Cleveland Pride cancels parade, just 2 weeks before event was to take place


Citing safety concerns, officials with Cleveland Pride announced Thursday, July 28, that the city’s 28th annual Pride parade and rally — which had been pushed back to Aug. 13 to accommodate the just-finished Republican National Convention held in that city — have been cancelled.

In a press release posted yesterday on organization’s website, Cleveland Pride Inc. President and CEO Todd J. Saporito said: “We have been entrusted by our community to create a secure parade and festival environment for our LGBTQ brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, friends and allies. Because of the changing social climate, Cleveland Pride did not have enough time to engage in the development of awareness programs and training that we believe is critical in today’s environment. Therefore, we regretfully cancelled our 28th annual parade, rally and festival this year.”

The press release went on to thank “all partners, sponsors, vendors, volunteers and service providers for their dedication and energy,” and noted that the Pride planning team’s next steps will be to “refund monies to vendors, sponsors and service providers. A team of board members and lead volunteers will initiate discussion for town hall meetings to further map out a program where we and other LGBT community partners, will be able to start crafting awareness and training programs, that will be beneficial on a day-to-day basis as well as prepared for our celebration in 2017.”

Saporito also noted, “Cleveland Pride, Inc. seeks to remind everyone that Pride is not a one-day celebration, but a daily act of visibility throughout our community. While we may not be marching as a large, unified body, we can come together throughout Cleveland and continue our support of local LGBTQ establishments and LGBTQ community members.”

But some community members aren’t buying it, including activist, radio host and Baldwin Wallace University associate professor Ken Schneck.

In a blog post on Huffington Post yesterday, Schneck called the cancellation “inconceivable,” given that Cleveland hosted the Republican National Convention, complete with “protesters with many, many guns,” just last week; that there is a city-wide celebration happening this weekend to thank Cleveland for hosting the RNC; that Cleveland hosted the Gay Games just two years ago; that the city took less than 48 hours to plan a parade to celebrate the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA championship (a parade that drew more than a million spectators); and that “cities all over the country have been celebrating Pride post-Orlando for months now.”

—  Tammye Nash

Republicans choose to be Hot in Cleveland in 2016


At least the Trinity has never caught fire like Cleveland’s Cuyahoga did in 1969.

Rather than spend a nice cool week in Dallas in July 2016, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced today the 2016 Republican Convention will be held in Cleveland.

Dallas was one of two finalists for the event. The convention would have been held at the American Airlines Center with one event at Cowboy’s Stadium in Arlington.

Instead, the convention will be held in swing state Ohio. No Republican has won the White House without Ohio. Both Cleveland and Dallas are Democratic strongholds.

But how does Cleveland compare with Dallas for natural beauty? If you think the Trinity is a filthy stream of mud, at least it never caught fire like Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River did in 1969.

The site committee’s recommendation will be finalized by a vote in August and the July start date announced at that time.

Dallas last hosted a national convention in 1984 when Ronald Reagan was nominated for his second term in office. That convention is best remembered by people in Dallas at the time for closed highways in and around downtown.

Gregory Lee Johnson was arrested outside the Dallas Convention Center during the convention for burning a flag. His case went to the Supreme Court, which invalidated all flag desecration laws.

Although a political convention brings a lot of media attention and millions of dollars of revenue to a city, most people in the LGBT community in very blue Dallas reacted with relief.

“DAMN! I had my picket signs all ready,” activist Todd Whitley wrote on his Facebook page.

“Thank God,” wrote Old Oak Cliff Conservation League former President Michael Amonett.

“There is a God,” Scott Cantrell wrote.


—  David Taffet

Get Out the Vote in Cleveland, Ohio

The following post comes from HRC Regional Field Director Karin Quimby. Karin is just one of 30 HRC staff that will be on the ground in 16 states by Election Day, working with HRC-endorsed candidates and engaging our membership about the upcoming elections:

A few days ago, Collin Burton, the Ohio Democratic Party LGBT Caucus Director, and I were called to Cleveland, Ohio to help mobilize the LGBT community here in support for the pro-equality Democratic ticket.  We’ve now taken over the Rocky River office and our HRC and allied volunteers are staffing the phones and signing people up to canvass on Get Out the Vote weekend.

It’s been great working with Collin in Columbus for the past 6 weeks and exciting to be in Cleveland now for the final push.  We know that every vote counts and if our volunteers get out and knock on doors that we’ll win this crucial election and Ohio will continue the long march to full equality for all its citizens.

To help us answer the call, please go to:  A few hours of your time now can mean a lifetime of equality for those who come after us.

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—  admin

Cleveland Synergy Is Going To Sue Its Way Back Into The Gay Games’ Good Graces

Guess who's not to thrilled with being kicked out of the 2014 Gay Games? The Cleveland Synergy Foundation, which lobbied officials to bring the competition to Ohio but was then booted from its role after everyone started questioning their finances. So of course they're suing.


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—  John Wright

What Gay Punchlines Did Mark Indelicato Bring to Hot In Cleveland?

With every episode of Hot In Cleveland I wonder how long it'll be before the typical sitcom jokes about women of a certain age will start repeating themselves. But last night I was distracted by Ugly Betty's Mark Indelicato, who played a, uh, eager high school theater queen. (Spoilers ahead)


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—  John Wright

And the Gay Games will be held in…


Yeah, that’s why I didn’t put it in the headline.

But I kid. Cleveland is great. I suppose. Still, it is part of Ohio, which was instrumental in swinging the 2004 election toward Bush with an anti-gay ballot initiative. But the mayor of the city says they are “prepared to roll out the welcome mat to the LGBT athletes their families and spectators from around the world.” That’s nice.

The Gay Games actually attract more participants than the Olympics (though the TV coverage is oddly less pervasive). Cleveland’s version takes places in 2014; the next ceremony will be in Cologne, Germany in July and August of 2010. Previous host cities include San Francisco (twice),  Vancouver, New York, Amsterdam, Sydney (the same year as the 2002 Olympics there) and the last one, 2006’s in Chicago.фирма по продвижению сайтов

—  Arnold Wayne Jones