Jussi-Pekka Kajaala. He’s very good-looking. I do. He’s super cute, but more than that, he’s super nice and funny and everything that everybody should be.

Oh yeah, I have Tinder. So you know the game. When you were on Tinder, how many people actually thought you were really Adam Rippon? I think when I was on Tinder nobody really gave a shit that I was Adam Rippon. But I can tell you that everyone I’ve ever matched with who’s ghosted on me has messaged me since the Olympics. My favorite is, “Oh, it’s been a while. How ya doing?” And I’m like, “Bye.” Do you expect there will be a day when an openly gay figure skater can just be a figure skater? Yeah. And I think more than that, I hope there’s a day that an openly gay Olympian will just be an Olympian. But I think that right now it’s important to share your story. Have you had any particularly moving exchanges with young queer fans? Yes. There have been many. I’ve run into a few young people who told me that they tried to kill themselves at one point, which is incredibly hard to hear, especially from really young kids. It’s incredibly bizarre to be thanked for just being who you are, and for someone to tell you that you really helped them. It’s incredibly humbling, but I can tell you that I was not expecting that kind of response after the Olympics.

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Not to be the flat tire on a Dykes on Bikes Harley or the out-of-tune note in a Gay Men's Chorus rendition of "Proud," but contrary to the popular June greeting, there IS such thing as an unhappy Pride. Here are health and safety tips gathered from Pride organizers around Ohio, from the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization and from years of experience.

SUN PROTECTION: There’s going to be plenty of shade at Pride, but not necessarily the kind we need! Top it off with all the glitter you want, but slather up with plenty of SPF for all the sassy skin you want to show. LEAVE YOUR DOGS AT HOME: Of all the pups at Pride, your actual furry friend should NOT be among them. Crowds make even the most social dogs anxious, and heat exhaustion is too high a risk.

STAY IN GROUPS: Don’t ditch your friends, folks. Prides aren’t exempt from predatory behavior, so stick together and keep your eyes open. BRING CASH: ATMs malfunction and lines get long, so stock your rainbow fanny packs with plenty of moolah! And don’t forget to tip your drag queens, bar staff and servers; it’s a working weekend for them! IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING: Pride is all about sticking together as a community. If you see signs of suspicious or potentially violent or dangerous activity, report it immediately.

STAY HYDRATED: It’s hot out there, and booze is NOT a means of hydration, sis! Sports drinks and water are the key to avoiding the damaging effects of dehydration. FENTANYL TESTING: Listen up. If you intend to use recreational drugs, TEST THEM FIRST. Don’t risk your life for a good time when $1 fentanyl test strips are available and can save lives. Take a minute to google where they’re available in your city. LEAVE THE CAR AT HOME: If you need to drive, go together to cut down on traffic and parking nightmares in the bigger cities. Or better yet: Take advantage of ride share services, some of which offer Pride discounts. In Columbus, COTA’s C-Bus is a free shuttle that runs along High Street through the Short North and Downtown.

KNOW YOUR TOLERANCE: Gay-bar pours are notoriously STRONG, honey, so pace yourself and know your limits! As always, NEVER drink and drive. USE PROTECTION: Condoms are readily available at many Pride booths, so take full advantage! And for the long-term, look for information from Equitas Health and other health agencies about PrEP, the HIV-prevention program that has proven incredibly effective.

PROTECT YOUR DRINK: Never leave your drink unattended, a simple mistake to make in buzzing social crowds.

DON’T ENGAGE WITH HATEFUL PROTESTORS: Walk away from bigots. There’s no time for letting unproductive hate ruin your happy day with your queer family! LOOK FOR CODE WORDS: Quietly keep your eyes open for signs, often in bathrooms, for bars’ code words (nationwide, ordering an “Angel Shot” at the bar is catching on) that people can use if they feel unsafe with a date or someone they’ve met at the bar. It’s a signal to bartenders that you need anything from a walk to your car to police intervention. ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING: Nothing will ruin your Pride—and others’—like an entitled ego. It’s going to be crowded, lady! Intend to make lots of friends with an array of people, because we’re all one community. MAKE RESERVATIONS: If you haven’t yet, call ahead and set your reservations for that restaurant or patio table NOW! Businesses book weeks ahead for featured parade-viewing spots.

