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Dayton LGBTQIA+ Pride Update

It is with heavy hearts that the Greater Dayton LGBT Center Board of Directors has decided to cancel many of the in-person LGBTQIA+ Pride events for Dayton this year. It would not be PRIDE without a parade, so we are planning a “Reverse Pride Parade” What does that mean? On Saturday August 22nd those groups that typically are in the parade will place a static booth on 2nd Street on the Sidewalks consisting of banners and signs. If they have give-a-ways, they will have runners run those items out to the cars. For our Spectators, we encourage all spectators to decorate their vehicles pridefully and much like an old fashion Cruise-In, drive their vehicles down second street at 5 mph and show their PRIDE. Set up for Booths start at 9 am with the Cruise-In beginning at 10 am to 11 am.

Of course, we can’t just skip recognition of Pride during 2020 so we will be shifting our August 22 celebration from in-person to online. We are still putting plans together, but we will be holding a televised via DATV on channel 5 of Spectrum Cable and on Facebook Live event from 1 pm to 3 pm. The celebration will be similar to our Pride Stage Show featuring local speakers and entertainment. Please stay tuned for more information and plan to join us online on August 22nd! Join US!


Black Lives Matter

It goes without saying that America is in a state of chaos, broken, and angry. There are injustices and inequalities everywhere, but the slow, painful, suffocating death of an unarmed, restrained, black male at the hands of a white police officer is unconscionable. We, the Board of Directors of The Greater Dayton LGBT Center, stand in unity with our brothers and sisters of color. We stand with Black Lives Matter against the overbearing oppression of police abuse and unnecessary use of force against people of color all across our nation.
Folks in the LGBTQIA+ community have fought for rights for many years, but our movement is relatively young compared with the long history of racism and oppression in America. Systematic racism and mistreatment of black and brown citizens continues around our country, and we say ‘Enough is enough’. Living the intersection of the black community and the LGBTQIA+ is especially challenging as discrimination and oppression is felt from multiple angles.
George Floyd, John Crawford III, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and the thousands of other citizens of color who have lost their lives to police brutality should never be forgotten. Again, we stand with Black Lives Matter and all our brothers and sisters of color in this time of national crisis. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.” – Stride Toward Freedom, 1958. We stand ready and willing to help bring about the systemic change that will someday eradicate these killings from everyday life and bring about real justice for not just our community, but for all minorities everywhere.
-The Board of The Greater Dayton LGBT Center

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COVID-19 Update –

The Greater Dayton LGBT Center is always looking to protect our members and keep our community safe. As part of the CDC recommendations and State of Ohio’s efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, The Greater Dayton LGBT Center is discontinuing any non-essential programs until further notice.

We WILL continue essential support groups including our weekly Alcoholics Anonymous, SOAR- Survivors Overcoming Assault and Rape, Pozitive Attitudes HIV+, and The Gatlyn-Dame Transgender Group. We have made arrangements for these groups to meet remotely.   For information on how to join the online meetings, please contact us at info@daytonlgbtcenter.org.

For more information about how you can stay safe and reduce the possible spread of COVID-19, please visit http://www.cdc.gov or https://odh.ohio.gov.


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