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14th Anniversary by the gates at 6 p.m. Ticket sales on step beyond. The show will be queerwave sounds. I’m not sure how
PRIDE Night the day of the event begin at 5:30 p.m.
While taking a break from riding
recorded and made available a few
days after recording. Who knows you
to describe it, but they are fun!
Taking a leap forward, we will have
at Kings Island make sure to take advantage of our
top notch entertainment! We have
might hear yourself!
On the musical side of the enter-
Steve Reeder from Kenosha, Wiscon-
sin and his heavy metal music. Steve
By Rusty Lockett several out of town entertainers this tainment we have the return of Better has followed the likes of KISS and
Join us for PRIDE Night at Kings year. Beginning with The Inappropri- than Sax from the Queen City Rain- has narrowly missed being a groupie
Island on September 10th! This year ate Couch hosted by William Brown bow Band as they soothe us with their for them. PRIDE Night will also be
marks our 14th anniversary of the of Indianapolis. The Inappropriate gentle jazz sounds. Steve’s CD release party of his self-
event. Couch is an almost weekly podcast After that step into the Louisiana titled album “Steve Reeder! Steve
Leave work early and join us! The reaching into the verge of all that is basin valley, come back and join us Reeder!” After you’re done riding the

—Page 1
parking lot opens at 5 p.m. followed inappropriate to discuss and takes it a with (the) fundamentalists and their See PRIDE, Page 3, Col. 1

August 2010 GLBT News

Our New (old) format revenue to be made from the GLBT
Community and there are now those
This month GLBT News Magazine advertisers who five, ten years ago
returns to tabloid format and as just would seek out a GLBT publication
plain old GLBT News because this but are now seeking out corporate
type of newsprint costs less. publications for their advertising.
As many of you know, GLBT GLBT News is here for the Greater
publications around the world are Cincinnati GLBT Community all year
suffering from the economic crisis around, all the time, not just when
and because of the fact that many some special activity can bring in
people are now getting much of their additional income.
news on line. We belong to the GLBT Commu-
Unlike many of these publications, nity and will continue to support it
GLBT News does not have a large even though some GLBT owned
staff or depend on an expensive businesses do not support our efforts.
external office; nor have we tried to However, we do have a great
buy up every other GLBT publication family of advertisers who have
in sight creating debt.. supported us, many for years. They
We do suffer from the fact that advertise because they want your
many corporate publications now business and you can support them
realize that there is extra advertising and us by patronizing them. WERJ

I have found that the Gay Community needs

and deserves the same rights that I have as a
heterosexual. Those being the right to
marriage, insurance, adoption etc. I have also
found that the Gay Community wants to be
seen as equals. Mr. Wells wants to tag
Northside as being a Gayborhood. Really?
513-542-7800 Doesn’t Northside want to be a neighborhood
that accepts everybody? By marketing the “Gayborhood?” area as a Gayborhood are you not sending out
the message that only Gays should live there?
In response to Dan Wells’ article regarding Don’t you want others to feel that they
PRIDE. belong there as well? Is it not the goal of the
After moving to Cincinnati from Cleveland Gay Community to have equal rights and to
and attending DAAP in 1984 I was introduced coexist as equals?
to the Gay Community. The community and Mr. Wells, through your statements you are
lifestyle was new to me. It was both confusing doing - in my opinion - exactly the opposite
but yet enlightening. of what the Gay Community is trying to do -
Since graduating I had gotten married to a to fit in and being accepted for who they are.
wonderful girl ( I would say woman but then Do I introduce my friend to others as Noah or
that would imply that she is old and I would do I introduce him as my GAY friend Noah?
hear about it for weeks). Together we bought Is Northside a Neighborhood or is it a
a house in Covington and have embraced the Gayborhood? Think about it!
Gay community. We have many Gay friends
whom we socialize with. In doing so I have Sincerely,
learned a great deal of the beliefs and struggles Jeffrey A. Snyder
that the Gay community has. Blue Bar, Covington, KY.

Greater Cincinnati GLBT News

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Vol. 13, No. 8, August, 2010
Contents © GLBT News, 2010

This publication is dedicated to those

who have or have died from AIDS or Hate Crimes
It is our goal to record the positive contributions GLBT people make to their community and the local
community at large. While AIDS and Hate CRIMES are certainly not positive things, we seek to draw the
positive from the negative. We hold up Paul Delph and Matthew Shepard and their families as models of how
human beings should or could react to each other and how families should support loved ones whose lives
are not in the box right wing religious zealots want them in. Delph, a multi-talented Cincinnatian, died of AIDS
Paul in 1996. His mother shut down her business to care for him. Shepard died in 1998, victim of a hate Crime and Matthew
Delph his mother worked for years to get passed a national Hate Crimes Bill, which is now law. Shepard
August, 20l0 GLBT News —Page 3
Among Kings Island PRIDE Night