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NEWS FLASH Visit for the latest LGBTQ news from across Ohio, and sign up for weekly news and events updates by email. Here are last month's headlines from our website. By Big Majorities, Ohioans Favor Nondiscrimination Law, Marriage Equality Of Americans who live in states where discrimination is allowed against LGBTQ people, Ohioans are among the most supportive of anti-bias laws that cover sexual orientation and gender identity, according to a new national survey of American attitudes on LGBTQ issues.

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The Buckeye Region AntiViolence Organization updated supporters on a year of transition and toasted founding director Gloria McCauley at its annual fundraising event on May 19. Before attendees headed off to dinner at surprise locations, BRAVO honored five people with Community Service Awards: Phyllis Harris, executive director of the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland; Raphael Davis-Williams, associate general counsel of the ACLU of Ohio; and Davina Lapczynski, Adam Ferrell and Calvin Gruszecki, owners of Club Diversity in Columbus. Laura Frizzell was honored as BRAVO’s Volunteer of the Year, and Prizm Editor Bob Vitale was honored with BRAVO’s Spotlight Award.

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About 250 people crossed “watch Jennifer Holliday sing ‘And I Am Telling You’ in person” off their bucket lists on May 12 after the annual fundraising dinner to help clients of the University of Toledo Medical Center’s Ryan White Program. Holliday told attendees about her own inspirational journey battling both depression and MS. She wove music through her speech, including another “Dream Girls” classic, “I Am Changing.” Toledo jazz singer Ramona Collins also entertained.

Akron Pride isn’t until August, but the celebration started on April 20 when Alejandra J-Love was crowned Miss Akron Pride Festival 2008. More than 1,200 people attended the Drag Battle at the Akron Civic Theatre on April 20. The night was hosted by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Raven. Alejandra’s victory means she will emcee Pride festivities on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Hardesty Park. All 13 contestants will perform at the festival, and organizers announced that Betty Who will be the headline entertainer.

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A Licking County commissioner who said “a lot of requests” to light the local courthouse led to a policy that excluded Newark Pride acknowledged that just one request was received in writing since January. It’s the one county commissioners denied from an openly gay Newark City Council member to light the 140-year-old building in rainbow colors for the city’s first Pride celebration on Saturday, June 9. Antonio Wins Ohio Senate Primary; 10 LGBTQ Candidates Move on to November The woman who has championed LGBTQ civil rights in the Ohio General Assembly for the last eight years will be back at the Statehouse in 2019. Nickie Antonio, who in 2010 became the first LGBTQ candidate elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, won a Democratic primary May 8 for a seat in the Ohio Senate. Interim Director Set to Lead Stonewall Columbus as National Search Begins Stonewall Columbus begins charting its future as it launches a national search for a new leader, seeks broad input on programming at its newly expanded community center and works to turn the page on a year of controversy. That future started in late April when Deb Steele, a veteran organizer for progressive causes, became interim executive director of the LGBTQ organization. Karla Rothan will stay on as a consultant to wrap up fundraising and construction for the $4 million building project. Grå Måthair – ‘A Mother’s Love’ With Mother’s Day passed and Father’s Day on the horizon, too many LGBTQ folks are faced with the sobering reminder that such holidays can ache with the void of these fundamental familial roles. Coming out and learning to live authentically can be a volatile time for many, losing parents, immediate or extended family members due to their disapproval of our truth. Individuals are forced to forge ahead unsupported and on their own, until finally the silver lining of chosen family comes into view. Clean Out Your Closets, Queens! Cincinnati Drag Mart Helps LGBTQ Charities To paraphrase Dolly Parton, it doesn’t have to cost that much money to look this cheap. Drag queens from the Cincinnati area hosted a Drag Mart on May 5, selling gently used wigs, dresses, jewelry and heels to raise money for five Southwest Ohio charities.


