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e’ve given the world music and art and artificial intelligence, “Leaves of Grass,” “The Matrix” and “Orange Is the New Black.” And you’ve seen what we can do when we fill a dance floor.

calls this spring for Lakewood Democrat Nickie Antonio in her primary bid to become the first LGBTQ member of the Ohio Senate. The four-term state representative, a lesbian, was snubbed by Cuyahoga County’s Democratic machine, but she won her primary by 10 percentage points.

So just imagine the impact that the LGBTQ community could have on an election.

For the fall, HRC has endorsed nearly two dozen more Ohio candidates:

Efforts to mobilize so-called equality voters—not just those who identify as LGBTQ but all who place a priority on nondiscrimination laws and other proLGBTQ measures—will kick into gear this month as the Nov. 6 election draws nearer and the stakes get higher.

• Cordray and running mate Betty Sutton for governor and lieutenant governor.

In Ohio, voters will choose a new governor and attorney general, a U.S. senator, 16 U.S. House members, 17 state senators, 99 state representatives, and scores of judges, county commissioners and other government officers.

HRC and other groups are working to harness the power of LGBTQ and allied voters. There are a lot of us.

Nationally, control of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are up for grabs, along with the power to shape and pass legislation, oversee federal agencies and provide a powerful check on President Donald Trump. More than 1.5 million Ohioans fall into the equality voter category, according to the Human Rights Campaign, which is leading efforts in the state to get them to the polls on or before Election Day. It’s a number that can sway close races like the contest for governor between pro-equality Democrat Richard Cordray and a longtime LGBTQ nemesis, Republican Mike DeWine. September polls showed DeWine with narrow leads that, when applied to turnout for the 2014 governor’s race, would translate to advantages of 30,000 to 150,000 votes. “That number (of equality voters) can make a big difference,” says Shawn Copeland, Ohio’s state director for HRC Rising, as the get-out-the-vote effort is called. “We are a massive voting bloc in any election.” Make that: We can be a massive voting bloc. Copeland says we’re not always a reliable group for candidates who share our desire for LGBTQ equality. We don’t trust the system for the most part, he says. We sometimes tune out of politics, especially in years like this when we’re not picking a president. But it appears that might be changing in 2018. HRC has hired three regional organizers in Ohio this year to coordinate with local LGBTQ organizations, recruit volunteers for political campaigns and its own efforts, register voters, and encourage people to vote. It’s a battle-tested strategy that already has scored victories. In 2016, a concentrated HRC effort in North Carolina brought down Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who had signed legislation wiping out local nondiscrimination laws and regulating restroom use in the state by transgender people. HRC mobilized LGBTQ voters in Alabama for last year’s special U.S. Senate election in which proequality Democrat Doug Jones defeated the notorious homophobe, Republican Roy Moore. And here in Ohio, HRC supporters made 10,000

• Statewide candidates Steve Dettelbach for attorney general, Kathleen Clyde for secretary of state, Rob Richardson for state treasurer and Zack Space for state auditor. • U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown for re-election and U.S. House candidates Aftab Pureval of Cincinnati (1st District), Joyce Beatty of Columbus (3rd District), Marcy Kaptur of Toledo (9th District), Danny O’Connor of Columbus (12th District), Tim Ryan of Niles (13th District), Betsy Rader of Geauga County (14th District) and Rick Neal of Columbus (15th District). • Ohio General Assembly candidates Louise Valentine of Westerville (19th Senate District), Mary Lightbody of Westerville (19th House District), Beth Liston of Dublin (21st House District), Allison Russo of Columbus (24th House District), Casey Weinstein of Hudson (37th House District), Jeremy Blake of Newark (71st House District) and Taylor Sappington of Nelsonville (94th House District). LGBTQ organizations throughout Ohio also are about to start an effort using social media, celebrities and celebrations to hype up participation in the Nov. 6 elections. On Thursday, Oct. 11, an outdoor party at the Franklin County Board of Elections early voting center from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. will feature LGBTQ artists Anne E. DeChant, Trey Pearson and Jo’el Monroe, the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, performers from Evolution Theatre, drag performers and DJ Brad Henry. It’s taking place on National Coming Out Day, which also is the second day of voting in Ohio for the Nov. 6 election. Events are in the works in Cleveland, Toledo and other cities. Visit PrizmNews.com or follow us on Facebook for all the details when they’re finalized. You can also visit our Facebook page to download “Come Out to Vote” frames and graphics for your social media pages. Bob Vitale is the editor of Prizm. You can email him at bobvitale@prizmnews.com. FIND OUT MORE The Oct. 11 Come Out to Vote party will take place from 3 p.m.6 p.m. outside the Franklin County Board of Elections center at 1700 Morse Road, Columbus, 43229. If you’re a registered Franklin County voter, you also can cast your ballot there that day between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. If you’re not registered to vote, you have until Tuesday, Oct. 9. Voting starts on Wednesday, Oct. 10 and continues through Election Day. You can also vote by mail. Visit myohiovote.com for all the information you need about voting hours and locations in your county. Visit hrc.org/ohio for more information about the Human Rights Campaign’s election efforts in Ohio. The page includes a link if you’d like to volunteer. October 2018 PRIZMnews.com |

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OCTOBER THE 2018 ELECTIONS

HighBall 2017 Photo by Randall L. Schieber Piece by Edina Ndebele

The Rainbow Wave More than 400 LGBTQ candidates are running for office this year around the country. We chat with all 11 of Ohio’s candidates from our community, who are seeking office everywhere from Nelsonville and Wapakoneta to Dayton and Cleveland . Out to the Polls You’re about to be enlisted in a statewide effort to make sure LGBTQ people and those who support LGBTQ equality cast their votes in the Nov. 6 election. In close races up and down the ballot, we could make the difference. ‘I Have to Do This’ Writer and PFLAG mom Jaron Terry chats with a Northeast Ohio congressional candidate who’s the mom of two gay sons and a strong advocate for equality.

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COMMUNITY Tea With No Shade When a Cincinnati couple lost their own hangout, they began hosting monthly tea dances all around town. In the process, they’ve introduced a new generation to an old gay tradition. 100 More Reasons for Hope From new Pride celebrations in Sandusky, Newark and Portsmouth to growing public support for equal treatment of LGBTQ Ohioans, here’s what’s giving us hope in these frustrating, frightening times. ‘A Sense of Community’ In Columbus and across Ohio, events and organizations are creating new spaces for queer people of color.

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HEALTH Walking Out and Standing Up In 2017, Scott Schoettes led a walkout among members of a presidential advisory commission to protest President Trump’s indifference toward HIV/AIDS. He’ll talk about advocacy this month at an LGBTQ health conference.

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ARTS & FASHION ‘Dear Piqua’ A one-man show taking the stage this month in Columbus takes the playwright and audiences back to his hometown of Piqua, Ohio.

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Haute Halloween Creative Director Staley Munroe reimagines some of Halloween’s iconic characters.

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DEPARTMENTS Letter From the Publisher

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Letter From the Publisher

Chief Executive Officer Bill Hardy President Joel Diaz Publisher Carol Zimmer Clark carolzclark@prizmnews.com

Bob Vitale, Staley Munroe, Joe Matessa, Patrick Butler, and a host of exceptional writers and creatives have made Prizm a magazine that we are so very proud of.

Editor Bob Vitale bobvitale@prizmnews.com

We are focused on being intentional about diversity in our coverage. Each and every month, we work to provide stories from multiple regions in the state, about people of different backgrounds and experiences, from every place on the spectrum of our rich and diverse LGBTQ community. We want to address news that is important to the young up to the older Ohioans.

Creative Director Staley Jophiel Munroe staleymunroe@prizmnews.com Designer Patrick Butler patrickbutler@equitashealth.com Advertising Director Joe Matessa joematessa@prizmnews.com Contributing Writers Rebecca Huff, Erin McCalla, Bridget Sarpong, Jaron Terry Contributing Photographers Argonian Photography, Ray Lavoie, Austin Mariasy, Emma Parker, Richard Sanders, Randall L. Schieber, Steve Wagner Prizm encourages feedback from our readers. Share your comments at carolzclark@prizmnews.com For news consideration, event listings, letters to the editor and inquiries about freelance writing, email bobvitale@prizmnews.com For photography submissions and inquiries about modeling/styling assignments, email staleymunroe@prizmnews.com Fair and accurate reporting is critical to our mission. If you discover an error, please contact our editor, Bob Vitale, at bobvitale@prizmnews.com. Address subscription inquiries to Carol Clark, Prizm Magazine 7575 Huntington Park Drive, Columbus, Ohio, 43235 © 2018 Prizm magazine. For permissions and questions contact carolzclark@prizmnews.com. Prizm is a proud member of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Cover photo by Staley Munroe: Rick Neal embraces a supporter in Nelsonville during a listening session with voters on Sept. 1. Neal is running for Congress in Ohio’s 15th District. If he defeats incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, he will be the first openly gay member of Congress from Ohio.

