Miss Maha’s picks – Pride edition
By Maha Kashani
Photo: “To Be Takei,” a documentary on the life of LGBT activist George Takei will screen at The Neon on June 25
This June, the Dayton region will be painted with rainbow colors and endless passion as we celebrate our beautifully diverse culture of Pride with a fast, furious and fabulous month. Pride has come a long way in Dayton since the first ever celebration in 1986, and almost 30 years later the festivities surrounding Pride promise to be bigger and better than ever!
Although I’m straight, I’m not narrow. I love how strong and vibrant the LGBT community makes our community as a whole and I am proud to show my support. Regardless of what sexual orientation you are, it is great time show your support for the strength and diversity of our LGBT community while you explore “Peace, Love and Pride” in the Miami Valley.
Miss Maha’s Best Bets to:
Meet New Friends:
Lesbian Dayton – This website and social group is driving a mission to build a vibrant, welcoming and accessible lesbian community in the Miami Valley by improving access to existing social opportunities, creating additional social opportunities and increasing lesbian visibility and involvement. Acting as an online resource, Lesbian Dayton works to connect the Lesbian Social Scene together through activities such as “Thirsty Thursdays” happy hour on the first Thursday of the month, as well as groups such as “Dine out Lesbian Dayton” for non-smoking lesbian foodies and “Great Outdoors” for those who love outdoor adventure. It also serves as a social platform for women interested in spearheading their own group social activities. To learn more, please visit LesbianDayton.com COST: Free to subscribe
Dayton Gay Volleyball Club (DGVC) – This social organization, united by a common interest and love for volleyball, has been in existence for over three decades in the Miami Valley. Promoting themselves as “a place where you can feel accepted and comfortable with yourself while also keeping in shape and having a good, fun time,” the DGVC provides the LGBT community an avenue to meet and socialize with other LGBT’s in an open, fun and friendly environment. This diverse group plays every Wednesday at Kiser Middle School from 6–9 p.m. and is open to all sexes (age 19 and up). To learn more, please visit DaytonGayVolleyballClub.com. Cost: $1 per week donation to play.
Rainbow Rafters – Dating back to 1977, 95 members and friends of the Dayton Gay Volleyball Club started an annual whitewater rafting trip on the New River in Fayetteville, W.Va. – and thus the Rainbow Rafters were born. Now, more than 30 years later, this group of gay men spanning the Midwest, Atlantic States and Appalachian area still gets together each year for a weekend full of fun and rafting on the New River. This year, the trip takes place July 18–20 and will also be jam packed with activities such as zip lining, rock climbing and fishing. To learn more, please visit DaytonGayRafting.com. Cost: Starting at $130 for rafting only. Non-rafter options available as well.
Lesbian Professionals of Southwest Ohio – This brand new membership-based group was created for career minded lesbian/bisexual women of all ages who enjoy talking about the business world, academic interests, career development, world affairs, philanthropy and more. Featuring monthly social gatherings, primarily taking place on the second Friday of each month in the Beavercreek and Yellow Springs areas, the group facilitates networking opportunities among lesbians who live and/or work in and around Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus and Richmond, Ind. For more information, please visit meetup.com/LesPro. Cost: $15 membership fee.
Miss Maha’s “Can’t miss it” pick of the month
Pride Night at the Neon
Wednesday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. at The Neon, located at 130 E. Fifth St.
“To Be Takei,” a crowd-pleaser that premiered at Sundance, is coming to The Neon for one screening only – to celebrate Pride. This witty documentary on the life of LGBT activist and unofficial “King of Facebook,” George Takei (Sulu on the original Star Trek TV series) and his husband, Brad has received rave reviews from coast to coast. Brace yourself for an evening full of laughs and a wildly entertaining experience for all! To learn more, please visit neonmovies.com or DaytonLGBTCenter.org. COST: TBD
Make sure you read this week’s Dayton City Paper from cover to cover to learn about all the other exciting Pride activities happening in and around town. Cheers, and always remember to be fabulous, my friends!
Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MissMaha@DaytonCityPaper.com.