Dayton LGBT Film Festival

The 11th annual Dayton LGBT Fim Festival takes place at the NEON Movies in downtown Dayton this weekend, Oct 7th - Oct 9th. Feature films, documentaries, and short films highlight this 3-day event.

WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with NEON Manager, Jonathan McNeal to get the details.

Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) has been pushing for stronger anti-discrimination laws for years
Karen Kasler

While people are still reeling in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando, leaders in Ohio say it’s time to add more protections for the LGBT community. 

When responding to the brutal attack at a gay nightclub in Florida that left 49 people dead and dozens of others wounded, President Barack Obama not only declared it as an act of terror but an act of hate.

Todd Figgins

Gay pride celebrations in Dayton were held just over a week ago, but on Sunday afternoon, local LGBT organizations were back on Courthouse Square in a show of solidarity and support for victims, families, and residents of Orlando after this weekend's mass shooting.

Representatives from the city were also on hand. Kery Gray is the executive assistant in the City Commissioners' office.

Lake Miller says his work in justice and equality issues largely comes from how he was raised, and the work his mother has done in her life.
Lake Miller

In this WYSO Weekend excerpt, meet Lake Miller from Yellow Springs, Ohio. He'll soon be heading to college and says he'll specialize in either entrepreneurship or business management at Wittenberg University.

Lake will likely do well with either decision—even now the 18-year-old Eagle Scout is the youngest member of the national Scouts for Equality Leadership Council and he's just begun the first LGBT-friendly Boy Scout unit at Temple Israel in Dayton.

This weekend, Dayton will host its 40th annual pride celebration with events running Friday, June 3, through Sunday, June 5.  WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Allison Cox, a board member with the Greater Dayton LGBT Center at MJs on Jefferson about this year's festivities and how Dayton Pride has changed in the last 40 years. 

Cox says the event has grown in its 40 year history.

Dayton is banning its employees from non-essential government travel to Mississippi and North Carolina, saying recent laws passed in the two states discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

A Thursday memo from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley forbids city dollars paying for non-essential travel to the states.

The Dayton Daily News reports Whaley said the new laws conflict with the city's values and anti-discrimination ordinances enacted by city commissioners.

Ohio's most populous county is banning its employees from non-essential government travel to North Carolina after that state enacted a law prohibiting communities from passing ordinances to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish said Wednesday that the ban is in effect until North Carolina repeals or amends its law on bias ordinances. Budish's statement says the county, which includes Cleveland, has adopted a plan that "ensures equal treatment" for the LGBTQ community.

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Authorities in Ohio have resisted including lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people to those covered by state hate crime laws.

Ohio is among 14 states that lack a hate-crime law that covers both sexual orientation and gender identity. Federal law gives individuals legal protection for bias-motivated acts that are based on those factors. But state law takes precedence if the crime doesn't pose a threat to interstate or foreign commerce.

Jerry Kenney

On Friday night, a group will gather on Courthouse Square in Dayton to remember people whose lives have been lost to “anti-transgender violence.” 

This is the first year Dayton has joined the national Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). The event will begin at 7 p.m. A proclamation from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley  will be read then several transgender speakers will address the crowd, including Dan Miyake of Dayton.

Neon Movies

The Dayton LGBT Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and to find out about this year’s selections, we spoke once again with Jonathan McNeil, manager at the Neon Movies in downtown Dayton.

McNeil says festival passes sold out quickly this year but individual tickets are still available for all shows.  Friday night's ticket stub will get you into an expanded after-party at Gilly's nightclub following the movie.