Welcome to Prizm’s first anniversary edition! It was just over a year ago that Bill Hardy and Joel Diaz of Equitas Health began to reach out to build a team to launch a brand new product, a magazine that would take up the void left by Outlook, the only remaining LGBTQ+ publication in Ohio until it shut down completely in July 2017. Knowing full well that the void in our community’s voice was a detriment to LGBTQ+ Ohioans, the two had a strong strategic vision to move into media to provide a platform for the many voices of our community that had been silenced with that closure. Equitas Health launched a new magazine called Prizm in October 2017. Prizm is a uniquely new monthly statewide lifestyle magazine that covers news, politics, health, arts, entertainment, fashion and culture through journalistic storytelling and informative content with a modern, artistic edge. We distribute 25,000 magazines in free racks and through mailed subscriptions throughout the state. Ecstatic about the opportunity to return to Columbus and serve this mission, I jumped at the chance when Bill and Joel invited me to lead the new team. I left my role as publisher at Dayton Business Journal to come back home to a city I had left 13 years earlier. I found extremely talented staff members when I joined Prizm’s team and have added a few more, each of whom has robust skillsets and, more importantly, endless passion to serve their community with a deeper commitment than I have ever seen before in a media organization. They each have strong desire to serve at a time when our civil liberties are under attack, when our community is suffering setbacks, when the national administration is undermining the progress our community has worked so hard to accomplish.

We have come to find that our coverage can positively change our communities. Our January issue covered a story about LGBTQ+ life in our northern Ohio region, called “Two Clevelands,” about the city’s score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, an evaluation of local laws and policies, and an examination of how inclusive city services are for LGBTQ people. While many most other big cities in Ohio did very well with scores of 100, Cleveland received an 81. Cleveland’s leadership woke up and started making changes as a result of our story. Just a few weeks ago, we received word that two new appointments had been made there in city government, including an LGBTQ+ liaison to the city and to the police department. And from what they shared with us, there are more positive changes coming. Prizm will continue to shine a light where inequality still lives as we move into our second year. We will continue to connect, inform and educate not only our community, but the community at large with our triumphs and challenges, our hopes and fears. Our readers are a key element to our success, and we invite your feedback. Should you have input, feedback or story ideas, don’t hesitate to share with me at carolzclark@prizmnews.com.

Carol Zimmer Clark Publisher

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Mom to Mom Editor’s note: We asked writer and PFLAG mom Jaron Terry to have a chat with a Northeast Ohio congressional candidate who’s the mom of two gay sons. Here’s what they talked about... By Jaron Terry

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here’s nothing I enjoy more than talking with other moms who love and affirm their LGBTQ+ kids. That’s why I was thrilled when Prizm Editor Bob Vitale asked me to talk with Betsy Rader. He said she and I have a lot in common. What I found in my chat with her is that we’re both moms whose sons are members of the LGBTQ+ community. And although I stick up for LGBTQ+ folks in my role as president of PFLAG Columbus, she is taking it to a whole other level of advocacy. Betsy Rader is running in the Nov. 6 elections for the U.S. Congress to represent Ohio’s 14th District, where she has lived and worked as an attorney for more than two decades. The 14th Congressional District sits in the far northeast corner of Ohio, from eastern suburbs of Cleveland to northern suburbs of Akron to Ashtabula and Conneaut near the Pennsylvania line. When did you first begin thinking about running for office? I starting seriously thinking about it in February or March of 2017. I heard that the Trump administration would be supporting arguments in a Texas case that Title VII protections under the Civil Rights Act should not apply to sexual orientation or gender identity. Then, in April, I heard on the radio one morning they would be making arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that businesses should be allowed to discriminate. I came downstairs and said to my husband that I have to do this, I would regret it if I could have been the one vote in Congress to decide whether or not the Equality Act is passed, I could never live with myself if I didn’t run. [According to the Human Rights Campaign, the Equality Act would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs and jury service.] Husbands are great resources; mine is at every PFLAG meeting, and we march together in Pride.

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Why Betsy Rader is Running for Congress.

Was your husband on board right away or did you have to convince him?

Tell me about what in your life has prepared you to be a member of Congress.

My husband is my biggest campaigner! He immediately said, “Let’s go,” and we told our boys–who are both very open about being gay– the same day.

I’m an attorney. I was born in Coshocton, where my father was a game warden. After we moved to Newark, my parents were divorced, and my mother struggled to make ends meet while raising my three siblings and me. With scholarships and part-time jobs, I graduated from The Ohio State University and earned a law degree from Yale.

Our sons–one of whom is married–are OK with my talking about them. In fact, in my stump speeches, I tell how, while making my decision about running, I reflected back on our family vacation to Washington, D.C., a couple of years earlier. We–including our 23-year-old daughter–had made a stop in front of the Supreme Court building to commemorate the 2015 marriage equality decision. I remember how I was so overcome with emotion the day of the ruling because I felt that the decision meant my kids were safer. I had always worried that someone might try to hurt them. I knew my boys had been bullied at school, and it breaks a mom’s heart worrying that it could have been worse. I felt that by the court acknowledging they have the same right to marry as anyone else, to adopt children and have a family like anyone, that I didn’t have to worry as much. I know exactly what you mean. My husband and I were overjoyed at the Obergefell decision, too. And my worst fear has always been for my son’s safety. I’ve never been more afraid than the night of the 2016 presidential election. Exactly. When the Obergefell decision came through, I felt it was a whole new era, a new time in human history when people would not be treated differently. The night of the election, I stayed up all night. Our kids all called, and our sons asked what this meant for them. I said it might now matter where you live in this country, because everyone does not have the same rights everywhere. In Ohio, our sons don’t have the same protections as people in some other states. When Trump was elected, many of us were hoping his campaign had been just an act. I really didn’t think he cared about gay people, but we now know he’ll do anything for political gain. Look at the kids in cages on our borders–whatever serves Republicans’ political ends. My own opponent, Dave Joyce, who is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, voted in July to allow faith-based, taxpayer-funded adoption and other child welfare agencies to discriminate against prospective LGBTQ parents who want to adopt.

I worked at a big law firm involved in litigation, complex anti-trust cases, commodities fraud and represented the government in the failed savings and loans cases where people had been defrauded. When my two oldest–the boys–were 4 and 2 years old, I needed to quit flying all over the country and stayed home for a year. I liked my work but was in love with my kids. My husband works for Columbia Records and he traveled a lot, too. Then I was recruited to work part-time as an in-house attorney and did that for 15 years before taking a job running a child advocacy agency for kids who had been abused. I mainly represented troubled teens. I also spent some time in health care, including working for the Cleveland Clinic and Medicare and Medicaid Services, where I helped implement the Affordable Care Act. When I started my own law firm I represented people in employment discrimination. Having my own business gave me more flexibility, and I started to get involved with grassroots groups that were protesting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. That’s when I got to know Dave Joyce, who ran on a platform of repealing Obamacare. Any last words? Hope. I want people to not give up hope and know that we can get this country back on the right track. Not only can we do it, but we must do it.

Jaron Terry (she, her, hers) is a freelance writer and public relations professional who volunteers to advance LGBTQ+ causes and serves as president of PFLAG Columbus.


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RAINBOW WAVE In Ohio and across the nation, LGBTQ candidates are stepping up and entering the fray.

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n a sidewalk in Wapakoneta, at a restaurant in Dayton, in a library in Oxford, they talk about why they decided to run. During a drive to Nelsonville, at a Starbucks in Oakwood, in a college cafeteria in Granville, they talk about their plans if they win. Eleven LGBT Ohioans—truly LGBT, as the list includes the state’s first openly transgender candidate—are running for office in the Nov. 6 elections. They’re vying to become a county auditor, a U.S. congressman, state senators and state representatives. They’re part of what The New York Times has dubbed a “rainbow wave” of LGBTQ candidates across the country, more than 400 largely first-time politicians running for local, state and federal office in 38 states.

And they’re motivated by the same things that have people showing up at campaign offices in the state where the Human Rights Campaign has set up shop to supply equality-minded volunteers for equalitysupporting candidates. “We’re seeing a large amount of folks who are coming in to the offices and saying, ‘I want to do something,’” says Shawn Copeland, HRC’s state manager in Ohio. “It’s absolutely a response to Trump-Pence. These attacks are telling everyday folks they can do something about it.” We drove nearly 1,200 miles this summer to meet candidates in every part of Ohio. They include a high school senior who’s challenging one of the most anti-LGBTQ legislators in the Ohio House, a sitting school board member who once interned for President George W. Bush, a college professor with a storied name in Ohio politics, and a stay-at-home dad who has traveled the world as an international aid worker.

