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Pride 2012 Kick-Off Meeting
It's YOUR Pride - we want YOUR ideas!
Full Steam Ahead to Pride 2012!
After 2 successful Prides, George Crawford has stepped down as Chair of the Pride Committee and turned it over to the new Co-Chairs, Cathy Rogers and Erica Dufresne. We cannot thank George enough for the tireless hard work he put in and also for staying onboard in 2012 as an advisor.
Please plan to join us for a Pride Kick-Off meeting at the 20th Century in Oakley Square on December 6 to introduce the Committee members and to join in on an open forum about Pride 2012. We want to your ideas, suggestions, and comments. This is your chance to tell us what you want to see at Pride. Tell anyone you know who is interested about the meeting. We especially want to hear from those who have expressed that they don't feel there is anything for them at Pride.
Pride 2012 has some exciting new changes and here's a preview of a few of the biggest: First Cincinnati Pride and NKY Pride are switching days - Cincinnati's festivities will be on Saturday June 30th and NKY's will be on Sunday July 1st. As a result, the parade will start a little earlier and everyone can party a little later because the next day is Sunday.
Second, because Pride has been so successful since the move downtown, after just two years, we have outgrown Fountain Square! Pride 2012 will be held a few blocks south at Sawyer Point. There are lots of benefits in moving to Sawyer Point, including more space, to name a few:
- Shaded areas
- Grassy lawn for blankets and lawn chairs
- 2 stages of entertainment
- Almost all booths will be in the shade
- No booths will be outside the "alcohol zone"
- 2 playgrounds and a sand volleyball court
- And did I mention shade?
We think these two changes are going to make next summer's Pride the most exciting yet. But we can't do it without your input. So, put Tuesday December 6 from 7p - 9p on your calendar and start coming up with some great ideas. We'll see you at the 20th Century!!
Here's a link to the 20th Century for directions and more information.
The Return of Monthly Networking!
You asked for it - you got it! The Chamber is excited to announce the return of our Monthly "Business Briefs". We invite you to join us for a monthly afterwork gathering of local GLBT&A professionals. It's your chance to meet and greet with today's business leaders and the leaders of the future.
Thursday December 15th
at 45/46- XY Inspired Fine Men's Apparel Hyde Park Square
(next door to Knickers XY)
Drinks, holiday treats, hot models and a chance to expand your GLBT/A Network!
More information at facebook.com/cincinnatigaychamber.
We're Looking For
More Great Love Stories!
We would like to continue our salute to great Cincinnati love stories. If you have been together a year, a decade or half a century, we want to feature your love story. Send your names and the years you've been together to "Love Lasts!"
And be sure that your partnership is counted! Register your domestic partnership with Equality Cincinnati, the leading local LGBTQ organization in Cincinnati, whose mission is to work for full equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Greater Cincinnati and to prevent discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
You will receive an Equality Cincinnati domestic partner registry certificate in the mail as well as a complimentary "registry" gift from Equality Cincinnati. Also, on each anniversary of your partnership, you will receive a celebratory communication from Equality Cincinnati. Registry is free, sign up at Equality Cincinnati today!
The G-Spot by Brooklyn Steele-Tate
The holiday season is upon us and the first thing that comes to mind is giving! Giving to our friends, family members and even to those less fortunate that us.
There are many charities in this city that strive to make sure people are taken care of in their time of need. Organizations ask for donations to make sure families are fed, children have coats and gloves, and those who need medications receive it.
Caracole House has a simple mission: to provide safe, affordable housing and supportive services for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. Their goal is to make sure everyone affected by this deadly disease is taken care of for their basic living needs. In the past year Caracole has grown significantly when they acquired the clients from StopAIDS and had to provide free confidential case management services to more than 800 clients (increased from 240) in 8 Southwest Ohio Counties.
Now while Caracole House is partially funded by United Way, they are always in need of donations both monetary and with supplies for daily living such as toilet paper, soap , towels, laundry detergent etc. They also do various fundraisers throughout the city such as the Tree Sales being held at the Findlay Market Saturdays 8am -6pm and Sundays 10am - 4pm now through December 18. For more information on Caracole House visit their website at www.caracole.org
Another instrumental organization in Cincinnati is the Free Store Food Bank located at 1141 Central Parkway. The Free Store Food Bank is a provider of emergency food and client services and it's the Tri-States largest food bank serving 20 counties across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The Free Store Food Bank serves more than 300,000 people annually in the Tri-State area with the help of more than 350 member agencies such as food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, child care centers, and more. The Free Store Food Bank also solicits warehouses and distributes 18 million pounds of donated food and groceries annually.
There are many ways to get involved with the Free Store Food Bank. Your business can do a Virtual Food Drive which without the hassel of gathering cans and boxes and your company can be represented with its logo and colors. Provide Power Packs to local children with food for the weekend. Power Packs are furnished with nutritional foods that school age children can take home with them to make sure they are able to eat on the weekends and during school vacations. For $160.00 a child can receive a Power Pack bag for an entire school year.
To find out more about the Free Store Food Bank visit their website atwww.freestorefoodbank.org.
Finally, let's not forget about StopAIDS. StopAIDS took a major hit this year when they lost a major amount of funding to provide services to approximately 1000 clients. Some of those clients were moved to ARC of Ohio and others were moved to Caracole House. There is no case management flowing through StopAIDS offices but under the umbrella of Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio, they are still doing free anonymous and confidential testing. This requires funding on the part of StopAIDS and while Planned Parenthood covers salaries, the testing is coming out of the StopAIDS budgets. If you would like to donate to StopAIDS or if you or someone you know needs tested contact them at513-421-2437 Monday - Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am - 12pm.
So until next time get out into YOUR community and see how YOU can help!
Pick Up Your 2011/12 The Listings Today
The Listings promotes gay and gay-friendly businesses while providing FREE community health and social resource information! This book has been a project of the Gay Chamber since 1989. Find the 22nd edition Listings in stores, churches, bars, restaurants, schools, hotels, and many more locations, including online. More info atwww.TheListingsGuide.com.
MEMBERSHIP REALLY DOES HAVE PRIVILEGES
Gay Chamber members are invited to publicize upcoming events, happenings or services in our monthly newsletter. Reaching hundreds of local business professionals, the newsletter is a great way to expand your network and customer base. And as a member, your event listing is complimentary. Send event information firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission deadline is the 13th of each month; newsletter is electronically published on the 23rd.
SHOW YOUR CHAMBER SOME LOVE
We count on your membership to make the Gay Chamber strong! Not yet a member? Is your membership up for renewal? Please visithttp://gaychambercincinnati.com for 2012 membership information.