In December, Bretz Nightclub— one of Ohio’s oldest gay bars— closed after 30 years. A few weeks later, The Greater Toledo House of Prayer (GTHOP), an organization that states on their website that they view LGBTQ+ people as immoral and against their values, announced that they had purchased the nightclub’s building, located at 2012 Adams Street.
As Bretz was a crucial part of our local LGBTQ+ community, many were shocked and disturbed that GTHOP has purchased the space. In response, activists have spoken out about the need for a safe space for the community. If you’re interested in this mission, join Equality Toledo and The Promise House Project for a meeting on Creating an LGBTQ+ Center. Representatives from other centers will speak. 2-4pm. Sunday, February 18.