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The Out in Ohio Tour: An Immersion in Cleveland's LGBTQ Community

Organizer(s): Funders for LGBTQ Issues

September 8 - 9, 2016
Cleveland, Ohio

There's a lot going on in Cleveland! After hosting the 2014 Gay Games, which was presented by the Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland experienced a dramatic increase in philanthropic investment in its LGBTQ community. Still, Ohio's GDQ (grant dollars per queer) is below the national average and the Midwest as a whole has the second lowest GDQ just cents above the South. Just last year, Ohio's Obergefell case brought marriage equality to the nation; yet this state remains without non-discrimination protections. Cleveland has enacted municipal-level protections and just this summer the city passed a an ordinance ensuring that transgender people can use restrooms consistent with their gender identities.

At Funders for LGBTQ Issues we are dedicated to strengthening placed-based philanthropy in support of LGBTQ communities. Place-based philanthropy is essential to building sustainable funding for local nonprofits, which are uniquely positioned to respond to the day-to-day needs of LGBTQ communities. We invite you to join Funders for LGBTQ Issues and our new Ohio Ambassadors, Kristi Andrasik of the Cleveland Foundation and Brian Schultz of the Foundation Center's Midwest Office, on September 8-9 for a deep dive into the LGBTQ landscape in Cleveland, OH.

The Out in Ohio Tour:
An Immersion in Cleveland's LGBTQ Community
When: September 8th-9th
Where: Cleveland, Ohio
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Click here to see the agenda.

Click here to read frequently asked questions.

This is not a conference! This is an opportunity for national funders to immerse in local culture and gain an understanding of the lived experience of LGBTQ people in places like Cleveland. We'll uncover creative ways funders and nonprofits are working together to build a strong LGBTQ infrastructure, collect ideas that can be replicated in other regions, and connect directly with place-based funders. Topics and experiences will include:
  • Sparking local investment in LGBTQ issues - We'll explore how place-based funders can dramatically increase support for local LGBTQ communities with the Cleveland Foundation as a case study. The Cleveland Foundation went from nearly zero to the 4th largest funder of LGBTQ issues in the Midwest in the span of just a few years.
  • Arts, social justice, and LGBTQ issues - Did you know a small neighborhood-based art gallery in Cleveland hosted a nationally-cultivated exhibit of trans* themed works by trans* artists? Did you know it was grant-supported? Or that it gave Equality Ohio a critical opportunity to reach a new audience to talk about the ordinance efforts impacting the trans* community?
  • Queering the neighborhood - Learn how one neighborhood in Cleveland is using local grant dollars to cultivate a queer neighborhood that's consciously inclusive along the dimensions of class, race, gender, age, and identity.
  • Coming out of the margins - When your state has no housing protections for LGBTQ people, how do you make the case that protections are needed? When popular media depicts LGBTQ people as affluent, highly-educated individuals with socio-economic mobility, how do you spark meaningful local discourse about the reality of disproportionate disparities among LGBTQ communities? Dive into a case example of how to leverage the relationships, reputation, and resources of place-based funders to pry open doors previously closed off to LGBTQ issues.
And so much more! We're going to explore everything from the potential of small family foundations, to cultivation of leadership at the local level, to a messaging/branding deep dive. Expand your understanding of place-based funders and LGBTQ lived experiences while interacting with local leaders, visiting local spots, eating in local restaurants, and painting the town rainbow!

We have small room blocks at the following hotels:
  • Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square
    • Call 216-615-7500
    • Click here to book a room; click “corporate/group codes” and enter 0907142FU for the group rate
    • Very reasonable price, central walkable location in the Playhouse Square district
    • $149 a night
  • Metropolitan at The 9
    • Call 855-696-4735
    • Click here to book a room
    • Historic renovation turned into one of Cleveland’s hottest hotels, vibrant bustling location in the heart of downtown
    • $199 a night
  • The Kimpton Schofield Hotel
    • Call 877-363-2377
    • Click here to book a room
    • Brand new, historical Cleveland building, vibrant bustling location in the heart of downtown
    • $199 a night
More details, including a full agenda and suggested hotels will follow.

See you in the CLE Sept 8-9!

Only Grantmakers Invited? Yes

Category(s): Philanthropic Sector