John McManus | Dayton | Ohio House District 41 “If Donald Trump had not been elected, I would not be doing this,” says John McManus, a member of the Dayton school board who worries about what his former political science students at Sinclair Community College are gleaning from today’s politics. “I don’t want these kids thinking what they see in Washington right now is the American norm,” he says. “It wasn’t the norm when I was growing up.” McManus grew up with a front-row seat in the political arena. His father was a Republican state representative in Tennessee who lost his 2016 re-election bid by 373 votes. McManus is a Democrat but interned and later worked in the White House under George W. Bush.

He and his campaign volunteers had knocked on 47,000 doors by mid-September and made more than 16,000 phone calls to voters in the district, the highest numbers of any Democratic campaign. It’s a strategy that worked for guy who defeated his dad two years ago despite a disadvantage in funding and name identification. The openly gay McManus is challenging incumbent state Rep. Jim Butler in a Montgomery County district that includes Kettering, Oakwood, Riverside, Centerville and parts of Dayton. “When I decided I was going to run here, Dad said, ‘You go out and do to that incumbent what my opponent did to me,’” he says.

Nickie Antonio | Lakewood | Ohio Senate District 13 “Not only do I think we’re going to have a blue wave,” says Nickie Antonio, “I think we’re going to have a pink wave, and I think we’re going to have a bit of a rainbow wave as well.” The Lakewood Democrat, who’s optimistic about women and LGBTQ people running for office this fall, is poised to make history for the second time in her legislative career. In 2010, Antonio was the first lesbian and first LGBTQ Ohioan to win a seat in the Ohio House. Now, in a heavily Democratic Cuyahoga County district where the tough race was her May 8 primary, she’ll likely score the same firsts in the Ohio Senate.

off after four terms in the House. She says she’ll introduce legislation, as she has since her first House term, to add sexual orientation and gender identity to Ohio’s nondiscrimination laws. Her bill picked up key endorsements this year from the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Manufacturers Association. Antonio is running for an open seat in the Senate. The district includes areas of Cleveland’s West Side, Lakewood, Brooklyn, Brook Park, Parma and Parma Heights.

When she gets there, Antonio vows to pick up where she’s leaving

Jeremy Blake | Newark | Ohio House District 71 Forgive Jeremy Blake for borrowing a bit of the Trump lexicon. When he and supporters campaigned this summer in Utica, a tiny Licking County village of about 2,100, they couldn’t resist wearing hats with the slogan: “Make Utica Great Again.” “You’ve got to laugh at things,” says the Newark City Council member, who would be the first openly gay person of color elected to state office. “We came across some people who were very strong Trump supporters, and they started talking to us.” The 71st District, which includes Newark and Health, Granville, Johnstown and Pataskala, was included in the August special election for a vacant U.S. House seat in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. Although Republican Troy Balderson won the contest—and carried Licking County by 22 percentage points—campaigning for

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Democrat Danny O’Connor helped his own effort, Blake says. He has been trying to convince voters that the Republicans they’ve sent to Columbus are the cause of the complaints about healthcare and local tax increases that they’ve been sharing at festivals and on their front lawns. His opponent is third-term Rep. Scott Ryan. “That’s sort of the biggest thing I have to get beyond,” Blake says. “He’s not just the nice guy. He’s in a leadership role, so whatever’s come out the Statehouse most definitely has his fingerprints all over it.”


Lis Kenneth Regula | Kent | Portage County Auditor Lis Kenneth Regula remembers how he felt the night Donald Trump was elected in November 2016. “Ugh.” “After a little bit of sitting with that helplessness and hopelessness, I decided, ‘I can’t keep doing this,’” he said. “’I’ve got to do something.’” Regula, who had come out as transgender three years earlier, got involved with Equality Ohio’s successful effort to win passage of an LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance in his hometown of Kent. As chair of the Kent Environmental Council, he helped push his city to adopt a climate action resolution. “It was just kind of, like, ‘I can make an improvement here, and I can step up here. I can do this.’” he says. ”It was this feeling, ‘I can get stuff done. I can help in my community.’ It really felt empowering.”

Esposito. It’s a job about numbers and analysis, “all that statistical crap” that’s his focus as a scientist, says the University of Akron assistant professor. But he accuses his opponent of skewing numbers in an attempt to rein in county spending. “Theres no real reason why ideology should play into this,” he says. “Now it does.” Although he grew up on the other side of Ohio in Lima, Regula has a familiar name in Northeast Ohio politics. His grandfather was a cousin of the late U.S. Rep. Ralph Regula, who represented Stark County in Congress for 36 years until 2009.

Now, Regula is challenging 24-year Portage County Auditor Janet

Rick Neal | Columbus | U.S. House, 15th District At the Athens County Democratic Party headquarters in Nelsonville, they collect winter coats and children’s toys for neighbors who can’t afford them.

two daughters. He was inspired to run for Congress while he and his husband and daughters attended the 2017 Women’s March in Washington.

“Most of our kids are raised with a constant awareness that there is no money,” Lori Crook tells people gathered on a rainy Saturday in September to share their thoughts on issues with Rick Neal, the Democrat who wants to represent them in Congress.

He has called for an increase in the minimum wage, supports the Affordable Care Act, wants to limit the influence of corporate money in politics and backs federal nondiscrimination legislation that’s LGBTQ-inclusive.

It’s a place where they rarely see incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, who told a Columbus audience this summer that, “It’s not like I wanted Athens” in his district.

“We all have something in common,” he tells the Saturday audience in Nelsonville. “We all have a need for a better representative in Congress.”

Neal, an openly gay German Village resident whose career in public health took him to Cambodia, Congo, Afghanistan and other countries, most recently has been a stay-at-home dad raising

Taylor Sappington | Nelsonville | Ohio House District 91 As an organizer for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, Taylor Sappington helped the president carry Stark County. This year, as Sappington runs his own campaign for an Ohio House seat in his home region of Appalachia, his former boss is returning the favor. Obama has endorsed Sappington in his campaign against first-term incumbent Republican Jay Edwards. He’s vowing to be the voice of a part of Ohio that often feels neglected. Sappington, an openly gay Nelsonville City Council member, wants to close tax loopholes to pay for rural road improvements and expanded internet access in rural communities.

“People don’t have a seat at the table unless they’re wealthy, powerful or well-connected,” he says. Why does he think he’s the one to break through and get a hearing in Columbus for Appalachian concerns? “I have just the right amount of stubbornness and fight in me.” The 91st District, which includes Athens, Ohio University and portions of Athens, Meigs, Washington and Vinton counties, is a competitive one. Obama carried it in 2008 and 2012, but voters went for Trump in 2016. Although it’s in Republican hands now, the district was represented by a Democrat from 2009 to 2017.

Rebecca Howard | Oxford | Ohio House District 53 Rebecca Howard has the quote memorized. If she defeats first-term state Rep. Candice Keller next month, it likely will be a big reason why. Back in March, less than a month after a former student entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and killed 17 people, Keller dismissed student activists: “A month ago, we weren’t really having this conversation, and all of a sudden a 15-year-old on television who would just as soon be eating Doritos and playing video games wants to tell me that my Constitution needs to be changed. Really?” “My campaign made lots of money off that comment,” Howard says.

Planned Parenthood to Nazis—Howard has adopted the slogan: “Responsible, Reasonable Representation. “Because that’s what’s been lacking,” she says. Those are two attributes of mine that I think are particularly strong. I’m hyperresponsible, and I’m painfully reasonable.” Howard is the former owner of an Oxford early childhood center. She’s now a trainer and consultant in the field. If she wins in the Butler County district that includes Oxford and Miami University, Hamilton and Middletown, she would be the only out lesbian in the Ohio House.

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Zach Dickerson | Miamisburg | Ohio House District 42 “We have to change the tone in politics,” says Zach Dickerson. “We have to have a little more civility and dignity.” Dickerson has experience reaching across the political divide. It runs right down the middle of his family. “That is probably the biggest asset I bring to public service, being a Democrat who comes from a Republican family,” says Dickerson, a Kansas native who came to the Dayton area for a job with LexisNexis. “My mom thinks I’m a Democrat just because I’m stubborn. She’s partly right. I love to debate ideas. I love to understand both sides of an issue.”

The University of Denver law school graduate and his boyfriend have been engaged since April, although wedding planning is on hold until after the Nov. 6 election. The couple fell in love quickly, but Dickerson told his boyfriend they had to wait a year before talking about marriage. “On the evening of our anniversary, I was sitting on the couch watching TV. I was not expecting it. He just plopped down beside me and pulled the ring out of his pocket and said, ‘Hey, do you wanna? And I said yes.”

