The Holly Jolly Holiday Edition
December 2016


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   Holiday Season is Upon Us!

December is the month of Holiday celebrations.  Help celebrate diversity by honoring each event this year:



Bodhi Day - December 8th - Day of Enlightenment



Advent - November 27th - December 25th

Saint Nicholas' Day - December 6th

Christmas Eve - December 24th

Christmas Day - December 25th



Pancha Ganapati - December 21st-25th



Hanukkah - December 24th - January 1st



Yule - December 21st


Unitarian Universalism:

Chalica - first week of December


Other Celebrations:

Boxing Day - December 26th

Human Rights Day - December 10th

HumanLight - December 23rd

Kwanzaa - December 26th - January 1st

Newtonmas - December 25th

New Years Eve - December 31st

New Years Day - January 1st 

Caracole Holiday Tree Sale 
Buy that Christmas tree, wreath, or roping - or volunteer your time to help us sell!  This is one of Caracole's favorite fundraisers of the year!
Each December, Caracole has a Christmas Tree fundraiser at Findlay Market. We sell Fraser Firs, Scotch Pines, ropes of garland and wreaths! During this event, we have tons of volunteers prune, package, and help sell trees where all the proceeds benefit Caracole! 

Stop by the market house and purchase a tree (it benefits Caracole!) on one of the dates below OR volunteer with family and friends! (Santa Hats provided.) Email if you're interested in volunteering!

Saturdays: Nov 26th, Dec 3rd, Dec 10th, Dec 17th---8AM-6PM
Sundays: Nov 27th, Dec 4th, Dec 11th, Dec 18th--10AM-4PM

Caracole is the HIV/AIDS service organization in Cincinnati. Our mission is to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS in our community through housing, care, and prevention. We currently serve more than 1500 clients in the eight counties of southwest Ohio.
The Listings Spotlight Member 
 The Chamber appreciates the support Fifth Third Bank provides our LGBTQ Community!
The Listings 2016/2017 - Out Now! 

The Listings
has served the local community for over 20 years!  Check out the latest edition
-  all-new for 2016/2017 and featuring a new design style and format!

The Human Rights Campaign is recruiting skilled, experienced and successful volunteer leaders in the Greater Cincinnati area to seize the moment by engaging in the fight for LGBTQ Equality by joining our volunteer-led steering committee.   
You are personally invited to learn more about joining our strong, diverse and talented team of volunteer leaders in Cincinnati and make history in the civil rights movement of our time.

Please RSVP to

Tuesday Dec. 6, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hilton - Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Rockwood Room
35 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Gay Movie Night
Join ISQCCBE Empress XXV, Molly Mormen  and Emperor XXV Scot Fromeyer as they host Gay Movie Nights at Tillies Lounge. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 8:00 p.m. There will be a $5.00 admission at the door. Raffles, popcorn and soda will be available. Proceeds go to OutReels Cincinnati. Tell your friends, family and co-workers and join Scott & Molly and the ISQCCBE for a great night at the Movies!
This month's feature is the LIVE Televised version of Hairspray. Join us at Tillies Lounge for a great night of entertainment. Popcorn, Soda, Alcohol and a Movie. All for $5.00 at the door. (alcohol sold separately).

Wednesday, December 7th 6:30pm Tillie's Lounge
 Save the Date - January Movie Night is "Connie and Carla" - Wednesday, January 11th
     Get PrEPed
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) can provide a high level of protection against HIV and is even more effective when combined with condoms and other prevention tools.  A PrEP study will be opening this winter at the University of Cincinnati.  If you are an MSM or TGW, HIV-, over the age of 18, living in the Cincinnati Tri-State area, and interested in being contacted when this study opens, please call Jaasiel @ 513-548-6279.
Holiday Opportunity  
Wear Your Support 
The ISQCCBE invite you to show your support to these important local organizations by wearing these exclusively designed t-shirts.  Each month, a new t-shirt will be on sale - you can even purchase a full set and take care a the full year's wardrobe at once!  Here's a link to order.
Love Must Win Quarter Auction 
Love Must Win is presenting a holiday season Quarter auction! Find great holiday gifts while simultaneously supporting a cause that brings love and acceptance into your community! Gift cards, gift baskets, jewelry, home decor, and more will be apart of the quarter auction (a silent auction will be held during the event as well). Snacks and drinks will be available! Come on out and have a blast!!

