Sure, Cleveland might not have the first drag queen to host a Children’s Story Hour. But they might just have the tallest! On Saturday, June 15, Cleveland’s Near West Theatre will host Drag Queen Story Hour with Veranda L’ni reading stories to children in an event described as “a welcoming environment that celebrates diversity and inclusion, challenging all of us to look beyond gender stereotypes.”

Break out your best Captain Marvel butch haircut. Grab your partner and channel your most amazing Netossa-and-Spinnerella-inspired looks. Or embrace that Norman Bates energy you have always wanted to access. No matter what your baseline of cosplay and fandom, you will be able to level-up at Ohio’s newest LGBTQ pop culture convention that is going to convene this month in Youngstown. That’s right: Youngstown!

The TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium began as a single day event in 2008, attended by approximately 80 people. It has since grown to be a three-day conference with over 250 participants and 75+ workshops. Prizm asked one attendee to share her thoughts on the 2019 Symposium.

Nearly 1000 participants. Millions of steps. Hundreds of thousands of dollars donated. An incalculable amount of awareness raised for HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

Billed as the “largest gathering of queer readers northeast Ohio has seen in years,” the evening features a collection of over a dozen queer poets, storytellers, and spoken word performers.