Steve Reeder


PRIDE—from Page 1
After years of playing at home for no one,Steve Reeder
is taking his brand of hard rock out to the world. Growing
beast, come listen to this beast! up in a military family and settling in rural central Florida
Also broadcasting live will be Viz as a teen, he was convinced there was no reconciliation
& Miss Annie of the Edge Radio between the hyper-masculine world of 80’s heavy metal
show as heard on QNation.FM. You and the disco and drag dominating the Gay scene.
never know what you’ll get Spawned in Detroit, Michigan, with their feet firmly
with this dynamic duo. In planted inboth the electronic and raw rock heritage of
conjunction with them, we their home city and infused with an unapologetic queer
will have live DJ’s spinning intensity, (the) fundamentalists Chris Taylor, Angie
your favorite tunes. Make “Wings” Miller, and Oscar Alejandro create a sound
sure to stop by and say hi! that has been variously described as: “uplifting, world
They have a large chest of weary,bludgeoning and ethereal; in short, both the silver
lining and the darkcloud around it”.
Lockett free stuff! You just never
know what you’re going to get. It’s
always a surprise with them!

Scott E. Knox
PRIDE Night is a benefit of The
Gay and Lesbian Community Center
of Greater Cincinnati also known as
The Center. Proceeds from this event
help take care of the operating
expenses of The Center as we expand
our operations. We are proud to say General Practice including:
that during the last nine months we
have been open more than any Probate—Wills/Powers of Attorney
previous year. There is something to Disability (Social Security/SSI/Disability Insurance)
be said for that. So make sure to stop
by some evening or on Saturday and Lesbian/Gay/Transgender Legal Issues
check us out! HIV Legal Issues
Tickets are available at The Center
located at 4119 Hamilton Avenue, Honored as one of Lawyers Weekly USA’s Attorneys of the Year for 2002
online at, or
on the day of the event. 13 E. Court St., Suite 300, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Parking is free! Discounts for quanti- Tel: 513-241-3800 FAX: 513-241-4032 e.mail:
ties of at least seven purchased at a
single time.
FREE Initial Consultation
Page 4—GLBT NEWS August 2010

July 4th I was happy - happy for the
dramatic success of the PRIDE
parade/festivals return to downtown
after a 15-
Mother Says Happy to
By Michael Chanak be able to
see all the
and love pour out on that day. Happy
that change is a great thing. Happy
that the Center’s vision – saying good-
bye to PRIDE a year ago – was the
right thing for PRIDE, for the Center
and the region.
Praise to my friends and drag
queens some of which are both!
Penny Tration (Tony Cody) and
Brooklyn Steele-Tate (Michael
Cotrell) played “mother to Mother”
on July 4th. As the parade begins,
Penny – “Do you think it is a wise
idea you walk in this heat?”
I shrugged my shoulders and went
gaily forward. Then, along the route,
Brooklyn being far wiser than me –
asked me if I wanted a lift. By then,
I was ready – so thanks to her and her
driver, Michael Chaney – I was
delivered to Fountain Square. Of
course, I was nowhere near done.
I tagged along with Ashley Kallay.
Goddess bless this Lesbian – who
somehow recognized that I was both
suffering from PRIDE fever – an
irrational state of Gay joy upon seeing
so many – and heat exhaustion.
Ashley even tended to my shoelaces.
By 1 p.m., having sat in the sun,
and with my BP meds on board – I got
up, navigated to a chair in the shade –
and then nearly passed out. Ashley, a
group of Center attendants (Angel,
Bob, Matt, and Charles) and a kind
gentleman from Cincinnati Men’s

