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The newly-renovated Stonewall Columbus Community Center offers 15,000 square feet of space for the large and vibrant LGBTQ+ community of Central Ohio. Stonewall Columbus welcomes the LGBTQ+ and Ally community to this beautiful facility for classes, events, seminars, rental opportunities, and much more! Local OLOC Gathering volunteers are working with the Stonewall crew to offer us a guided tour of this new facility, with time after to explore the Short North area and perhaps enjoy a meal in one of the local restaurants.  More information about this off-site activity and transportation will be available at the Gathering.

Just a generic vegan pizza…

More about our favorite topic – food!
There will be lunch provided for those attending the Lesbians of Color Day, and there will not be snacks or a bar for the Wednesday night Welcome, as it is right after the Manager’s Reception. There will be buffet lunches on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Additional meals to be provided will depend on the number of registrants. We will try to meet most of your dietary needs and preferences, including trying to have vegan and vegetarian options at every lunch. The Manager’s Reception every night has veggies and hummus, at least. There are a number of nearby restaurants, and the shuttle can take people to those within a three-mile radius, but capacity is limited, as is time available. We are hoping that those attendees with cars will also provide transportation to others if they are going out to dinner, etc.

For vegans and vegetarians, there are Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s stores within shuttle distance at the Easton Mall. Each hotel room has a refrigerator and microwave. A couple of restaurants within or right out of that distance (if you can persuade the driver to go) are Portia’s Cafe and Melt, which has vegan and vegetarian options. Other nearby restaurants with vegetarian choices are O’Charleys, Don Tequila Mexican, Estilo Brazilian, and Monte Carlo Italian. More information about specifically vegan and vegetarian restaurants will be coming soon!

Lesbian Columbus
The Short North is just 20 minutes from the hotel. It is a section of the city that promotes Lesbian and gay businesses, restaurants, and bars. In the Short North, there are also funky shops that delight your senses. Slammers is a well known Lesbian bar, accompanied by many mixed restaurants—with a variety of food choices—such as Level, Union Café, and Club Diversity. It is the experience of being in your own environment, holding hands with no one taking a second look, which makes it a special place. Caribbean Jerks is in the Polaris Mall area, a little off track, but worth it for their ribs and being Lesbian-owned and -run.


Do you need a roommate for the National Gathering in Columbus? Are you planning on being there, but don’t know anyone else who is going? Do you need to share a room to save money? OLOC wants to help. Please contact Ruth at or 760-318-6794. She will do her best to find you a roommate. She makes no promises,but she will try hard. Think about things such as if you want a hot room or cold, snoring or not, easy waking, etc. We can’t promise you a new BFF, but will try to help make the Gathering fun and more affordable for you!


Looking for Spanish/English Translators
OLOC solicita que si usted va a la reunión, es hábil en la interpretación de Español/Inglés, y dispuesto a ofrecerse voluntariamente algún tiempo para asistirlo, por favor háganos saber. ¡Gracias!

OLOC requests that if you are going to the Gathering, are skilled in Spanish/English interpretation, and willing to volunteer some time to assist with it, please let us know. Thank you!


Five Fascinating Factoids About Columbus. Did you know it:

  • Has two million residents, making it the 32nd largest metropolitan area in the US and the second-most populous city in the Midwest (can you guess the first?).
  • Had the second largest Somali and Somali-American population in the country, as of 2004.
  • Takes its name from some Christopher guy.
  • Is perhaps best known for its unbridled passion for college football.
  • Is the home of one of the largest concentrations of Lesbian Connection readers and an Advocate Top 10!