Dave Crafts is New EqualityToledo Executive Director EqualityToledo has appointed Mr. Dave Crafts as their new Executive Director. Originally from Sand Creek, Michigan, he has spent over 15 years in the field of higher education working at colleges and universities throughout the US. Currently he is serving as the Director of Student Life at Mercy College of Ohio in Toledo. Crafts earned both his Bachelor of Science in psychology and Master of Education degrees from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. His master’s research investigated the need for an LGBT resource center to be created on campus. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Organizational Leadership from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology where he serves as a Doctoral Fellow in the Center for Diversity and Multicultural Studies.


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.

Sylvania UCC Becomes Open and Affirming The members of Sylvania United Church of Christ in August declared themselves as an “Open and Affirming” congregation. An Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation invites all people, no matter their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression into the full life and ministry of the church. By taking this step, Sylvania United Church of Christ joins with over 1,100 ONA United Church of Christ congregations across the nation. Sylvania United Church of Christ is located at 7240 Erie Street in Sylvania. Website at www.sylvaniaucc.org




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.



     EqualityToledo Volunteer Meeting, Oct. 14

The next Equality Toledo Volunteer Meeting is Tuesday, October 14, 6:30 pm, at the Pride Center 419, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. If you have any questions, please contact ET at info@equalitytoledo.org.

EqualityToledo Annual Meeting, Oct. 19

EqualityToledo's Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 19, at 2:00 pm, at the Law Offices of Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer located at 3516 Granite Circle in Sylvania Township off of Meijer Drive. All supporters of EqualityToledo are encouraged to attend. Program includes a speaker from "Why Marriage Matters" and presentation of Equality Toledo's Equality Awards.

Masquerade Ball, Oct. 25

Young, Gay and Proud will hold their 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball, "Get Yo Life" on Saturday, October 25th, from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am at the UTMC Radisson Grand Ballroom. For more information contact Kennyetta White at 419-383-3683 or Chris Coleman at 419-283-9188 or Eric (Taz) Ricker at 419-509-0093.

Men’s Information and Social Club - October Coffees

Enjoy autumn evenings with your friends at the following coffees and  events. All events begin at 7:30 pm.

October 7 -  Coffee at the original Biggby's Coffee House, in the Cricket West Shopping Plaza, at the corner of Mackway and Densmore, near Secor and Central.

October 14 - At the home of Dave M, 2052 Talbot. From Berdan, turn south onto Sherbrooke and then east onto Talbot. Or from Upton turn west onto Talbot.

October 21 -At the home of Ridah and Rod, 3176 Dorian Dr., on the corner of Dorian and Devohshire. Lost, call 419-340-1923

October 28 - Coffee at Charlie's Homemade Ice Cream and Edibles, 6600 Sylvania Ave. in Saxon Sq.


Men’s Information and Social Club - November Coffees

Enjoy more autumn evenings with your friends at the following coffees and  events. All events begin at 7:30 pm.

November 4 -  Coffee at Bob R, 2564 Collingwood Blvd at Islington across from Rosary Cathedral.

November 11 - Coffee at Starbuck's 4321 Talmadge Rd., across from Franklin Park Mall.

November 18 - Coffee at the home of David Beisel, 1031 Northville Dr., From Alexis Rd, turn north onto Lewis Ave. Northville is the first street on the left.

November 25 - Coffee at the Oasis, on the southeast corner of Dorr Street and Secor Road, across from the University of Toledo campus.


Holiday with Heart Set for Dec. 7

     The 37th Annual Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla will be held on Sunday, December 7 from 4 pm to 12 midnight. The event will be held at the Toledo Club, downtown Toledo with dinner, dancing, DJ, live entertainment, silent auction, photo booth live and more. This year the event will benefit: Why Marriage Matters Ohio, Mpowerment, and the Holiday with Heart Fund at the Toledo Community Foundation.
     Tickets are $75 each. Reservation deadline is December 3. For more info contact Rick Cornett (419) 470-3937, Lynnfan1@aol.com www.HWHcharitygayla.org


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