Joe Monbeck | Wapakoneta | Ohio House District 84 Joe Monbeck doesn’t agree with outgoing Gov. John Kasich on much. But he thinks the Republican’s 2014 decision to expand Medicaid and allow 290,000 low-income Ohioans to get health coverage just might have saved his partner’s life. “Levi was working on his master’s degree and didn’t have a job. He was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. At that point the Medicaid expansion went through, so he was eligible,” Monbeck says. “I am so appreciative of him,” he says of Kasich. “I do plan on being bipartisan. Just because a Republican brings something up doesn’t mean I’m going to be against it.”

districts. The 84th District in Western Ohio stretches over Auglaize, Darke, Mercer and Shelby counties, where Donald Trump received at 78 percent of countywide votes. Although he was a reluctant candidate—Democrats had candidates in 98 of the state’s 99 House districts when they called Auglaize County—Monbeck is running hard. He supports broadband internet expansion for rural communities and greater funding to fix Ohio roads.

Monbeck is the Democratic candidate in one of Ohio’s reddest House

Garrett Baldwin | Mechanicsburg | Ohio House District 85 Garrett Baldwin is finally old enough to vote for himself. The senior at Mechanicsburg High School turned 18 in May, as he was being crowned prom prince and preparing to enlist in the Ohio Army National Guard. In between school, cheerleading, swimming and a part-time job, he’s also running in Ohio’s 85th House District, which covers Champaign, Logan and Shelby counties. His opponent, Republican incumbent Nino Vitale, is among the General Assembly’s most antiLGBTQ lawmakers.

But even in a district that gave Donald Trump more than 70 percent of its votes, Baldwin senses an opening for a more moderate kind of politics. “I see a real opportunity to reach out to moderates who are fed up with the extreme right,” he says. If he wins in November, Baldwin plans to ask his local school to let him graduate early.

Melinda Miller | Granville | Ohio Senate District 31 In addition to calling for a living wage, affordable healthcare and equitable school funding, Democrat Melinda Miller wants to build bridges.

retail clerk, manager, massage therapist and instructor, which she says give her insight into the challenges of hourly, low-wage work and the benefits of vocational training.

Not the physical kind, mind you, although she no doubt supports good roads, too.

The first-time candidate is challenging first-term Sen. Jay Hottinger in a district that usually votes about two-thirds Republican. But she says she couldn’t let the Republican go unchallenged.

Miller, who would become the first openly bisexual legislator in Ohio history, says one of her priorities is to “build communities that bridge differences between people.” That means removing barriers to jobs and services by supporting public transportation, childcare and elder care, job training, and mental health and addiction treatment.

“Choice is critical for a healthy democracy,” she tells voters on her website. A campaign slogan is: “A Better Ohio Starts With a Choice.”

Miller touts her own work experience as a waitress, line cook, chef,

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Tea With No Shade A Cincinnati couple has revived the tradition of Sunday tea dances, and it has created a new space for LGBTQ people to meet and mingle. By Rebecca Huff Photos by Richard Sanders

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gloomy, rainy Sunday in September couldn’t stop what was originally planned as an outdoor tea dance among the trees and fountains of Cincinnati’s Washington Park. The gay tradition, revived last year in Ohio by a couple who lost their go-to bar, simply moved across the street and indoors. But even inside the majestic, century-old Memorial Hall, Cincinnati’s 2018 version of the tea dance still was far more out-in-the-open than events of old. The once- or twice-monthly dances rotate from location to location in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky, from hotel ballrooms to restaurant rooftops to theater lobbies to straight bars. But they serve much the same purpose they did back in the day. “We created the tea dance to stay connected,” says Richard Cooke, who along with his husband, Marty Wagner, brought back the almost lost tradition in April 2017 after their own Over-theRhine hangout, the Famous Neons Unplugged, closed for good. Cooke and Wagner did more than just stay connected with their own friends. They recreated

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a safe space for the LGTBQ community, both physically and in spirit, that has drawn people who remember tea dances and those who came along far after their decline. “I love the diversity. It represents the vitality of the LGTBQ community here in Cincinnati,” Cooke says. “Everyone is welcomed. At least 300 people attended the Sept. 9 dance, the first of two scheduled that month. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., people of all ages were coming and going. A family—a straight couple and two young girls—were among the first on the dance floor. DJ Thaddeus and DJ Björg provided the music. “It’s super inclusive. Everyone is here to have a good time. There’s no negativity, no drama,” says Henri Maicki, who lives near the September party spot in Cincinnati’s Over-theRhine neighborhood. “It brings in a really cool community that’s not out and about in Cincinnati.” Tea dances date back to a time when it was impossible to be out and about anywhere. “There was a time when you had to be secretive, where you didn’t want your name associated with the word gay or you would lose your job,” says Jim Gooding, who came down to Cincinnati for the Sept. 9 tea dance from Franklin, a town 40 miles north in Warren County.

Back in the 1950s and ’60s, local laws and government actions around the country effectively outlawed gay bars. Owners risked their liquor licenses if they were caught selling alcohol to LGBTQ clientele. It was illegal to dance with someone of the same sex. (It also was illegal to wear clothing associated with the opposite gender.) People adapted. When police would come into gay bars—it happened regularly and in 1969 sparked the Stonewall uprising—same-sex couples would quickly rearrange. It eventually led to a new way of dancing that remains today; to avoid getting arrested, couples simply began dancing apart. “A lot has changed,” Gooding reminisced. Tea dances, which had been around since the 19th century in straight society, were a perfect fit for the LGBTQ community of decades ago. They traditionally took place in the afternoon, when police weren’t on the lookout. When the gay social scene developed on Fire Island in New York, the afternoon time also let people catch their ferries back to the city. Tea dances eventually migrated to Greenwich Village and began attracting younger, less affluent gays. T-shirts and denim became the attire for tea dances, and the events alternately


became known as T dances. The idea of Sunday social gatherings for LGBTQ people lives on with the idea of Sunday Funday. Matthew Jones, a visiting assistant professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Miami University, says the LGTBQ community should embrace its identities and culture.

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“I think that as queerness becomes more accepted by straight culture, we run the risk of assimilating in the same way that other minority and marginal groups do,” he says. “The pull of that kind of normalization is strong, but the price of admission to heteronormative acceptance is often a loss of the traditions that made our culture unique.” Tea dances back then weren’t as inclusive as the new series of events in Cincinnati. Jones attributes the division to living in different “spheres.” The dancing-apart trend happened, according to historians, when tea dances and gay bars became men-only spaces. “Social, political, intellectual and cultural lives overlapped only a little,” Jones says. “Gay men’s and lesbian women’s cultures came together in the 1980s during the AIDS crisis, when lesbian (and some straight) women stepped up to do the work of caring for gay men who were sick.” That’s also when tea dance began to fade, which Jones suspects is in large part because of the AIDS epidemic and its impact on gay men. “With their deaths, so, too, died many subcultural practices,” he says. Technology and bars also were a factor in the demise of this almost extinct celebration. “I think we need to work to maintain queer spaces and queer cultural traditions,” Jones says. “Without them, we lose an invaluable lifeline to our own past and our own future.” But technology is part of its revival. “It rekindles the importance of meeting people face-to-face,” says Ron Bails-Forbes of Cincinnati, who came to the September dance. “There’s no substitute for personal contact.”

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Richard Cooke and Marty Wagner schedule one tea dance per month in the Cincinnati area and they’re experimenting with adding another. Keep track of where future dances will take place by liking their Facebook page: It’s Time for Another Tea Dance.

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When life gives you Mike Pence, throw an outdoor dance party.

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ur mission—our promise—is to report on and reflect all parts of LGBTQ life and culture,” we said last year in our first issue of Prizm. “Our community lives with great joy but endures much hardship. We’re not naïve about that. We will cover it all.” In our first year, we have covered it all, online and in print. But we still find ourselves, like we did in October 2017, looking for those nuggets of information that give us hope about our futures and those of our community’s youngest members. We love to hear about cities and schools and public officials doing good by LGBTQ people. We love to hear about LGBTQ people standing up, speaking out, helping our community and helping the world. We love to hear about LGBTQ people simply being who they are. We started Prizm off on a hopeful note in October 2017 by offering “100 Reasons for Hope,” a collection of news items from across Ohio that were reasons for optimism in these times that seem so harsh and angry. As we start our second year, we all still need a bit of hope. So we offer 100 reasons more.

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Chris and Jessica Cicchinelli wanted to help Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center help other transgender children the way it helped their daughter. In January, the Pure Romance CEO and his wife pledged $2 million and announced the creation of the Living With Change Foundation to help kids and families with medical care, help the hospital reduce its backlog of patients and help everyone better understand gender identity.

sexual orientation and gender identity/expression to the state’s nondiscrimination laws. That number has since doubled to 422 small businesses, corporations, colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations. Supporters include Honda of America, LexisNexis, Huntington Bancshares, Ohio State University, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Cleveland Clinic and Ohio University.

