posted Apr 12, 2011, 7:58 AM by Michael Chanak
updated Apr 12, 2011, 8:11 AM
Cincinnati's GLBT CoalitionThe Coalition represents a long, rich and diverse history from 1978 to the present. It initially developed from the energy of Dignity, Gay Dreams (radio show now Alternating Currents), and the Switchboard. It was then GCGC (Greater Cincinnati Gay Coalition). In 1984, the group incorporated as a non-profit and changed its name to the Greater Cincinnati Gay & Lesbian Coalition. This group ultimately became the Community Center when it opened in the fall of 1993.
After a six year absence, various community leaders felt that the need still remained for a "monthly Coalition meeting," so, the Coalition was reinvented in 1999 as a "forum for GLBT organizations and individuals to foster pride and unity in the GLBT community." Additionally, the Coalition advocates, both within and beyond the GLBT community, for fairness and increased acceptance, on a non-political basis, by facilitating communication.
The Coalition meets at 11:00 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month at The Center, 4119 Hamilton Avenue in Northside. Meetings last about one hour. Note: No Coalition meetings are held during the summer months of June, July and August to allow for local and regional travel to Pride celebrations throughout the three state area.
During meetings, diverse local groups share information on projects, events and suggest projects of general community interest. In 2010, the following groups have sent representatives: PFLAG, GLSEN, UC Student Government Special Interests, Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Greater Cincinnati, Muse, Cincinnati Men's Chorus, HRC, Equality Cincinnati, Stop AIDS, New Spirit MCC, Crossport, Church of Our Saviour, Share a Bear, Truth & Destiny Convenant Ministries and Peru's Special Kids Are Us.
Not only is this a great space for GLBT and ally organizations to share information and acquire new volunteers, but the Coalition also serves as an opportunity for all members of the general public to come and learn about the organizations and regional resources. The Coalition does not have a membership fee and is open to all.