Monday, August 20, 2018


Here’s What You Need to Know About Tuesday’s Special Election for Congress

Prizm News / August 6, 2018 / By Bob Vitale HRC, out elected officials back Danny O'Connor in the 12th Congressional District; Pence, Trump back Troy Balderson.   By Bob Vitale Three months before mid-term elections that will be a referendum on President Donald Trump's first two years in office, a special congressional election in Central Ohio is shaping up as an early...

Openly Gay Ohioan Among Candidates Endorsed by Obama

Prizm News / August 2, 2018 / By Bob Vitale Taylor Sappington, who's running for the General Assembly from Southeast Ohio's 94th District, helped the former president carry Stark County in 2012.   By Bob Vitale A 26-year-old openly gay legislative candidate from the tiny Southeast Ohio town of Nelsonville is among 81 Americans across the country who've won former President Barack Obama's...

Businesses Can Add ‘Open to All’ Pledge to Their Yelp Profiles

Prizm News / August 2, 2018 / By Bob Vitale The national campaign counters efforts to legitimize discrimination as a religious issue.   By Bob Vitale Do they take reservations? Do they have a patio? Will they refuse to bake a cake for your wedding or demand you use the other restroom?  More than 70 million Yelp users have a new bit of information...

A Night at the Last Lesbian Bar in Ohio

Prizm News / August 1, 2018 / By Celina Nader Our gathering places might be fading away, but Slammers has been serving Columbus strong drinks and hot pizza for 25 years. By Celina Nader I walk in on a Friday night around 11 p.m. and order a gin and tonic. I’ve been here before, so I’m not surprised at the strength of...
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More Than Just a Wardrobe

Prizm News / August 1, 2018 / By Staley Munroe For many LGBTQ+ people, fashion isn’t just a wardrobe of items from which we pick and choose our look of the day. It’s our armor, freedom and idenity.   Commentary by Staley...

Creep of the Week: Star Parker

Prizm News / July 30, 2018 /By D'Anne Witkowski Columnist went way over the line in comparing Pride celebrations to Nazi terrorism.   By D'Anne Witkowski We may be at the end of July, but the anti-gay panic that comes to a boil...

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Interview: Sean Hayes Calls BS on Those Who Think Jack Is Too Gay

Prizm News / July 30, 2018 / By Chris Azzopardi After changing TV for LGBTQ people in 1998, the actor is at it again as ‘part of the chorus of the movement’.   By Chris Azzopardi Where would our queer world be without "Will & Grace"? That’s where my head was just before Sean Hayes phoned, recalling my lonely teen years, when gay...

‘As One’ Takes Audiences on a Journey of Understanding

Prizm News / July 30, 2018 / By Daniel Myers Cincinnati Opera's production of the transgender story offers a powerful message.   By Daniel Myers Sparse, brutal, humorous, honest and, above all, human, "As One" celebrates a universal journey where only the details are specific. Laura Kaminsky’s chamber opera opens with a dark stage backlit by a patchwork screen with what could be...

Interview: Betty Who on Where She’d Be Without Her Queer Fans

Prizm News / July 23, 2018 / By Chris Azzopardi The pop queen will headline Akron's second annual Pride Festival on Aug. 25.   By Chris Azzopardi Jessica Newham, better known as Betty Who, is in a constant state of gay. In August, she'll headline Akron's second annual Pride festival on Saturday the 25th in Hardesty Park. Then in October, she’ll perform during the All Things...

Queerly Digital: ‘Hooked’ Shows the Plight of Homeless Youth "Hooked" Director: Max Emerson One hour, 32 minutes Breaking Glass Pictures Film reminds us what life is like for too many LGBTQ young people.   By David-Elijah Nahmod   Newly out on DVD, Max Emerson's "Hooked" is a powerful drama about a homeless New York street hustler. The film's premiere at Newfest, New York's LGBTQ film festival, was a benefit for the Ali Forney Center, a homeless...