Only about 3.2% of the population of Cincinnati identifies as LGBT, according to a 2015 Gallup poll. But, it recently became one of the most gay-friendly cities in Ohio, thanks to changes in the city's laws. Cincinnati is also home to a number of groups who work to improve the lives and visibility of LGBT people in the city.
The Northside is considered to be one of the most LGBT-friendly neighborhoods in the city. Before it became a virtual entity only, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Greater Cincinnati called the area home. The Cincinnati Pride Parade also used to take place in the area.
The neighborhood remains a popular spot for dining, shopping and general living. Popular dining spots include Melt Eclectic Cafe, The Littlefield, The Comet and Kitchen Factory. Plenty of record stores, vintage and consignment shops and antique stores dot the area too.
The Twin Towers provides smoke-free, pet-friendly living opportunities. The adult community provides a number of services to help people live comfortably and to age in place. Transportation is available throughout the city and nurses are available on-call.
Downtown Cincinnati also has a number of LGBT-friendly businesses. The neighborhood is particularly known for its nightlife. Popular gay bars in the area include Main Event, Simon Says and Rosie's Tavern. The Know Theater regularly puts on a variety of plays and musicals, including many with LGBT-friendly themes.
Epic House is a senior group home near Downtown Cincinnati. The group home offers a variety of services to its residents, including planned activities off-site and transportation for errands and other needs. Pets are allowed in the home too.
Many LGBT-friendly events take place in Downtown Cincinnati and the surrounding area. The Cincinnati Pride Parade strolls through the downtown section of the city each June. Other Pride events also take place in the area, such as The Gay Men's Chorus Pride Concert and the Pride Interfaith Service.
The Pride Festival itself is held in Sawyer Park after the Parade, although it used to take place in Northside.
Don't confuse Pride with Pride Night. Pride Night is an annual fundraising event for the GLBTQ Center of Greater Cincinnati. It's held at King's Island, the largest amusement park in the Midwest. The event brings in people from across the country. It usually features a long list of performers and musical acts, as well as access to all the rides.
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Greater Cincinnati is a purely online entity that aims to raise money to distribute to GLBTQ groups in the area. The center began in 1993 and operated an office in the city until 2013. It decided it didn't need a physical space to serve the needs of its community.
The mission of the Greater Cincinnati Gay Chamber of Commerce is simple. It aims to connect LGBT consumers with businesses that are LGBT run or that support LGBT causes. It also works to provide networking and growth opportunities for its member businesses.
Take a look at the options for independent living in Cincinnati to see why the city is one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in Ohio.
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