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SATURDAY, JUNE 2 Music Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus: Graduation Poetry from three area LGBTQ youth was put to song by artistic director Kathy Clark for this concert. 8 p.m. at the Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, 45402. Tickets are $20-$25. More info: daytongaymenschorus. org.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Transgender Health Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. There’s a pre-show party from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (tickets for the party only are $25), and the show starts at 8 p.m. (the full Pride Night package is $90 and includes the party, show and post-show party). It’s at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Cincinnati, 45202. More info: Theater ‘Electricity’ by Terry Ray Columbus native Terry Ray’s play is a very funny, sexy and surprisingly emotional journey through the immense changes that happened to the LGBTQ community between 1983 and 2013. 8 p.m. at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave., Columbus, 43215. Tickets are $15-$35. There are five more performances scheduled through Saturday, June 9. More info: Music Indigo Girls With the Toledo Symphony Orchestra Experience a seamless fusion of folk and symphonic music as the Indigo Girls perform their greatest hits. 8 p.m. at the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, 43614. Tickets are $35-$65. More info:

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 Fundraiser AIDS Walk Greater Dayton

The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 10 queen will host a free meet-and-greet after her final show. 11 p.m. at Masque, 34 N. Jefferson St., Dayton, 45402. There’s a $15 cover. More info: FB: Masque.

This year’s event to raise money for HIV/ AIDS treatment and support is an evening affair. 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. at Fifth Third Field Plaza, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, 45402. Registration is $25. You can register as a virtual walker if you can’t make it to the event. More info:

Theater ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

Theater Playhouse Pride Night: ‘Murder for Two’

Enjoy a cocktail, learn about some talented queer artists and channel your own inner queer artist to help make signs for Pride. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. 6th St., Cincinnati, 45202. More info:

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Social Drink and Draw: Queer Art

This critically acclaimed rock musical is about a gender-crossed glam rocker who immigrates to America, determined to become a superstar. 7 p.m. at Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine St., Cincinnati, 45202. Tickets start at $50, but student tickets are $28. There are 31 performances scheduled through Sunday, July 1. More info: Music Hayley Kiyoko The lesbian singer, songwriter, director and actress was named by Rolling Stone as one of its 10 New Artists You Need to Know. 8 p.m. at House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 44114. Tickets are $20-$35. Kiyoko will also will play twice in Columbus: Saturday, June 9 at Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St., 43201; and on Sunday, July 15 with Panic at the Disco at Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd., 43215. More info:

THURSDAY, JUNE 7 Conference Rural Voices: Caring for Trans and Gender Diverse Communities in Rural America The day-long summit is presented in partnership with the Equitas Health Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity; Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; and the Ohio University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Ohio University, Athens, 45701. Registration is $25 for students, $50 for the general public, $65 for people in the social work/ counseling field, $80 for people in nursing, and $150 for doctors/psychologists. More info:

Music Jussie Smollett Openly gay Jussie Smollett, who stars as Jamal Lyon on “Empire,” has an album out that’s titled, “Sum of My Music.” 9 p.m. at the Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland, 44106. Tickets are $18-$65. More info: Festival Columbus Arts Festival More than 270 artists will exhibit their work, and dozens of performers will take to six stages around the festival site. The threeday free festival gets bigger and better every year. 11 a.m-10:30 p.m. along the Scioto Mile and COSI-Columbus, Downtown. The Columbus Arts Festival continues on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. More info:

SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Theater ‘The Cake’ Della believes there’s no problem so big it can’t be solved while eating one of her cakes. When Jen, the daughter of a dear friend, returns home to get married, Della is thrilled to bake the wedding cake—until she discovers Jen’s groom is a bride. Della is torn between deeply held faith and her love for Jen. This new play by Bekah Brunstetter is produced by the Tantrum Theater. 8 p.m. in the Dublin Community Recreation Center’s Abbey Theater, 5600 Post Road, Dublin, 43017. Tickets are $29.50, or $12 for students. There are 14 more performances scheduled through Sunday, June 24. More info:

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12 Politics Out With Elected Officials

Music Cincinnati Men’s Chorus: The L Word

The Diversity Chamber of Central Ohio hosts a gathering with 2018 candidates and elected officials. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Sheraton Columbus Capitol Square, 75 E. State St., Columbus, 43215. More info:

Celebrating music through a lesbian/ feminist perspective, this concert features songs from all of our favorite queer women in music. 8 p.m. at Walnut Hills High School Westheimer Auditorium, 3250 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, 45207. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. There’s another concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 17. More info:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 Film ‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ This cinema vérité documentary is a secret history of Hollywood in the pre-Stonewall era. It’s the story of Scotty Bowers, a former Marine who came to Hollywood in 1946 and immediately caught the attention of the stars who encountered him at the gas station where he worked on Hollywood Boulevard. Scotty began having sex with many of the key players in the movie industry and soon started connecting many of them with his friends. He wrote a tell-all memoir in 2012. 7:30 p.m. at the Neon, 130 E. 5th St., Dayton, 45202. Tickets are $8. More info:

THURSDAY, JUNE 14 Social Bi Local Happy Hour The group meets on the second Thursday of every month and welcomes all who are bisexual, pansexual, any nonmonosexual orientation and allies. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Bossy Grrl’s Pin Up Joint, 2598 N. High St., Columbus, 43202. More info: FB: Bi Local.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15 Social Black, Out & Proud Black Pride Happy Hour BOP is a new group that promotes pride in the black LGBTQ+ community. Your ticket includes one BOP-tini. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at Bake Me Happy, 106 E. Moler St., Columbus, 43207. Tickets are $8 before June 8 and $10 until the event. More info: FB: Black, Out & Proud. Drag Pride FRI With the AAA Girls The party is indoors and outdoors, and the night includes two dozen men modeling the latest swimwear and underwear from Torso, plus drag divas Alaska, Willam and Courtney Act. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. at Axis, 775 N. High St., Columbus, 43215. Tickets start at $15. More info: FB: Axis NIghtclub.



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Music North Coast Men’s Chorus: It’s About Time At the close of its 30th season, the chorus tips its hat to the past and marches boldly into the future. 8 p.m. at Playhouse Square’s Hanna Theatre, 2067 E. 14th St., Cleveland, 44115. Tickets are $20-$40. There’s another performance on Sunday, June 17 at 3 p.m. More info:

SUNDAY, JUNE 17 Fundraiser Cincinnati GLBT Flag Football League Charity Ride This indoor cycling event will raise money for the CinGFFL, home of the Queen City Pigs. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at CycleBar, 2713 Edmondson Road, Cincinnati, 45209. Registration is $25. More info: FB: CinGFFL Charity Ride.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Film ‘Torch Song Trilogy’ The 1988 film starring and based on plays by Harvey Fierstein is part of a Pride Month Film Series hosted by the LGBT Community Center. 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland, 44102. Tickets are $7-$9.75. More info:

THURSDAY, JUNE 21 Business Business to Business Networking Meet other business owners in facilitated networking conversations and develop new business opportunities. Register early because space is limited. 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Fabo Architecture, 1736 Columbus Road, Cleveland, 44113. It’s open to all Plexus members. More info: Film Lunafest Lunafest is a national, traveling, fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting

awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers and bringing women together in their communities. 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Ave. N, Canton, 44702. Tickets are $10 for students, $20 for general admission and $50 for VIP. More info: Theater Del Shores’ ‘Six Characters in Search of a Play’ ‘Sordid Lives’ creator Del Shores brings his new play to Columbus (and to Cincinnati on Friday, June 22) and introduces you to six characters inspired by his real-life encounters. 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 548 Franklin Ave., Columbus, 43215. Tickets are $25-$35. The Cincinnati show starts at 8 p.m. at Below Zero Lounge, 1120 Walnut St., Cincinnati, 45202. Tickets are $25. More info:

