0. 2/20/2012 – Here/Queer Call for Submissions, by Riese
1. 3/02/2012 – Queer Girl City Guide: Montreal, Canada, by Sid
2. 3/05/2012 – Playlist: Here/Queer, by Riese
3. 3/05/2012 – Queer Girl City Guide: Portland, Oregon, by Lesbians in PDX
4. 3/07/2012 – Queer Girl City Guide: Brighton, United Kingdom, by Sarah Magdalena
5. 3/07/2012 – Oh But To Be A Queer in Sicily, by Jenn
6. 3/08/2012 – City Guide: Seattle, by Marley
7. 3/11/2012 – City Guide: Washington DC, by Keena
8. 3/13/2012 – Here/Queer: Sydney Mardi Gras Is On Your To-Do List, by Crystal
9. 3/14/2012 – Queer Girl City Guide: Spokane, Washington, by Ana
10. 3/15/2012 – Queer Girl City Guide: Cleveland, Ohio, by Lora
11. 3/16/2012 – Madison, WI and W4W Entertainment, by Emily
12. 3/16/2012 – Queer Girl City Guide: Dublin, Ireland, by Una
13. 3/19/2012 – Queer Girl City Guide: Vancouver, Canada, by Kathryn
14. 3/19/2012 – Things We Wrote That You Loved, by The Team
15. 3/20/2012 – Here/Queer: Boogie Down Bronx, by Gabby
16. 3/21/2012 – Queer Girl City Guide: Columbus, Ohio, by Dominique, Annie, Kat, Liz & Mila
A City so Nice, We Wrote About it Twice
When we heard about the City Guide call for submissions, we (Dom, Kat, Liz, and Annie) jumped at the chance to finally share all the queer things Columbus has to offer. The thing is, we didn’t all know each other. We wrote two guides, sent them in, and hoped our posts would make it to Autostraddle. When we learned about each other, we decided to meet up and combine our pieces, which was awesome for us because we got to learn more about our lovely city and meet new people in the process! We all have different backgrounds, some of us grew up here, others are recent transplants. Below is our combined efforts, our love letter to this rockin’ lesbian haven of a town.
Ohio’s capital city (and the third largest city in the Midwest) has everything you’d ever need, including the world’s best ice cream, one of the country’s largest universities, and a hoppin’ LGBTQ scene. We have an estimated LGBTQ population of 35,000, which certainly contributes to our ranking as the second most sexually satisfied city in the country. We’re a city overflowing with gay and women-owned businesses, lesbian clubs, great restaurants (comfort food is our best mastered art), and hot women peddling around on bikes. It’s also legal for women to be topless in Columbus!. What’s not to love?
The Many Gayborhoods of Columbus
It is hard to pick one gayborhood in Columbus, ’cause it is all pretty gay, but the best known one is probably the Short North. This arts district on High Street hosts many of the city’s best boutiques and galleries and is picturesque with its colorfully lit arches. While the area is a little over-gentrified for our tastes, it has lots of gems, including Northstar (951 N High Street), a mostly local and organic restaurant); Nida’s Thai on High (976 N High Street), the green curry is to die for); and Flower Child (989 N High Street), a great vintage shop. It also hosts the ever-popular Gallery Hop on the first Saturday of each month, when all of the art galleries debut their new shows, restaurants have special events, and the sidewalks fill with busking musicians.
The Short North sits in the middle of three neighborhoods, the ritzy and beautiful Victorian Village, the classic and more affordable Flytown (aka Harrison West), and the slightly gritty and really cool Italian Village.
The neighborhoods of North Campus and Clintonville blend together and have a more down-to-earth, organic feel to them. Meals are cheaper here, and if you are looking for a great local show, the best bands are normally playing at Ace of Cups (2619 N High Street), Rumba Cafe (2507 Summit Street), or Kobo (2590 N High Street). For local art and performance, check out Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit Street), and if you like local produce, Clintonville has the best farmer’s market in town.
Our favorite up and coming neighborhood is Old Town East. They have a friendly, cheap gay bar, AWOL (49 Parsons Avenue); awesome pizza at Yellow Brick (892 Oak Street); and they are the home of Carabar (115 Parsons Avenue), one of our favorite venues for local shows. But the real reason we love this neighborhood? The scones at Angry Baker (891 Oak Street). They will change your life.
