This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
Serving the Cincinnati LGBT Community since 1996
Northern Kentucky PRIDE Party in the Park October 3rd
City of Covington and Shawn President, NKY PRIDE Masters our first openly Gay NKY PRIDE is preparing city commission member. for the first PRIDE CelebraChris Hartman, director of tion in Northern Louisville’s FairKentucky and is ness Campaign, excited to anwill be keynote nounce what’s speaker. going on PRIDE I, along with Weekend. the NKY PRIDE October 1st the Committee, will Cincinnati Reds be conducting an will host PRIDE Awards cerNight at the emony presenting Stadium..Go awards to our Reds! leaders in the October 2nd community. will be Pre Our EntertainPRIDE Parties at ment for the day all Northern is growing by the Kentucky Bars, minute. details to be Enguard CinPatti Herrmann announced. cinnati will be October 3rd from 11 a.m. performing their Marching to 7 p.m. will be the NKY Flag Routine PRIDE Party in the Park and Cincinnati Men’s Chorus from 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. there Ensemble Group will warm will be PRIDE closing parties our hearts with music that’s at all the NKY bars. TBA got meaning. Party in the Park will be a The Gay Rainbow Band will jam filled day of diverse perform and is proud to be celebration and entertainment. part of NKY PRIDE. KIDS Zone: Falcon Theatre TruckStop Biff plays a wide group will be performing for variety of music and his star the kids, at the Goebel Park singer Mike Owens can whale Playground. We will have a tune. He will make you games for kids and parents dance. with prizes for best races and DJ Julie Jamison will be various games. with us all day, is handling all Our speakers are fantastic of our sound equipment and ranging from a rep from the See NKY PRIDE , Page 3, Col. 1 By Patti Herrmann
GLBT News—Page 1
Page 2—GLBT NEWS
By Worley Rodehaver Yes, there are four PRIDEs in the headline because we have four PRIDE events in Greater Cincinnati this year. Two of the PRIDE events have already taken place and two are coming up. On September 10th the Gay and Lesbian Community Center is hosting its 14th annual PRIDE Night at Kings Island, an event chaired by Rusty Lockett. Then, on October 3rd, a Northern Kentucky group will host its first Party in the Park, (our front page story) led by Patti Herrmann, who headed efforts to hold Greater Cincinnati’s first PRIDE Parade and Festival. In early August, Cincinnati’s PRIDE Festival was held downtown, after having been in Northside for nine years. It was hosted by the Gay Chamber of Commerce. In mid-August, Dan Wells, a Northside resident, led efforts to hold a daylong PRIDE event in Northside. The downtown event featured a parade and a festival on Fountain Square followed by a banquet and dance. In Northside there were four main venues (inside on a hot August day) and featured a style show and entertainment. Entertainment and rides will be featured at the Kings island event. In Kentucky there will be speakers, games and entertainment as well as booths providing information about community organizations. Competition? Too much PRIDE? Not really. Somebody said we should be PROUD every day. Well, most of us are but these events give us four times to show Greater Cincinnati we really do have PRIDE! There is nothing wrong with that!
Send e.mail information to MAP@ella.net
Lonell Dunhoft-merchandise Lori Morgan-media Mickie McKerman-media Kiersten Siepel-volunteer coordinator Ken Stratman-booth coordinator Angel Minton-Yadda Club Mykey Hess -701 Bar Cheryl Eagleson/advisor Countless volunteers...
NKY PRIDE committee
NKY Pride Party in the Park Pride committee Patti Herrmann-president Melissa Entwhisle-secretary Diane Gamble-treasurer/Rosies Carl Fox- Crazy Fox/logistics
Greater Cincinnati GLBT News
is published monthly in Cincinnati, Ohio.
MAP Publications, 1727 Highland, Cincinnsti, OH 45202, P.O. Box 14971, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0971
“Hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease, only love can do that.” “Always be yourself,” from Billy Elliot
Martin Luther King
Publisher/Editor—Worley Rodehaver This Newspaper is supported entirely by income from our Advertisers. Editorials/Opinions are the opinions of the writer or organization and the publisher assumes responsibility only for Editorials, Opinions or Commentary written by the publisher or editor(s). Views expressed in Organizational or Independent columns or in Letters to the Editor are those of the organizations or writers. This Newspaper is distributed FREE at Advertisers' locations, through community organizations and other outlets. The publisher assumes no responsibility for content, accuracy or validity of Advertising.
