different things to different people, making it difficult to clearly
define. It is not necessarily codified within the LGBTQ community — or
within mainstream society for that matter — but it is evolving, as
Cincinnati is at the center of what may
be the defining moment for same-sex marriage in America. Before the end
of the month, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on Obergefell vs. Hodges,
a series of cases involving same-sex couples in Ohio and three other
Saying that the University of Cincinnati’s Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans* and Queer Center began in a closet sounds like the beginning to a bad joke. But the fact that the center, along with the university’s LGBTQ community, has flourished and grown exponentially since coming out of the closet isn’t just some ironic punch line.
This Pride Week, as citizens of Cincinnati
wave their rainbow flags up high, we show support not only for the
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community but for our city as a
whole and its progress toward acceptance of all individuals. For years,
Over-the-Rhine club Below Zero Lounge has been at the forefront of
expunging the mark of labels that define people by their sexual
orientation and gender identity.
To get a glimpse inside the
lives of the people of Pride in the Queen City, we’ve collected personal interviews with prominent
members of city’s LGBTQ community to discuss what it’s like to be gay in
Cincinnati today and what they’re doing to make this city a more open
If there’s anything University of
Cincinnati human sexuality professor Carolyn Peterson wants to give you, it’s the gift
of permission, of consent, to everyone, but especially to her students
who identify as LGBTQ.
Rich Sherman is one of the founders of CNKY Scene (cnkyscene.com),
a monthly magazine highlighting LGBTQ entertainment, nightlife,
businesses and the allied community in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Cortnie Owens has come pretty far from her
rural East Side upbringing. After choosing to remain closeted about her
sexuality during her high school years, Owens escaped the countryside
to pursue a lifestyle decidedly more urban.