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 date this year is June 7, 2014, with a Pride Gayla taking place the evening before, on Friday, June 6.
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 Rainbow Cincinnati and Outlook Columbus; DaytonGayNightlife.com also has some helpful information on area gay bars, and 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.