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In the hometown of Leelah Alcorn, the trans teen who killed herself in 2014 and issued a plea to the rest of us to “fix society,” the young people who are part of the Living With Change Foundation were honored as grand marshals of the Cincinnati Pride parade in June. Toledo’s Holiday With Heart Gayla celebrated its 40th anniversary as a holiday tradition for LGBTQ community in Northwest Ohio in 2017. This year, on Sunday, Dec. 2, the event will celebrate 20 years as a fundraiser for queer organizations in and around Toledo. One of its newest beneficiaries is a growing LGBTQ scholarship fund at the University of Toledo.

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At this time last year, more than 200 Ohio businesses had publicly pledged their support for legislation that would add

Although Attorney General Mike DeWine fought Jim Obergefell every step of the way toward nationwide marriage equality, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission will honor the Sandusky native on Oct. 4 with induction into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Obergfell was the lead plaintiff in the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court case, Obergefell v. Hodges. When North Carolina lawmakers adopted laws in 2016 that rescinded local nondiscrimination ordinances and dictated the public restrooms used by transgender people, the NCAA began requiring cities applying to host its college championships to prove they’re welcoming to all. It’s a reason Columbus, which bans anti-LGBTQ discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, was chosen to host the 2018 Women’s Basketball Final Four on March 30 and April 1.


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Capital University Football Coach Chad Rogosheske knows what people expect from male athletes when it comes to discussions of sexual orientation. But that’s not the reaction he has seen from teammates of Wyatt Pertuset, one of just a few openly gay U.S. college football players. “Maybe that’s a positive reflection on where we’re at as male athletes in this day and age,” Rogosheske said in our November 2017 profile of Pertuset, who came out as gay when he was as a high school junior in Richwood, a Union County village about 50 miles northwest of Columbus.

therapy” against LGBTQ children, and would fight any effort to legislate the restrooms used by transgender people.

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“Everybody deserves to be treated fairly,” Cordray told us when we sat down for a profile in our June issue. “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.”

And one more bit of good news: Pertuset has gotten over the injury that sidelined him last season. He’s Capital’s punter and a starting wide receiver this fall.

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Lis Kenneth Regula, a University of Akron biology professor who’s running this year for Portage County auditor, is the first transgender Ohioan to run for political office.

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Equality Ohio doesn’t include Springfield in its list of cities that ban anti-LGBTQ discrimination because it considers a religious exemption too broad. But LGBTQ residents and allies still cheered when city leaders approved a new law in January. “People of good will of various faiths can disagree about this issue,” said Mayor Warren Copeland, who supported the measure. “For some of the rest of us, it’s a faith issue, too.”

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In 2017 local elections, Ohioans chose 17 of their gay and lesbian neighbors to serve on city and village councils, township board and school boards. Beyond the big cities of Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo and Akron, gay and lesbian candidates were elected to the village councils in Minerva Park (population 1,312) and Golf Manor (population 3,579), as a trustee of Pickaway County’s Scioto Township, and to city councils in the Cleveland suburbs of Olmsted Falls and University Heights.

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Ours is a community where being who you are sometimes isn’t welcomed by those you call family. It’s a reason the Dayton LGBT Center hosts an annual community Thanksgiving dinner every November. This year’s takes place on Saturday, Nov. 17.

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Tamaya Dennard raised her right hand in January to take the oath as a member of the Cincinnati City Council. She clutched a red folding chair in her left hand, a reminder of a favorite quote from the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm: “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

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Akron joined Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton on the list of Ohio cities receiving the highest possible ratings in Human Rights Campaign’s annual Municipal Equality Index. The annual report looks at local governments policies and programs for LGBTQ communities.

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In the May 8 Democratic gubernatorial primary, the three leading candidates all supported proLGBTQ measures. Richard Cordray, the primary winner, and fellow candidates Dennis Kucinich and Joe Schiavoni told Prizm they support expanding Ohio’s nondiscrimination and hate crimes laws, want to ban so-called “conversion

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As part of its biggest-ever grassroots political effort, the Human Rights Campaign has classified more than 1.5 million Ohioans as “equality voters,” meaning they’re either members of the LGBTQ community or strongly supportive of pro-LGBTQ measures. There are 11 LGBT candidates on Ohio’s Nov. 6 election ballots. And the slate is truly L (two), G (seven), B (two) and T (one).

In April, South Eucid became the latest city in Ohio to adopt an LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance. The vote was unanimous by its City Council.

“We definitely have some work to do,” openly gay City Council member Kerry McCormack told us in January about Cleveland’s mediocre HRC score. City officials got to work quickly. In the past few months, Mayor Frank Jackson has appointed LGBTQ liaisons in his office and in the Division of Police.

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A large majority of Ohioans doesn’t buy the religious-freedom argument by conservatives in the Ohio General Assembly who oppose LGBTQ civil rights. The survey found 60 percent reject religious exemptions to the nondiscrimination laws they support.

Dennard is the first out lesbian and first out LGBTQ person of color elected to local office in Cincinnati. Deirdre Jones is the new LGBTQ liaison for the Cleveland Division of Police.

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A year-long 2017 survey by the Washington-based Public Religion Research Institute found that 69 percent of Ohioans agree with Cordray and want state law to prohibit discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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The same report found that 61 percent of Ohioans support marriage equality. Interestingly, that’s the exact same percentage that voted to outlaw same-sex marriage in the state in 2004.

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Dennard’s election means that for the first time ever, two openly gay Cincinnatians serve on the ninemember council for the first time ever. Chris Seelbach, who in 2011 was the first openly gay person elected to local office, won a third term in November.

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Newark, the 15th biggest city in Ohio, has two openly gay City Council members as well. Jeremy Blake was elected to a second term in 2017, while Sean Fennell was elected to his first term.


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Newark hosted its first Pride on June 9.

Sandusky celebrated its first Pride on June 23 within sight of Lake Erie. The review from one participant: “Hands down, the most beautiful, love-filled event Sandusky has had. Can’t wait for the return next year!”

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Portsmouth, at the opposite end of Ohio, celebrated its first Pride on June 30 a few blocks from the Ohio River.

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of Cincinnati, Cleveland State, Kent State, Miami University, Ohio State, Ohio University, the University of Toledo and Wright State—now offer on-campus housing options beyond traditional gender-based living arrangements. It means more comfortable housing for LGBTQ students.

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At Ohio State, students who live on campus can indicate if they’d prefer an LGBTQ roommate. They also can request a roommate who identifies as an ally of the LGBTQ community.

One of Ohio’s 18 Pride celebrations took place June 23 in Cincinnati.

Men’s professional sports are taking steps to erase old stereotypes.

LeBron James wore rainbow laces, Nina West was honored at center court, and HRC chapters in Cleveland and Columbus got a portion of ticket sales when the Cleveland Cavaliers hosted their first LGBTQ Pride Night in March. The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus sang the National Anthem and kids from Kaleidoscope Youth Center watched from a luxury box at the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Pride Night in February. And the Cincinnati Reds gave away rainbow Reds baseball caps for their Pride Night in June.

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Instead of picketing and protesting a visit to Columbus by Vice President Mike Pence on the opening day of Columbus Pride, a group of gay men organized an outdoor dance party—where else?—on Gay Street.. The Mike Pence Dance Party drew international media attention.

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When the Public Religion Research Institute released those surveys in May showing that Ohioans—and majorities in every state—support marriage equality and LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws, research director Dan Cox took note of the significance of his group’s findings.

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Cuyahoga County is poised to become the first county in Ohio to ban discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. The County Council was expected to vote on a measure in late September. We’ll have coverage at PrizmNews.com.

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Ten of Ohio’s 14 public universities—the University of Akron, Bowling Green State University, the University

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In addition to the VA facilities, 19 Ohio health networks, hospitals and agencies were designated as LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leaders: Summa Health Akron and Barberton campuses; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region; Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Euclid Hospital, Fairview Hospital, Hillcrest Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, Marymount Hospital, Medina Hospital, MetroHealth Medical Center and South Pointe Hospital; Columbus Public Health, Equitas Health, OSU’s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and OSU’s Wexner Medical Center; and the University of Toledo Medical Center. The list of Ohiobased companies with perfect scores as LGBTQ-friendly employers continues to grow. Seventeen received top marks on the HRC’s latest Corporate Equality Index: Abercrombie & Fitch, American Electric Power, Cardinal Health Inc., Convergys Corp., Eaton Corp., the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; Fifth Third Bancorp, Frost Brown Todd, Huntington Bancshares, Keycorp, L Brands, Macy’s, Nationwide, Owens Corning, Procter & Gamble, Squire Patton Boggs and Thompson Hine.

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall uprising and a hero of the movement for trans liberation, was the guest of honor on June 16 at the first Columbus Community Pride.

A 9-year-old Northeast Ohio girl who talked about the anti-transgender bullies in her life and then reminded state lawmakers of our inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness had people in tears at an Ohio House hearing in January for a statewide nondiscrimination bill. “Please protect my happiness,” she said.

