The Sizzlin' Summer Edition
July 2016


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   July 2016

   The Annual Cincinnati Drag Races 

It's time for the annual Cincinnati Drag Races in conjunction with 2nd Sunday's on Main 'Dancing in the Streets' edition. The festival will be held Sunday July 10th from Noon to 5pm. With the races starting at 4pm.

At the festival enjoy Live Entertainment, Food Vendors, Craft Vendors, Salsa Dancing, Country Line Dancing, Your Favorite Drag Performers, Beer Garden, Drag Races, Big Bike Races and so much more!!

The Races will begin at 4pm where teams of four gentlemen (or 3 gents and 1 lady) will run a relay up and down Main Street in complete drag including wig, dress, heels and purse all for the coveted high heel trophy. Then the ladies will put the peddle to the metal in the Big Bike Races in teams of four (or
3 ladies and 1 gent) up and down Main Street in sunglasses, motorcycle cap and vest to complete for the coveted bike trophy.

Team registration is $40 ($10 per team member) and will be collected the day of the festival before the races. All registration money will be donated to Cincinnati Pride.

So, grab your friends and challenge your frienemies! Email for more info or to sign up!

And we'll see you at the races!!!

The Courage to Fail  

The Cincinnati chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in conjunction with the ISQCCBE and the Gay and Lesbian Center of Greater Cincinnati are shedding light on America's youth suicide rates - particularly among members of the LGTBQ community - during their fifth annual "Suicide is a Drag" celebration. Enjoy food and drinks and a drag show for the sake of helping transform prejudice and intolerance that have become unnecessarily detrimental to many.

Cash bar available
Valet parking included with price of ticket
Graeter's ice cream bar

All donations from the event go back to AFSP for research, prevention, education, & advocacy.
The Listings 2016/2017 

The Listings
has served the local community for over 20 years!  The latest edition is all-new for 2016/2017 and features a new design style and format. Estimated deliver is the first week in July!

The Courage to Fail  

Don't miss the latest in a Speaker Series Featuring Stories of Success Through Failure, Mistakes, and Difficult Moments.

Michael Monks founded The River City News in the summer of 2011 after a career in broadcasting in the Cincinnati area that included several years as a TV news producer at WXIX and as a reporter for 700 WLW. He is a Covington native and a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, Northern Kentucky University and Scott High School.

A regular performer on Greater Cincinnati community theatre stages, Michael is also an historic preservation enthusiast, is passionate about urban issues, and is a big fan of NKU athletics.  

Call 859-491-2400 or email to reserve your tickets.
See a Great Show while helping GLSEN!   

Join GLSEN Greater Cincinnati and the Know Theatre for a pay-wh at-you-can preview of GIRLFRIE ND, a summer musical love story about LGBT teens. See it the night before it opens to the public!

Nebraska, the 1990s. Two teenage boys - one a social outcast, the other the quintessential jock - explore a relationship during a summer of self-discovery between high school graduation and the rest of their lives.

Set to the irresistible songs from Matthew Sweet's landmark pop album of the same name, this rock musical from CCM alum (and local favorite) Todd Almond gives voice to those of us who grew up in small towns, those of us who didn't quite fit in, and anybody who remembers the terror and thrill of first love.

GLSEN Pay-What-You-Can Pr
Thursday July 28th - 8pm
Know Theatre - 1120 Jackson Street - OTR


Advance reservations encouraged! Reserve your spot in advance here:

Arrive at the Know no earlier than 7:00 pm to make your pay-what-you-can donation at the Know box office and you're in!

Preview proceeds split between the Know Theatre and GLSEN.

Runs July 29-August 27, 2016
More info:  
ISQCCBE - First Annual ICP Ball 
PFLAG 30+ Anniversary Gala  
Join PFLAG Cincinnati - as we celebrate over 30 years of LFBTQ support, education and advocacy!

Sunday, August 14rh - doors open at 5pm, dinner at 6pm, show at 7pm
The Metropolitan Club in Covington KY. 

The proceeds from the gala help to support PFLAG Cincinnati's annual scholarship fund!

Donate to the scholarship fund, please click here.
For Sponsorship opportunities, please click here

For tickets and more information, visit  
Proud Scholars 
Welcoming Religious Communities 
The Greater Cincinnati Gay Chamber of Commerce celebrates the local congregations that are open and welcoming to the LGBTQIA community.  Here are some communities that have reached out to the Chamber:

The Church of Our Saviour -  located at 65 East Holister Street in the Mount Auburn s a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. 

Philippus United Church of Christ in Over-the-Rhine is a welcoming congregation, declaring "No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome at Philippus United Church of Christ.

Mount Auburn Presbyterian - Sunday Service at 11am - 103 William Howard Taft Road/Mount Auburn

New Church of Montgomery - Sunday Service at 10:30am - 845 Congress Avenue Cincinnati OH/Glendale (temporary location)

New Spirit Oasis Metropolitan Community Church - Sunday Service 10:30am - 4033 Hamilton Avenue/Northside

St. John United Church of Christ - Sunday Service 10:30am - 530 Fairfield Avenue/Bellevue KY

Trinity Episcopal Church - Sunday Services 8am and 10am - Wednesday Evening Service at 7pm - 16 E. 4th Street/Covington KY 
PFLAG Cincinnati Two Monthly Meetings 
 PFLAG of Greater Cincinnati is thrilled to announce that a second monthly meeting is now being held every third Wednesday of the month at Mount Washington Presbyterian Church located at 6474 Beechmont Ave.  PFLAG continues to meet on the second Tuesday of the month at Mount Auburn Presbyterian located at 103 William Howard Taft.  PFLAG is the organization for parents, families, allies and LGBTQ people united for equality. For more information, visit
  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, August 7th at 6pm - On Broadway Bar (817 Broadway Street - Downtown)

What's Going on Tillie's Lounge
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:

What's Going on at Below Zero 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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  • Exclusive member networking and social events
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P.O. Box 141461

Cincinnati, OH 45250-1461



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