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Health Update: Syphilis Increase Among Gay and Bisexual Men Toledo-Lucas County Health Department JANUARY 15, 2015 – The sexually transmitted infection (STI) syphilis is making a nation-wide comeback. In Lucas County, the number of cases has also doubled over the past year, going from 26 cases in 2013 to 59 cases in 2014. Only 4 of these 59 cases occurred in women, and 96% of the remaining 55 male cases occurred in gay or bisexual men.

 Sexual health educators at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department (TLCHD) encourage gay and bisexual men to limit their partners and use condoms to protect themselves from syphilis and other STIs. When detected early, syphilis can be easily cured with antibiotics. The first symptom is usually a small, painless sore in the genital, anal, or mouth areas. If syphilis is left untreated, it can lead to blindness, seizures, or stroke.

If you are a gay or bisexual man, and think you may have been exposed to syphilis, please call the health department at 419-213-4209 and ask to speak to a disease intervention specialist at extensions 4176 or 4159. The Toledo-Lucas County Health department is an LGBT-friendly and affirming service provider.

Concerned individuals are also welcome to come to the sexual health clinic at the TLCHD. The clinic is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 1 to 4 pm, and on Wednesdays from 8 am to 4 pm. No appointment is necessary. Sign-up for the afternoon clinic begins at 12:00 noon. There is a $30 charge that can be paid by credit card, cash, or billed to your insurance. Please call our Sexual Health Hotline at 419-213-2654 for more details.

EqualityToledo Volunteer Meetings, 2nd Tuesdays EqualityToledo will have monthly volunteer meetings this year. These monthly meetings will keep volunteers involved in helping with office duties, assisting with event planning, staffing display tables and assisting with fundraisers. Volunteer Meetings will be held the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Pride Center 419 located in the Collingwood Art Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. in Toledo. Contact ET at info@equalitytoledo.org if you have any questions.

 

 

 

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Whether your interest is civil rights, marriage equality, HIV/AIDS support, religious support, coming out, bars and local entertainment, counseling, allied supporters or purely social, we hope you find what you are looking for here at TAGALA.

 
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Toledo has a new gay bar.  Boobie Trap opened on February 5, 2015 in West Toledo at 5082 Douglas Road. They are open daily from 7:00 PM - 12 midnight through the week and 7:00 PM - 2:30 weekends. The bar is gay owned by Kelly Galacek. The bar is newly remodeled and decorated and offers pool table, jukebox, flat screen TV's, DJ on weekends, dance floor, drink specials, ample parking, and food coming soon. (419) 690-4115 and follow them on facebook.

 

Toledo Mpowerment is excited to announce the launch of its new website: www.ToledoMpowerment.com

The website has been a long term goal of the program and thanks to funding from the John Domrose Foundation, we were finally able to see it come to life. While the program has always had a presence on Facebook, which has afforded us access to our target demographic, this website allows us to engage them on a much deeper level.

Participants will be provided a full spectrum of prevention resources on the site. Those resources include HIV/STI testing information, safe-sex strategies, links to community resources, and information about the Toledo Mpowerment program and its offerings. The website also provides the ability for us to reach out in new and exciting ways with member-driven blog content, an easy to navigate photo album, and direct news-feeds tied in that highlight the activity of our Facebook page and Instagram account.

The website will allow us to reach out to more people and engage them in more ways than we have ever previously had the ability to. I want to thank the John Domrose Foundation again for believing in our project and helping us make the website a reality.

Toledo Domestic Partner Declaration  For Toledo Domestic Partner Declaration forms, go to www.equalitytoledo.org.  These must be notarized and taken to the Clerk of Council's office or mailed in with a $25 check or cash.

One Government Center
640 Jackson
Suite 2120
Toledo, Ohio 43604

Office hours are M-F 8:00 a.m - 4:45 p.m.

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Ohio Changes Driver's License Gender Marker Policy   Effective Monday, September 14, 2009, transgender Ohioans can change the gender marker on their driver's license without having full sex reassignment surgery. The Ohio Department of Public Safety plans to update its online access to the new form. Until then the Department asks interested parties to contact them at 1-614-752-7500 for more information. This policy change is the direct result of grassroots activism with support from statewide organizations including Equality Ohio, TransOhio and TransFamily.

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Resource Updates:

New Names for Downtown Bars - Rip Cord and Blush bars on Erie St. have been sold and are under new ownership by Ray Henderson. Both bars will remain gay establishments as they undergo major renovations and name changes. The new name for the Rip Cord will be Mojo. Blush at 117 N. Erie is now Legends Showclub and has been totally remolded. Legends will be open Thursday through Saturdays with shows starting at 11 pm. On Sundays shows start at 8:00 pm with national, regional and local drag entertainers.

 
UPCOMING EVENTS  for 2015
 
 

 

Screening of “Vessel” at PCW, Feb. 7

People Called Women and the National Organization for Women are sponsoring a screening of “Vessel” on Saturday, February 7, at 7 pm at PCW. Sliding scale admission $5-$15. Free popcorn! BYOB! "Vessel" begins with a young doctor horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion law around the world. Her method to challenge this: to provide abortions on a ship in offshore waters.

People Called Women, a multicultural, feminist women's bookstore, is located at 6060 Renaissance Place, corner of Holland-Sylvania Road and Renaissance Place; 419-469-8983 and on the web at  www.PeopleCalledWomen.com

 

 

Men’s Information and Social Club (MISC)

February Events (all events start at 7:30 pm)

February 3 – Coffee at the Grape Leaf Express, 5236 Monroe Street, across from Target west of Franklin Park Mall

February 10 – Coffee at Tim Horton’s on Monroe Street near Sylvania Ave., east of Franklin Park Mall

February 17 – Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday Coffee at home of Ed Hoffman, 2033 Parkwood, in Toledo’s Old West End. Lost? Call 419-241-9684

February 24 – Coffee at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in the University of Toledo’s Gateway Complex, on the northeast corner of Secor and Dorr

 

Men’s Information and Social Club (MISC)

March Events (all events start at 7:30 pm)

March 3 – Coffee a Charlie’s Homemade Ice Cream and Edibles, 6600 Sylvania Ave. in Saxon Square

March 10 – New Place! Coffee at Biggby’s Coffee House at 5577 Monroe Street, in the Promenade Shops

March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day “Jiggs Dinner” at the Otherside Bistro and Bar, 5038 Lewis Ave., north of Laskey

March 24 – Coffee at the Oasis, on the southeast corner of Dorr Street and Secor Road, across from the University of Toledo campus

March 31 – Fifth Tuesday! MISC dines out at Angelo’s Northwood Villa, 6630 S. Dixie Highway, Erie, Michigan, just across the Ohio/Michigan state line.

 

39th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF)

March 18-29

The 39th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) www.clevelandfilm.org  or 216.623.FILM (3456) will take place on March 18 – 29, 2015 at Tower City Cinemas in Tower City Center in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio and select neighborhood screening locations.  For the past 38 years, the CIFF has been the premier film event in Ohio. Today the CIFF presents over 180 feature films and over 160 short subject films from at least 60 countries.

 

BG Lavender Women's Dance - April 11

Bowling Green Lavender Women’s Dance Party-Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 7:30-11:30pm at the Simpson Building .

 
     
       
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