hursday, December 8th 7-9:30PM

10780 Dixie Highway Walton KY 41094 
 Love Must Win is providing education and support by raising awareness of discrimination, bullying, and self-destructive behaviors with emphasis in the LGBT community. 
Hard Candy presents Tatianna
Daniel Cole presents  Hard Candy: Cincinnati  with Tatianna.


Fresh off of RuPaul's All Stars II, Tatianna is coming to Cincinnati and you won't want to miss her!

Thursday, December 8 - 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 yours at

Event is 21+
Kris Kringle Cookie Bake-Off at On Broadway Bar    
It's the tastiest fundraiser of the year! Cookies, Cakes, Pies, and Candies!

Bake, Bring, or just come in and enjoy!!!! Its a fundraiser, so bring extra money!!!!

Sunday December 11th - 6pm
On Broadway Bar Downtown 
HRC Gala Table Captains Mixer   
Join the HRC Cincinnati steering committee and friends to support moving equality forward. Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and work to ensure the progress we have achieved does not get rolled back. Join us at Unwind for libations and to learn about becoming a Table Captain at the 2017.

Be sure to mark your calendar for the gala on March 4 at Jack Cincinnati Casino!

Wednesday, December 14th
5:30 PM - 8 PM
Unwind Wine Bar - 3435 Michigan Avenue Hyde Park 
What is a Table Captain? 
Our Table Captains serve a critical role in helping to sell tickets to the gala. Your goal is to sell 10 tickets to fill in a whole table. There is no financial obligation if you don't fill your table. 
SafER Zones Trans 101  
New SafER Zones Trans 101 workshop available from the SafER Zones 4-part workshop series. Don't miss this professional development opportunity taking place on Thursday, December 15th from 10am-12pm at Xavier University (in GSC 214).

Please email Kelsey O'Neil, Assistant Director CDI, to reserve your spot today.

If you've attended a SafER Zones 101 workshop, this is your chance to attend a second workshop to receive your SafER Zones Ally sticker!  
Onesie Night at the Dock 
Come Dressed in your Favorite ONESIE!!! Best ONESIE Wins a CASH PRIZE!!!  

Join Dj
Charlee McGinnis til 4am! 

Show includes
Rita Dela Novah Zori Zannell , Nikki Dimon, Nichelle Kartier & Jessica Dimon !!! Doors open at 10pm!!! Come get dressed up get a Discount at THE DOOR!!  

Drink with
Roe Perry & Dylan Swafford 

Friday, December 16th - 10pm til 4am
The Dock Night Club - Pete Rose Way - Downtown 
Holiday Shopping in Bellevue  

  C&D Northside Ugly Sweater Party   

Find your ugliest Holiday sweater and come in and celebrate with us. Stick around for the Monthly Review that begins at 10p! 

Saturday December 17th - 7:30pm-10pm
(show at 10pm)

C&D Northside - click for more information 
  ISQCCBE Family Fun Night at the Zoo  

It's one of Cincinnati's most treasured holiday traditions - and on Sunday, December 18th, you are invited to join the Court for oReign XXV's second Family Fun Event. This time it's at the Cincinnati Zoo, Festival Of Lights. Bring your children, families, and friends as we celebrate the Holidays and enjoy a beautiful night at the Zoo.

Sunday December 18th 5-8pm.  Click here for more information.
New Years Eve at Old Street Saloon   

PFLAG Cincinnati - Meetings  

PFLAG Cincinnati now hosts two meetings each month in two locations.
Second Tuesday monthly meetings start with a social period at 7:00 pm with the meeting from 7:30 to 9:30. They are held at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church, 103 Wm. Howard Taft, Cincinnati 45219 . After announcements, introductions and the program, we break into small groups and share our stories.