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The Trump administration’s assault on LGBTQ Americans hasn’t altered the Department of Veterans Affairs’ commitment to serving our community’s military veterans. Five Ohio VA facilities—in Chillicothe, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland and Dayton— received LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader status with the highest scores possible on HRC’s 2018 Healthcare Equality Index. That means their treatment is comprehensive, their policies are inclusive and their training includes cultural competency for LGBTQ patients.

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A new charter school in Lakewood opened in August with a mission of being intentionally and explicitly LGBTQ-affirming. The high school is the first of its kind in the Cleveland area.

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“The country has reached a milestone moment in the debate over LGBT rights,” he said, offering up perhaps the biggest season for hope these days. “At a time when Americans are more divided than ever, the sea change in support for LGBT rights that now crosses lines of race, ethnicity, religion and geography means that LGBT rights are becoming one of the few areas of public agreement.”

The Arts & College Preparatory Academy, an LGBTQ-affirming charter school in Columbus, plans to break ground this month for an expansion that will add 7th- and 8th-grade classes to its existing high school. Bob Vitale is the editor of Prizm. You can follow him on Twitter @Bob_Vitale.


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By Bridget Sarpong Photo by Emma Parker Photography There are 24 hours in a day. There are 60 minutes in an hour. And there are 60 seconds in a minute. All of that adds up to 864,000 seconds per day. And during each one of those seconds, transgender African Americans are on guard in public spaces, braced for assaults with words, fists or worse. There’s now a truly safe place in Columbus. Mozaic is a federally funded program created in 2017 for transgender, genderqueer, gender nonconforming and nonbinary African Americans. Its mission, ultimately, is to reduce HIV infections among trans people of color. But it’s doing much more. On Friday, Oct. 12, Mozaic will officially open a community space that will host not just its HIV-prevention efforts, but also add movie nights, mentoring, drag, dances and, according to its website, “just making grilled cheese.” The building includes a kitchen, lounge, computer stations, stage, clothes closet and library. “The team is focused on building a sense of community, within and with the trans folks here in Central Ohio,” says Program Manager Corey Frederick. “This is really going to be beneficial. I think that the need for Mozaic is very timely.” A 2015 survey of transgender Americans by the National Center for Transgender Equality found that trans people of color experience more extensive discrimination than others. Thirty-eight percent lived in poverty, compared to 28 percent of all trans people and 12 percent of all Americans. People of color—particularly trans women—also experience greater health disparities. Nineteen percent of African American trans women were living with HIV, compared to 3.4 percent of all trans women, 1.4 percent of all trans people and 0.3 percent of all Americans. Bridget Sarpong is a student at Ohio State University and a resident of Columbus. She was a summer intern with Prizm. You can follow her on Twitter @bridgebridge_. FIND OUT MORE You can follow Mozaic on Facebook or visit the program’s website at mozaicohio.org. Mozaic is part of Equitas Health, which also publishes Prizm. Mozaic’s space in the University District, at 2228 Summit St. (43201), has been open since August, but the Oct. 12 event is the official grand opening. The day begins at 8 a.m. with a blessing of the space. Events include yoga and mindfulness, the Afro-Brazilian martial art of capoeira and gender workshops. Read the entire 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey at ustranssurvey.org.

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Two Cincinnati artists who’ve made their marks in the world and made their way home are collaborating for an event on Saturday, Oct. 6 that will launch new projects for both: • Tim’m West’s “Prodigal Son (An Anthology)” captures nearly two decades of his music as a hip hop artist and cofounder of DDC, a pioneering queer Hip Hop group featured in the 2006 documentary, “Pick Up the Mic,” about the homo-hop scene. • Derrick’s Bell’s first art show in Cincinnati, “Lost Boy Found,” follows five exhibitions in the Bay Area, where he lives now. “I see myself as a social archivist...exploring the ironies of contemporary social and racial politics,” he says. Their combined event, “Black Boy Magic,” is part of Black Cincy Magic Weekend. It takes place at Switch Lighting & Design on 4th, 312 W. 4th St., Cincinnati, 45202. Visit cincinnatiblackpride.com for more of the weekend’s events and other things planned by Cincinnati Black Pride, a once-dormant group with the new slogan: ”We’re Black, We’re Back, Get Used to It!” Here are some of the other organizations and events creating spaces for LGBTQ+ people of color in Ohio: Cleveland Black Space Productions: The Cleveland event producer hosts dance parties and other events for queer and trans people of color. FB: Black Space Productions. Columbus Black, Out & Proud: This group founded in 2017 promotes social opportunities, the arts, spirituality and social justice in the black LGBTQ+ community. FB: Black, Out & Proud. Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus: Dedicated to uplifting black LGBTQIA+ people through community service, education and creating space. BQIC organized the first Columbus Community Pride in June. FB: BQIC. Greater Columbus MPowerment Center: This group is for same-gender-loving men of color ages 13-29. FB: Greater Columbus Mpowerment Center (GCMC). Traxx Columbus: This namesake of the legendary Atlanta club hosts parties for queer people of color at XO NIghtclub, 40 E. Long St., Columbus, 43215. Upcoming events include a Halloween Costume Party on Friday, Oct. 19. Dayton ABBA Mpowerment: It stands for “Aspiring Beyond Belief & Adversity,” and it’s for gay, bi and trans African Americans ages 18-30. FB: ABBA MPowermentMPowerment.


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No Place Like Piqua A one-man show taking the stage in Columbus takes the author back to his hometown in Western Ohio. By Erin McCalla

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rowing up, no matter where you’re from, is about identity discovery and figuring out your next steps. “Dear Piqua,” a one-man show of songs and monologues written by Drew Eberly, follows the arc of growing up in the small Western Ohio town and the decision to move to the big city. For Eberly, the “big city” was Columbus, and in his play, he explores what is gained and what is lost in such a move. “The ‘what is lost’ part is interesting, because when you’re 20, you don’t think too much of what might be lost. You’re ready to go; you’re ready to break out,” he says. “It’s ‘I need something more. I need something bigger.’ I think now, where I’m at, I can look back and think, ‘Yeah that was the decision I made and it was a good one.’ But there are some things that when you get a little bit older, you go, ‘Oh, it was really great that I had that,’ or, ‘It was really nice that my community felt like this.’” Example: the sense of community a small town brings. Piqua is a city of about 20,000 that’s about 30 minutes north of Dayton on I-75. “I see in Columbus that people are always trying to create smaller communities,” Eberly says. “People are trying to make the city smaller, which is funny because a lot of us left small cities or towns.” Sometimes you end up searching for the thing that you were running from. And sometimes the place you’re running to is different than you thought it would be.

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“I remember thinking that high school was going to look a certain way, but then by the time I got there, that really wasn’t who I was anymore,” Eberly says. “The same thing happened when I thought about what moving to Columbus was going to be like. And then I got there, and it was different.” While the stories in the monologues are specific and autobiographical—like Piqua High School football games, where generations of families attend and everyone knows each other in the stands—the songs Eberly wrote for “Dear Piqua” are not. “The songs are a little bit more universal, a little bit more hitting on a theme that we all can relate to.” Because of the autobiographical nature of the play, a lot of it is about coming out and finding identity. “For so many kids, Columbus is the place if you are a gay kid. I recognized it early on as a place that I could be, and I think it was important for me to still live in Ohio, but finding that ‘Columbus.’” The play, which runs from Thursday, Oct. 11 through Saturday, Oct. 20, is produced by Available Light Theatre, where Eberly has been a company member for eight years. He has directed and acted for the theater company, but this his first written piece to go to full production. “I thought this could marry the singer-songwriter in me and the theater,” he says. “I didn’t have much more than that when I presented it to the company. When I think of Available Light, the answer is yes if you’re thoughtful and passionate. It’s allowed me to take chances.”

Inspired by songwriters Bruce Springsteen and Ani DiFranco, and filmmaker Noah Baumach’s movies “Kicking and Screaming” and “Frances Ha,” Eberly has tried to craft relatable stories and songs. “I’ve learned that if you treat your own stories with care and you remember to have fun, that your stories can be meaningful for other people.” A lot of the play is the fumbles of life and finding the humor in it, but because of the current times, the story also gets political and shines a light on different perspectives from the 2016 presidential election. “One of the lower moments of the play is when I talk about the election and think we are all in this mindset, but if you travel to Piqua you will… I don’t know if you will understand, but you can try to understand how they got to this conclusion. But you look at that conclusion and think, ‘What?!” Eberly says. “The character is angry about it. It makes a nice kind of point. These are different worlds. It takes about an hour to get to Piqua (from Columbus), but in that time, politically speaking, we are in a different world.”

Erin McCalla is a freelance writer from Columbus. FIND OUT MORE There are seven performances of “Dear Piqua” scheduled between Thursday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 20 at Columbus Dance Theatre, 549 E. Main St., Columbus, 43215. It’s produced by Available Light Theatre (avltheatre.com). Tickets are $20, but the theater company also has a “Pay What You Want” program that’s just what it sounds like.


