Great Lakes Den Staff

Mr. Gem City Bear 2017 named in Dayton

DAYTON — Benjamin Benton of Indianapolis took home the Mr. Gem City Bear 2017 title in August. The contest was held at MJ’s on Jefferson in Dayton on Aug. 5 and was hosted by the Gem City Bears and Scarlett Fever. The contest raised $700 for Brigids Path, which provides inpatient medical care for drug-exposed newborns, non-judgmental…

Ohio SMART Third Saturday Presenter Dinner, Sept. 16

CLEVELAND — Come meet @Mattaoh and @Fox-Quinn at our monthly presenter dinner! This month’s dinner will be hosted by @BeastD, and for a fun change of pace, we will be noshing on some of the area’s best sushi at Sushi 86! Menu: https://www.sushi86.com/menu/ Please RSVP for dinner IN THIS THREAD– our reservation is for 10 people,…

DOJ brief in gay rights case slammed by advocates

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has again filed an amicus brief against gay civil rights in a case up for consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court. From NBC Out: Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission involves Christian baker Jack Phillips, who refused — due to his religious beliefs — to make a wedding…

SF activist Bubbles killed in Tenderloin

SAN FRANCISCO — Activist Anthony Torres, known in San Francisco as Bubbles, was shot and killed in the city’s Tenderloin area this past weekend, local media reported. From SFGate.com: San Francisco activist, artist and DJ Anthony Torres, who was best known by his gender-nonconforming alter ego, Bubbles, was fatally shot early Saturday morning, according to…

Indiana Historical Society to host LGBT exhibit

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Historical Society will host a new exhibit with stories of the state’s LGBT community, a local TV station reported Monday. From RTV6: The historical society says the exhibit called “Be Heard: LGBT Experiences in Indiana,” will be on display Sept. 16 through Nov. 4 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana…