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An Ohio Civil Rights Historic Marker commemorating the first LGBT Community Center in Cleveland was unveiled Thursday, June 1, at the center’s original site, West 29th Street and Detroit Avenue.
The marker’s location commemorates the rich LGBTQ history there, where the LGBT Community Center, then called the Lesbian-Gay Community Service Center, was located.
In 1989, the first Pride festival since the 1970’s was held at this location and the following year Cleveland’s very first Pride parade culminated. This street also saw a number of LGBT bars flourish and where, during the height of the AIDS crisis, the center was a hub of support and a platform for civic action.
Ward 3 Councilman Kerry McCormack, and representatives of Equality Ohio, the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland and others spoke at the event.