“Last night I attended my first ORV Pride Coalition meeting. I will say I was very nervous because I’m not very use to meeting so many new faces at one time. I will say that when I showed up, I just had a feeling that I was in a very safe and loving environment. Everyone was super friendly and caring and I love seeing everyone show up to show aprilgrouptheir support and even coming just to educate themselves more on the LGBTQ+ community. I want to give a huge thank you to Shelly, O’Retha, and Amanda for all the hard work and dedication they have put in. This is the beginning of an amazing thing and I’m super happy to be apart of it.”

– Gunner, staff photographer


“I sit here and think about last night’s meeting with Ohio River Valley Pride Coalition. The stories we told in our “love circle”. The hurt and pain some of us have experienced by the lifestyle we lead or the friends we have. No one should ever be picked on and bullied in school or worried about getting a sandwich thrown at them while working. The hearts I met last night urn for acceptance! My heart urns for acceptance! No one should ever feel invisible or labeled. Because in the end of the day you are beautiful! Never feel lonely because we will be here waving a flag for who you are! The old saying sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never hurt me. Could not be better put. This song gives me cold chills. Could not be a better song for the Ohio River Valley Pride Coalition. Please watch and listen to this song and know you ARE NOT ALONE! I love you all very deeply! Kisses my friends!”

– Josh Carlton


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“For anyone that is having trouble or thinks they are the only ones in this  world, remember, you are not alone and change is about to happen to this world. No one is going to be left behind anymore.” -Carter


Dearborn-Sam-HeHimHis-1-768x960“Really fast it was clear that the environment was accepting and full of love,” he said. “I felt really at home at the meeting, and it was one of the first times in a long while that I felt relaxed and safe. I’m really excited to make progress within the community and see what we can do to make things better.” -Sam