The Brand New Year Edition
January 2017


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Viva La Divas! - HerHRC Cincinnati 2017
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)  is proud to announce its annual "Her HRC" event will be taking place on Saturday, January 14, 2016 at Below Zero Lounge in Cincinnati, Ohio. This year's theme is "Viva La Divas!"

Our team welcomes all  LGBTQ individuals and allies to attend our event on January 14th. Our community is always stronger together,  and it would be fantastic to see you! We are planning a fun-filled evening with fellowship, a silent auction, and an AMAZING live-performance by our very own "Equalettes"!

Tickets are $10  - click here to purchase. and can be purchased at: .

W e can always use volunteers to help make our event special! If you think you have time to share with us, please check out our volunteer sign-up page
Bittersweet Farewells
At the end of December, Cincinnati lost two well-respected LGBT businesses - On Broadway Bar and Simons Says.  The Gay Chamber would like to thank the owners, managers and crew of these establishments for the many years of service they provided and for the countless hours of laughter, dancing, and pure joy they provided.  Many friendships were born and strengthened in these two venues; not to mention all the Mr. Right and Mr. Right-Nows met. We sincerely wish the teams much success in their next adventures - but we are also saddened by the void left in our local nightlight. Thanks for the memories!    
Cincinnati Arts Diversity Fair




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 The Chamber appreciates the support 1Tax Financial 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!
Cincinnati Men's Chorus Karaoke Takeover at Tillie's
Join the Cincinnati Men's Chorus as they takeover Karaoke at Tillies Lounge in Northside on Saturday, January 7 from 9pm-1am featuring DJ Will Corson. Whether you sing or not, come out and grab a drink with us! Must be 21+
Kamikaze Pageant benefitting Proud Scholars
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!
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 "Connie and Carla" - a mob mix-up in Chicago sends two chanteuses screaming for L.A., where they score a perfect gig: posing as drag queens on the dinner theater/cabaret circuit.
   Starring Toni Collette and Nia
                                                      Wednesday, 1/11 6:30pm 
   Tillie's Lounge
     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.
Cincinnati Pride 2017 Planning Meeting
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!

Melissa Etheridge
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.
Leather Invasion at The Dock
Don't miss the Early Show
Love a good drag show but don't want to be out late?  Live north of town and don't like to drive down to Cincinnati?  Two good reasons you won't want to miss the Early Show at Old Street Saloon.  Thursday - January 12th from 9-11pm.  Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the show begins at 9:00 p.m. This show is being hosted by Bearbie Steele-Tate.

Old Street is located in the heart of Monroe at 13 Old Street.  Check here for more on Old Street Saloon.

Out of HiBEARnation Party

Come out of your winter hiBEARnation on January 8 from 6-8 for a night of bears, cigars, and prizes hosted by your Cincinnati Sisters. You could win a weekend pass for North American Bear if you take part in our special raffle. So come out and enjoy some treats while we raise money for the Cincinnati Exchange Program.


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Daniel Cole presents Hard Candy Cincinnati featuring Laila McQueen.  The Unofficial Season 8 Tour After Party continues Saturday, January 21 at The Cabaret.  Show begins 11pm.

For table reservations -

For guaranteed general admission - $10 -  Event is 21+

Meet & greet with Laila after the show!
Cocktails for a Cause
Join your Host, Empress 16, Brooklyn Steele-Tate as we raise our glasses to raise money for the selected charity of Reign XXV. There will be raffles and all tips during this time go directly to the selected charity. Come on out to Tillie's Lounge on Thursday, January 19th from 6-8 p.m. Bring your friends and co-workers and stop by for a drink and help the ISQCCBE raise money for our selected charity.
        Miss Drag You Out   

Okay Ladies, it's that time again! Time to put on a wig, makeup, heels and your favorite costume and be a Drag Queen for a night. This is one of the most fun and exciting paegeants we have so don't miss out on this great opportunity to have fun and raise money for breast cancer. 


An ISQCCEB Event.  Sunday, January 15th at The Cabaret. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the event begins at 7:00 p.m. Contact Connie Lynne Guiste-McCoy, Molly Mormen for details and to sign up. 

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.
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 Up


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.  


In Kentucky, LGBT people can still be fired from a job, denied a place to live, or kicked out of a restaurant. RALLY with us for a Statewide Fairness Law!

7:30 a.m. Carpool from Fairness Campaign (2263 Frankfort Ave.)
8:30 a.m. Lobby Training in Capitol Annex (Room TBA) (702 Capital Avenue)
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Group Lobbying
1:30 p.m. Rally in Capitol Rotunda (700 Capital Avenue)

PREPARE by calling 1-800-372-7181 to schedule a meeting with your state Senator and Representative on Feb. 15 to support a Statewide Fairness Law prohibiting LGBT discrimination (the operator will help you leave your message). If you schedule a meeting, please let us know by contacting 502.893.0788 or!

The Kentucky Capi tol is located at 700 Capital Ave., Frankfort, KY 40601. The Capitol Annex is immediately behind the Kentucky Capitol building.

83% OF KENTUCKIANS SUPPORT FAIRNESS! for statewide survey results.

The Fairness Coalition includes: ACLU of Kentucky, Fairness Campaign, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, & Lexington Fairness.

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.

Join Love Must Win at Applebee's in Crestview Hills, KY for a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. Come out for some amazing food and help Love must Win raise funds to assist with the cost of our programs that we offer free to the community every month. The Love Must Win team and our volunteers will serve as your wait staff for the Breakfast. As always free hugs, free smiles, and great memories!

The cost of the breakfast will be $7. You can purchase a ticket by phone (859) 903-5428 or via message on Facebook. A small amount of tickets will be available at the door but we suggest getting them early before they sell out. Please contact us for any questions!

Saturday March 11th 8am-10am - Cost $7 per person
Menu: Pancakes, bacon, butter,s yrup, and drink (coffee,soda, tea, orange juice, or milk)


Join GLSEN and the The Carnegie for a twisted fairytale princess cabaret!

See DISENCHANTED in a pay-what-you-can preview the night before it opens to the public!

Poisoned Apples. Glass slippers. Who needs 'em? Join these fairytale princesses for an uproarious evening of irreverent humor and satirical snipes as they throw out their tiaras and start getting real. Snow White leads an all-star cast featuring Cinderella, Belle, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and many more in this not-for-the-kiddies cabaret. Forget the princesses you think you know. These ladies will have you rolling in the aisle with their piercing take on happy ever after.

Called "Delightfully rowdy, hilarious, ebullient!" by Theatremania and "Fair ... ytales with a sassy, modern twist!" by Time Out New York, DISENCHANTED! has attracted sell-out audiences everywhere it's been performed. It's sure to be a sidesplitting evening of theatre you won't want to miss.

Book, music, and lyrics by Dennis T. Giacino

No pre-reservations! Just arrive at the Carnegie no earlier than 6:30 pm to make your pay-what-you-can donation and you're in!  Preview proceeds split between the Carnegie and GLSEN.

Playing March 25- April 9, 2017 -

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

  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

  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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