Drinkin’, Dancin’ Dykes
The rumor around town is that Wall Street (144 N Wall Street) is the largest lesbian dance club in the country, and while we haven’t been able to verify this, we can see the basis for it. Wall Street has a huge dance floor and a second story balcony with couches looking down on it from above. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is why a night here is always such a blast. There are smoke machines, large screens projecting nineties music videos, and disco lights. And there are lots of cute girls, many of them wearing USWNT soccer jerseys. It is kind of costly (at least for Columbus), with a $5 cover and similarly priced drinks. We suggest going on the first Friday of the month, when all of queer Columbus hits the dance floor. Wall Street is also hosts events like Traffic Night — wear a red, yellow or green glowstick to indicate your relationship status and let the games begin — and multiple queer burlesque nights featuring Viva! and the Velvet Hearts, The Royal Renegades, and other local performers.
If you want to go somewhere a little more chill, we suggest checking out Slammers (202 E Long Street), Columbus’ lesbian sports bar. It has one of the best patios in Columbus, which is filled with witty girls playing corn-hole on warm summer nights. Inside offers a pool table and a jukebox filled with songs to belt along to. The pizza is also phenomenal, and they often have pizza and pitcher specials.
While Union Cafe (782 N High Street) is targeted more to the Gs of Columbus, it is a pretty great mixed LGBTQ bar with a relaxed patio and fun theme nights. The place is always crowded and the drinks can be a little steep, but they do have $3 long islands on Thursdays. If you want a fun Sunday night, check out Showtune Sundays, where they project Broadway (and Glee) clips and everyone acts them out on stage.
Every third Saturday is Party Trash, an alterna queer dance party at Circus (1227 N High Street). We haven’t been because we just learned about this, but we are super excited to go next month! Circus also has some terrific pizza. So perfect, in fact, that it brought Anthony Bourdain to Columbus. You can find some queer burlesque performances here as well.
Club 20 (20 E Duncan Street) is the gathering place for the gays of north campus and is great for everyone who doesn’t feel like trekking into the Short North. Though there are usually more men here, Club 20 has tons of lady regulars. Karaoke has been known to get crazy.
Cures for Your Munchies
If you are visiting Columbus, the first thing you should do is go to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (multiple locations/orgasms), because it defines this city. Jeni’s has a range of innovative flavors including Goat Cheese and Cognac Figs and our personal fave, Wildberry Lavender. You can try as many flavors as you’d like, and because Jeni uses many local ingredients you won’t just taste Ohio cream, you’ll get to try whiskey from Middle West Spirits in the Short North, nuts roasted at the Columbus-based Krema Nut Company, and brambleberries grown in the Appalachian hills. It will set the mood for the rest of your visit (and if you go right away, it gives you plenty of time to go back!).
For some awesome international food, check out North Market (59 Spruce Street) between Short North and downtown. It’s pretty hard to miss since it’s in a giant, old warehouse with a giant rooster painted on it. Here, you can get fresh, local produce and meats, imported cheeses, local alcohols, and food from all over the world. This is a great place to lunch, because it is like a huge food court, but with some of the most unusual flavors in town.
Hal & Al’s (1297 Parsons Avenue) may be our favorite place to scope out cute girls. This out-of-the-way, all-vegan restaurant has legit, vegan bar food, including amazing avocado fries. The prices are low, the beer is diverse, and they have an awesome happy hour with half-priced pints.
Another Columbus genius, Liz Lessner (because the ladies rock this town), has created a number of our most original and popular restaurants, all serving a unique twist on traditional comfort food. Our favorite is Surly Girl Saloon (1126 N High Street) which has a girly western feel, a rock star brunch, and features the coolest chandelier in Columbus.
Dirty Frank’s (248 S 4th Street) is one of Lessner’s other gifts to Columbus. Located downtown, this hot dog shop offers the best, and strangest, hot dogs (and tofu dogs!) we’ve ever tasted, and for really low prices. Each hot dog represents a different state or city. The Ohioana dog, for example, has a corn relish topping, and the Pittsburgh Princess has slaw, fresh cut fries, and malt vinegar. There’s lots of variety, and lots of vegan and gluten free options. This place is always flooded with gay or lesbian couples, especially on karaoke night.
