The Sunny Days Ahead Edition
May 2016


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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.
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
Cocktails for a Cause & Drag Candles
Don't miss the next Cocktails for a Cause at Tillies Lounge. It's happening on 5/5 which of course, is Cinco de Mayo! To celebrate, you can purchase these limited edition latin-inspired Drag Queen Prayer Candles featuring 12 of our favorite local performers! They are only $10 each and all proceeds go to AIDS Walk New York. A team of Cincinnati CandyWrappers will be there serving drinks and selling candles so come out and celebrate!
Thursday, May 5th from 6-8pm
Tillie's Lounge - 4042 Hamilton Avenue - Northside
Check out Series 1 of the limited edition Drag Candles!
Hard Candy Cincinnati with Naomi Smalls
Daniel Cole presents  Hard Candy: Cincinnati  with Naomi Smalls  Hosted by Penny Tration

The Cabaret welcomes RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 "Final Four" contestant Naomi Smalls.  Ticket includes a neet & 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+

The Cabaret, Cincinnati | 1122 Walnut Street | Cincinnati | OH | 45202 | 513 202-4052
Silence Shoot
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention(AFSP) invites you to take a visible stand against bullying and suicide.  This event is free to attend and all donations benefit the AFSP Cincinnati Chapter.


This is a photo shoot (similar to the "NoH8" campaign) designed so that you can display your photograph on social media and through other outlets let's the world know you are an advocate for bringing an end to bullying and suicide.


Be a part of the Silence Shot

Sunday, May 15 2-5pm

The Westin Cincinnati 21 E. 5th Street - Downtown

Fountain Room (Second Floor) 

Music by DJ Jules - Informational Booths - Cash bar 


About the Silence Shoot:  Begun in 2011 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Photographer and Founder of The Silence Shoot, Matthew Bryan Pruitt, wanted to show his siblings, who had experienced bullying, that they could over come it and that they were not alone and were loved. Being an individual who has suffered from depression and loneliness to the point of two suicide attempts, Matthew knew the importance of not only showing support but also being active in being support to others and providing resources and just time and love.
The tape represents the silencing that bullying condones a person to, physically, mentally and emotionally. It also represents the community that is willing to stand as survivors of bullying or allies and supporting one another and others.

The black and white concept of the photographs is meant to be a representation of the oneness we are as humans and ultimately are all equal.

The color red is a dual representation of 1) the blood of the victims and those we've lost to bullying and suicide, 2) the love we have for one another and of life and the willingness to share our hearts and selves to support bullied victims and create a community of support and advocates.
Click here to learn more about the Silence Shoot
Falcon Theatre presents "Next Fall"
Falcon Theatre presents "Next Fall" - a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play's central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, Next Fall goes beyond a typical love story. This timely and compelling new American play forces us all to examine what it means to "believe" and what it might cost us not to.  Directed by Tara Williams & Clint Ibele.
May 6 - 21
636 Monmouth Street Newport KY
Show runs three weekends including Thursday performances on 5/12 and 5/19.
Tickets are $20 ($15 for students).  Click here for tickets.
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
NKY Pride - June 3-5
KIck off Pride season with NKY Pride - 3 days of celebrations! 

Friday, June 3:
Happy Hour Kick Off and Pub Crawl in Mainstrasse

Saturday, June 4:
NKY Pride Festival 2pm-10pm
Stage and performances all day *stay tuned*
Food and Drink
Over 40 vendors
Health and Wellness all day in Goebel Park
Kids Activities in Goebel Park
Dunking booth featuring Cin City Burlesque!

Sunday, June 5:
4th Annual NKY Pride Brunch at 11am at The Metropolitan Club
Tickets will be avialable for pre-sale soon!

2016 Sponsors include:
Presenting Sponsor: Toyota
Stage Sponsor: Below Zero, the Cabaret, and Tillie's
Banner Sponsors: US Bank, Fairness Campaign, Cincinnati Pride

Sponsorships open until May 6th! - Click here to request Sponsorship Info
For more info check out and the NKY Pride Facebook Page
     Chris Seelbach Remembers Howard Sharon

Chris Seelbach shared the eulogy he delivered at Howard Sharon's Memorial Service. We are reprinting it here for those who were unable to attend the service:

Howard Sharon was a very kind and generous man. He loved sports, especially The Cincinnati Reds. Traveling with friends. Doing good for others. His family, which he considered to be much larger than those related by blood. Working hard to be successful. Loretta Lynn and "A Coal Miner's Daughter." And Cocktails!

While Howard never liked being told how good a friend he was or how generous he was to others, it is important to reflect on the role he played in making so many of us better people just by knowing him.

Howard Sharon was born on February 3, 1951 at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Covington, Kentucky 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 and Carol Brownfield...and as you can from this room today, countless friends he considered family.

As a child, Howard and his siblings grew up without great means. Howard, not surprising to many, loved baseball. Around the age of 12, he met his lifelong friend Phyllis Becktold, who he considered a sister his entire life.

Howard went to Boone County high school then enlisted in the Army in 1970, serving until 1973. During his service, he was mostly stationed in Ft. Hood, Texas where he married Wilma Cooper. When he left the Army in 1973, he was an E-5 Sergeant.

After serving in the armed forces, Howard received his Bachelor's degree in English from Northern Kentucky University and then got both his real estate and brokerage license, opening "Hauron Lakoy," a Century 21 office in Florence, Kentucky.

