How an LGBTQ+ auditor just (literally) saved an Ohio city

By Alissa Paolella, The Buckeye Flame The city auditor of Nelsonville — who spearheaded a Herculean effort to save his city earlier this year — has a message for his fellow LGBTQ+ Ohioans: do not write off small towns. Taylor Sappington’s family has deep roots in Hocking County going back generations. When he was in theContinue reading “How an LGBTQ+ auditor just (literally) saved an Ohio city”

Sparking hope in central Ohio, a PFLAG chapter was just formed in Mount Vernon

By Alissa Paolella, The Buckeye Flame Local clergy and activists in Mount Vernon are organizing to provide support and resources to area LGBTQ+ individuals and their families.  In early October, supporters in the Knox County seat—about 40 miles northeast of Columbus—gathered for an organizational meeting to discuss forming a PFLAG chapter. While they were met byContinue reading “Sparking hope in central Ohio, a PFLAG chapter was just formed in Mount Vernon”

Galion, Ohio becomes latest municipality to pass LGBTQ+ protections

By Alissa Paolella, The Buckeye Flame The city council of Galion, Ohio voted 5-1 on Sept. 14, 2021, to update the city’s housing anti-discrimination ordinance with protections for LGBTQ+ individuals and passed a new ordinance to extend those protections to public accommodations and employment. Council approved the first reading of the ordinances during its August meeting,Continue reading “Galion, Ohio becomes latest municipality to pass LGBTQ+ protections”

In a tiny Ohio village, Pride planning has revealed a hidden – but excited! – LGBTQ+ community

By Alissa Paolella, The Buckeye Flame New Richmond Pride started with a simple question in a local Facebook group: Are any local businesses celebrating Pride Month? Sure, there were some negative responses (“We don’t need gay people here.”), but local resident Michelle Johnson also knew there were actually tons of LGBTQ+ people who live and workContinue reading “In a tiny Ohio village, Pride planning has revealed a hidden – but excited! – LGBTQ+ community”

Overcoming Tragic Obstacles, Mansfield Pride Festival Pushes Ahead

By Alissa Paolella, The Buckeye Flame The Mansfield Gay Pride Association’s board of directors has pushed through unimaginable challenges this year to restart the Mansfield Pride Festival & Parade after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The celebration in August in Mansfield—the northeast Ohio county seat of Richland County, located midway between Cleveland and Columbus —Continue reading “Overcoming Tragic Obstacles, Mansfield Pride Festival Pushes Ahead”

First LGBTQ+ Nonprofit Launches in Knox County, Ohio

On Friday, July 16, social media pages launched heralding the creation of the Knox County Pride Alliance, the first specifically LGBTQ+ nonprofit organization in Knox County, Ohio.

Rainbows Shine Over Dublin, Ohio With a New LGBTQ+ Community Alliance

Rainbow Dublin is inviting you to its inaugural Coming Out Party on August 8. The event also serves as one of the first big occasions to celebrate the city of Dublin’s first LGBTQ+ community alliance.

A New Source of LGBTQ+ Support Brings Light to Darke County, Ohio

A new group is working to create a Darke County fully inclusive of LGBTQ+ citizens and allies by promoting a sense of community in Greenville, Ohio.