You can’t call yourself a Columbusite if you haven’t been to the Blue Danube aka the Dube (2439 N High Street), one of our oldest diners/dive bars. This place opened before Pearl Harbor, and it continues to grow and change in a way that makes if feel classic, hip, and like home all at once. The ceiling tiles are hand DIY decorated, some by regulars, some by famous people! They have the best jukebox in town, filled with all the tunes you need to mourn or win a lady. We usually get the mac and cheese bites, sweet potato fries with mixed berry and chili sauce, and their great hummus plate. There are two glorious nights a week set aside for dollar-burger-with-a-beer specials, where you can get super fancy adding anything from egg to guac for a minimal fee. What more could a recession-laden lesbian want?
Liz introduced Annie to Lavash Cafe (2985 N High Street), a Middle Eastern restaurant in Clintonville, and it may be the best thing she’s ever done for us. This is Annie’s favorite restaurant in Columbus. They have phenomenal spicy black bean hummus, Columbus’ best tabouli, mouth waveringly glorious kebabs, and a meal rarely costs more than $10.
We could go into the many fantastic ethic restaurants in this town, but we could never cover them like the blog alt.eats.columbus does. They provide detailed reviews of Columbus’ many off-the-beaten-track ethnic spots, and have led us to delicious meals we never would’ve discovered on our own.
Because “dining lounge” seems to be code for fancy martinis and plush white couches, Level (700 N High street) is a great place to both eat and drink. They have a cool lounge upstairs and a pretty lively karaoke night and while it’s never boring, it’s way more relaxed than Union. Definitely check out Wine Wednesday (half off all bottles of wine, so you can get tanked the classy way).
Pattycake Bakery (3009 N High Street) is easily our favorite bakery in Columbus. Operated by mostly lesbians, this is the best place to get your vegan baked goods. No matter what time you go, you’re sure to find some cute queer girls waiting to plow into Pattycake’s famous muffins.
If you’re in the mood to sip some coffee and check out cute girls, you should try Kafe Kerouac (2250 N High Street). This cafe is a literary lover’s dream, as the name suggests. All the drinks are named after authors, and the walls are covered with old books which are available for purchase. Records and local art are also found through the shop. Keruoac also has a stage for local musicians and poetry nights. An Ohio State feminist group, Women and Allies Rising in Resistance (WARR), meets here for Feminist Fridays.
Travonna (1195 N High Street) is the premier LGBT-friendly coffeehouse and art space and also gets cool points for being the only coffeehouse in Columbus open 24 hours. Drinks are a little pricey, but they actually have matcha tea and know how to make a real macchiato.
If you’re after a real cup of Joe, we suggest checking out Stauf’s (1277 Grandview Avenue) in Grandview. This spot radiates local charm and a laid back atmosphere. Customers can even borrow board games to play while they enjoy their drinks and pastries. Stauf’s is more chill than Kerouac, so you’re more likely to get reading and studying done here, and they have the best, locally roasted coffee C-Bus has to offer.
For those nights when you want to stay in, you can cuddle up with your girl and read some of Columbus’ LGBTQ publications. These publications include Outlook, Gay People’s Chronicle, Out in Columbus, and many others for a total of ten queer print-news sources. None of these are specifically for gay men or lesbians; they include all LGBTQ readers. If you’re looking for info on LGBTQ friendly businesses, the best lesbian spots, or lesbian friendly service providers, browse through the Lavender Listings. Most of these publications and resources are free and can be found in cafes, shops, and at bus stops.
Pearls of Wisdom (3522 N High Street) is a New Age bookstore and community center that has bookshelf after bookshelf of pro-womanyst and pro-sex literature, knickknacks, jewelry, plants, and teas. There are also several overstuffed couches that welcome your bottom for endless reading. They offer several different meditation, belly dancing, and yoga classes that are welcoming to all body types.
The Garden (1174 N High Street) and The Chamber (both cater to the LGBTQ community. The Garden has the best lesbian section we’ve ever see, and The Chamber has an amazing fetish selection. The first floor is full of feather boas, hundreds of lubes (which you can sample!), sexy costumes, and pride merchandise. The basement has dildos, vibrators, strap on harnesses (many of which are locally made!), and every other sex toy you can imagine. Erotic literature and how to sex books for people of all sexualities cover the walls of the shop. Like any good sex shop, there’s a bunch of porn here, too. Just like the literature and toys, the porn section has options for everyone including, lesbians, gays, feminists, heterosexuals, and everything else you can imagine. The Garden also gets bonus points for being open until 3 a.m. Monday-Saturday. Remember that really expensive vibrator you had your eye on? There’s a 94% chance you’ll be mentally able to afford it after closing your bar tab.