FRIDAY, JUNE 22 Music Big Gay Sing: 90s to Now The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus sings ‘90s favorites, and this time no one will scold you for singing along! Nina West hosts. 8 p.m. at the Northland Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd., Columbus, 43229. Tickets are $35, or $25 for students and seniors. There are more performances scheduled for Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24. More info:

SATURDAY, JUNE 23 Fundraiser AIDS Walk Greater Toledo All money raised through AIDS Walk Greater Toledo will specifically benefit HIV/AIDS prevention and healthcare services in the Greater Toledo area. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Ottawa Park-Liz Pearson Shelter, 2200 Kenwood Blvd., Toledo, 43606. Registration is $25. You can register as a virtual walker if you can’t make it to the event. More info:

SUNDAY, JUNE 24 Film ‘Grease’ Sing-Along It’s a special presentation of the sing-along version of the classic musical film, “Grease.” We’ve got chills. They’re multiplying. 5:30 p.m. at the Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Ave. N, Canton, 44702. Tickets are $5.

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Think you’ve got summer plans? Between now and the end of August, Big Freedia will bounce around the globe from Alabama to Estonia with her music and signature moves. She’ll be in Ohio on Saturday, June 16 to perform at the Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 44106. The Queen of Bounce is a New Orleans-based

cultural phenomenon. She and her shake team brought the world twerking, the Shake, the Wiggle and more. She has the highest-rated show on Fuse TV (“Big Freedia Bounces Back”) and was featured on Beyoncé’s 2016 single, “Formation.” She’s part of Drake’s current single, “Nice for What.” Tickets for her Cleveland Heights show are $16 in advance, $18 at the door and $40 for a meetand-greet. Place your order at

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RESOURCES More information about the people and places in this issue... Page 3: Pride Multiplied

Page 6: Can Cordray Win Ohio Back?

Here’s a rundown of June Pride celebrations in Ohio. For complete schedules of events, scroll through our events listings at

If you’re not yet registered to vote in Ohio’s Nov. 6 elections for governor, statewide offices, U.S. senator, Congress and county offices, you have until Tuesday, Oct. 9. You can register, change your address or check your registration at myohiovote. com.

Findlay Pride Picnic: Saturday, June 2 at Riverside Park, 231 McManness Ave., Findlay, 45840; noon-4 p.m. Bring a side dish, dessert or appetizer to share and your own lawn chair. There will be kids’ games and activities, bingo, raffles, music, 50/50 drawing, photo booth and more. More info: FB: Lgbtq+ Spectrum of Findlay. Lancaster LGBT CommUNITY Festival: Saturday, June 2 at JD Henderson’s, 204 S. Columbus St., Lancaster, 43130; noon-2 a.m. Highlights include a 3 p.m. Pride Walk through Downtown, a drag race, line dancing and drag shows starting at 7 p.m. More info: FB: 2nd Annual LGBT Pride Festival. Athens Pride Fest Parade & Rally: Saturday, June 9 at Court Street (parade) and College Green (rally), Athens, 45701; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. The parade and rally highlight a week of Pride events that includes the inaugural Rural Voices Summit, drag queen story time, a comedy show, a dance party, and a hike and picnic. More info: FB: Athens Pride Fest Pride Parade & Rally. Newark Pride: Saturday, June 9 at Canal Market District, 25 E. Canal St., Newark, 43055; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The first Newark Pride festival will include live music, vendors, community resources, food and more. The festival will end with a march to W. Church Street, but the night continues with a party at Thirty One West (31 W. Church St.) and family activities at Denison Art Space (23 W. Church St.). More info: FB: Newark Ohio Pride 2018 Zanesville LGBTQ Pride Night: Monday, June 11 at Weasel Boy Brewing, 126 Muskingum Ave., Zanesville, 43701; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. A variety show includes a dozen drag queens and kings. There also will be guest speakers and representatives of LGBTQ organizations. More info: FB: Zanesville LGBTQ Pride Night. Sandusky Pride: Saturday, June 23 at Jackson Street Parking Lot, Sandusky, 44870; noon-10 p.m. The first Sandusky Pride kicks off with kickball—drag kickball, to be exact—at 10:30 a.m. and ends with a light show after sunset. Other events during the week include a speech from Sandusky native Jim Obergefell and a Sunday booze cruise. More info: Springfield Pride: Saturday, June 30 in Downtown Springfield, 45502. Organizers have announced the day but few other details. Check FB: Springfield Ohio Pride for updates. Yellow Springs Pride: Saturday, June 30 at 100 Dayton St., Yellow Springs, 45387; noon-5 p.m. Yellow Springs has expanded its Pride observation from a walk to a five-hour festival that includes the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus, a beer tent and more. More info: FB: Yellow Springs PRIDE 2018.