Howard sold the real estate office in 1983, going to work at a Volkswagen dealership, where be bought one of the iconic wood-paneled cars. During this time, Howard met and started a long-time relationship with Roger Spencer, who thankfully bought him a new car...although just as iconic...a huge, red Cadillac! After his time at Volkswagen ended, he went to work for American Airlines, where he met his lifelong friend Kevin Feldman over cigarettes and airline reservations.

Shortly after starting at American Airlines, Howard bought a pretty run-down bar in downtown Cincinnati. He and Roger quickly renovated it and named it WGMAGIC's. Several years later, it changed names to Shooters and became a very successful bar, which Howard owned and operated until his death. Two of Howard's long-time employees, William Sweet and Adam Wilburn, are here with us today. His other longtime employee, Howard Schultz, passed just a few years ago. Howard was very active. Bowling and softball leagues, fundraisers for charities and trips around the world.

Howard and Roger bought a large home in 1991, the old Schilling home in Northern Kentucky. One of Howard's most proud moments of his life was hosting the wedding of his sister Sissy at this home. Proving that a boy born without a silver spoon in his mouth could work hard, be successful and provide for his family. The wedding was catered by Howard's great friend, who he called "grandma."

After his relationship with Roger ended, Howard moved to Cincinnati on Clark Street before buying his house on Mound Street around 2002.

There are so many Howard stories to tell.

He loved Loretta Lynn. He traveled to her concerts with Phyllis and others. And when Veranda Porchswing was forced to perform once a year, she always sang "Coalminer's Daughter." That song really spoke to the larger story of Howard; Coming from humble means and, while never forgetting that, being proud of who you've become and how far you've come.

Howard and Roger helped form the Cincinnati Court, ISQCCBE, which he supported with almost weekly fundraising events at Shooters as well as providing a meeting space for them early on. As many members of the Court have said since Howard's passing, he played a large role in their ability to have raised over a 1.2 million dollars for charity in the last 25 years. Charities focused on HIV/AIDS awareness ,LGBT youth as well as others.

Howard also played an important role supporting bowling and softball leagues throughout Cincinnati. Trophies from the teams he sponsored fill Shooters.

Howard provided weekly line dancing classes and a place for euchre tournaments.
He traveled with friends across the globe. He went to countless Cincinnati Red's baseball games. He would have been glued to the TV this Monday for Opening Day.

Craig and I met Howard as patrons of Shooters. We quickly became good friends. From happy hours to dinner parties to trips to Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Florida.
We had some great times with Howard, as did so many of his friends. Jamie Smith and Jordan Lombardo, Joe Martin, Chris Jackson, Joey Callahan, my own uncle Richard who became close friends with Howard, Dan Ward, Rodney Mullins, Rick Singer, Grandma, Robertta Bigg...and so many others. Whether it was buckled up to a bar, around a campfire, on a beach or just through talk texting, Howard was a great friend to so many of us.
As one friend said, "You were an incredible friend who would say the damnedest things to make me laugh when I didn't think it was possible.... You opened the bar for me when it was closed because I needed a place to escape. You touched so many lives in so many ways and were so respected in the community. I feel so proud and touched to have been considered a friend."

Another friend said, "Howard Sharon was nothing less than a father figure to me. A void that will never be replaced."

And finally one said, "The LGBT Community has lost it's "heart". Daddy Howard Sharon was the functioning center of so many fundraisers and charity events. He has helped thousands of people in our community. No matter the cause, he was there to help in any way he could and he was a friend to everyone he met. He gave so many a "home" in Shooter's. Both will be sorely missed from the Community."

In the last year, Howard had some health issues and as a result, made a point to be more honest with us. Just three weeks ago, Howard texted me to say, "Chris I'm going to be OK. I love you and Craig both and I know that you will be there for me."
I'm glad Howard was always there for us. And I'm glad we're all here for him today.
He is OK, just as he said he would be.

To quote Howard: "It is what it is. It'll be OK honey."

     A Farewell Party for Howard

Join with friends as we remember Howard at a celebration of his life, hosted by Roberta Bigg (Robby Linkmeyer) with:

1) Country Line Dancing;

2) Incredible Drag Show by The Cincinnati Court, ISQCCBE; and

3) Free Food! Cash Bar.

All drag show donations/tips will go directly to Caracole, Inc.. through The Cincinnati Court.

*There will be a time for anyone to talk for several minutes if you want to share a story or thought about Howard.

Friday June 17th from 7pm-Midnight
The Woodward Theater (1404 Main Street - OTR/Downtown)
  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, May 8th at 6pm - On Broadway Bar (817 Broadway Street - Downtown)

PFLAG 30th Anniversary Gala
Join PFLAG Cincinnati at a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the founding of our local chapter.  The Gala and Scholarship Fund Benefit will be held Sunday, August 14th at the Metropolitan Club in Covington KY. Doors open at 5pm with dinner at 6pm followed by a night of entertaining performances! 
Tickets are $50 for an individual and $350 for a table of 8.
If you are interested in donating to the silent auction, please click here.
Donate to the scholarship fund, please click here.
For Sponsorship opportunities, please click here
What's Going on Tillie's Lounge
  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.
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
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.

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
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.

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.

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.  


As we build our membership base, we are pleased to welcome you with special reduced membership dues to join the Gay Chamber. Simply fill out the information below so that we can update our records. This can also be done online at our website:  


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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