Where to Get That Perfect Alt Life Haircut or Tattoo
Lucky 13 (3131 N High Street) in Clintonville is one of the most popular places to get an edgy and alternative hair cut. The hair cut prices are about $30 and they are worth every penny. Lucky 13 has been involved in the LGBTQ community for a while, too. They are participate in Pride week and go out of their way to include LGBTQ customers.
If you want an even more alternative place with even more queer stylists, go to Rendezvous (2600 N High Street). They offer amazing style and service for a great price. Thursdays are half off haircuts, and they base cut prices on hair length, so you won’t be charged an arm and a leg for a trim. Hair coloring is also well priced and the results are PERFECT. “Since trying this place, I have finally found the perfect hair cut.” – Dom
I started going to Virtue Salon (3333 N High Street), a vegan salon in Clintonville, about a year ago, and my life changed. At least my life in relation to my hair. The salon is super cute and decently priced ($30 for a haircut and style). I can’t speak for all of the stylists, but my stylist, Sarah, is the master of getting to know each customer’s unique balance of adventure and restraint. Check ’em out, read their Yelp reviews, and let me know what you think. – Annie
Aveda Institute on High, right in the heart of OSU’s campus, features cheap cuts (typically around $20 with tips going to your stylist’s choice of non-profit) and washes from cute multi-presenting and orienting students. I have gotten many an L Word-inspired cut there with no judgment, only love. A haircut here may be an all-day affair, and you can never get the same stylist twice, but the results are marvelous more often than not, and the floor-to-ceiling windows offer excellent people-watching and/or creeping. – Liz
If you already have an edgy hair style, get a tattoo. Evolved Tattoos (1880 N High Street) has an all female studio where you can get your tats and piercings. Keep an eye out for their buy one get one half off deals.
How to Get Your Activism On
While we still have a long march towards equality in Ohio (we still don’t have equal housing and employment laws, let alone anything close to marriage or second parent adoption rights), we have a lot of determined groups that fight for and/or recognize the importance of LGBTQ people and families.
The nearest and dearest to our hearts is Equality Ohio. If you are passionate about finding legislative solutions to the many inequalities we LGBTQs face in this state and nationwide, this is the perfect place to volunteer. EO is currently working on two state bills, an equal housing and employment bill and a safe schools bill with enumeration. They have volunteer nights every Thursday, and with volunteers of all backgrounds, orientations, and ages, this is a great way to see the diversity and learn the history of our community.
Stonewall Columbus is our local LGBTQ community center. They host a variety of activities and meetings, including trans support groups, alcoholics anonymous, ballroom dancing, and a running club. They are also known for the amazing job they do pulling together Pride!
The Buckeye Region Anti Violence Organization (BRAVO) is an LGBTQ survivor advocacy resource for victims of hate crimes, discrimination, domestic violence, and sexual assault. They are inclusive in their outreach to many sub-communities in Columbus, including the Leather/BDSM communities, queer communities, and polyamory communities.
Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) provides a wide range of support, education, and outreach provided no-cost and judgment-free. SARNCO advocates receive extensive sensitivity training on LGBTQ issues, and survivors may request the gender of his or her advocate. Outreach and education programs can also be tailored for lesbian or queer audiences.
The Planned Parenthoods on West Broad and East 17th Avenue are, in our experience, extremely LGBTQ friendly. Both are on a sliding payment scale.
Where the Gayish Girls Are
While you can find queers of all types all over this city, there are a few unique LGBTQ social groups and hot spots that y’all should check out.
Queer Behavior is an awesome, purely social LGBTQ group that organizes things like Queer Yoga, Queer Scouts, and alt-Valentine’s Day art parties. Wednesday night yoga ($8/5 for students), has fantastic instructors, is located in our favorite art gallery (Gallery 83), and is a pretty good mix of Ls and Gs. They also have queer film nights once a month at Kafe Kerouac.
