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”

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”