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Northern Kentucky
PRIDE Weekend will
take place Friday, June
27 - Sunday, June 29.
Friday, June 27
Organizers are excited
to announce the second
annual PRIDE Bicycle
Ride! Last year ’s
PRIDE Ride through-
out Northern Kentucky
was a hit and organiz-
ers are looking to do
even more fun and ex-
citing things with the
ride this year. The ride
is open to ALL ages and
Look for some new
twists with this year’s
PRIDE Ride and after-
party in the park!
Saturday, June 28
NKY PRIDEFest will
kick off with a Health
and Wellness Expo in
Goebel Park on Phila-
delphia Street in Cov-
ington (8 a.m.-noon).
Health and Wellness
partners from through-
out Northern Kentucky
will participate. Some
of the things you can
expect to see are:
* Yoga!
* Various physical ac-
* Educational materials
* Tabling from various
community partners
2014 will once again
happen in Goebel Park
and down 6th Street in
Covington (12 p.m.-7
p.m.). Cross your fin-
gers and hope this year
the rain stays away as
organizers are planning
the biggest and best fes-
tival yet! You can ex-
pect to see at this year's
NKY PrideFest:
* A stage with live mu-
sic and various per-
formers throughout the
* Food and beverage
* Lots of vendors
* The 2nd Annual
* Kidzone
* Various activities
* Lots of new educa-
tional components
They are committed
to providing a festival
environment that is in-
clusive to ALL LGBT-
QA+ identities.
Pub Crawl (7 p.m.-2 a.m.)
They are bringing back
the PRIDE Passport
concept this year to give
you lots of opportuni-
ties to win prizes at the
raffle! Look for some
new changes to this
year’s Pub Crawl as
Sunday, June 29
2nd Annual PRIDE
Brunch and Recogni-
tion Raffle will be held
at the Radisson 360.
This event was a BIG
hit last year! Look for
some similar compo-
nents as well as some
brand new additions.
There is still time to
get involved! Please
join organizers for any
of their PRIDE Com-
mittee Meetings or con-
tact Bonnie Meyer (via
Facebook or meyerb5- to get in-
Northern Kentucky PRIDE Weekend June 27-29
June is PRIDE Month—be Proud!!
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Real politic 101
By Tedd Good
State of the Union
Marriage Equality
It has been 45 years Since
the Stonewall riots. The LGBT
there was an influx of this
demographic into the organ-
izing community who had no
experiential knowledge of the
pre Stonewall world . By the
1990s cities passing protective
New York, Connecticut,
Rhode Island, Massachusetts,
Vermont, New Hampshire,
Maine, Illinois, Iowa, Min-
nesota, New Mexico, Cali-
fornia, Oregon, Washington
and Hawaii. It looks like a roll
call of Blue States. More will
Follow. Hopefully the gener-
ation born after 2000 will
view their sexual orientation
as a normal developmental
dimension. Marrying the
person you love is just what
you do .
C o mmu n i t y
now has a
perspective its
struggle for
equality . If you
are a Baby
Boomer or part
of the ‘silent
generation’ You
probably dealt with your teen
years as a struggle. Too many
chose to live in the closet with
legitimate fears.
After Stonewall the pace of
change accelerated. More and
more cities started political and
service organizations. These
generations did a lot of ground
work. The pace of organizing
got faster with the advent of the
AIDS epidemic. For Gen X the
landscape changed. It as easier
to come out because the public
issues gained an increasing
level of social acceptance,
legislation and
electing openly
LGBT officials.
Mi l l e n n i a l s
know nothing
else .but this
expansion of
power . It was
now time to
really play
politics as the art of the
possible. The focus of
organizing became more
national during the new
millennium – just in time to be
able to gather resources for a
prolonged legislative and legal
struggle over LGBT marriage
equality. Having access to the
Obama Administration helped
a lot.
