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.



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.


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.


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.


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.



The 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland, Aug. 9-16

     One of the biggest sports and cultural festivals in the world comes to Ohio August 9-16, 2014.  The Cleveland area expects to welcome more than 10,000 participants from more than 65 countries. The 2014 Gay Games is about fun, games and culture too. Register for the Gay Games and use code [TOLEDO] to get $30 off regular registration. To learn more, click here.


Men’s Information and Social Club - August Coffees

Enjoy the dog days of summer with your friends at the following coffees and  events. All events begin at 7:30 pm.

· August 5th – Coffee at Barnes and Noble Bookstore on Monroe Street across from Franklin Park Mall.
· August 12th – Coffee at the original Biggby’s Coffee House, in the Cricket West Shopping Plaza, at the corner of Markway and Densmore, near Secor and Central.
· August 19th – Coffee at the Oasis, on the southeast corner of Dorr Street and Secor Road, across from the University of Toledo campus.
· August 26th Coffee at the Grape Leaf Express, 5236 Monroe Street across from Target

Toledo Pride, August 22-24

Parade: Saturday, August 23 at noon, downtown. The parade starts at Washington and Ontario streets, continues down Washington past Fifth Third Field, wraps around Boeschenstein Park to Summit Street and ends at Promenade Park.
Festival: Saturday, August 23 at Promenade Park, Water Street and Jefferson Avenue downtown Toledo. The parade ends at the festival site. Organizers promise the entertainers will be the biggest and best lineup yet. The festival runs until midnight.
Toledo Pride Nite Glo 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, Walk and Roll: Friday, August 22 at the University of Toledo. Pride kicks off with a nighttime run and walk through the University of Toledo campus. Online registrants get a T-shirt, glow stick and swag bag, and runners will be treated to live entertainment after the race. 8:30 pm with day of registration starting at 7:00 pm. $20. (toledopride.com)
Sandpiper Pride Ride: At the Pride Festival on Saturday, August 23. The Sandpiper Boat is offering 40-minute cruises down the Maumee River providing scenic views of downtown and the Veterans Skyway Bridge. Tickets will be available online or on the dock on the day of Pride.
Sunday Funday: Sunday, August 24, downtown. A family-friendly day concludes Toledo Pride. There will be events for kids and families in the afternoon and entertainment later in the day.
Toledo Pride is organized by the Toledo Pride Committee. Check for updates at Toledo Pride on Facebook, follow them on Twitter or visit www.toledopride.com


Ohio Roundup Conference, August 22-24

The 32nd Ohio Roundup, an annual conference hosted by and for LGBT members of AA/Alanon, which is held at a different city each year, will take place in Toledo August 22-24. The conference will be held at the Ramada Inn on Secor Road. Approximately 200 sober attendees are anticipated from around Ohio and neighboring states. Information and conference details can be found at: www.ohioroundup.org Questions please email: ohioroundup2014@yahoo.com


Men’s Information and Social Club (MISC)

September Coffees

Enjoy the late summer evenings and welcome in fall with your friends at the following coffees and events All events begin at 7:30 pm.

· September 2nd – Coffee a Charlie’s Homemade Ice Cream and Edibles, 6600 Sylvania Ave. in Saxon Square
· September 9th – Coffee at Tim Horton’s on Monroe Street near Sylvania Ave., east of Franklin Park Mall
· September 16th – Coffee at Starbuck’s 4321 Talmadge Road, across from Franklin Park Mall.
· September 23rd – Coffee at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in the University of Toledo’s Gateway Complex, on the northeast corner of Secor and Dorr
· September 30th – Fifth Tuesday! MISC dines out! At Manos Greek Restaurant, 1701 Adams Street.


Ohio Lesbian Festival, September 19-21

The Ohio Lesbian Festival, near Pataskala, Ohio, is a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven event designed to promote womyn’s economy, community, and art. The 25th Anniversary Festival will be held on September 19-21 this year. For info go to www.ohiolesbianfestival.wordpress.com


37th Holiday with Heart Charity, Dec. 6

The 37th Annual Holiday with Heart Charity dinner dance is set for December 6, 2014. For more info see www.HWHcharitygayla.org



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