Third Wednesday meetings are held from 7 to 9 pm at Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati 45230. We start with small groups followed by the program.     
PFLAG is the organization for parents, families, allies and LGBTQ people united for equality ---
PFLAG Cincinnati is a 501(c)3 organization and not affiliated with any religious or political group. 
Great Events Coming this Winter    

Melissa Etheridge with the Cincinnati Pops - January 8th
Grammy- and Academy Award-winning rock-singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge joins the Cincinnati Pops for a special one night appearance

Etheridge will perform her signature hits such as I'm the Only One, Come to My Window and I Want to Come Over. Hear this iconic voice as you've never heard it before: combined with the power of the Pops.

Click here for tickets and more information.

Cincinnati Pride 2017 Planning Meeting

Kick off the new year and get involved with Cincinnati Pride. Join us for the Cincinnati Pride 2017 Planning Committee Meeting on Sunday, January 15th, at noon.

Held at Caracole, Inc. 4138 Hamilton Avenue; Cincinnati, OH 45223! Be part of your Pride!

Kamikaze Pageant Benefitting Proud Scholars - January 22 
Don't miss the second annual spectacular Kamikaze Pageant. Like nothing you have seen before. We need performers, painters, judges and pushers to make this event as successful as last year.

Blind folded face painters will create drag looks like you have never witnessed - and will never see again!  Molly Mormen is the featured guest performer.

Sunday, January 22nd from 6-9pm at The Cabaret.
The preshow starts at 6p.m. and you can paint a drag queen on stage with the wheel of misfortune before she calls her final number as the first Kamikaze Queen. Designer Jell-O shots. Raffles and laughs for all!

St. John United Church of Christ 18th Annual Music on the Avenue Series - February 3-March 3

St. John United Church of Christ welcomes everyone to the 18 th annual Music on the Avenue Series. This series is our musical gift to the community, and features free concerts of jazz, classical, vocal, and instrumental music.  These concerts are free to the public!
2/3 - Cincinnati Children's Choir - Songs from Around the World
2/10 - Nancy James - Tribute to Rosemary Clooney
2/17 - Rod Stucky and Chris Wilke - Treasures from the late 16th to early 18th Centuries
2/24 - Phillips-Hofeldt Piano Trio - Favorites by Mendelssohn & Dvorak
3/3 - No Promises Ensemble - Jazz, Motown and Classic Vocal Pop

Queen City Sisters at the Fairfield Community Arts Center - February 10th

With vintage style and a touch of sass, their swingin' beat will have you tapping your toes and snapping your fingers. This a cappella trio dazzles audiences with their close harmony arrangements of songs from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s! Classic songs by Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, The Andrews Sisters and more round out an entertaining song list.

Friday 2/10 8-10pm - Fairfield Community Arts Center.  Tickets and More Information.

Cincinnati Pride Throwback Skate - February 11th

Lace up your skates and join Cincinnati Pride for a throwback Skate at the Fountain Square Ice Rink
Saturday 2/11 - 5-9pm at Fountain Square Downtown. 

Sutton Foster with the Cincinnati Pops - February 24th-26th

Cincinnati Pops teams up with one of Broadway's biggest stars, the two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster ( Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie).

First discovered on TV's
Star Search at age 15, Sutton's impressive talent practically bursts from the stage. In addition to Broadway favorites, hear her sing selections from Cole Porter's iconic songbook on the occasion of his 125th birthday year.

Three shows - February 24th, 25th and 26th.  Click here for tickets and more information.

HRC Cincinnati 2017 Gala @ Jack Casino - March 4th

HRC Greater Cincinnati annual gala - click here for tickets and more information.

Kathy Griffin @ Taft Theatre - March 24th

Kathy returns to Cincinnati fresh from releasing her latest book "Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins" and ready to dish it out!
Friday 3/24 8pm.  Tickets and more information
Below Zero Lounge - Dance... Dance... Dance!!!  
Proud Scholars 
What's Going on Tillie's Lounge
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.
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.

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


    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.

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Cincinnati, OH 45250-1461



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