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posted Feb 9, 2011, 5:48 AM by Michael Chanak   [ updated Feb 9, 2011, 5:51 AM ]

Issue: Love is in the AirJanuary/February 2011

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Valentine's Day is Monday (and has been in department stores since late last year!) and this means love is in the air.  Whether you are happily partnered, joyfully single or somewhere in between, there is no avoiding Cupid's arrow this time of year.  So, we thought we'd join the celebration and stage our own little "love in".  Here's not just to romantic love but to ALL love.. love of friends, family, community, nation, faith and perhaps the most important love of all - oneself.  To paraphrase the fabulous RuPaul:  "If you don't love yourself, how in the heck are you gonna love somebody else?"  Can I get a non-secular Amen in here?


There are hundreds of love songs.  Take our love song poll & tell us which one best describes how you are feeling right now. 


Some believe long lasting love is about as real as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the taste of Diet Dr. Pepper.  But those lucky enough to find it know how real it is.  Here are just two of Cincinnati's great love stories.  We'd love to hear from you, email your picture, names and years together and we'll publish your picture in a future issue of the newsletter! 




teenitgetsbetterComing out is an experience that is different for each of us.  For our GLBTQ youth, learning to love yourself for who you are and what makes you special can be an incredible journey but it can be scary at times.  It is natural to feel alone.  That's why resources like the Trevor Project and It Gets are so important.  In addition to these great national efforts, there are local resources available to our Tri-State Youth.


GLSEN - Greater Cincinnati Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network envisions a future in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.  Through several programs involving youth, educators and members of the community, the Greater Cincinnati chapter works to counter anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment in K-12 schools.  Programs include support of Gay-Straight Alliances in schools, resources and training for educators and advocacy towards inclusive anti-bullying, anti-harassment policies.  Find GLSEN on the web; email at or via phone at 513-526-7575.


GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY CENTER OF GREATER CINCINNATI - A nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to provide physical space for organizations delivering educational and supportive services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and supportive communities.  The Center is located at 4119 Hamilton Avenue in the Northside District of Cincinnati.  For more information, call 513-591-0200 or


GLBT NATIONAL YOUTH TALKLINE - Provides telephone and email peer counceling, factual information and connections to local resources.  All services are free and confidential.  Phone volunteers are in their teens and early twenties and address calls from youth up to 25 about coming out issues, relationship concerns, parent issues, school problems, HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer-sex information.  Talkline is open weeknights 8pm-midnight.  Contact the hotline at 800-246-7743 or via email


THE GREATER CINCINNATI LGBTQ YOUTH SUMMIT - An annual day-long conference consisting of workshops, speakers, social activities, a resource center and food - all for free.  All members of the community are encouraged to attend and support this conference focused on creating a safe space for GLBTQ youth.  For more information, visit or


PFLAG OF GREATER CINCINNATI - A support group for parents, families and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons.  Monthly meetings offer community, support and resources to people of all ages and orientations.  Find PFLAG on the web at; email at or via phone at 513-721-7900. 


This Valentine's Night, Below Zero Lounge hosts its first Murder Mystery Dinner - held on the night of the infamous St. Valentines Day Massacre. A great way spend your Valentine's Day filled with Murder, Intrigue, Music and Mayhem! 

"The Last night at the Speakeazy"  Valentines Day Murder Mystery and Dinner benefits StopAIDS Cincinnati.


Join in the fun Monday, February 14th.  Doors Open at 7pm, sharp, and includes Salads, Italian Pasta Bar with meat and vegetarian options, and to top the evening off.. Death by Chocolate Bar. BZ will be serving up featured cocktails to fit the theme and also encourage all of our guests to dress accordingly. Think speakeasy, Prohibition and Fedora Hats! 

The Murder should be resolved a little before 10pm and the Speakeasy will be closed by 11pm so you'll have an hour to mix with the cast and crew. And 2 lucky guests will receive prizes for solving the mystery and for Best Dressed Attire.

Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple.

Reservations can be made by contacting Below Zero Lounge and/or tickets can be purchased at Below Zero Lounge beginning Friday Jan. 21st. For more information, contact Nigel Cotterill at 513 544 4040.


About the Murder Mystery Players:  

Jim Stump is a local theatre and murder mystery veteran and brings his comedy improv skills to the evening. He has worked with several interactive murder mystery companies over the past 2 decades including Mystery Cafe out of New York and Cincinnati's own Whodunit? Players.

About the Mystery Performers:


Sherry McCamley has been performing in murder mysteries with the Whodunit Players in Cincinnati for several years. She is an actor-singer-songwriter-pianist who has a CD called "Changing My Point of View" available on I-Tunes, and sings in local clubs and cabarets. Check out her videos on YouTube!

This evening is a benefit for Stop AIDS Cincinnati and sponsored by A Catered Affair, Below Zero Lounge, Sherry McCamley and Jim Stump.


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 to  Submission deadline is the 13th of each month; newsletter is electronically published on the 23rd. 


We count on your membership to make the Gay Chamber strong!  Not yet a member?  Is your membership up for renewal?  Please visit for 2011 membership information.

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