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Development on an affordable housing project for LGBTQ+ seniors is expected to begin soon in Northside. Cincinnati Council voted unanimously Thursday to approve a 15-year tax exemption agreement for the project.


An art exhibit opening Tuesday at the Price Hill Library highlights self portraits by transgender artists paired with responsive poems by local poets. It's titled InsideOut: An Affirming Epiphany.

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There are at least 30 states nationwide where lawmakers have introduced bills to ban transgender women and girls from competing on girls' and women's sports teams. Here in Ohio, two such bills are working their way through the legislature. Rep. Jena Powell, R-Arcanum, and Sen. Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson, have introduced House Bill 61 and Senate Bill 132.

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Cincinnati’s hate crime ordinance will be updated to include "gender identity" and "gender expression" as protected categories.

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Pride isn't canceled, but it will be quieter this year.

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Conversion therapy is a common term for a practice that uses counseling, psychology and often abusive methods as part of an effort to change a person's sexuality from gay to straight.

The practice is banned in more and more jurisdictions and new legislation would add the Commonwealth of Kentucky to that list.

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After beginning with some vocal stretches to warm up her voicebox, Ginger Williams hums and vocalizes to match a tone played by Maureen Brogan, a student clinician.

"Good! I got 195," Maureen reports. 

"Yes!" Ginger whispers, her excitement quiet but palpable even over video conference. Her 195 signifies "195 hertz," which falls nicely into the 180-240 range associated with a female pitch.

For Ginger, a transgender woman, this result is exactly what she is here to achieve.

For many trans people, legally changing their name is a definitive statement of who they are and an affirmation of their identity. The process is not easy, and a name change in Ohio can take months and a small mountain of paperwork. It’s also playing into the fears of some trans people that the change could cost them their vote.

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On June 24, 1973, the patrons of the Up Stairs Lounge enjoyed an evening of socializing in a bar that was their refuge from anti-gay abuse. But that evening, a fire set on the steps leading up to the lounge, killed 32 people. The arson remains unsolved.

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The pandemic is exposing an increased socioeconomic vulnerability for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) populations, according to a new survey. For transgender people, it may come down to a variety of factors, says an University of Cincinnati doctor.

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Transform Cincy is more than a boutique, it's a safe space for trans teens to find a whole new sense of self. Co-founders Tristan Vaught and Nancy Dawson launched the shop in August of 2019, with Dawson's daughter Ella Dastillung working as the teen stylist to carefully curate wardrobes.

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In recent years, Cincinnati has celebrated its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community through parades, official resolutions, flags and legislation.

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Last week, in a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal law prohibits any employment discrimination against people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of anti-discrimination protections for LGTBQ people in the workplace. Advocates in Ohio are celebrating the decision but say there's still more work to be done on the state level.

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Amid the protests against racial injustice and deadly police violence against African Americans, a local panel discussion hosted by Cincy Black PRIDE posed the question: Do all black lives matter?

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The former Apple Street Market in Northside will soon be renovated to offer 57 affordable housing units, with a goal of providing living opportunities to LGBTQ seniors, or people age 55 or older.

A bi-partisan bill would ban Ohio children under 18 from participating in so-called conversion therapy, the practice of trying to convert someone from gay to straight. 

A new bill at the statehouse would prevent doctors from prescribing drugs to delay puberty or perform surgery to change a child’s gender. The bill is similar to ones proposed in at least eight other states. 

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Cincinnati-based Reverend Derek Terry appeared on OWN's Iyanla: Fix My Life over the weekend. This was a follow-up appearance for Terry who was first on the show in 2015. 

A simple Facebook post brought Tristan Vaught and Nancy Dawson together. The post asked if gender reveal parties should be reserved for transgender kids when they come out and need new clothes.

The question sparked a conversation leading Vaught and Dawson to eventually start a charity that provides clothes to transgender kids and teens at no cost. It's called Transform, and it's in the back room of Dawson's Cincinnati bridal makeup business.

Lawmakers have introduced a bill in the Ohio House that would expand rights for LGBTQ people by protecting access to housing, employment, and public accommodations.

The leader of minority Democrats in the Ohio House says when the new human resources handbook came out last month, it was missing the clause that provided job protection for LGBTQ employees. She wanted to know why that clause, which was in previous handbooks, had been removed.

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Underserved and uninsured people are getting a new affordable health care option.

Late on Friday, Republican Attorney General Dave Yost announced he’d join a U. S. Supreme Court case on whether federal civil rights laws protect LGBTQ employees from workplace discrimination – and that Ohio would be siding with the states that think they do not.

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In June, the Dayton, Ky., city council heard a first reading of what is commonly referred to as a fairness, or human rights, ordinance, and the issue will receive a final reading and official vote next Tuesday. If adopted, the small river city would become the 12th in Kentucky to expand its protections in cases of housing, employment, and other areas to people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

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Cincinnati is hoping to pull in more LGBTQ travelers.

A survey of LGBTQ Midwesterners and their families finds they are more likely to receive public assistance than non-LGBTQ people. 

Caitlin Rooney, a researcher for the left-leaning think tank Center for American Progress, spoke Tuesday to Cleveland health and nonprofit leaders about poverty in the LGBTQ community.

The image of the upper middle class white male gay couple has been shaped by television and movies, said Rooney. The true picture is much different, she said. 

When the Archdiocese of Cincinnati presented a new employment contract for educators, it included a morality clause forbidding public support of the "homosexual lifestyle." The move sparked online petitions and protests from teachers and students. Amid the controversy, the Archdiocese updated the language of the contract, changing "public support" to "advocacy," but Archdiocese officials maintain that the changes were not in response to the backlash.

A group of Ohio legislators are trying to add sexual orientation and gender identity or expression into the state’s anti-discrimination law. The bill known as the “Ohio Fairness Act” would make those additions a protected class in employment, housing and other public accommodations.

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Over 110,000 people are expected to attend Cincinnati's 45th annual Pride Parade and festival this Saturday, June 23. The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. followed by a festival at Sawyer Point at noon.