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April 2016


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     Remembering Howard Sharon

The Greater Cincinnati Gay Chamber of Commerce remembers our friend Howard Sharon. Our condolences to Howards's friends, family and co-workers at Shooters Bar. He will be remembered for his generous support of our local community.

Below is the obituary that was listed online:

Howard Sharon, 64, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away March 23, 2016.  He was born in Covington, Kentucky on February 4, 1952 to Pauline (Robinson) Sharon.

He was the fifth oldest of eleven children, survived by Clifford Sharon, Lewis Sharon, Lulu Hembree, Kenny Sharon, Reed Sharon, Allen Sharon, Mary (Sissy) Ritter, Gary Sharon, Carol Brownfield and countless friends he considered family.  He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, George Sharon.

Howard served in the United States Army from 1970 to 1976, had a career with American Airlines and eventually owned and operated Shooters Bar in Cincinnati, Ohio, for over 25 years. He was a kind and generous man who will be missed by many.

All donations should be directed to The Cincinnati Court, ISQCCBE, P.O. Box 141152 Cincinnati, OH 45250 
Congrats to Cincinnati Pride!
Cincinnati Pride was among the TOP 3 local events as named by Citybeat magazine in the Best of 2016 issue released last week.  The Cincinnati Pride parade and festival actually ranked #2 among all competition in the Charity/Festival Event.  Come join Cincinnati Pride for this year's festival featuring national recording artist Karmin!  Saturday June 25th - Parade at 11am - festival Noon-9pm at Sawyer Point park on the river.
Show your Pride and pick up a copy of Citybeat today!
 Heartland Wellness Center Grand Opening
Heartland Wellness Center - A new safe space in Cincinnati

Heartland Trans Wellness Group announces the opening of a new Transgender and LGBTQPIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Pansexual, Intersex, and Asexual) community center - the Heartland Wellness Center.

To celebrate, Heartland Wellness is holding a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony and you're invited!

Saturday, April 9 from Noon - 2 p.m.

Heartland Wellness Center is located at Mt Auburn Presbyterian Church (103 William Howard Taft Rd  Cincinnati, OH 45219).

Programming for the ceremony will be lead by MC and Heartland Board Member, Callie Wright and include speakers Heartland Director Jonah Yokoyama, and Cincinnati City Councilman and Heartland Board Member Chris Seelbach, and a reception with food and beverages.
The Heartland Wellness Center is a secular space leased from Mt Auburn Presbyterian Church. It will initially open with scheduled programming and events, with drop in hour availability increasing as the volunteer roster expands. Sign up to volunteer at the Center offerings are expanded -
Heartland Wellness is in need  of lots of items for the Center. See a list of current needs - - or make a financial donation to help support the Center's activities -
What's Going on Tillie's Lounge
The Listings Ad Sales Open Now 
The Listings has been the Tri-State's "go to" guide for LGBTQ owned and friendly businesses for over 25 years.  The annual print issue will be released July 1st and the new issue will also be available online (check out the 2015/16 issue online now
Other exciting new online options are also available - allowing you to update your message throughout the year!
Renew or place your new ad order now.  Email for more information.
Free HIV Testing
Have you been tested lately?  The Northern Kentucky Heath Department offers free HIV testing with results in 20 minutes. Counselors will be able to provide up to date information about HIV, treatment and PrEP.  No Appointment is necessary.

Regularly scheduled testing events:
  • Noon to 2 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Marguerite Robinson Community Center, 400 W. Sixth St., Newport, Ky.
  • 5 to 7 p.m., the second Monday of each month at the Walgreens HIV Specialty Pharmacy, 12th and Madison, Covington, Ky. 
  •  2 to 4 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky, 634 Scott St., Covington, Ky.
  • 4 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at Walgreens, 3104 Dixie Highway, Erlanger, Ky.
- See more at:

"Strike" with Cincinnati Pride

Join Cincinnati Pride at the Wyoming Civic Center on Thursday, April 28th for Candlepin Bowling a Fundraiser for Cincinnati Pride! There are 2 bowling time slots: 7 - 8:30 PM and 8:30 - 10 PM. Tickets are $15 a person (food included). Lanes can fit 6 bowlers. Enter a team name if you would like to bowl with friends. 