Like most queer cities, Columbus has a slew of high quality drag queen shows. As fun as drag queen shows are, we lady gays need some drag kings and other queer performers in our lives. Columbus rocks the queer burlesque and drag king shows. Our favorite groups have to be Viva Valezz! and the Velvet Hearts burlesque troop and The Royal Renegades Drag Kings. Both groups perform often and even travel throughout the country. Viva Valezz, the leader of the Velvet Hearts, recently won the “Golden Pasties” award at the 2011 New York Burlesque Festival. She also runs the Columbus Burlesque Academy, where you can learn to seduce that girl you met at Wall Street.
For all you youngins (12- to 18-year-olds) out there, Kaleidoscope Youth Center (1904 N High Street) is an awesome LGBTQ group located in an old house near Ohio State. KYC is open every weekday from 4-7pm as a place to hang out, play pool, use the internet, and just be with other queers and allies. On the weekends they organize bowling trips, movie nights, and other social activities. If you are involved in a GSA at school or are interested in creating one, or if you are having issues with bullying in school, they have many resources and will even come out to your school for teacher trainings.
If for some reason you want to go dancing somewhere other than Wall Street (blasphemy!), Columbus has some great options. We suggest Heatwave, a retro 60s dance party the first Saturday of the month at Ace of Cups; Clampdown, an indie pop party the second Saturday of the month at Ravari Room; or Ladies 80’s every Thursday at the infamous Skully’s Diner. Axis, the gay counterpart to Wall Street, is also always a good time.
Columbus is completely full of dykes on bikes and local bike shops. You can find the recreational dykey bikers on our 7 major bike trails. We even have the Third Hand Bike Co-Op (174 E 5th Avenue), where they will teach you to fix your bike and all you have to pay for are the parts.
Where the Gayish Girls are: University Version
Central Ohio features a high concentration of colleges and universities, including The Ohio State University, Columbus College of Art and Design, Franklin University, Columbus State Community College, and Capital University. This potent mix of young people and academia means that we have lots of sexy-smart girls of all kinds of orientations, identifications, and presentation. It also means we have lots of art shows, galleries, poetry slams, famous lecturers, music, boozery, and fun!
As one of the largest universities in the country, by enrollment and area, The Ohio State University is crawling with queers. Though OSU is well known for its sports, it has a lot to offer. They have one of the largest and best Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality departments, and dozens of LGBT organizations. There is even a class about lesbian porn in the winter! The professors and faculty help make this campus a very gay friendly space.
The various college crowds all get together once a month for a party called Stonewall Fusion. The parties often involve drag or talent shows, and each party is hosted by a different college or university around Central Ohio.
This summer Equality Ohio is organizing the first ever Equality Express Bus Tour! During the tour college-age LGBTQs will travel the state for three weeks and march in the Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati Pride parades. They will also do community service projects in Zanesville, Akron, and other smaller cities, and it will be an opportunity to showcase how awesome and diverse Ohio’s LGBTQ community is!
The Town of 1000 Festivals
We have no idea how many festivals the Central Ohio area actually has, but 1000 seems about right. Every summer weekend there is at least one music festival, not to mention food festivals, cultural festivals, beer and wine festivals, and the occasional ferret festival (yes, this is a real thing). Because this year is Columbus’ 200th birthday(!) the festivities are extra special, so make sure to get out and enjoy C-Bus this year!
Each June, Columbus celebrates a month of Pride. Street lamps bear pride and diversity banners while businesses cover themselves in gay flags and rainbow lights. The LGBTQ community organizes events including picnics, dances, art shows, movie nights, lesbian softball, and so much more. And we hosts what is likely the second largest Pride Parade and Festival in the Midwest, after Chicago, with over 210,000 people coming out for the event last year. The parade marches from downtown to Goodale Park in Victorian Village and is on the family-friendly side with many businesses, religious organizations, social groups, and individuals taking part. While it was guy heavy (as Liz put it, Pride had “too many dudes, not enough boobs”) it was a huge, diverse event and totally worth checking out. On stage the ladies were present, with Ohio’s own Vanity Theft and Chely Wright performing.
Comfest is the Columbus event of the year and is rumored to be the largest non-sponsored festival in the country. A mix between a neighborhood block party and Woodstock, it is a perfect example of why this city is so rockin’. Tens of thousands of Columbusites of all ages fill Goodale Park (the same spot as Pride) for three days of local music, food, beer, hula hooping, and more. The cute and occasionally topless girls that were missing from Pride come out in spades for Comfest. And not only is the whole event free and volunteer-run, but all extra money raised from beer sales gets donated to local homeless shelters.
