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Outlook Columbus

Outlook Columbus is a lifestyle and advocacy publication for the Ohio queer, allied and ubran progressive community. Its content contains both local and national focused features that compliment its mix of columns, editorials, arts & entertainment, sports, celebrity interviews, and community news.

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Donors pledge $2.3 million for new Cleveland LGBT center

| Monday, August 11, 2014
LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
CLEVELAND -- The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland has announced $2.3 million in gifts that will pay for a new center and expanded programming. “We are overjoyed!” said Phyllis Harris, executive director of the center, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year. The money comes from two sources: a $1.8 million donation from an anonymous ...

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America’s Heartland hosts Gay Games, visitors from around the globe

| Thursday, August 7, 2014
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Participants and spectators from 46 countries are coming to the Heartland for Gay Games 9, a quadrennial event that for the first time is taking place outside one of the world’s gay capitals. In choosing Cleveland and Akron, organizers said they wanted to stage the Games in a place where they could have an impact in boosting acceptance and support ...

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A perfect day, one year ago: The wedding that could topple Ohio’s gay marriage ban

| Friday, July 11, 2014
Glenn Hartong, The Cincinnati Enquirer (AP)In this July 11, 2013 file photo, Jim Obergefell, left and John Arthur, right, are married by officiant Paulette Roberts, in a plane on the tarmac at Baltimore/Washington International Airport in Glen Burnie, Md. Federal Judge Timothy Black on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, questioned the constitutionality of Ohio's ban on gay marriage and whether state officials have the authority to refuse to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states. Black earlier ruled in favor of the couple in a lawsuit seeking to recognize the couples' marriage on Arthur’s death certificate before he died in October from ALS.
“We were together 20 years and 10 months,” Jim Obergefell says, sitting at the dining table of the couple’s condo in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood. Obergefell just tried watching the video of their July 2013 wedding, but he couldn’t get past John’s first words to the camera. It’s too soon after his husband’s passing, from ALS, last October. And John Arthur, at age 48, passed too soon.

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It’s not all unicorns and rainbows at ‘Have a Gay Day’

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
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Michael Knote wants you to have a grand ol’ gay day. And he’s posting plenty of content on his Facebook page to make sure you do. It all started in 2011 with the death of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, a high school freshman in Buffalo who committed suicide because of the constant bullying he encountered for being bisexual. Knote, who lives in Piqua, Ohio...

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Ohio public pool denies family passes to same-sex couples

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Heise Park pool in Galion, Ohio
GALION, Ohio -- There’s no gum allowed at the Heise Park pool in Galion. And no snorkels, no dunking, no smoking and no rough play. Oh, and apparently, no families headed by gay or lesbian parents. Galion, a city 60 miles north of Columbus, is reviewing its policy on family passes at a city-owned swimming pool after two women and their four children were denied ...

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Body of transgender woman found shot to death, left on a Cincinnati street

| Saturday, June 28, 2014
Tiffany Edwards
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- A transgender woman was found dead Thursday morning in the middle of a Cincinnati street. Tiffany Edwards, 28, had been shot to death, according to news reports, which said her body was discovered about 8 a.m. Thursday by a city sanitation driver.

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HRC endorses Ohio AG candidate who says he’ll stop defending marriage ban

| Monday, June 2, 2014
David Pepper
The HRC has endorsed David Pepper for Ohio attorney general, marking just the second time ever that the national LGBT civil rights group has weighed in on a state-level non-gubernatorial race. The clincher, according to HRC: incumbent Mike DeWine’s ongoing defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban.

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Portman on Ohio ruling: Marriage equality shouldn’t come from the courts

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
COLUMBIS, Ohio -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the first GOP senator to support marriage equality for same-sex couples, says he’s not a fan of Monday’s federal court ruling that would force the state to recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions.

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Cab drivers quit over promotional ads for Cleveland’s Gay Games

| Friday, April 11, 2014
Gay Games taxi roof ad.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- More than a dozen taxi drivers are dropping out of a dedicated cab service at Cleveland’s airport because they don’t want to drive vehicles with signs promoting the upcoming Gay Games.

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Ohio Statehouse ban on same-sex ceremonies to get review

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Overseers of Ohio’s Statehouse will review a seven-year-old policy that forbids same-sex couples from having their weddings and receptions in the state capitol building.

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