In Memory of Harvey Milk

As LGBTQ people, we have had so many great leaders and role models in our history. For me, one that stands out is Harvey Milk. He was the first openly gay elected official and bucked the system to get where he was. He started small and grew to lead an entire neighborhood while welcoming LGBTQ [...]

History of LGBTQ in Appalachia

We often hear coming out stories from the south and how bad it is, we hear stories from LGBTQ people of north eastern areas, west coast, and big cities, we often don’t hear of the in between places like the coal fields of West Virginia. The fringe places where religion has a strong hold and [...]

Strength Through Adversity

As LGBTQ people we are not strangers to adversity and suffering. That isn’t to say we are the only ones, but we are one of the few minorities that still live with laws that criminalize our behaviors. Turning on the television or reading the news we see our trans brothers and sisters being killed. We [...]

To Pride or Not To Pride?

Saturday marks the first day of Pride month and with it comes a range of emotions. Many are excited about being able to congregate in their hometown, openly, along the street and celebrate what it means to be LGBTQ and the advances we have made. Many still mark this as a time of shame and [...]

To The Streets… We March…

"In the early hours of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City." a quote from the article Stonewall Riots on History.com. This year marks the 50th anniversary of those very riots and Pride in the CLE will be honoring the event with [...]

Dorothy Jean

Eight years ago, this February 10, my mother passed away. It was a monumental milestone in my life because she was probably the one person who really knew me. The person that I never really had to tell them how I felt, she just knew. No matter where I was, if either of us needed [...]