Category: LGBTQ

The AIDS TASKFORCE OF GREATER CLEVELAND, a nonprofit established in 1983 as the Health Issues Taskforce of Cleveland (incorporated in February 1984), is the oldest organization in Ohio to serve people with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Its mission is to provide compassionate and collaborative responses to the needs of people infected, affected, and at risk of HIV/AIDS.

GAY COMMUNITY. To the extent that a community is defined by its organizations and institutions, Cleveland's gay community probably dates from the founding of a local Mattachine Society group in the 1960s.

GAY COMMUNITY IN THE 1970S.  The 1970s marked an important period in the history of the Gay Community of Cleveland.   This article provides details on various aspects of the community in the critical decade following Stonewall.

The GAY GAMES 9 is the 9th iteration of the Gay Games, an international gathering for athletic competition hosted by and for people in the LGBTQ+ community. Launched in 1982 by Dr. Tom Waddell, the Gay Games are an international sporting event that occur every four years. The Gay Games represent a safe arena for all athletes, regardless of sexual orientation, religion, race, gender, nationality, or ability.

GEAR (THE GAY EDUCATON AWARENESS AND RESOURCES FOUNDATION) was the preeminent gay organization in Cleveland in the 1970s.

HIGH GEAR newspaper was published by GEAR (Gay Education and Awareness Resources) Foundation from 1974 to 1982 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The LESBIAN/GAY COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER OF GREATER CLEVELAND was incorporated by Arthur G. MacDonald, Michael Madigan, and Ethan A.

OVEN PRODUCTIONS, (est. October 1975), has sponsored lesbian and feminist cultural activities in northeast Ohio, including art exhibits, films, concerts, and dramatic presentations (see GAY COMMUNITY). It began as a nonprofit collective of 6 women who wanted to showcase the talents of other women.

WHAT SHE WANTS, "Cleveland's Monthly Feminist and Lesbian Newspaper," published its first issue in May 1973. It began as an effort by a group of WOMEN to provide a voice for the woman's movement in Cleveland. The paper was at first distributed on a small scale, in places like Coventry Books in CLEVELAND HTS.