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Lots of Info Is Just a Call Away

The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Cincinnati announced in late February that it has completed a major overhaul of its 24-hour automated hotline resource. This service, formerly known as the GLBT Switchboard, will now be called "24x7 GLBT Automated Directory Service." It now has a new directory and more detailed categories have been added. One new option gives callers to opportunity to speak with a live volunteer. Another change is the number to call. The Community Center is now routing all of its calls, including those to the 24 hour hotline, through their main number at 513-591-0200. This service remains completely confidential and free, and features listings for all the area’s GLBT and supportive organizations, bars and other resources.

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One Human Family to Elect Board of Directors

One Human Family, a non-partisan human rights organization dedicated to changing the social and political climate of Cincinnati, will have its first official membership meeting on Saturday March 8th. After many months of preliminary meetings, OHF was born back in September and since then it has helped in several community initiatives, including a Western Hills Viaduct clean-up and various events that raised thousands of dollars for AVOC and Caracole. The group was also involved in lobbying efforts for the addition of GLBT people to Cincinnati’s Hate Crimes Ordinance last month. At the March 8th meeting, members will be electing a permanent board of directors. Cincinnati City Councilman David Crowley will also speak. The meeting begins at 2pm and will be held at the Union Institute (440 E. McMillan Street).

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Workshop on Adolescents and Homophobia

Homophobia experienced by GLBT and questioning adolescents is pervasive, severe and can negatively affect their ability to thrive and make a healthy transition to adulthood. The workshop "Creating Safe Communities and Schools: Advocating for GLBT and Questioning Youth" will take place on March 12th at Beech Acres. The program, presented by documentary filmmaker and GLBT educator Nora Salmon, is designed to help counselors, teachers, and school staff learn more about the forms of homophobia experienced by GLBT teens and gain knowledge to be able to identify risk factors and offer support. It is presented by Children's Home of Cincinnati and the Southwest Ohio Regional Training Consortium. For more information, please call 272-2800.

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QCCA Unveils 2003 "Listings" on March 16th

The Queen City Careers Association will debut its 2003 "Listings" book at a special event on Sunday March 16th. The book, which is a comprehensive guide to GLBT and supportive businesses in the Greater Cincinnati area, will be unveiled at the group’s "Listings Alive" fair to be held from 2pm to 5pm at One Riverboat Row in Newport, KY. This will be a good opportunity to meet local advertisers face-to-face. There will also be door prizes, radio talent, and a special presentation by a local theater company. The event is absolutely FREE and so is the parking. For more information, call 723-5073 or visit. www.qccainc.com

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And The Band Played On....

The Queen City Rainbow Band, the Cincinnati area’s GLBT marching band and flag corps, started its second season on February 5th and they want you to join them. If you’ve ever played an instrument, think you would enjoy spinning a flag, or have another talent you’d like to share, then join in the fun. You may have seen the band play at the 2002 Pride Festival or Pride Parade. Since then the group has performed at Pride events in Lexington and Columbus, a campaign fundraiser, the Northside Christmas tree lighting, and at the send off for athletes going to the 2002 Gay Games. Recently the Rainbow Band held a "Bar Raids" fund-raiser in which they played in 14 different bars in two nights. GLBT bands in other cities started with only 7 members their first year, but by the end of 2002 our band had over 40! If you think you’d like to be involved in the fun, drop by one of their rehearsals on Wednesday nights from 7pm to 9pm at Woolly’s on Monmouth. For further information or to learn about upcoming band engagements, visit the group’s website at www.qcrb.org

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So You Want to Be a Drag King?

A small group of local women is currently looking to expand their Drag King Troupe. Their first meeting will be on Sunday March 9th at 3pm at the Buzz Coffeehouse (Jefferson Ave. at University). Nikki Kowell tells us that the group needs drag performers and people to help backstage and all experience levels are welcomed. She says "We are willing to help you learn the art of being a drag king." For more information email at CincinnatiDrag Kings@hotmail.com  

 

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Volunteers and friends enjoy the dinner and auction at

this year's PFLAG Scholarship Banquet on March 1st.

     

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