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Is Columbus, OH gay enough for Amazon?




All this time, we were thinking Columbus, Ohio was a big advocate for the LGBT community but now Amazon is coming along, making us take a good hard look at ourselves and the state we live in and ask, “Are we gay enough for their second HQ location?”

A group of gay rights advocates held a demonstration today to pressure Amazon into choosing a location for HQ2 that in inclusive of everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

“No Gay? No Way!” is the name of the campaign.

Amazon has long been a supporter of gay rights and has even had a homosexual employee group called GLAmazon since 2005. They were also among the first big companies to depict gay couples in their ads.


There are 20 finalists for HQ2 and according to, we are one of nine that does not have laws that specifically protect the LGBT community.

As it stands now, Ohio’s civil rights code only bans discrimination based on race, color, sex, disability, age, religion, or national origin. However, there is a bill in queue that would throw sexual orientation and gender identity into the mix. There are cities in Ohio, including Columbus, that ban LGBT discrimination but House Bill 160 would establish the ban statewide.

A proponent testimony (second) hearing was held yesterday which is the furtherest this type of legislation has gone in nearly a decade. The next moves of this bill are to be determined by Representative Louis Blessing, Chairman of the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee, reports 10TV.

Do you think the outcome of HB160 will have an effect on Amazon’s decision? 

The other eight cities without anti-gay discrimination laws are Indianapolis, Austin, Dallas, Nashville, Atlanta, Miami, Raleigh, and the D.C. suburbs of northern Virginia.

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The clock is ticking on your chance to win big with ColumBest!

Mike Thomas



March is slowly but surely winding down, which means the clock is ticking on your chance to vote in our our yearly “best of” Columbus readers poll.

Not only does voting in ColumBest 2019 give you the opportunity to show your favorite local brands and businesses some love, it also offers a chance to win big. This year, one lucky ColumBest voter will win a $1,999 Easton shopping spree, a $2,000 home makeover from Value City Furniture, and a $250 Moo Moo’s car wash gift card.

You read that right – that’s all ONE prize! To make the reality of this amazing offer a little more tangible, let’s break down what could be in store for the lucky winner.

  • The “low fat” wash at Moo Moo is more than enough to knock a winter’s worth of salt off your ride in time for spring. At $8 a go, a $250 gift card will net a whopping 31 trips through the suds.
  • Among many great restaurants and retailers, Easton is home to a Cinnabon Bakery location. While we’re not suggesting you spend the entire $1,999 shopping spree on their delicious, gooey, cinnamon-frosted treats, the almost $2,000 prize would be good for around 531 of Cinnabon’s classic rolls. Please dine responsibly.
  • You know the old futon in your living room leftover from college that faces the TV stacked on top of milk crates? It’s time to upgrade. Thanks to the deals at Value City Furniture, the $2,000 prize will go a long way toward improving any room in your house.

Once you’re done voting for your faves, make sure to save your spot at our ColumBest Party at Express LIVE! on May 13th. You won’t want to miss this celebration of the best of the best in Columbus!

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(614) Magazine

March 2019




At (614) we like to think we’re always giving you new ideas about where to go, what to try, or what’s coming up next. But this month, perhaps we can do a bit more for you. Maybe we can offer some inspiration to find ‘the better you’.

  • The Calendar to end all calendars
  • Tips and resources to find the ‘better you’
  • Experience Otherworld
  • Makers Space: botanical skin care
  • Columbus author: Hanif Abdurraqib
  • German Village: two restaurants, one roof
  • Columbus igloo adventures
  • Cheesesteak Empire with Charley Shin
  • Old-timey ‘shrub’ bevs making a comeback
  • Aloha! Inside the Huli Huli Tiki Lounge
  • Megan Kilgore: the Columbus Crew-sader
  • Offroad bike adventures
  • Family: squats for tots

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The Six Happy Hour: The District Pourhouse




 #6  The District Pourhouse (Formerly World of Beer)

Beer, Bavarian pretzels, and barbacoa street tacos. Need I say more? The first thing that comes to mind with District Pourhouse is their vast selection of beers. Now imagine pairing a nice cold glass of your favorite draught with your favorite comfort food, like pizza, hot dogs, or fries. Sounds good, right?

Did I mention that District Pourhouse also hosts trivia nights whilst your favorite sport team plays on the many screens around the venue?

HH: M-F open-7pm; $5 draughts, $5 spirits, $5 shareables

The District Pourhouse

1568 N High St, Columbus

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