Friday, January 27

Our Mission

The Buckeye Flame amplifies the voices of LGBTQ+ Ohioans to support community and civic empowerment through the creation of engaging content that chronicles our triumphs, struggles, and lived experiences.

Our History

The Buckeye Flame launched in June of 2020 as a 501c3 nonprofit newsroom, filling the lack of a statewide LGBTQ+ news and views platform in Ohio. With a Board and roster of writers comprised of LGBTQ+ and journalism luminaries from all across the state, the site quickly became a go-to source for original stories covering politics to policy to community celebrations. 

Awards & Accolades

Recognition for our work has included:

  • Ohio Society of Professional Journalists:
    • First Place “Specialized Journalism Site” category (2021)
    • First Place “Best Criticism/Editorial” category (2020)
    • Second Place in “Best Explanatory Journalism” category (2021)
    • Second Place in the “Best Social Issues Reporting” category (2021)
  • NLGJA: Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for the LGBTQ Journalist of the Year (2021)
  • Kenyon College Outstanding Community Partner Award (2022)
  • City of Cleveland & the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland Heritage Award for Advocacy and Activism (2021)


Our Partnerships

The Buckeye Flame is a proud member of:






Meet our Board and Staff