See Mother, Page 5, Col. 1

August, 2010 GLBT News —Page 5
Stand pat
Looking for
feeling of riding the razor’s edge of
potential disaster. Debt can lead to
I do believe in the concept that bankruptcy, poverty, hunger and,
there is dignity in all human labor.
I’ve busted tires off rims for 10 cents
apiece, packed
eventual slavery. Jefferson placed
“public debt as the greatest of the
dangers to be feared.”
a way to save?
After the revolutionary war our
Georgia on soda straws
into boxes at founders did everything in their power
You need to insure both
My Mind $1.05 an hour to pay off the debts incurred. They your auto and your home, Rick D McDermott Agency
By Georgia W and been a felt the war debt should be paid by the
Dahlberg highly paid people who made them. What a so why not save money in 1375 State Route 131
concept! They felt that future children Milford, OH 45150
consulting the process? Call today for (513) 722-9200 Bus
engineer. I have worked as a direct should not be born into bondage or
employee, ran my own business and involuntary servitude for “stuff” they a free, no-obligation look at
been a contract employee. I have also neither voted for nor agreed to. This auto and home discounts
been unemployed and laid off many, policy has been followed by every
many times. I have been to the point generation since that time until our from American Family.
where for my savingless family to new and improved modern age. Last I
survive, I HAD to find a job and heard, every taxpayer’s share of the
HAD to go back to work. National debt is over $400,000. Every
During my contract days, I let my person’s share is over $40,000. Have
natural Yankee thriftiness come out. I we sold our children’s freedom to
found I could sleep much better when China for new high definition plasma
working if we began to ‘live like I TVs with a five year life or other
was unemployed so that when I was temporary pleasures?
unemployed, we could live’. Having There’s an old Negro folk song
savings gives one a bounce in ones that rattles around in my brain called
step and a confidence that if the worst Saint James’ Infirmary and sung by
happens, you can make it to the time Scatman Crothers. One of the last American Family Mutual Insurance Company
when the good things start to happen lines says “…hang a thousand dollar and its Subsidiaries
again. gold piece on my watch-chain, so my American Standard Insurance Company of Wisconsin
I also helped my sleep by paying friends will know I died standin’ American Standard Insurance Company of Ohio
all bills immediately upon receiving pat…”. In the days when that was American Family Insurance Company
Home Office — Madison, WI 53783
them. I still do this even today. I just written, a thousand dollar gold piece
feel uncomfortable and anxious that I was one big chunk of gold! I hope the
may forget and let one lapse. When a heirs removed it before they com-
menced shoveling! I might be able to
© 2008 001726 — Rev. 11/08
bill is paid, I relax; forget the bill and
any worries pass out of my conscious- have a dollar silver piece on mine and
ness. I also try to save some of what I would also hope to be “standin’ pat”.
little I get from Social Security. I I pray for the day when the USA can
have found that retired life isn’t so also be said to be standing up and
bad if you own your property and owe proud as well as standin’ pat. It might
no-one. I retain the power over my make it easier to look the younger
liberty and don’t HAVE to go back to generation in the eye.
In the words of Ben Franklin,
“Think what you do when you run
(yourself into) debt; you give another
MUSE auditions
the power over your liberty…. Tis Whether singing on the steps of Cincinnati
hard for an empty bag to stand City Hall, Fountain Square or in a “concert
upright”. The Founders of this great setting”, MUSE can be heard as a beacon of
nation believed debt corrupted both musical excellence and social change in
nations as well as individuals and Cincinnati and beyond.
should be paid completely and as soon For 27 years MUSE has raised her voice for
as possible. Debt leaves you stuck in justice and they would like to add yours!
your circumstances, required to pass They will be holding auditions for the 28th
up financial opportunities available to season on Saturday, August 28th 9 a.m .– 3
those free of debt and left with the p.m.. at St. John’s Unitarian Universalist
Church, 320 Resor Ave, Clifton.
Mother—from Page 4 MUSE is a women’s choir of diverse back-
grounds, experiences and perspectives. All are
Chorus – called a policeman (J. welcome to audition!
Lewis) and then the medics. To schedule an audition or find out more,
Refusing treatment – other than complete the audition request form at
drinking a ton of “Gatorade” and or call 513-221-1118.
water – I spent the next three hours

doted upon by members of the
community. If my time was at hand,
then what better place for a PRIDE
Queen depart than on the alter of Gay
PRIDE? Blake Jelley appears out of Weekly UPDATE
nowhere and says, “I am beautiful.”
Thank you Equinox for a wonderful
Send e.mail
event; thank you for the love of information
friends and drag queens. Happy!
Page 6—GLBT News August, 2010

The Gathering UCC

Our Faith Too!

Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
We are located at
1431 Main St.
just south of Liberty

