Just an hour north of Cincinnati and about 75 minutes west of Columbus, the city of Dayton has about 140,000 residents, making it Ohio's sixth-largest city (the metro area is much larger, at 840,000, and it ranks fourth in Ohio). Long a center of manufacturing and shipping, Dayton now thrives more as a defense, research, and aerospace center. Although drawing relatively few tourists, it does have a good-size GLBT population, and it's also the closest city to the very progressive and gay-friendly college town of Yellow Springs, which is just 20 miles east.
Each year in early June, the city is host to the Dayton Gay Pride Festival and Parade. The event is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year; the dates are June 3 through 5, 2016.
Dayton Gay Resources
While in the area, note that Dayton has several gay bars and a number of gay-friendly restaurants and cafes. Check online gay Ohio resources and sites for more on the gay scene in Dayton, including Outlook Columbus; LesbianDayton.com is of great use as well. Also take a look at the helpful travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Dayton/Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Burea. And if you're visiting nearby Yellow Springs, take a look at the Destination Yellow Springs site.