Vol. 13, No. 9, September, 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 in 1996. His mother shut down her business to care for him. Shepard died in 1998, victim of a hate Crime and Matthew his mother worked for years to get passed a national Hate Crimes Bill, which is now law. Shepard
GLBT News—Page 3
NKY PRIDE—from Page 1
will be spinning tunes throughout the day, Julie is rated one of the best DJs in Greater Cincinnati. Cheryl Eagelson –a legendary, visionary, realistic community leader will be our MC for the day. We have many female impersonators who will be perform ing their one hit wonders. TBA The event is shaping up nicely and I’m pleased with the community’s support and leadership. The City of Covington has been wonderful to work with and very understanding of our grass rooting organization’s needs. Kim Blank. director of Mainstrasse Village Board has lended a hand and her expertise with all the various festivals in Mainstrasse to our group . Wertheim’s Restaurant will be hosting the Official Beer Garden and Food Court, and will have TV’s available to watch the Bengal’s game. Sal, the owner will be donating part of the proceeds back to NKY PRIDE for our Grant and Scholarship Awards at NKY Pride 2011. We will have a variety of information booths, churches, merchandise etc. We have close to 20 booths confirmed. So, e.mail email@example.com for registration and volunteer forms TODAY. Become a fan or read our mission statement on The Official NKY PRIDE face book page. We will be posting updates about the event(s). Philadelphia Street will be blocked off for the day but there is plenty of parking in the Mainstrasse Car Park Lot across from Frisch’s on 5th street. We want to invite the entire community to this event to experience this memorable day. (Editor’s Note: Patti Herrmann was president of the Greater Cincinnati Collation from 1995-1999. She was the chair of the first GLBT PRIDE Celebration and Parade on Fountain Square, received a Proclamation from Mayor Bobby Stern. She was a board member of: AVOC 1985, Stonewall, S.H.A.R.E., Cincinnati representative for the March on Washington, AIDS Candle Light Visual March/Washington DC, Volunteer/ Names Project / San Francisco, Gay Games Volunteer, Women Of the Year-Gay Beat 1990. She has been an AIDS Walk volunteer for 19 years.
Appearig at Party in the Park
VICKI D’SALLE is an accomplished pianist and vocalist whose forte is New Orleans jazz, blues, ballads and boogie woogie. Vicki has performed numerous times in the past for SCC Conference, Cincinnati Pride Festival and in concert and nightclub settings in the U.S. and Europe. Her CD, “My Heart’s In New Orleans” is available at www.cdbaby.com. Visit Vicki on the web at www.vickidsalle.com
Vicki D’ Salle Chris Hartman
Chris Hartman is the first director of Louisville’s Fairness Campaign, founded to work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender equal rights. He formerly served as Philadephia director of the Democratic National Committee’s open-air grassroots fundraising campaign for the 2004 Presidential Election, and as Congressman John Yarmuth’s (KY-3) 2008 campaign press secretary. Hartman was an AmeriCorps VISTA in St. Louis, toured the nation performing Shakespeare and founded and produced two long-form improvisation troupes. He holds a Master’s Degree in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis.
For more than a decade Tracy Walker has been at the forefront of Cincinnati’s independent music scene. You first became familiar with her as Tracy with the belting alto in the group Ain’t Helen. The breakup of the band did anything but stop Tracy’s momentum. In 1998 she released her first solo recording, NAKED to rave reviews. After time for both introspection and observation she released her second disc, All This Time. She partnered with Bob James’ soundman David Kuhn to co-produce this collection. This full-bodied arrangement of tunes includes the work of Blessid Union of Souls’ drummer Eddie Hedges.
ATTORNEY AT LAW 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
Scott E. Knox
13 E. Court St., Suite 300, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Tel: 513-241-3800 FAX: 513-241-4032 e.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE Initial Consultation
Page 4—GLBT NEWS
Suffer the pig
wanted to be first to the feeding trough. Once upon a time there was a One pig just before mealtime, felt it sounder of pigs who lived in a sty. It was ignored because its curly tail was wasn’t the smallest of sties or the somehow different than the other pigs. largest of sties. It was a This pig doesn’t understand the difference, medium sized sty, although some claimed it far larger. Mother Says after all a tail is on the I am one of the pigs By Michael Chanak far end of a pig. But who lives in this sty. once the squealing These pigs are fairly started about the food smart but like all pigs we fight for distribution every pig heard about it scraps of food. Some of my pig throughout the medium sized sty. sisters and brothers had louder Then, one pig decided it was time squeals, and some had longer tails but for the entire sty to move elsewhere, all were most certainly pigs. which seemed to this intelligent sow a Pigs, it seems live to eat. We will do wise decision. But, of course, some anything to broker attention when pigs found change distressing and they fresh swill is slopped into the trough. too began to scream so that every So, it is in the pig world. All us pigs other pig in the land heard the great commotion. Another sow sister decided that maybe two or three sties might do nicely and began to grunt and snort throughout the sty. Since all pigs can fly, one flew over the river, and another landed on the fountain, and one just didn’t want to try her wings. But, then another sister pig could not reckon how the multiple sties would be supplied. There may not be enough swill to split among the sties. How would all hear the cry of “sooey” at mealtime? Whatever is a pig to do? While all the pigs were stirred up with the various dramas of the farmyard, a wolf waited and watched for the precise moment, and no one got fed, but the wolf.