If local music is your thing, Independent’s Day is your festival. Located on Gay Street and Pearl Alley, this September event has five stages filled will all Columbus bands, and every year they showcase the best established and up and coming acts this city has to offer.
The Dark Side
We try to avoid Park Street. Not because of homophobia or anything, it’s just broville and super straight. The bars aren’t interesting and drinks are expensive and taste like pee water. If your straight friends do drag you here (as ours often do) we suggest talking them into going to Novaks (479 N High Street) or Callahan’s (520 Park Street), the best Park Street has to offer.
There aren’t many terrible places in Columbus, but it’s best to be aware of your surroundings.
Other Awesome Things
If C-bus locals have one thing, it is Ohio pride. Everywhere you go you see the heart-shaped outline of our state, whether it be on shirts, necklaces, bags, or coasters. Kat even has an Ohio flask (that Annie may or may not have gotten her for Christmas). And Wholly Craft! (3169 N High Street) is your source for any and all things kitsch and Ohio. They only sell items made by fellow Columbus crafters, and they offer a slew of decently priced crafting classes. It’s like Etsy in a brick-and-mortar store.
While we do have a few famous sports teams (Ohio State Buckeyes, anyone?), there is only one team you really need to know, the Ohio Roller Girls. The girls are hot and play some feisty roller derby and the matches are affordable and a total blast.
Available Light Theatre is one of our favorite art groups in Columbus. They put on a mix of original and recreated works and they bring something new to everything they do. They also have a pay-what-you-can policy for day-of tickets, so this is a perfect place to experience theatre on a budget.
For the best concerts, go to The Newport Music Hall (1722 N High Street). The Newport is one of the oldest rock ‘n roll halls in the country. To this day, it is still locally run and independently owned, making it one of the few still in existence. This musical den mostly hosts indie, alternative, experimental music.
The OSU Urban Art Space (50 W Town Street) is Kat and Annie’s favorite way to spend a free afternoon. Located in the old Lazarus building downtown, the UAS is a free art museum, with ever-changing exhibits showcasing art that is mostly local, and often design-oriented. If you are interested in urban sociology, development, or planning, make sure to check it out. We always learn something new about this city, the people who live here, and where it’s going.
If you are into the great outdoors, Columbus has more available than most people realize. We have an expansive Metro Parks system, with fifteen parks and many miles of hiking trails. Our personal fave is Clear Creek Metro Park, where a winter hike is like stepping into a Christmas card. If you are near downtown, check out Scioto Audubon Metro Park (400 W Whittier Street), where there is a lot bird watching and a free climbing wall.
Diversity, Income, and Other Noteworthy Things
In economic and population terms, Columbus isn’t doing too shabby. While we are located in the middle of the rust belt, we’re totally bucking the trend. We’re growing (10% population growth between 2000 and 2010!) and we have a lot of large companies with headquarters or bases here, including Limited Brands, Nationwide, and Chase. We also have one of the lowest unemployment rates in Ohio (6.4% in December 2011).
While we’re not as diverse as many cities (59% Non-Hispanic white), Columbus features the second largest population of Somalis outside of Somalia. We also are home to large Latino and South African populations. This means that we have some truly incredible and authentic ethnic cuisine, tons of great translation services, and many opportunities for Halal/Kosher shopping.
Because it is still a hidden gem, it doesn’t cost much to live in Columbus. In fact, it costs less than the national average ($0.89 for every dollar you would spend elsewhere). Depending on your neighborhood and your willingness to live with roommates, it’s easy to find a place to live for under $450 a month including utilities.
Columbus is also a really easy city to get around. The freeways are well designed and maintained, so that even as we grow, rush hour traffic rarely adds more than ten minutes to any commute. And while the public transit in this town isn’t award worthy, it isn’t awful either. COTA, our bus system, is fairly reliable and free for OSU and CCAD students.
On the surface, the Columbus LGBTQ scene looks kind of guy heavy, but for us, the community feels pretty united. We’ve all have close gay guy friends, and have spent a lot of time in gay bars. We’ve also seen a lot of guys at Wall Street and Slammers. We’ve always felt welcomed and like family, and hope our guys feel the same.
Part of an ongoing series of Queer Girl City Guides.