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The viral, trans visibility billboard campaign by an Ohio LGBTQ+ org just gained a *major* new partner

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A national billboard campaign to created by an Ohio-based nonprofit to increase trans visibility and support now has a major partner to help expand this work.

Have a Gay Day—a Dayton-based LGBTQ+ with the mission of creating a safe environment for the LGBTQ+ community—launched a fundraiser on February 26th to support buying digital billboard space in Ohio and various other states where the trans community is being attacked via state-sponsored legislation.

The campaign quickly went viral enabling the purchase of more than 200 billboards in locations including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia, Washington state, and Wisconsin.

Have a Gay Day first partnered with TransOhio, as well as transgender artist Rae Senarighi on the billboard designs.

On Wednesday, Have a Gay Day announced that the campaign will now be partnering with PFLAG, the first and largest organization for LGBTQ+ people, their parents and families, and allies.

“We are so proud to partner with PFLAG National in spreading our message of hope and support. Like us, they lead with love and are always there for the community,” Michael Knote, executive director of Have a Gay Day, said in a statement. “Their vision of a more inclusive and loving world aligns deeply with our values at Have A Gay Day, and they have deep roots–nearly 50 years–in community and allyship. There is no other organization to better align with.”

PFLAG said they knew they wanted to partner with Have a Gay Day the minute they heard about the campaign.

“At a time when we are seeing hundreds of bills targeting trans youth and their families, PFLAG National is proud to partner with Have A Gay Day to elevate messages of love, joy, and support,” Brian K. Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National, said in a statement. “Families in states across the country are seeing their kids attacked—from anti-trans legislation in dozens of states to yesterday’s signing into law of the harmful ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill in Florida. LGBTQ+ kids, especially trans and nonbinary kids, and their families are being hit hard, and we need to show up for them. For nearly 50 years, PFLAG has been leading with love, and the minute we saw the work that was being done by Have A Gay Day, we knew we wanted not only to support it, but to broadly expand the reach and visibility.” 🔥

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About Author

Ken Schneck is the Editor of The Buckeye Flame. He received the 2021 Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for the LGBTQ Journalist of the Year from the NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists. He is the author of "Seriously, What Am I Doing Here? The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew" (2017), "LGBTQ Cleveland" (2018), "LGBTQ Columbus" (2019), and "LGBTQ Cincinnati" (2020). In his spare time, he is a professor of education at Baldwin Wallace University.

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