We not only celebrate this
June the Stonewall riots but
the first anniversary of the
DOMA / Prop 8 rulings. The
rate of change in the past year
is astounding,
Litigation to affirm LGBT
Marriage or overturn prohi-
bitions has spread to all states
– except very Red Montana
and North Dakota. The
following states either allow
legal marriages or have to
recognize marriages performed
on other states. Washington
DC, Maryland, Delaware,
Pennsylvania, New Jersey,
By Michael Cotrell
June is big month
for PFLAG Cincy
June is a very big month for
us! Its our Scholarship Month.
Every year PFLAG of Greater
Cincinnati gives out scholar-
ships to deserving high school
and adults continuing their
education based on academic,
social and LGBT involve-
Join us Tuesday June 10 at
6:30 p.m. for a potluck meal
followed by our presentation of
See PFLAG, Page 7, Col. 3
We and us
We are an LGBT
Community. That is us.
But, we are a minor-
ity in a
larger com-
munity and
that is them.
They are
News is us. We are an
LGBT-owned busi-
Before I retired I de-
pended on businesses
who advertised wanting
to attract us as customers.
In this issue you will
find several advertisers
who want to let us
know they support one
of our major events,
annual event during
PRIDE Month.
These advertisers are
located in Cincinnati,
Newport and
When you
read this is-
sue check
out their Ads.
They want
us as customers.
Take time to stop by
and thank them. That
includes LGBT-owned
businesses which are us.
If you live in Ohio re-
member Northern Ken-
tucky is only a bridge
Visit NKY PRIDE Week-
end and our advertisers in
Northern Kentucky.
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June, 2014 PE
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(513) 721-7900
Cincinnati PRIDE did come
early this year (May 31
)! Yet,
with PRIDE in full bloom
work group including a
summer engineer intern was
one such rough spot. There is
a reason most people avoid
uage is a wonderful thing, and
how it is used and it evolves
over time reveals a great deal.
A quarter of a century ago
– many places called it a Gay
PRIDE march. Clearly, it is a
parade now. About 25 years
ago, were there not “political
actions” sometimes scheduled
within the context of that
march? I think so.
Even in Cincinnati at the
height of the HIV need for
effective medications, a group
stopped in the middle of the
“march” and did a “die in.”
About the closest thing we get to
street theatre now is Christians
(small “c” type) who see the
Virgin Mary on a pop can. Gee,
the last time a “parade” stopped
in Cincinnati was to allow a dance
routine. Just sayin’, not hatin’.
Meantime, I read a shot from
another community on-line,
questioning boldly “who is
YOUR headliner.” Groan. So,
this is what it comes to: whose
thing is bigger, more entertaining,
and grander and all of that. Okay
Back when?
the region,
can your Fat-
ted Goose
miss an op-
portunity to
take to the
bully Goose
pulpit and
p r e a c h ?
This would
Just when some of us thought
the old lessons were learned,
enter Donald Sterling – the
NBA owner whose racist
comments had the President of
the United States explaining to
a foreign press core our history
of racism “that percolates to the
surface from time to time.”
Back, when….
I spent almost 20 years of a
previous life at P&G. It wasn’t
an easy time and my big beak
didn’t help. Over lunch with a
work place...
or at least the
first two. The
young white,
pr i vi l e ge d
male intern
the civil rights
moment as
“back (60s)
when (as if
settled)” in the presence of this
Goose. All I can remember
before the con-versation ended
abruptly was me muttering
something about “back, when”
as if “equality has an end
Back, when? Here it is
PRIDE month and a vague
discontent stirs the Goose’s
feathers. Are we now like that
summer intern, believing that
our issues are soon to be “back,
when?” I suspect so. Lang-
PRIDE is a gigantic fun party for
Yet, the signs are there, many
places including Cincinnati have
dispatched rallies or political
speakers (unless it is someone
courting us for our vote this fall).
Enter the world of the “celebrity”
PRIDE Marshal. The procla-
mations are gone (maybe
thankfully), we still have parade
marshals but they must be called
“Grand” PRIDE marshals now.
