In recent years Cincinnati has become an unlikely beacon of hope for LGBTQ rights. Five years after our city's unexpected role in federal marriage equality, we look at how far we've come, what still needs to be done, and local advocates leading the charge.

By Amy Brownlee, Katie Coburn, Lauren Fisher, John Fox, Kaileigh Peyton, and Amanda Boyd Walters

Five Cincinnati Corporations Recognized for Their Commitment to LBGTQ Rights

Procter & Gamble, Fifth Third Bancorp, Kroger, Macy’s, and Frost Brown Todd earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index, which rates companies on their commitment to LBGTQ equality and inclusion.

Lil’s Bagels Spreads Positivity in Covington With Queer-Centered Fund-Raising

Owner Julia Keister capitalizes on the relationship between her business and the community to advocate for LGBTQ-focused groups.

Meet 20 Local LGBTQ Leaders Who Are Shaping Cincinnati

Artists, pastors, lawyers, activists, historians, educators, social workers, journalists—these 20 LGBTQ advocates have their hand in Cincinnati's future.

Drag King Alexander Cameron Takes the Stage

Drag King Alexander Cameron talks sparkly suits, playing with gender, and performing “draglesque” with the Mrs., Ginger LeSnapps.

Editor’s Letter, June 2020: What Makes a Hero?

How we show up for each other matters. The pandemic has revealed how our friends and neighbors keep showing up. Jim Obergefell knows what that’s like, too.

Building Bridges Center Founders Work to Establish a Physical LGBTQ Center in Cincinnati

Despite a slowdown of Building Bridges Center's efforts during COVID-19, the group seeks to raise awareness and funding for an LGBTQ Center this summer.

The Moments That Shaped Cincinnati’s LGBTQ History

These events transformed Cincinnati from the “most anti-gay” city in the country to a beacon of progress.

Affordable Housing for LGBTQ Seniors is Coming to Northside

Featuring a mix of apartments, the project aims to provide community-based services to Cincinnati’s aging LGBTQ population.

Transform Cincy Provides Clothes and Community for Local Trans Youths

Nonprofit Transform Cincy accepts gently used clothing donations to help trans youths build new wardrobes that fit their needs.

Jim Obergefell Is Still on the Right Side of History

Young LGBTQ activists discuss the state of the equal rights movement with Jim Obergefell, five years after his landmark Supreme Court victory.

Inside the Pride Issue: June 2020

We take a deep dive behind our Pride issue, discuss Cincinnati's newest councilmembers, and profile a local man who turned his life around.

Cincinnati’s Road to Becoming One of the Most Welcoming Cities for LGBTQ Families

Cincinnati Public Schools board member Ryan Messer uses his seat at the table to create a more inclusive environment for LGBTQ parents and students.

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