 Purchase tickets here:

Street parking is available. Smoking is NOT permitted. Bowling alley is not generally accessible to persons with mobility impairments.
Bob the Drag Queen
Attention fans of RuPaul's Drag Race.  Bob the Drag Queen, a contestant on the current season will be in town on Thursday, April 7. 

Daniel Cole presents  Hard Candy:  Cincinnati  with Bob the Drag Queen.   Hosted by Penny Tration. Meet & greet at 9 PM - Showtime at 10:00 PM.

$20 General Admission - Table reservations available.  Due to venue size, tables and tickets are limited.
Purchase tickets at

This event  is 21+ and will be held at The Cabaret, Cincinnati 1122 Walnut Street Downtown/OTR.  For more information, call 513 202-4052
PFLAG - Second Meeting Site Added
PFLAG of Greater Cincinnati is thrilled to announce that a second monthly meeting will be held every third Wednesday of the month starting April 20th at Mount Washington Presbyterian Church located at 6474 Beechmont Ave.  PFLAG will continue to meet on the second Tuesday of the month at Mount Auburn Presbyterian.  Cincinnati's chapter of the national organization Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) was founded by three local mothers over 30 years ago.  For more information, visit
What's Going on at Below Zero Lounge
GLSEN - Day of Silence - 4/15
GLSEN's Day of Silence is a student-powered event where youth take a vow of silence to represent the silencing effect of anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment. Last year, more than 12,000 students participated, and celebrities like Laverne Cox, Jim Parsons and RuPaul sent them messages of solidarity. This year's Day of Silence is April 15. 

The most important way you can show your support for Day of Silence right now is by registering. When you register your Day of Silence participation with GLSEN, you help us to stay in touch with you, send you resources, and keep track of how many people are being impacted by Day of Silence each year.


Register here, and ask the students in our community to do the same! 

GLSEN's Day of Silence is our biggest student event of the year, and we're counting on you to help us keep it that way.

GLSEN Prom Returns May 6 & 7th
GLSEN Greater Cincinnati Prom will be downtown at the Cincinnati Masonic Center on Friday, May 6 from 7 pm to 11:00 pm. It includes dancing, DJ, snacks and soda for LGBTQ youth and their allies in a fun, safe and supportive space. The 2016 prom theme is fairy tales -- so take your cue from Disney or Grimm, or just come as you are! 

The Safe Space Soiree is the adult portion of GLSEN's annual Prom. For 2016 the Soiree will take place the night after Prom, on Saturday, May 7, also at the Cincinnati Masonic Center in downtown Cincinnati. Soiree admissions and donations allow the annual Prom to be a free event for all youth, and support GLSEN Greater Cincinnati's weekly Youth Group and outreach programs to local schools. All Soiree tickets include dinner and non-alcoholic beverages, one beer/wine drink ticket, cash bar for the remainder of the evening, dancing, and a silent auction.


GLSEN Greater Cincinnati 2015-16 school year sponsored by:
Fifth Third Bank
GLSEN Greater Cincinnati 2015-16 Youth Group generously supported by:
Macaron Bar
Join the Cincinnati Pride Team

Cincinnati Pride wants YOU!  There are openings on both the Cincinnati Pride Board and the Parade/Festival Planning Committee.  If you are interested, please email:
  • Open Positions
- Cincinnati Pride Board:  Treasurer
                    (prefer a CPA)
- Cincinnati Pride Planning Committee:  Graphic Designer
  • PLUS - Cincinnati Pride can always use more VOLUNTEERS!  Volunteers are needed for year-round activities as well as volunteers for the parade and festival on June 25th. For more info visit the Volunteer page or click here to send an email to Cincinnati Pride.

Karmin to headline Cincinnati Pride

Cincinnati Pride has announced that Karmin will headline this year's festival on June 25th.  Karmin will take the stage at 7pm to cap off a full afternoon of local and national entertainment. 