No, your Goose isn’t ad-
vocating turning back the hands
of time! I am after all a
thoroughly modern Goose. But
come to the Goose, look full in
her feathered face, and promise to
read a queer book, or hunt up on
queer history on line. Better yet,
if your town has a queer film fest
by all means go! Suggestion:
w w w . f a c e b o o k . c o m /
CNKYFilmFest. Here’s is hoping
after the Goose is all burned up
that our community, isn’t like that
young intern believing that the
struggle for equality was won,
be a “no.”
politics, religion and sex in the
Backstage Cafe
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NKY PRIDE’s goal is to support and
empower the widely diverse people of the
Northern Kentucky area to achieve civil and
social equality for all by providing re-
sources, support. and advocating for North-
ern Kentucky’s diverse interests and pro-
moting a sense of community.
We commend and celebrate Covington
KY’s Human Rights Ordinance and also all
LGBT Friendly Businesses and Social,
Physical and Community Support groups in
the Northern Kentucky Area.
NKY PRIDE will give back to the com-
munity by providing scholarships to stu-
dents for education and grants to the non-
profit organizations for outreach program to
benefit not only the LGBT Community but
all the citizens of Nothern Kentucky.
PRIDE supports people of Northern Kentucky
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10:00 a.m.
As progress spreads from State
to State, as justice is delivered in
the courtroom, and as more of our
fellow Americans are treated with
dignity and respect — our Nation
becomes not only more accepting,
but more equal as well.
benefits — to legally married
same-sex couples.
My Administration proudly
stands alongside all those who
fight for LGBT rights. Here at
home, we have strengthened
laws against violence toward
LGBT Americans, taken action
to prevent bullying and harass-
ment, and prohibited discrimi-
nation in housing and hospitals.
Despite this progress, LGBT
workers in too many States can
be fired just because of their
sexual orientation or gender
identity; I continue to call on
the Congress to correct this in-
justice by passing the Employ-
ment Non-Discrimination Act.
And in the years ahead, we will
remain dedicated to addressing
health disparities within the
LGBT community by imple-
menting the Affordable Care
Act and the National HIV/
AIDS Strategy — which fo-
cuses on improving care while
decreasing HIV transmission
rates among communities most
at risk.
Our commitment to advanc-
ing equality for the LGBT com-
munity extends far beyond our
borders. In many places around
the globe, LGBT people face
persecution, arrest or even
state-sponsored execution. This
is unacceptable. The United
States calls on every nation to
join us in defending the univer-
sal human rights of our LGBT
brothers and sisters.
This month, as we mark 45
years since the patrons of the
Stonewall Inn defied an unjust
policy and awakened a nascent
movement, let us honor every
brave leader who stood up, sat
in, and came out, as well as the
allies who supported them
along the way. Following their
example, let each of us speak
for tolerance, justice, and dig-
nity — because if hearts and
minds continue to change over
time, laws will too.
of the United States of America,
by virtue of the authority vested
in me by the Constitution and
the laws of the United States,
do hereby proclaim June 2014
as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
Transgender PRIDE Month. I
call upon the people of the
United States to eliminate
prejudice everywhere it exists,
and to celebrate the great diver-
sity of the American people.
President issues
During Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, and Transgen-
Month, we celebrate vic-
tories that have affirmed
freedom and fairness,
and we recommit our-
selves to completing the
work that remains.
Last year, supporters
of equality celebrated the
Supreme Court’s deci-
sion to strike down a key
provision of the Defense
of Marriage Act, a ruling
which, at long last, gave
loving, committed fami-
lies the respect and legal
protections they deserve.
In keeping with this de-
cision, my Administra-
tion is extending family
and spousal benefits —
from immigration ben-
efits to military family
have hereunto set my hand this
thirtieth day of May, in the year
of our Lord two thousand four-
teen, and of the Independence
of the United States of America
the two hundred and thirty-
Harvey Milk Stamp
City Council Member
Chris Seelbach, has twice
presented the Harvey Milk
U.S. Stamp, once before
City Council, the other dur-
ing the Cincinnati PRIDE
Festival. Milk, the first
openly Gay Public Servant,
(San Francisco City
Council) was assassinated
in 1978.