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By Prizm News Dayton’s annual LGBT Film Festival is a fall tradition and a draw for film lovers throughout the Midwest. Over 13 years, the festival has brought close to 200 features and shorts to town. This year’s festival is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Neon, 130 E. 5th St., Dayton, 45402. Festival passes are $60 and available at daytonlgbt.com. Single-screening tickets are $9 and available online or at the theater.

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Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military (the largest transgender employer in the country). This documentary chronicles the lives of four people defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. ‘Wild Nights With Emily’ | Saturday, October 13, 7 p.m. This comical look at the life of Emily Dickinson (starring the incomparable Molly Shannon) runs counter to the notion that Dickinson was a lonely spinster. Instead, we get a brighter picture of a spirited woman who was forced to hide her love affair. ‘Mapplethorpe’ | Saturday, October 13, 9:30 p.m. An exploration of the artist’s life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea hotel, where he began photographing his newly found circle of artists and musicians, socialites, film stars and members of the S&M underground. Matt Smith (“The Crown”) offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and the self-destructive impulses that threaten to undermine it all.

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‘Dear Fredy’ | Sunday, October 14, 1 p.m. Fredy Hirsch was a proud openly gay Jew who fled Germany to the Czech Republic, which also was conquered by the Nazis. When he arrived in Auschwitz, he persuaded Josef Mengele to set up a daycare center for children and youth and granted some 600 children their final moments of happiness. Every Act of Life | Sunday, October 14, 3 p.m. A documentary look at world-renowned playwright Terrence McNally’s pioneering five-decade career in the theater, focusing on the struggle for LGBTQ | rights and his pursuit of love and inspiration at every age. Retalbo | Sunday, October 14, 5:30 p.m. A stunningly gorgeous coming-of-age film about Segundo, a 14-year-old Peruvian boy who idolizes his father and his beautiful artistic endeavors. Upon discovering his father’s secret, Segundo’s world is rattled, and he struggles to come to grips with his role in this highly patriarchal community.

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Haute \Halloween October means one thing. Halloween. This month, we pay chic homage to nostalgic spooky cinematic Characters. And to mark Prizm’s first anniversary, we’re featuring wardrobe from some of our favorite retailers who’ve been with us since Day One. Remember, your costumes don’t have to be complicated to be Effective. Just reimagine your character with updated flare. As always, take advantage of the cooler weather and colorful environment to layer some magical statement pieces into your new fall wardrobe. Most of all, have fun!

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‘The Happy Prince’ (above) Movie Release Date: October 5 Literary legend Oscar Wilde (Rupert Everett) comes to life in an historical drama based on his affair with Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas (Colin Morgan). Wilde’s relationship with Douglas brought on the infamous indecency trial that ruined his career, put him in prison for two years, and exiled him from society. The openly gay Everett writes, directs and stars in this new portrayal. bbc.co.uk/bbcfilms Pet Wants (above) Cincinnati New fall menus shouldn’t just be for us humans! Pet Wants is a high-quality, nutritionally complete and balanced line of pet foods made in Ohio. They’re made-to-order monthly and guaranteed fresh. petwants.com • $12.99/5-pound bag introductory offer

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ONE OF US Malik Jackson / Kardi Redd Diamond Home: Canton Identifies As: Gay Pronouns: He/Him/His When he’s onstage as Kardi Redd Diamond in Cleveland, Canton, Akron, Youngstown and beyond, Malik Jackson is thinking of four things. “It means I’m changing lives, I’m living my dreams, following my heart and achieving my goals,” says the 24-year-old Canton resident whose stage is expanding now beyond Ohio’s borders. Jackson, who’s inspired by queens near and far—Nina West of Columbus and Amaya Sexton of Dayton, LA’s Sasha Colby, and Pittsburgh’s Lola LeCroix are role models—has words of advice whether you’re doing death drops on a stage or just trying to survive brunch with your best friends/worst enemies/same difference: “Don’t worry about the haters and the bashers because you’re beautiful and if they are talking, you’re doing something right.” Oh, and one more thing... “Miss Thing, You Betta Weerrrkkk!” What’s the story of Kardi? What’s she all about? Kardi is definitely the rebel side of me. She is feisty and fierce! And she can dance a hole in any stage! When I discovered Kardi, I felt like I got my life back. I felt so defeated and alone before Kardi came along and showed me my worth.” What is drag to you? Drag to me is an art form, a way of expression. There’s no right or wrong way to do it. Drag means I can be whoever I want to be on stage in that moment, and nobody can tell me I’m not. Drag has saved people’s lives, including mine. Being Kardi stopped me from making some decisions that I wasn’t proud of even thinking about. Also being onstage, I’ve inspired so many people to follow their dreams. One common misconception that people have about drag is that it’s not a job. Drag is very hard to do, and it’s hard work! We’re not just women and men dressing up and jumping onstage. Drag performers are art pieces, and it takes blood, sweat and tears to make it possible. What advice would you give for queens just getting started? • Be yourself! • “Drag Race” is not our only form of drag! • Find your own niche and be your own star.

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Walking Out and Standing Up Scott Schoettes led the revolt last year of a presidential panel on HIV/AIDS. He’ll talk about truth and resistance at a conference this month on LGBTQ health.

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When asked if resigning did more harm than good, he says: “By resigning, especially in the middle of the Affordable Care Act debate, I know that we brought a lot more attention to this issue and put it on people’s radar as something we need to be thinking about.” Schoettes still has hope that progress can be made. There are a lot of dedicated and caring people at the federal Department of Health and Human Services who understand the issues that need to be addressed, he says. But advocates on the outside need to keep speaking out. “We are at a critical time, I think, in the fight against HIV and AIDS, and we should not be letting up.”

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But he and several colleagues on the panel became uneasy last year with the new Trump administration, its policies and interactions with the HIV community. During the campaign, according to Schoettes, Trump refused to meet with HIV/AIDS advocates. On the day he took office, the White House shut down the White House Office on National AIDS Policy.

he man who resigned last year from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS with an open letter in Newsweek titled, “Trump Doesn’t Care About HIV. We’re Outta Here,” will speak this month at an LGBTQ health conference in Columbus. Scott Schoettes, the Chicago-based HIV project director for Lambda Legal, is one of four headline speakers lined up for the 2018 Transforming Care Conference, hosted by the Equitas Health Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity and scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18 and Friday, Oct. 19 at Ohio State University’s Fawcett Center. The two-day conference will cover health, healthcare, access and advocacy issues for all people in the LGBTQ community. More than 75 sessions are on the schedule, designed for activists, academics, community members, and health and social service professionals. Schoettes will host a Thursday afternoon session about HIV criminalization and deliver a Friday morning address titled, “Trumping Apathy With Truth and Fierce Resistance.” It’s a topic he knows well. Schoettes was appointed by President Barack Obama to the HIV advisory council known as PACHA. Living openly with HIV and having a legal background

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Rebecca Huff, a freelance writer from Cincinnati, also wrote in this issue about the revival of tea dances in her hometown. FIND OUT MORE Visit transformingcareconference.com for more information about the two-day 2018 conference that will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18 and Friday, Oct. 19.

An introductory letter from PACHA members was answered in a pro-forma manner, he said, and a second letter was ignored. Even then, that wasn’t the straw that broke the camel’s back, Schoettes said.

Registration for the Transforming Care Conference runs from $50 for students (it’s cheaper for a one-day pass) to $150 for the general public to $325 for licensed medical professionals. Email transformingcare@equitashealth.com with questions.

For Schoettes and others, that came when the administration began pushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which ended up failing in the U.S. Senate. The 2010 law also known as Obamacare has helped people living with HIV by guaranteeing coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, expanding eligibility for Medicaid and lowering prescription drug costs for those on Medicare.

Other speakers at the 2018 conference include Sarah McBride, the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign and author of “Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality”; Ken Williams, a speaker, storyteller, HIV activist and creative force behind the award-winning, queerconscious video blog, “Ken Like Barbie”; and Miriam Yeung, former executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

In June 2017, Schoettes and five other members of the advisory council resigned. Trump quickly fired the whole group.

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Visit lambdalegal.org.

“This president does not want to hear anything that is in any way critical of him or his administration. I think that’s why he decided to fire the rest,” Schoettes says.

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September 15 The annual charity art auction raised a record $1 million for Equitas Health, Ohio’s communitybased healthcare system specializing in LGBTQ and HIV care.