513-307-6963 Bible’s different reasons and in pursuit of different

goals. Jews relive their history each year while “Clobber Verses” Christians are looking for ways to ‘find’ Jesus
in the text.
A Progressive By Holly Robinson If a Christian hits you with the ‘clobber
Jewish Contributor verses,’ you may wish to gently suggest
Christian Church Most GLBT folk are well aware that there reviewing the verses in context and considering
are some verses in Leviticus (Vayikra), the alternative interpretations while redirecting
central book of the Pentateuch, which have him to the source of Jesus’ Great Command-
been used and abused by some religious ment: The Hebrew Bible (JPS 1917
people as an excuse for hatred and even translation), Leviticus 19:18 “Thou shalt not
violence against perceived homosexuals. take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against
Specifically, Lev. 18:22 and 20:13 need to be the children of thy people, but thou shalt love
read in the context of Leviticus, the thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.” a
Pentateuch and the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh). nd Deut. 6:5 “And thou shalt love the LORD
These are difficult texts, yet there are many thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy
difficult texts in Scripture and few are quoted soul, and with all thy might.”
let alone cause violence today.
Another issue is the Genesis (Bereshit)
Chapters 18-19 story of Sodom and
Gomorrah. Although Christians generally
claim that these cities were destroyed due to
the homosexuality of their residents, a more
common Jewish interpretation is that these
cities were not just unfriendly but actually
prohibited hospitality to strangers.
The Christian Old Testament is not exactly
the same as the Hebrew Bible nor are its
books in the same order. The Church
reshuffled the books to reflect its viewpoint
just as its translations reflected Christian
interpretation. Catholic and Orthodox Bibles
contain books which Protestant and Jewish
Bibles do not.
Christian interpretation tends to be literal
except when the literal translation is not to its
advantage. Jewish interpretation is many-
layered and multi-faceted. Many Jews can
read the Bible in the original Hebrew while
most Christians are reading, at best, an
outmoded translation that is itself an
Christians generally read Bible passages as
discrete units and out of context while Jews
study the text along with Talmud and
Midrash, footnotes and commentaries. Jews
and Christians read the Bible for very

Grace Episcopal Church A church community

“A Welcoming Community that respects diversity
Come Join Us” as much as you do.
Each Sunday, 10 a.m.—Holy Eucharist 536 Linton Street
1st Saturday each month, 5 p.m.—Hip Hop Mass at Reading Road, Avondale
2nd Wednesday each month, 6:30 p.m.—African
Drumming, Reiki and Traditional Healing Service
10:00 a.m. Sunday—Service and Religious Education
Welcoming Congregation
5501 Hamilton Avenue
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August, 2010 GLBT News —Page 7


at Kings Island

Campaign manager named putting the issue on the ballot for the
November 2010 elections.

for ONE Bowling Green Welter added, “This is an issue of

fairness. We believe that both the
Columbus, OH— Equality Ohio’s residents of and visitors to Bowling
Kim Welter has joining ONE Bowling Green should be treated fairly and
Green as campaign manager equally at home, work, play and
. Meanwhile, she will be taking a school. The Non-Discrimination

leave of absence from her position as Ordinances protect those who are

director of programs and outreach at most likely to encounter inequitable

Equality Ohio. treatment.”

“I am thrilled to get working on this Election Day will be Tuesday,
campaign,” Welter said of her new November 2.
position. “Bowling Green is the only
Come visit us!
city in the country that will have an More information about ONE 169 W. McMillan
anti-Gay referendum on the ballot this Bowling Green can be found on
fall. The success of this campaign is Equality Ohio’s website 513-961-6111
crucial to forwarding equality in Ohio
and educating Ohio voters on the
importance of non-discrimination
protections for all Ohioans.”
ONE Bowling Green is a grassroots
campaign organized to protect the
Bowling Green Non-Discrimination

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Ordinances. The ordinances, which
were passed by Bowling Green City
Council in August 2009, provide
protection against discrimination for
the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
Transgender citizens. Furthermore,
protections were expanded to elimi-
nate discrimination on the basis of
pregnancy, veteran status, physical
appearance, marital status, HIV
status and genetic information.

“Equality Ohio is very proud of
Kim”, stated Sue Doerfer, executive
director. “Although we will miss her
at Equality Ohio, One Bowling Green
could not be getting a better campaign
Despite the overwhelming support
of city council, the ordinances were
petitioned against by local citizens,
Page 8—GLBT News August, 2010

Marriage equality
News Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has
signed a marriage-equality bill into law.
Argentina is the first Latin American nation
to provide equal marriage rights. The first

marriage of a same-sex couple is scheduled for
Aug. 13 in Buenos Aires.
Google/The Associated Press

Gays gaining acceptance

Greater Cincinnati’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell A majority of California voters would back
marriage equality, if a ballot measure such as
ONLY GLBT Public Affairs Radio Program The Senate is likely to take up the issue of Proposition 8 were introduced today, a survey
whether to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” by the Public Religion Research Institute has
policy in September, as part of the debate over found.
Saturdays, 3 to 5 p.m. on the defense-authorization measure for next year, Three-quarters of California residents support
according to Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman laws prohibiting anti-Gay workplace bias, nearly
or 95.7 FM of the Senate Armed Services Committee. 70 percent favor having Gays serve openly in
But the Senate leadership must still agree on the military and 56 percent back the rights of
Programmers: Cheryl Eagleson, Producer; the timing of the consideration of the defense same-sex couples to adopt children.
bill. Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the The poll also found that 25 percent of
Bruce Preston, Maurice Harris, Jamie Royce, Emily Joy. Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, says Californians had become more in favor of Gay
“repeal proponents will prevail” in a close rights since 2005, while 8 percent had increased
vote. Washington Blade their opposition. Los Angeles Times

to Northern Kentucky