Celebrate ‘National Coming Out Day’ today for a healthier urban community

Since 1988, individuals and organizations alike have been celebrating National Coming Out Day on October 11. The day is meant to serve as an opportunity and means of support for those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities who are struggling to be open about their gender and sexual orientation. The day also serves as an opportunity to raise awareness of the LGBT community in the United States and throughout the world.

UrbanCincy is a proud ally of Cincinnati’s LGBT community and believes that all people should be treated fairly and equally. In September 2009, Greg Meckstroth wrote a guest editorial for UrbanCincy (partially reprinted below) about why strong gay communities are an important part of a healthy urban core. But beyond that, a strong LGBT community is important to a healthy society. Please support Cincinnati’s LGBT community and support National Coming Out Day today.

Having a strong gay community is a key part of having a strong urban core. When you look at cities in North America with vibrant cores, they tend to have successful, happy LGBT communities as well. This occurs because we gays are an urban bunch, often pioneering urban development, forming a niche in the city, and claiming a space of our own.

These ‘gayborhoods’ become identifiable with the LGBT community and a sense of pride is taken to ensure they are maintained. Chicago has their Boystown, San Francisco has The Castro, and New York has…well…Manhattan. These places are thriving urban neighborhoods, act as ethnic enclaves for their respective cities, and are a key part of a diverse, vibrant urban core.

If Cincinnati and other Ohio cities want to have diverse, active, and interesting urban cores, Ohioans must embrace the LGBT community and allow them to maintain or establish a successful niche.

  • Mike

    Are you serious? GLBT should be viewed as a choice or disease, but certainly not a sign of “good health” either individually or collectively. The GLBT has WAY too much power already–as witnessed from some of the homosexual agendas they are attempting to feed young children in elementary school on such perverse sex methods I wont even mention them.

    For thousands of years gays have been viewed as a blight on communities. As long as the gays keep pushing their agenda, mark my word that something will push back against them doubly hard–whether it’s Muslims enforcing Sharia law in the U.S. or some new type of HIV–the gay community will reap the perverse wickedness that they sew, trust me.

  • Alea

    For ignorance, please see above comment

  • Rob

    Wow…. My favorite line: “they are attempting to feed young children in elementary school on such perverse sex methods I wont even mention them.”

    You won’t mention them because you don’t know what you are talking about. It has been proven numerous times that homosexuality is not a “choice or disease.”

    The LGBT community is a sign of good health for a region because they tend to be more highly educated and have more expendable income which they pump back in to the local economy.

  • I find it difficult to respond to something like this. It’s so unenlightened and ignorant that I am having a hard time arguing on a such base level. It’s like trying to convince someone the world is, in fact, not flat. All I can say to Mike is good luck in life. I hope that whatever is making you so unhappy and misguided (probably your closeted homosexuality) will work itself out and you can stop spewing hatred towards a group of people that are simply fighting for equality and fairness.

  • Anonymous

    This is to Mike:

    If you have a sincere and open heart, you naturally feel self-worth and confidence, and there is no need to be fearful of others.

    Why are you afraid of accepting other people for who they are? Who are you to judge? The world and the LGBT community will continue to thrive regardless of your ignorant comments. Your comments are the ones that turn a person who is not actively supporting the LGBT (but not denouncing it either)community, into someone who pushes for the fair and equal treatment for all. Your ignorance has become a way to teach others about the world as it is. It’s not always good, it’s not always right. But it most certainly is what it is.

    So, we thank you for your post and your “enlightening” comments. They will forever go down in history, albeit probably not in the way that you imagined, as a sign of what is to come. And I HIGHLY doubt that what is to come is the push-back you mention. It will be quite the opposite.

  • Alli

    Mark – it’s ignorance like that that prevents people in an urban community from working together, supporting each other, and creating a diverse atmosphere in which to live, work, and play. Wake up – not everyone is just like you and that’s what makes a community worth living in. How boring would it be if we were all the same? Why don’t you try reaching out and getting to know someone from the LGBT community before judging them, their “choices”, or their lifestyle.

  • Karl

    Regardless of your perspective on homosexuality, the article quoted above clearly is mistaking correlation with causation. Just because thriving cities have strong LGBT communities doesn’t mean that strong LGBT communities cause thriving cities – in fact, the opposite is just as, if not more true – that thriving cities attract LGBT communities due to the very reasons listed above (an urban bunch, higher income, education, etc). If you want to demonstrate that the LGBT community is essential for a healthy urban core, then show me an example of a city where that community grew and the urban core followed. Or even the opposite, a city with a healthy urban core, that somehow lost its LGBT community, and subsequently suffered a similar decline. While even these sorts of examples could be debated, they would go a good way further in making the author’s point than the points made above.

  • Karl, there are many examples of the gay community being original urban pioneers and jump starting urban revitalization and thus a healthier urban core. Short North in Columbus and Mass Ave in Indy are two said examples. And it seems the Gateway Quarter in Cincy is sort of turning out this way as well. In the original article, such examples were mentioned.

  • John

    Wow! Mike must have found his way over here from his busy schedule of posting ignorance on the Cincinnati Enquirer’s site. Mike head back over to the Enquirer comment boards.

  • Robert Croswell

    Hey,Mike and Karl! Have you ever woken up and hugged a GLBT? Well, frankly, neither have I lately (living here in Franklin, OH, and missing Cincinnati terribly), but then again I’m a 65-yr. “straight man” who has allowed the lines between straight and gay to be bent and remolded many times – and my conclusion, if you will learn to accept both the strange and the beautiful, is that the differences between us isn’t all that much.