Some activists believe the struggle for gay rights in Cincinnati has reached a drastic turning point. During Cincinnati's Gay Pride festival in July, Equality Cincinnati launched a "symbolic" Domestic Partner Registry (DPR). Unlike the registries enacted by three other Ohio cities, the local one wouldn't have any official sanction or entail legal rights, and some activists say Equality Cincinnati has thwarted their efforts for a real DPR.
The story is as old as time: Plucky young adults, stymied by small-town culture and fueled by grandiose dreams, flee for the bright lights of the big city. It might sound like a story book or a 'Sex and the City' script, but it happens all the time. In fact, it's happening right now in Cincinnati.