LGBT groups form coalitionWritten by Brigitta Burks | News Editor | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
Several groups promoting Toledo’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have formed a coalition to better support their causes and events, organizers said.
The Toledo Area Rainbow Coalition (TARC) is made up of many groups, including Holiday with Heart; Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Toledo; Pride Toledo; Equality Toledo; Spectrum of University of Toledo; the Pride of Toledo Foundation; and the Toledo Area Gay and Lesbian Affiliation.
“The coalition is here to work as a whole here in Toledo to promote and support the gay community. We have so many specific groups within the gay and lesbian community and we’re all doing our own thing, but we’ve never really come together as one to support events and ideas,” said Rick Cornett, one of the organizers for the annual charity event Holiday with Heart.
“We still have some work to do. We still have a lot of groups that we want involved,” said Lexi Staples, director of the Pride of Toledo Foundation.
The coalition’s first event is set for 7 p.m. June 8 at the Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. Drinks will be served followed by a viewing of a documentary about the Gay Games, a large cultural and sporting event. Sky Light Financial Group is the sponsor of the free screening.
Gay Games 9 is set for Aug. 9-16, 2014,
in Cleveland. Registration for the all-inclusive games will be available at the June 8
“We’re trying to get a lot of representation from Northwest Ohio [at the Gay Games]. Gay Games is really cool in the sense that it’s been going on for a really, really long time,” Staples said. “It’s crazy that it’s happening in Ohio.”
Cornett and Staples said TARC is also hoping to put together a community events calendar in the future.
“The possibilities are endless,” Staples said of the new coalition.
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