The duo recorded a special message for Cincinnati Pride, check it out here

Here's more info about Karmin from their Wikipedia entry:

Karmin is an American pop duo consisting of Amy Renee Heidemann- Noonan and Nick Noonan The name of the band is a portmanteau made from the Latin word carmen meaning "song" (also a Spanish female name), and the word karma, making the name Karmin. [2]

The duo is known for their covers of popular songs such as " Look at Me Now", " Super Bass", and " Party Rock Anthem". [3] Following the success of their covers, they were signed in 2011 to Epic Records, which was relaunched under L.A. Reid. In May 2012, Karmin released their debut EP, Hello, which spawned the singles " Brokenhearted" and " Hello".

"Brokenhearted" reached the top 20 in the US Billboard Hot 100 charts, and the top 10 in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, while "Hello" reached number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs charts in the United States. [4] In March 2014, the duo released their debut album, Pulses. The album's lead single, " Acapella", charted in the top 10 in Australia and New Zealand, and went Gold in the United States.

They left Epic Records in the middle of 2014 and have since released music independently. Their second album Leo Rising is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2016. [5]

Check out these videos:

ISQCCBE Happenings
The Imperial Sovereign Queen City Court of the Buckeye Empire, Inc. (The Court) is a local, Cincinnati-based 501-(c)(3) incorporated non-profit organization. The Court's purpose is to raise fund for contribution to and in support of any and all charitable [minimum 501 (c)(3)] causes. The Court represents the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, allied communities, and all concerned in support of community functions.

It's Dog Tag Season!
Show your support of Cincinnati Pride by purchasing your annual dog tag - STILL just $5!
Wearing your dog tag shows your Cincinnati Pride and helps to keep Pride a 100% FREE event!  Other specials and discounts may become available throughout the year but the only way to be a part of it is to get your dog tag and wear it with Pride.  This year's color is PURPLE and they are available now at:
 Kelley's Closet - Newport on the Levee
  Pride Night at Kings Island Potluck

Join  On Broadway Bar at the next monthly pot luck dinner in support of funding Pride Night at Kings Island.  Every September, the regional LGBTQ community enjoy a night of rides, entertainment and togetherness.  It's always a great time and for the good folks of The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Greater Cincinnati, it's also a lot of hard work.  Come out and show your support! 

Sunday, April 10 at 6pm - On Broadway Bar (817 Broadway Street - Downtown)

As Seen in The Listings
 The Chamber reminds you to support the businesses that support our community!
                                                                    Check out The Listings online
Resource for LGBTQ Youth

GLSEN Greater Cincinnati hosts a weekly Youth Group meeting.  The GLSEN Youth Group is a safe and welcoming space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their allies to gather. Each week the group explores a topic of interest to middle and high school-aged youth with an emphasis on LGBTQ issues. Youth group also includes weekly social time and a quarterly social outing or activity. GLSEN Youth Group relies on a series of youth generated ground rules to keep our space supportive and positive. We participate in days of action sponsored by GLSEN national and provide opportunities and resources for group members to organize actions in their school community, such as Day of Silence and Ally Week. - Click here for more details.

  Cincinnati Pride 2016 - June 25th!

Plans for the biggest Cincinnati Pride EVER are already in the works!  Want to know what's going on? You are invited to attend the next Cincinnati Pride Planning meeting held on the 3rd Saturday of each month at Below Zero Lounge (1120 Walnut Street - OTR) at 12:00pm.
What's Happening in the Bars 

   901 Race Street - Downtown Cincinnati
   Facebook:  Bar 901

   Open daily 4pm - 11 pm
   Relaxing place to socialize plus drink specials

  701 Bakewell Street - Covington KY
  Facebook:  Bar 32

  Great Cocktails for All Walks of Life! Just a warm and friendly little
  neighborhood bar. Come in and relax

  1122 Walnut Street - Downtown Cincinnati
  Facebook:  Below Zero Lounge

  The Below Zero Lounge is an ultra plush martini lounge.  A
   selection of 100 vodkas.

