For some gay tourists, the thought of traveling to Ohio is about as pleasant as vacationing in Iran. Or Uganda. It's not a place they are thinking about going.However well-intentioned, I can't help regarded this particular project as, well, comical. Ohio, with one of the nation's most sweeping anti-gay constitutional amendments? Ohio, where a few years back we elected an attorney-general fond of comparing gay people to pyromaniacs and livestock? And Cleveland? At least Columbus would sort of make sense. And if Cleveland thinks the queer community is flush with cash to ease its economic woes, they've got another thing coming.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland hopes to change their minds.
But progress does wear some strange faces, and this is surely one of them. And hey, it's not that crazy; we just replaced our nutjob homophobic state officials with ones who, as much as anyone in Midwestern government dares, embrace LGBT rights. This initiative may even spark some positive local dialogue about how to create a more welcoming community.
Meanwhile, though, I wonder whether it's possible to sue a tourism board for misrepresentation...