History of the Stonewall Riots, Stories of Pride and May Meeting @ Market Avenue Wine Bar
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a paneled discussion on the history of the Stonewall riots as we come up on their 50th anniversary this June. They are a vital part of our history and the namesake of the Cleveland Stonewall Democrats.

“The Stonewall riots were a crucial, era-defining moment in the struggle for equality.

In the early hours of June 28 1969, a gay bar in the West Village of Manhattan became the epicenter of an event that changed the course of LGBT history.

The days of riots which followed the uprising against police who frequently targeted The Stonewall Inn along with other gay bars were momentous.

Led by prominent activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who were trans women of color, the riots sparked an entire civil rights movement, and the reason why we celebrate Pride Month in June.” – Lydia Smith, Pink News

***Panelists to be announced shortly.

Cleveland Equality Act Training! @ CCDP Headquarters
May 25 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


One’s civil rights shouldn’t depend on the state or zip code they live in. But today, if an LGBTQ person drove from Maine to Los Angeles, their rights would change dozens of times.

This is why we need the Equality Act!

This major legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives a few weeks ago — and we’ve got to push it forward. The Equality Act would finally guarantee federal protections for LGBTQ people, protecting us from discrimination.

Learn how to discuss the Equality Act with your friends, family and your US Representative. We will be introducing how the Equality Act is necessary to advance protections for the LGBTQ community and how we get started with Action, Now.

Please RSVP here:

Pride in the CLE
Jun 1 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Cleveland Stonewall Democrats will be marching and at the festival for Pride in the CLE, more information coming soon.

Ohio’s 6 Week Abortion Ban, What’s Ahead and What We Can Do @ Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Reception for State Senator Nickie Antonio with Jim Obergefell @ PJ McIntyre's Irish Pub
Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Endorsement Interviews Summer 2019
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location TBD

CSD Primary Endorsements Vote and July Meeting @ Market Avenue Wine Bar
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Kyrsten Sinema Event Hosted by CDWC and CSD @ Provided upon RSVP
Aug 9 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm

We are so excited to host an event with the fabulous, ground breaking Senator Kirsten Sinema!

An intimate gathering to talk with this extraordinary Senator. How did she beat a Republican opponent in this “red” state? What is the happening in DC when cameras aren’t rolling.

Great conversation, appetizers and an incredible opportunity! Join us in welcoming Senator Sinema.


Endorsement Interviews Fall 2019
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location TBD

Sep 15 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Our Freedom Fund Political Action Committee (PAC) allows Cleveland Stonewall Democrats to offer financial support to worthy candidates in Ohio. Through our endorsement process we evaluate and vet candidates for local, state, and federal offices representing the greater Cleveland area. We support candidates that are committed to protecting and enhancing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual and intersex(LGBTQIA+) individuals in our community and who support issues of importance to the LGBTQIA+ community.  Our ability to influence elections and support candidates is made possible by contributions to the Freedom Fund PAC.

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Host Committee as of September 9th:
RAINBOW Champions
Steve Bennett
John Farina & Adam Tully
Congressperson Marcia Fudge
David Douglass & Mark Perroni
Rob Rivera & Dan Seifried
Patrick Shepherd & Jason Landsdale
Cuyahoga County Councilperson Cheryl Stephens
RAINBOW Warriors
Dara Adkison
State Representative Nickie J. Antonio
Joe Bahhur
Rob Bauer
Stephen Bennett & Hal Krassen
Anne Boron
Brooks Boron
State Representative Janine Boyd
State Representative Juanita Brent
Cuyahoga County Councilperson Yvonne Conwell
Cindy Dempsey
Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor Elkins
Melanie K. Falls and Tina Posey
Lisa & Steve Forbes
John W Forgetta
Beachwood Mayor Martin Horwitz
Karrie Howard
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
Kate Kennedy & Karen Slaven
Lakewood City Councilman John Litten
Cindy Marx
Erik Meinhardt
Courtney Noster
Lakewood City Council President Sam O’Leary
Lakewood City Councilman Dan O’Malley
Jennifer O’Donnell
Lakewood City Councilman Tristan Radar
Elaine Rivera & Donna Mark
Stephanie Scalise
Jason Shachner
Bob Sferra & Matt Walsh
Billy Sharp
Judges Michelle & Brendan Sheehan
State Representative Kent Smith
Anne & Cullen Sweeney
Michelle Tomallo
State Representative Terrance Upchurch
Neil Vakharia & Michael Mumford
Kyle Weigand
Shaker Heights Council Members Anne Williams & Nancy Moore
Judge Gayle Williams-Byers
State Senator Sandra Williams
Margaret Wong
State Senator Kenny Yuko