GLBT News—Page 5
also pointed out that one of the adults not being a relative was also a cause for concern (Thompson’s partner).... well, in foster placement, they are surrounded by strangers. I think the Gay and Lesbian community here in Kentucky is getting pretty sick of being discriminated against because of homophobia.” Palmer also added that the Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled on same-sex second parent adoption, so Thompson’s partner should not be a factor. Thompson and his partner have been together since April 29, 2008,” added Chairman Richard Jones.” Also, Thompson reports that neither he nor his partner have any health problems, and have never fought. Jones said, The actions of the Cabinet are a direct result of bias against our community. I cannot believe the Commonwealth would rather have these children in foster care instead of their Uncle Jeffrey. The ‘Overall Assessment’ stated in the report is completely unacceptable, and See Cabinet, Page 7, Col. 2
Cabinet discriminates against Gay man
Lexington, KY — Kentucky Equality Federation has expressed outrage toward the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for discriminating against a Gay male attempting to remove his sister’s children from foster care. Jeffrey Thompson of Louisville, Kentucky was visited by a social worker who assumed he was Gay. According to Thompson, the social worker never actually asked him. The most disturbing item on the report is the social worker stating: “The relationship and roles of the adults (Thompson and his partner) are fraught with the possibility of longterm illness/disability and domestic violence.” “This is absolutely outrageous,” stated Kentucky Equality Federation Founder and Public Advocate Jordan Palmer. “The Cabinet is apparently assuming the couple will contract HIV/AIDS. This is a clear bias against the LGBTI community. The Cabinet
Looking for a way to save?
You need to insure both your auto and your home, so why not save money in the process? Call today for a free, no-obligation look at auto and home discounts from American Family.
Rick D McDermott Agency 1375 State Route 131 Milford, OH 45150 (513) 722-9200 Bus email@example.com
American Family Mutual Insurance Company and its Subsidiaries American Standard Insurance Company of Wisconsin American Standard Insurance Company of Ohio American Family Insurance Company
Home Office — Madison, WI 53783
001726 — Rev. 11/08
Page 6—GLBT News
The Gathering UCC
Services Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
We are located at
1431 Main St.
just south of Liberty
Our Faith Too!
Pastor cesured for marrying Gays
For four days in Augjust, Covenant Presbyterian Church on the outskirts of Napa, California was turned into a courtroom. The Rev. Jane Spahr, 68, was on trial, accused of failing to “further the peace, unity and purity of the church” by marrying 16 Gay and Lesbian couples in 2008 when same-sex marriage was legal in California. Her judges were six mostly whitehaired Presbyterian elders, who sat at a table beneath a cross, listening intently to the proceedings. On the fimnal day James Jones, the moderator of the judicial commission, stood and declared Spahr guilty of most of the charges. “We determine that you are hereby censured by rebuke,” Jones said. “You are enjoined to avoid such offenses in the future.” Spahr, who has short gray hair and deep blue eyes, slumped in her chair. Her supporters, including several of the couples she had married, broke down. During the church trial, Bibles were thumbed, the Presbyterian Book of Order was often consulted and interpretations clashed. The prosecutor, JoAn Blackstone, a former lawyer with a white braid encircling her head, argued that Spahr had defied the Book of Order, which defines marriage as “civil contract between a woman and a man.” Blackstone said that more study, not ecclesiastical disobedience,” was the right path. “Our church is simply not ready at this time to make change about the way it defines marriage,” Blackstone said in her closing argument. A member of the panel, the Rev. Ted Crouch, suggested that might take too long. “Presbyterians love to form committees and study things,” he said, and the audience laughed.
firstname.lastname@example.org A Progressive Christian Church
Grace Episcopal Church
“A Welcoming Community Come Join Us” Each Sunday, 10 a.m.—Holy Eucharist 1st Saturday each month, 5 p.m.—Hip Hop Mass 2nd Wednesday each month, 6:30 p.m.—African Drumming, Reiki and Traditional Healing Service
5501 Hamilton Avenue 513-514-2415 www.gracecollegehill.org email@example.com
A church community
that respects diversity as much as you do.
536 Linton Street at Reading Road, Avondale www.firstuu.com
10:00 a.m. Sunday—Service and Religious Education Welcoming Congregation Childcare, Accessible, Audio Enhanced
GLBT News—Page 7
Dock DJ killed
Roger Courtney, a DJ at the Dock, was killed in a one-car accident after he drove his vehicle into a building on Reading Road.. Police said Courtney of West Chester, was driving northbound on Reading Road when he struck the building. Courtney, pronounced dead at the scene, was not wearing Courtney a seat belt according to police.
