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February 2016


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     Love is in the Air!

 We're B-A-A-C-K! 

The Gay Chamber is thrilled to announce that our new web site is online! Check out the online version of "The Listings 2015-2016", our new community resources guide and the special member spotlight featuring your fellow Gay Chamber members - and that's just the start! 

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Lighthouse Foster Care and Adoption 
Lighthouse Foster Care and Adoption is looking for potential LGBT foster parents.

The Foster Care Program is part of Lighthouse Youth Services, a not-for-profit organization that operates social services for youth and their families, including Runaway and Homeless Youth, Foster Care and Independent Living, Early Childhood Services, Home Based Services, Group Homes, Juvenile Justice Services, and Charter Schools.

Lighthouse has offered Foster Care since 1979, serving thousands of foster children during that time and becoming a national leader in Foster Care.

For details, contact Sheri Hager, Director of Communications and Public Relations at Lighthouse Youth Services.  Email or call 513-487-7182.  You can also visit the Lighthouse Foster Care and Adoption web page.  
PFLAG Welcomes Ryan Messer 
The February PFLAG meeting will feature guest speaker Ryan Messer.  Mr. Messer is currently serving as the Over-the-Rhine Community Council President.  He has enjoyed a nearly 20-year career at Johnson & Johnson and he was a co-founder of Future Leaders OTR.  He and his husband have two sons.

The Monthly PFLAG meeting will be held on Tuesday 2/9 beginning at 7:30pm.  Meetings are held at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church.  
Love is a Cabaret with CMC  
Join the Cincinnati Men's Chorus for an evening of love, laughs and libations at the annual Valentine's Day Cabaret, "Love is a Cabaret!"  Snuggle up to your someone special for a sometimes funny, sometimes touching and almost always irreverent evening of music and laughter.   There will be light bites to make sure you don't get too carried away and this year you can add a special VIP package of reserved seating, special dinner buffet and other surprises designed to really impress your Valentine!

Cincinnati Pride Throwback Skate

Join Cincinnati Pride on Fountain Square on Saturday, February 13 from 5-9PM for Throwback Skate! Present the voucher at the admissions tent and a $2 donation will go to Cincinnati Pride (good 5-9PM on 2/13/16 only).

Cost: $6.00 admission and $4.00 skate rental. Payable by cash or credit card (Visa/MasterCard/AmEx)

  Pride Night at Kings Island Potluck

Spend Valentine's Day with good friends at 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, February 14th at 6pm - On Broadway Bar (817 Broadway Street - Downtown)

  Muse Choir Performs during Music on the Avenue

St. John United Church of Christ, an open and affirming congregation in Bellevue, KY present the 17th annual Music on the Avenue.  For five Friday evenings in February and March, the sanctuary is converted into a concert hall featuring a wide variety of music genre from chamber ensembles, operatic performances, steel drum bands and Cincinnati's own MUSE Women's Choir. 
Music on the Avenue  17 th Annual Recital Series Free to the Public!

February 5, 2016-8 pm - Sacred gospel and secular songs
Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers  - A Cappella Male Vocal Quintet
February 12, 2016-8 pm - Original and familiar music
February 19, 2016-8 pm - Jazz interpretations of the American Songbook
Lynne Scott, jazz vocals and Lee Stolar, piano
February 26, 2016-8 pm - Music relevant to today's social justice issues   
March 4, 2016-8 pm -Classical gems spanning three centuries
Phillips-Hofeldt Piano Trio
Stephen Phillips, piano
Betsey Hofeldt, violin
Mark Hofeldt, cello

 Karaoke at Tillie's Lounge 

 LGBTQ Scholarship Opportunity
HRC  previewed state and local legislative battles in the year ahead, including anti-LGBT bills likely to be considered in at least 27 states. HRC anticipates that, as in 2015, anti-LGBT activists will push for measures that give legal cover to discrimination against LGBT Americans in dozens of states. The analysis also highlights opportunities to advance LGBT equality in 2016.

Click this link to review the report
Click here to visit HRC's website.

"Court" is in Session!

The ISQCCBE is hosting a Membership Competition! Prizes include a limited-edition 25th anniversary pin and a ticket to Coronation! Email for rules, prize levels, and other details!

The Imperial Sovereign Queen City Court of the Buckeye Empire, Inc.(The Court). The Court is a local, Cincinnati-based 501-(c)(3) incorporated non-profit organization. All money raised by the Court are donated to local and national charitable organizations.  You are invited to come out and support the work of the Court!  Stay up with the latest happenings - click here to view the ISQCCBE Community Calendar
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.
Queer Queens of Qomedy Come to Cincinnati

All Hail the Queens. National headliner Poppy Champlin is bringing her highly sought after The Queer Queens of Qomedy to Cincinnati on March 3 at 7PM to Go Bananas Comedy Club. Tickets are $25 for General admission and $40 for VIP admission that includes a meet and greet before the show with wine and cheese and preferred seating.
7th Annual HRC Gala

Mark your calendar now!  Greater Cincinnati HRC's 7th Annual Gala is Saturday March 5th at the Horseshoe Casino (1000 Broadway St, Cincinnati, OH 45202)
Tickets: Tickets are on sale now at
 The Listings is available online and throughout town 
The 2015/2016 edition of The Listing s is available now at local retailers and night spots.  You can also The Listings Online

What's Happening in the Bars 

   901 Race Street - Downtown Cincinnati
   Facebook:  Bar 901

   Open daily 11am - 11 pm - Happy Hour 11am-7pm
   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
  Covington's Premier Live Music & Dance Nightclub!  6pm-1am
  Wednesday- Saturday.      

   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

 Cincinnati's country-western themed bar!  Featuring Trivia Tuesdays,
  Butch Thursdays, and drag shows weekly.  DJ Push Play hosts
  Shirtless Saturdays.

    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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  • 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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Greater Cincinnati Gay Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 141461

Cincinnati, OH 45250-1461



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