Toledo's LGBTQ Civil Rights March takes place Friday

TOLEDO, OH (TOLEDO NEWS NOW) - Toledo's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Genderqueer (LGBTQ) Civil Rights March begins at noon Friday at One Government Center.

Marchers will protest Mayor Mike Bell for not signing the recent Ohio mayor's petition for marriage equality among other national and state gay right issues.

Mike Bell did, however, speak recently in public support of domestic partner benefits for city employees.

The march, organized by international gay activist and Founder of Toledo Gay Pride Day, Lair Scott, claims that, "Toledo, for so many decades, could have been the pivot point in Ohio's LGBTQ fight for Marriage Equality and other important national LGBTQ issues, but a lack of LGBTQ leadership and the lack of local government support has been a embarrassment to other Ohio cities. We hope to change that this time and allow to raise our voices to let the nation we mean business."

Local organizations such as PFLAG Toledo, Toledo Pride, Rainbow Area Youth (RAY) and Equality Toledo will not be in attendance.

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