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2014 Holiday with Heart Charity announces Grants The 37th Annual Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla was a success with $17,000 raised. A $3,000 grant will go to Toledo MPowerment, $3,000 to Why Marriage Matters Ohio and $11,000 into the Holiday with Heart Fund at the Toledo Community Foundation. The 38th Annual Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla will be Sunday, December 5, 2015 at the Toledo Club.

 

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.

 

 

 

Welcome!

This site is your key to the network hub of a vibrant and active gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (including gender identity and gender expression) and allied community in Northwest Ohio, including the major cities of Toledo, Bowling Green and Findlay. 
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.

LBGT Historic Archives launches Facebook Page The Toledo Area LGBT Historical Archives launched a Facebook page on January 1st of this year. The page already has 950 followers and growing daily. Toledo Area LGBT Historical Archive organizer Rich Cornett said “Archive members are encouraged to donate items to the local archives, post pictures, share memories and information, reconnect with old friends and make new ones and learn about the history of the Toledo LGBT community.” For more info call Rick Cornett (419) 470-3937.

 

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
 
 

 

Men’s Information and Social Club (MISC)

every Tuesday

All events start at 7:30 pm Call Dean at 419-475-4922

 

BG Lavender Women's Dance - April 11

A Bowling Green Lavender Women’s Dance Party will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 7:30 to 11:30 pm at the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut in Bowling Green. This is a women only event, singles and couples welcomed. DJ Shandee will be spinning the tunes and taking requests. There is no bar on the premises so bring your own drinks and snacks (alcoholic beverages are welcomed if you're of legal age). Admission is $10 per person at the door. Sponsored by the BGLW Dance Committee.

Questions? Contact jcballweg@gmail.com or for further info: www.facebook.com/BGLavenderWomen

 

 

2015 AIDS Walk Greater Toledo, Sat., April 18

The 2015 AIDS Walk Greater Toledo will take place on Saturday, April 18, in International Park, downtown Toledo. This year’s tri-city walk is slated to be the largest HIV/AIDS awareness event in Ohio. The mission of AIDS Walk Ohio is to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS service organizations through education and promotional activities leading up to the walk and through the participation of corporations, walkers, runners, civic leaders and community members together in this annual event. AIDS Resource Center Ohio (ARC Ohio) goal for this year’s event is 300 participants and $70,000 in funds for HIV/AIDS services. Registration starts at 9:00 am. The 5K Run begins at 10:30 am and the 1M and 5K Walk begins at 10:45 am. The celebration at the finish line is at 11:30 am.

 

 

Take Back the Night, Sat., April 18

Take Back the Night is a grass roots event that occurs around the world every year to bring awareness, provide healing and support and rally to end violence against women. The collective will be celebrating it's 21th anniversary this year. The event will take place on Saturday, April 18 starting at 6 pm at the UAW Union Hall on Ashland Ave in Toledo. Add your voice to demanding an end to violence against women! The program includes Resource Fair, Clothesline Project, Silent Witnesses, open at 6pm. Community Rally at 7pm. Women's March and Men's Event at 8pm. Women Survivor's SpeakOut following the Women's March.

 
     
       
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