Harvey Milk Stamp
More than 120 people turned out for the PRIDE Interfaith Service held May 29.
Photo by Michael X. Chanak
Scott E. Knox
General Practice including:
Probate—Wills/Powers of Attorney Disability (Social Security/SSI/Disability
Insurance) Lesbian/Gay/Transgender Legal Issues
HIV Legal Issues
Honored as one of Lawyers Weekly USA’s Attorneys of the Year for 2002
13 E. Court St., Suite 300, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tel: 513-241-3800 FAX: 513-241-4032
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“Dr. Bob”
Dr. Bob and Mite
Dr. Robert Biederman, Jr. D.V.M.
The Plum Street Pet Clinic (Cincinnati Central Animal
Hospital), begun just after the Second World War, is
one of the oldest established veterinary hospitals in
the city. We are by design a smaller, more personal-
ized clinic that provides complete services such as
medical and surgical procedures. Dental and groom-
ing facilities are available as well. Serving the Greater
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, we pride our-
selves on personalized and intimate service at a place
where the Golden Rule is our motto.
427 Plum Street between 4th and 5th Cincinnati, OH 45202
Join the Gay Chamber of Greater
Cincinnati every 3
Monday for our
Business Briefs Fundraiser.
One of our board members or
volunteers will be behind the bar at
Below Zero Lounge to help raise
funds for the Gay Chamber. We
Warm weather is finally here
and we are still moving along
in the ISQCCBE.
Congrats to Petty Cash and
Sir Steve Lickalotta Steele for
being elected to the position of
ICP and in October these two
individuals will be taking the
helm of the ISQCCBE as
the winners at 7:30 p.m. If you
are interested in donating to
our scholarship fund, please
visit our website at pflag- to donate.
PFLAG of Greater Cin-
cinnati meets every 2
at the Mt. Auburn Presbyterian
Church at 7 p.m. We have a
social time from 7-730 where
By Michael Cotrell
Chamber assists
several events
By Brooklyn
“bartend” from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and all
the tips we raise go into our fund!
Now you may ask what will we do
with the funds? We have lots of
community events that need money
and our job as the Gay Chamber is to
support our community. The money
we raise during these Business Briefs
Fundraisers will go to support these
community events, events like Tri-
State Leather competition, CNKY
Film Festival, PRIDE, GLSEN Youth
Summit and Prom etc.
We want to make sure these events
are successful and we encourage you
to be a part.
If you would like to become a
member of The Greater Cincinnati
Gay Chamber of Commerce please
e.mail us at membership@gaycham- and we can get you
all the details of what being a member
of the Greater Cincinnati Gay
Chamber of Commerce entails.
ISQCCBE is moving
right along
Emperor and Empress 23.
Congratulations to Owen Cash
and Dix Enourmous on their
elevation to ICPR to Reign 22.
They will be working directly
beside Freeda and Keith.
Now we got some more $$$$$
to raise!!!
June 6 we are at Shooters for
the first show of the month.
June 8 join us at On Broadway
for our Family and Friends
dinner benefitting the LGBT
Center. Dinner is $5.00 and
there is always a delicious
spread. June 13 is our spooky
show- Friday the 13
with Rex
and Connie. They promise to
bring out all the spookiness
they can!
June 15 is our Mr. Mister
contest at The Cabaret. Doors
will open at 6pm and is a
contest for Biological Females
who want to get in touch with
their masculine side. If you are
interested please send us a
message on Facebook.
C&D Bar is hosting a Brunch
on Sunday June 22. More
information to come on our
Facebook page. Finally June
27 is the Miss Porkopolis
Pageant at Old Street Saloon.
