The Rubi Girls are more than a drag comedy troupe. The group that started for pure fun is a gosh dang bonafide institution. The nationally-known troupe has raised more than 1 million dollars for gay and HIV/AIDS-related causes since forming roughly 30 years ago. Yes, ONE MILLION. This all seems impossible. The Rubis barely look older than 29.
2. It is in the law
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley officiated a commitment ceremony between gay couples at the annual Gay Pride Day in Dayton on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in lieu of a marriage ceremony which is not legally recognized in Ohio. (Staff photo by Ty Greenlees)
Dayton Daily News archive photo of Neon Party at Club Masque. (Photo by Peter Wine)
Good luck finding a lesbian bar, but Dayton has more gay bars than you can shake a stick within a few downtown blocks: Club Masque, 34 N. Jefferson Street; Stage Door Musical Bar, 44 N. Jefferson Street; The Right Corner, 105 E. Third Street; and MJ’s on Jefferson, 20 N. Jefferson Street.
Two of the most popular and long running shows on Dayton Access Television (DATV) feature members of the LGBTQ community — “Queeries?” and “Harper’s Bazzaroworld” hosted by the wondrous Miss Demure (who just so happened to be our Daytonian of the Week in December 2014).
5. Music to our ears
Gay Men's Chorus during December 2014 performance at Westminster Presbyterian Church. (Source: Facebook)
”We believe in the inherent worth of all humanity. We build bridges of understanding through our collaborative community partnerships. We create an enjoyable social environment for our membership through fellowship and brotherhood. We seek to open minds and eliminate prejudice by honoring and celebrating our differences.”
6. The THEATRE
Archived photo: Jamie McQuinn (from left), Brad Bishop, Brad Mattingly and Saul Caplan in the Dayton Playhouse's production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, " (Contributed photo by Art Fabian)
Some of the city’s most successful businesses are owned by openly gay Daytonians.Two of the Oregon District’s most delicious eateries, Wheat Penny Oven and Bar, 515 Wayne Avenue, and Roost Modern Italian, 524 E. Fifth Street, are on that list. Wheat Penny will host the Pride Brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7.
8. The party of parties
Archived photo: From left and clockwise, James Karr, Steve Lakes, Jeff Johnson and Deanne Johnson pose for a photo during the 2013 ARC Masquerage at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo by Nick Daggy)
Masquerage has raised more than $1.2 million in unrestricted funds for HIV/AIDS case management, education, prevention and advocacy since 2001. The fundraiser for AIDS Resource Center Ohio attracts about 9,000 people — straight, gay, bisexual, and more — interested in a great cause, dynamic dancers, dramatic drag queens and decadent debauchery. The next Masquerage is set for Oct. 17, 2015.