To learn more about Richard Cordray and his position on issues, visit Republican Mike DeWine did not respond to Prizm’s request for an interview before Ohio’s May 8 primary. We’ll keep trying. You can learn more about him and his positions at Columbus lawyer Constance Gadell-Newton was unopposed for the Green Party’s gubernatorial nomination in the May primary. We hope to publish a story about her candidacy in our July issue. She’s a supporter of LGBTQ civil rights; her website ( says she wants to “guarantee equal protection under law and the basic right of LGBTQ+ people to be free... from discrimination by government, employers, schools and places of business.”

Page 8: Ten LGBTQ Ohioans Will Be on November’s Ballot Learn more about Ohio’s 2018 LGBTQ candidates on their websites: • Rick Neal, Democrat for Congress (15th District): • Nickie Antonio, Democrat for Ohio Senate (23rd District): • Melinda Miller, Democrat for Ohio Senate (31st District): • John McManus, Democrat for Ohio House (41st District): FB: John McManus for State Representative. • Zack Dickerson, Democrat for Ohio House (42nd District): • Rebecca Howard, Democrat for Ohio House (53rd District): • Jeremy Blake, Democrat for Ohio House (71st District): • Garrett Baldwin, Democrat for Ohio House (85th District): FB: Garrett Baldwin for US. • Tyler Sappington, Democrat for Ohio House (94th District): • Lisa Regula, Democrat for Portage County auditor:

Visit for a full directory of LGBTQ resources in Ohio. To add your organization to the list, email

Page 10: Sherrod Brown: ‘People Need Somebody to Have Their Back’ Sherrod Brown was first elected as a U.S. senator from Ohio in 2006 and is seeking his third six-year term this fall. You can learn more about him and his positions on issues at

Page 24: Transitioning With the World Ohio’s statewide advocacy group for the trans community is TransOhio. Visit to learn more about the organization and its activities or email with questions. Heartland Trans* Wellness Group is based in Cincinnati and hosts social and support groups or teens and adults. Visit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center operates a Transgender Health Clinic for patients 5 to 24 years old. It includes family support as well. Visit and search for “transgender.” Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus operates a program called THRIVE for transgender children and their families. Visit The National Center for Transgender Equity offers information and resources on all types of issues facing transgender people. Visit to learn more. For its resources on trans youth, visit

Page 28: Ohio’s Mark of Shame For information and answers on birth certificates and other identity documents, visit the National Center for Transgender Equality’s website at issues/identity-documents-privacy. For Ohio-specific information, visit TransOhio’s website at and look for the drop-down menu listed as Name Change Guides. Equitas Health and TransOhio offer Legal Name & Gender Change Clinics throughout Ohio in which trained attorneys offer one-on-one counseling. Follow both organizations on Facebook to find out about future clinics

Page 30: Fixing Society Via Cincinnati To learn more about the Living With Change Foundation, visit

Page 46: America’s G.B.F. You can follow Adam Rippon and his abs on Twitter and Instagram @adaripp.

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