This is a fun pageant that
incorporates farm wear, hog
calls and talent! If interested
please send us a message on
July 18 we are joining forces
with the American Foundation
for Suicide Prevention –
Cincinnati Chapter to raise
money and awareness for
suicide prevention. Its our 3
Annual Suicide is a DRAG!
More info to come!
snacks and drinks are
provided. At 7:30 we meet in
the “big” circle for intro-
ductions and announcements.
We have a program each month
geared to the needs of the
group and talk on subjects such
as homelessness, gender
identity, job information,
school information etc.
PFLAG of Greater
Cincinnati helps to educate an
ill-informed public on a variety
of issues, support our children
and our families in the coming
out process and to advocate for
those who do not have a voice.
All our meetings are
confidential and we welcome
everyone. PFLAG has infor-
mation that is free to take and
we have a library with an
assortment of books dealing
with many subjects. Remem-
ber when you no longer need
PFLAG—from Page 2
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At Death Cafes people come together in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink
tea and eat delicious cake. The objective of Death Cafe is “To increase awareness of
death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” Next meeting
June 23 at 7 p.m. Call Arlington Memorial Gardens at 513-521-7003
Attorney Scott Knox has
received two local awards.
Our attorney gets
two awards
He is the
Cincinnati Bar
Associ at i on
Vo l u n t e e r
Lawyer of the
Year Award.
This award is
given “to
honor out-
standing work
done on behalf
of low-income clients and to
recog-nize commitment to the
mis-sion of the Volunteer
Lawyers Project”.
He has also received the
2014 Cincinnati Bar Assoc-
iation Potter Stewart Inn of
Court Andrew B. Dennison
Courag-eous Advocate Award.
This is an annual award to the
lawyer “who upholds the
professional obligation to
represent the poor, the
unpopular, or the friendless”
The Volunteer Lawyer
award was based primarily on
work on clients’ SSI and
disability cases or estate
planning when the client can’t
afford a lawyer, as well as for
work founding and operating
the Wills Clinic through the
Volunteer Lawyers Project,
which provides wills and
powers of attorney for low-
income people through legal
The Andrew B. Dennison
Courageous Advocate Award is
recognition for pro bono work
since the 1980s for people with
HIV and the Gay Community
on civil rights and discrim-
ination issues.
Scott said, “I’m very
humbled to receive both
awards. I benefit greatly from
doing this work in that I meet
inspirational clients who work
through astronomical chal-
lenges with grace and dignity.
I’m inspired by my clients.
NKY Pride is excited to announce that Jamison Road will be the headliner for this year's
NKY PrideFest stage! Mark your calendars for June 28th as Jamison Road will play from 5p-
7p. Stay tuned for the rest of the stage line up, to be released shortly. Happy Pride!
NKY PRIDE Headliners
Medicare has lifted its ban on coverage for gender reassignment
surgery thanks to the conclusions of an independent review that
found existing policy was “not reasonable” given current under-
standing of the procedure.
In a 28-page report, an appellate review board within the De-
partment of Health & Human Services determined that banning
coverage for transsexual reassignment surgery isn’t valid under a
“reasonableness standard” based on clinical and scientific judg-
“We have no difficulty concluding that the new evidence, which
includes medical studies published in the more than 32 years since
issuance of the 1981 report underlying the NCD, outweighs the
NCD record and demonstrates that transsexual surgery is safe and
effective and not experimental,” the report says. “Thus, as we dis-
cuss below, the grounds for the NCD’s exclusion of coverage are
not reasonable, and the NCD is invalid.”
The ban on Medicare coverage for gender reassignment surgery
— which was codified as National Coverage Determination 140.3
— was put in place in 1981 based on an understanding at the time
the procedure was unsound. Since that time, the American Medi-
cal Association and the American Psychological Association have
come to support gender reassignment surgery, and doctors pre-
scribe it as treatment for gender dysphoria.
Aaron Albright, a spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid, said his agency will now carry out the new policy through
contractors, who will determine on a case-by-case basis whether
coverage is appropriate.
Medicare lifts ban on gender reassignment

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