Cabinet—from Page 5
assumes they will contract a deadly disease because of their sexual orientation.” Jeffrey Thompson stated: “I think that the cabinet didn’t recommend placement because of the fact that Michael and I are homosexuals. I think the cabinet believes that homosexuals will contract a disease or have domestic violence in their lives, which has led them to say there is “concern” and deny placement.” Thompson continued: “I would describe the demeanor of the social worker to be very assuming; he will draw his own conclusions without seeing or hearing the facts. He is very unhelpful and rude at times.” Several Kentucky Equality Federation Committee members specialize in child placement and adoption, and have been working with Thompson along with Chairman Richard Jones. Kentucky Equality Federation calls on Inspector General Mary R. Begley, the Office of the Ombudsman, and Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Janie Miller to investigate the matter immediately. Federation Founder and Public Advocate Jordan Palmer also sent a copy of the report to Kerri Richardson in the Governor’s Communications Office about this issue. “Mr. Thompson is ready and willing to cooperate with the Cabinet and make any reasonable changes, in addition to attending child caring classes,” added Jones. “However, the basis for the denial of placement is itself discriminatory.” Louisville based Jeff Johnson, Kentucky Equality Federation’s Regional Director for the Bluegrass Region has also been briefed about the case and will also maintain contact with Jeffrey Thompson and his partner.
Domestic Partnership Seminar Oct. 2
Merisa Bowers is presenting a free Domestic Parntership Seminar on Saturday, October 2 at the Center in Northside. It is designed to be a wholistic informational and educational seminar
for individuals interested in making the most out of their domestic partnership. I will be doing a piece on the status of GLBT civil rights laws and cases, a financial planner will be discussing financial strategies for domestic partners and our life coaches and massage therapist will be addressing the connection between mind, body and a happy, healthy relationship. This event is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. For information call 513-338-1830 or e.mail BowersLaw@gmail.com online http://www.north-side.net/ housetour/, or in person at all branches of the North Side Bank and Trust, Building Value on Spring Grove Avenue, Shake It Records and Taylor Jameson Hair Design on Hamilton Avenue during business hours. Day of event tickets ($18) will be sold at McKie Center from 11:30 3:30. New this year will be shuttle vans, not buses, complete with Northside “Ambassadors” to provide unique information about Northside and the house tour.
Northside House Tour
2010 “Treasures of Northside” House Tour will be Sunday, October 3, noon to 5p.m. It features 11 homes and St. Boniface which will have a music concert in conjunction with the tour. A number of the homes were minutes away from being condemned were it not for the ingenuity and sweat labor of their new owners. Advanced tickets ($15) are available September 20th until midnight of September 25. They can be purchased
After Glow Party follows Kings Islamd event
An After Glow Party begins at 11 p.m. and concludes at 2 a.m. the night of the Kings Island PRIDE Night The cost is $10 a head if you are not booking a room at The Kings Island Resort & Conference Center. If you book a room at the Kings Island Resort the cost of the “After Glow” party is waived. The cover only includes the entrance to the event. DJs for QNation.FM will afford the music mix. The Kings Island Resort & Conference center has extended an offer for room at the cost of $79 for the night, a savings of at least $15/room. You must contact the hotel directly: http:// www.kingsislandresort.com for booking. Kings Island Resort & Conference Center is located at: 5691 Kings Island Drive, Mason. The Kings Island Resort & Conference Center offers a free shuttle between the amusement park and their facility. The phone number for the resort is 513-398-0115.
Greater Cincinnati’s ONLY GLBT Public Affairs Radio Program
Saturdays, 3 to 5 p.m. on WVQC.org or 95.7 FM
Programmers: Cheryl Eagleson, Producer; Bruce Preston, Maurice Harris, Jamie Royce, Emily Joy.
Free hearing tests
= The Northside - College Hill Kiwanis will conduct free hearing tests at the Center in Northside from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m on September 18th. Other activities are also planned in adjacent Hoffner Park that day associated with the second annual “Let’s Make a Difference Day.”
Cincinnati PFLAG 25 years young
At the September 14 meeting, PFLAG will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Cincinnati chapter.
y! e H
Come visit us! 169 W. McMillan 513-961-6111
Page 8—GLBT News
JFH at The Grandin Spa
A MODERN APPROACH TO THE SPA/SALON EXPERIENCE 2101 Grandin Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45208 513.321.9916 www.grandinspa.com
Our design staff is experienced in all styles of today and classic chic
SKIN CARE LAB
We offer licensed massage therapists
Used by the most famous and reputable spas around the world Full waxing menu, including manscaping and male brazilians