Nine LGBTQIA+ friendly businesses to worth supporting in Greater Cincinnati

CINCINNATI — The end of Pride Month does not need to mean the end of celebrating and supporting LGBTQIA+ community in Greater Cincinnati.

People like Justin DeJohn and Nigel Cottrell operate clubs E|19 and Below Zero Lounge respectively that offer safe havens and popular gathering spots for LGBTQIA+ community and their allies.

“We like to say that we are gay-owned and gay-operated and straight-friendly,” said DeJohn, who opened the bar alongside owners Richard Cooke and Martin Wagner. “We primarily service the LGBTQ+ community and their allies, but truly everyone is welcome here.”

Cottrell said that too is the mission behind Below Zero, which first opened 15 years ago, and fellow LGBTQIA+ friendly bar Tillie’s in Northside.

“We started out 15 years ago, one of our objectives was to identify ourselves as an open-minded bar operated by open-minded people where diversity is celebrated,” Cottrell said. “And that has just exploded over the years….

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