  1714 Hanfield Street - Northside
  Facebook:  C&D Bar

  A longtime neighborhood bar in Northside.  Stop in and check out
 artwork on display from local artists

  1122 Walnut Street - Downtown Cincinnati
  Facebook:  The Cabaret

  The Queen City's Premiere Show Bar
  Shows every Friday and Saturday night at 11pm  -  Don't forget
  Tipsy Thursdays too!  

  901 Washington Street - Newport KY
  Facebook: The Crazy Fox Saloon

  Smokefree in NKY!  Neighborhood atmosphere featuring regular
  events like Drinking Liberally and Trivia Smackdown

  603 West Pete Rose Way - Downtown Cincinnati
  Facebook:  The Dock Complex

  Cincinnati's longest-running dance club!  3 complete bars, covered  
  smoking patio, patio lounge with volley ball court, best dance floor
  Dance until  4am!Showtimes after 11pm & 12:30am.

   404 W. Pike Street, Covington, KY 41011
   Facebook: The 404 Nightclub
Showcasing America's Music in the Heart of Covington's Historic District!  Open Friday and Saturday 5pm-1m.  Live music every Friday and Saturday 8pm-midnight. On the web at

   2401 Vine Street - Mt. Auburn (Near University Village)
   Facebook: Home Base Tavern

   Stop in once and Home Base Tavern  will become your new favorite
   neighborhood hangout!
    835 Main Street - Downtown
    Facebook: Main Event
   Tuesday Night Theater - Hosted by Bella Dolce with special guest
   performances each week. Dance floor opens at 11pm - dance until
   2:30pm. Show begins 12:15am.  No cover (with purchase). Ages 18+
 13 Old Street - Monroe
  Facebook:  Old Street Saloon

 Friendliest little bar up North!  Open Weds-Sat featuring Happy Hour 
 from 8-9pm. Karaoke on the 1st and 3rd Fridays; Drag shows Friday
 and Saturday Night.  4th Friday Drag Show by the ISQCCBE

  817 Broadway Street - Downtown Cincinnati
  Facebook:  On Broadway Bar

   A friendly place where old friends come to meet new friends &
  good   friends come to have fun. Come as you are, everyone is
  welcome.  Shows hosted by Tyese Rainz every Friday night

  643 Bakewell Street - Covington, KY
  Facebook:  Rosie's Tavern

  Covington's neighborhood tradition - great friends and great drinks
  Rosie's always has free pool, $6 domestic pitchers & $2 wells on
  Monday & KY Bourbon $5.50 a shot on Tuesdays


  927 Race Street - Downtown Cincinnati
  Facebook:  Shooters Bar

Shooters is now closed.  We extend our condolences to Howard's family, friends and crew at Shooters.   

    428 Walnut, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
    Facebook:  Simon Says 
    One of Cincinnati's oldest gay bars "where everyone knows your    
    name!" Happy Hour everyday from 11am-8pm. Game Day beer
    specials.   Mon-Sat 11am - 2:30am; Sun 11am - 12midnight

  4042 Hamilton Avenue - Northside
  Facebook:  Tillie's Lounge

  Cincinnati's newest lounge features plush decor, intimate seating
 arrangements and a massive chandelier over a baby grand piano. 
 Live music on Saturday night; Karaoke on Sunday night.

Renew Your Membership Today 

We are here to serve you and help you grow your business by promoting your business to the Greater Cincinnati GLBT community. We invite you to become a member of the Gay Chamber and be a part of building an even stronger network of gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses.  


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Membership benefits include:

  • Support - the Greater Cincinnati Gay Chamber of Commerce is your voice of advocacy; we are a voice for GLBT and ally owned businesses
  • Exclusive member networking and social events
  • Free listing in monthly Chamber Newsletter to publicize your upcoming events and services
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We value your membership and encourage you to attend Chamber events and reach out to your fellow members. Here's how to contact us:


Greater Cincinnati Gay Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 141461

Cincinnati, OH 45250-1461



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