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September 8 Eighteen stages of theater, dance and music; visual arts on display and created live; and celebrity chefs cooking in person were the highlights of Cleveland Public Theatre’s annual fundraising extravaganza. Photos by Steve Wagner

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NEWS FLASH Gay Columbus TV Anchor Under Fire for Anti-Trans Remark (Sept. 12) Marshall McPeek, the openly gay meteorologist for Columbus’ WSYX-TV, drew heavy criticism for welcoming “ladies and gentlemen, things and its” to an LGBTQ journalists’ convention. In an apology to “our global LGBTQ community,” he promised to learn and listen. “I hope that you can find it in your hearts to understand my humanness, accept my heartfelt apology, and allow me to earn your forgiveness,” he said.

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“Resist. Heal. Protect. Grieve. Connect. Rest. Fight back. Think. Feel. Roar. Sing. Listen. Shout. Chant. Whisper. Lean in. Call out. Imagine. Protest. Rise. Empathize. Comfort. Respond. Praise.” And her last word of advice? “Repeat.” Rustin Would Be Fighting Trump Today, His Partner Tells Prizm (Sept. 6) What would civil rights hero Bayard Rustin think of life in Donald Trump’s America? “I think he would be outraged, discouraged and depressed for about five minutes, and then he would get out there and organize and work to combat the bigotry and hatred that’s been given license by the current president,” his partner, Walter Naegle, told Prizm on the eve of a visit to Ohio for performances of an oratorio about Rustin’s life and work. Columbus Selected as Host for 2020 Gay Softball World Series (Sept. 2) For the third time in 10 years, Columbus has been chosen to host the Gay Softball World Series, an event expected to bring 5,000 players and partiers to Central Ohio for six days in August 2020. Columbus beat out San Francisco and will become just the fourth city to host the series for a third time. Visit PrizmNews.com for the latest LGBTQ news from across Ohio, and sign up to get weekly news and events updates by email.

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Calendar Northwest

Art Exhibit ‘Sites of Power: Soft Thrones’ Through Saturday, October 27

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Comedy Cameron Esposito Tuesday, October 2

In January 2018, artist Jova Lynne traveled to her familial home of Kingston, Jamaica, to collaborate on a series of workshops with queer-identified, female-spectrum Jamaicans. These conversations and her own reflections on identity have informed the portraits and objects presented in “Soft Thrones.”

Esposito and wife Rhea Butcher (they announced a separation in August) are the stars and creators of the sitcom, “Take My Wife,” available on Starz, and Esposito hosts the interview podcast, “Queery.” Her standup special, “Rape Jokes,” released in June, addresses sexual assault from a survivor’s perspective. Viewers On display at the University of donated more than $50,000 to Toledo-Center for the Visual Arts the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Main Gallery, 620 Art Museum Drive, Network. Toledo, 43620. Jovalynne.com There are two shows—7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.—at The Grog Shop, 2785 • Bowling Green Lavender Women’s Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland, 44106. Tickets are $25 in advance Dance Party: Friday, October 12 and $27 at the door. grogshop.gs / at the Simpson Building, 1291 cameronesposito.com. Conneaut Ave., Bowling Green, 43402. 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. $12. FB: BG Lavender Women. • Chagrin Documentary FilmFest • Spectrum of Findlay Murder Screening: ‘Exact Change’: Mystery Dinner: Saturday, October Friday, October 5 at Chagrin 13 at Moose Lodge No. 698, 1028 Cinema B, 8200 E. Washington St., W. Main Cross St., Findlay, 45840. Chagrin Falls, 44023. 7 p.m. $10. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. $35. FB: Lgbtq+ chagrinfilmfest.org. Spectrum of Findlay. • LGBT Heritage Day: Thursday, • Drag Brunch: Every Sunday at October 11 at Cleveland City Hall, McCune’s Other Side Bistro, 5038 601 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland, Lewis Ave., Toledo, 43612. 11 a.m.44114. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. 3 p.m. (show at 12:30 p.m.). $12.95. lgbtcleveland.org. FB: McCune’s Other SIde Bistro Bar. • Theater: ‘This Much (or an Act • Toledo Name and Gender Change of Violence Toward the Institution Legal Clinic: Wednesday, October of Marriage)”: Friday, October 24 at Equitas Health, 3450 W. 12-Saturday, November 3 at Liminis Central Ave., Toledo, 43606. 6 p.m.Theater, 2438 Scranton Road, 8 p.m. Free. equitashealth.com / FB: Cleveland, 44113. 8 p.m. $10-$20. TransOhio. convergence-continuum.org. • Theater: ‘Stop Kiss’: Wednesday, October 17-Sunday, October 21 at Baldwin Wallace University-Black Box Theatre, Kleist Center for Arts & Drama, 95 E. Bagley Road, Berea, 44017. 7:30 p.m. $10. bw.edu/ events. • Conference: Advancing Workplace Inclusion by Building LGBTQ Cultural Competency: Tuesday, October 23 at Music Box Supper Club, 1148 Main Ave., Cleveland, 44113. 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free for Plexus members. thinkplexus.org.

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Art Exhibit ‘Mickalene Thomas: I Can’t See You Without Me’ Through Sunday, December 30 The work of celebrated, multidisciplinary artist Mickalene Thomas is showcased in this new exhibition that explores her vibrant and resonant dialogue with authorship, identity, desire and the historically charged relationship between artist and muse. You’ll encounter more than 50 of Thomas’ works, including her signature rhinestone-encrusted paintings, collages and sculptures. It’s all on display at the Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St., Columbus, 43210. Admission is $6-$8 but free on Thursdays after 4 p.m. and on the first Sunday of each month. wexarts.org / mickalenethomas.com.

• Kaleidoscope Youth Center Fundraiser: The Masquerade: Friday, October 5 at the Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave., Bexley, 43209. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $75. kycohio.org. • Vox on the Rocks: School Daze: Friday, October 5-Saturday, October 6 at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center Performing Arts Theater, 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd., Columbus, 43215. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. showtimes. $20. columbusgaymenschorus.com. • LGBTQ Family Event & Resource Fair: Sunday, October 14 at the Childhood League Center, 674 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, 43215. 9 a.m-1:30 p.m. $5-$10. familypridenetwork.org.

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Dayton’s Masquerage is an annual event that raises money for the lifesaving working of Equitas Health. Since its inception in 2002, this Party of Parties for a Cause has helped raise awareness and now more than $1.25 million.

Host Michelle Visage will introduce live performances by some of the series’ most unforgettable queens, including newly crowned Season 10 winner Aquaria; runners-up Asia O’Hara, Kameron Michaels and Eureka; Season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen; and fan favorites Kim Chi and Violet Chachki.

Fundraiser Masquerage Friday, October 26

This year’s theme is “Rio Nights.” Although many attendees will be in full regalia, all that’s required is a mask. The party runs from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at The Steam Plant, 617 E. 3rd St., Dayton, 45402. Tickets are $65 ($150 for VIP), or $75 and $175 at the door. masquerage.org.

• Anne E. DeChant: Wednesday, October 10 at the Holland Theatre, 127 E. Columbus Ave., Bellefontaine, 43311. 7 p.m. $15-$25. thehollandtheatre.org / anneedechant.com. • Scorpius of Southwest Ohio Presents Stingerfest: Saturday, October 13 at Argos Bar, 301 Mabel Ave., Dayton, 45403. 10 p.m. argosleatherbar.com. • Art Exhibition: ‘Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and têteà-tête’: Saturday, October 20-Sunday, January 13 at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton, 45405. $8. daytonartinstitute.org. • Theater: ‘Fun Home’: Friday, October 26-Sunday, November 4 at Beavercreek Community Theatre, 3868 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek, 45432. 8 p.m. $12$15. bctheatre.org

Drag ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Werq the World Tour Thursday, October 18

The tour’s only Ohio stop starts at 9 p.m. at the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, 45202. Tickets are $42.75-$62.75. cincinnatiarts.org.

• Queen City Gala: ISQCCBE Coronation 27: Wednesday, October 3-Sunday, October 7 at various locations. Some events are free; some require registration or admission. isqcce.org • Monet X Change: Monday, October 8 at the Cabaret, 1122 Walnut St., Cincinnati, 45202. 7:30 p.m. $25-$30. cabaretcincinnati. com / monetxchange.com. • Cincinnati Name and Gender Change Legal Clinic: Wednesday, October 10 at the University of Cincinnati LGBTQ Center, 565 Steger Student Life Center, Cincinnati, 45221. Free. FB: TransOhio / equitashealth.com. • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk: Sunday, October 14 at Sawyer Point, 705 Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, 45202. 2 p.m-3:30 p.m. afsp.org.

• Theater: ‘Breaking the Code’: Wednesday, October. 24-Sunday, November. 11 at Van Fleet Theatre, Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave., Columbus, 43215. 11 a.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. showtimes. $20-$40. evolutiontheatre.org / catco.org. • Miz Cracker: Sunday, October 28 at the Funny Bone, 145 Easton Town Center, Columbus, 43219. 7:30 p.m. $30-$40. columbus.funnybone.com / mizcracker.com.

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