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Vol. 15, No. 9; September, 2011
Contents © GLBT News, 2011
Publisher/Editor—Worley RodehaverAssociate Editor—Michael X. ChanakAdvertising—Karen Halazayn, 513-979-4295
Greater Cincinnati GLBT News
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Someone sent me an articlelast week about the gradual andinevitable end of the GLBTcommunity.
By Nate Wessel
experience that so many of usare fighting for a chance at. YetI find myself less celebratinghis freedom than mourning afragment of my community.I agreed withit’s logic andwas made sad.It’s basic pre-mise was that aswe becomemore accepted,we have incommon less shared exper-ience and therefore sense of identity. In case you haven’tseen it yet, that’s starting tohappen around here.I have a Gay friend who grewup with a Gay mother. Hedoesn’t see what the big dealis about his Gay identity. Whathe’s had is exactly that sort of What does itmean for ourcommunity whenpeople don’t feelqueer enough tobe invested in it’sinstitutions? Gaybars close,PRIDE festivitiesbegin to feel like St. Patrick’sDay, activist organizations seeless volunteers and the com-munity starts to unravel anddisperse. We become assim-ilated.And that’s all great in it’s waybecause it means that our work is done. We’ve reached thepoint where we don’t need ourcommunity to fall back on aftera hard day in the straight world.But we also lose many of thenice things like a sense of pride, purpose, and a kinshipwith others. “Family” loses it’smeaning when you’re onlytalking about distant cousins.Many younger people won’tunderstand my anxiety. Forthem, Gay is just another partof their identity among many.For me it’s a source of fiercepride. I hope more people getthe option of choosing, but I’msad to think that drag showsand Gay bars could be on theirway out because they are soessential to my experience of what it means to be Gay.Perhaps the future will bemuch better.
Center Volunteer NateWessel was elected to theBoard of the GreaterCincinnati Gay andLesbian Center as adirector.Nate is well known inthe local communityhaving served as a formerofficer of the Out onCampus (
now UC Alliance
), and GLSEN
(Gay Lesbian Straight
Wessel nowon Center board
AtGLSEN, Nate serves bothas the volunteer co-ordinator and a boardmember. He has volun-teered for the Center fornearly three years,including a role as Co-Volunteer Coordinator forthe last PRIDE sponsoredby The Center in 2009 inNorthside. Beyond his roleas a “front desk volunteer”Nate is also know for hisurban activism, please seehis web site:
Currently, more than26,000 copies of hisimproved transmit map arein circulation. Natepromises more maps are“on the way!”He is a student at theUniversity of Cincinnati, isin his fourth year in theCollege of DesignArchitecture and Planning.He works as a bikemechanic at the UC BikeKitchen. Nate’s election tothe Center Boardhappened at the groupsAugust 17 meeting.
By Sam Robinson
The Gay & LesbianCommunity Center of Greater Cincinnati offersits space on HamiltonAvenue for use by othercommunity groups.The updated space isoutfitted with four com-puter workstations,television and DVD playerand comes complete withfree broadband wirelessinternet service. It isconfigured to seat up to 12.Limited additional
Gay/Lesbian Community Center offers free private meeting space
seating can be accommo-dated.Guests are asked toe.mail center presidentRusty Lockett (
) forbookings. Once booked,the center will makeprovisions to open theroom and then lockup. Forrecurring meetings, groupsmay designate one of theirown members to become atrained volunteer of thecenter. Their trained volun-teer can then handleopening and closing forthat group. A fun, easy, oneevening session withvolunteer coordinator TobyMartino is all that’srequired.When not booked formeetings, the Gay &Lesbian CommunityCenter of Greater Cincin-nati is open to the publicMonday through Fridayfrom 6 to 9 p.m. and onSaturdays from noon until4 p.m.Serving the communitysince 1993, the center islocated at 4119 HamiltonAvenue in Northside and isonline at
For more information orto book meeting space,e.mail
550 and counting
We are nearing our 550th issue of
Greater Cincinnati GLBT News
.Much has changed since the time webegan in 1996. Back then it seemed likeeveryone was in the closet—though thatwas not really true.Our local community has lost some butgained more as people started acceptingGLBT people more and more.Our role as a newspaper was and is totell the community’s story and we do thisby distributing papers “all over the place”.We leave copies at Gay and Straight-owned businesses, churches and institu-tions so not only GLBT citizens butanybody can pick up a copy and see whatis happening in our community.We love doing this! It is not really a jobbut a pleasure to serve our community andits many citizens and leaders.Of course, as a paper, we report both thegood and the bad but we mostly enjoyletting you know about the good things inour community.