Gay Cincinnati

Cincinnati USA is proud to welcome all visitors to their region.  Whether you are attending a show at one of the internationally renowned museums or theaters, sampling eclectic restaurants, or indulging in the culturally-rich neighborhoods, Cincinnati USA has something to offer you. This diverse city is ready for the chance to welcome you!

The downtown is more vibrant than ever – now with five unique entertainment districts, nationally renowned museums, exciting theater, excellent LGBT-friendly hotels and hot spots, and scores of new restaurants offered by rising star chefs. All of this is within an easy walk among a mix of beautiful historic and contemporary architecture, parks and public squares. From urban murals by national artists, to  symphony, ballet and opera, you’ll find creativity and inspiration, literally, around every corner.

Many local LGBTQ voices are speaking up to tell moving stories of authentic life and inclusiveness in Cincinnati. This progressiveness will serve as the stage to make your travels a success.  With one-of-a-kind meeting spaces and unparalleled customer service, Cincinnati is a city that isn’t afraid to be itself. 

As a long-time resident of Cincinnati, Jim Obergefell co-author of "Love Wins" has seen Cincinnati grow from a quintessentially-American midwestern town into a loving and supportive city that has rallied behind its LGBT community. As he fought to have his marriage to his late husband John Arthur recognized by the state of Ohio, Cincinnati came to his support. 

In his new book “Love Wins",  which he wrote with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Debbie Cenziper, Cincinnati is as much a character as the rest of the people he met along his journey to the Supreme Court and, ultimately, getting marriage equality legalized in all 50 states. asked Jim to share his top picks for what to do, what to see and where to go when you’re in town. Read on to find out what he had to say!

Theodore M Barrie International Friendship Park — “It’s all about Cincinnati’s sister cities, it’s filled with sculptures, we have a mirrored pavilion from Munich. It winds its way along the riverfront and it’s absolutely beautiful.” 

American Sign Museum - “I love the American sign museum, which sounds funny, but it’s all about the history of signs and it’s really quite incredible.”

Union Terminal - The old train station, where the Natural history museum and the Children’s Museum are. 

Washington Park - “I consider it to be Cincinnati’s Central Park.” 

North Avondale - “Anyone who appreciates architecture and walking a beautiful historic neighborhood needs to check this area out. It’s one of the most diverse, liberal neighborhoods in Cincinnati.”

Carew Tower - “It has the most beautiful interior space in all of Cincinnati,  and the Orchards at Palm court Restaurant is the perfect place to grab a drink or some food.”

Favorite Restaurant - Salazar in Over the Rhine - “I like to call it fine dining in a casual atmosphere.” 

Rhinegeist Brewery, “It’s only a couple of years old, but they’ve been a phenomenally successful craft brewery. it’s really cool.” 

Findlay Market — “They’ve got the neat old public market but then they also have booths, vendors and a beer garden.”

The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau is a proud member of the National Gay & Lesbian Convention & Visitors Bureau, the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association and the Greater Cincinnati Gay Chamber of Commerce. With a national sales manager dedicated to recruiting and hosting LGBT events, it was the presenting sponsor of the inaugural Love Wins  Weekend, focused on same-sex couples.

For more information about Cincinnati please visit the Cincinnati USA CVB, click here.

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