The CSO is proud to feature LGBTQ+ artists and composers throughout the season, and to participate in events across the city celebrating diverse voices.

The CSO's commitment to inclusion

Walking the walk for 20+ years to celebrate equality and honor identity

  • First arts organization in Cincinnati to extend same sex domestic partner benefits to employees
  • Pride-related events launched in 2000
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity and expression included in the organization's equal opportunity employment statement in 2019
  • CSO staff and volunteers participate in the annual Cincinnati Pride Parade
  • LGBTQ+ representation on the CSO Board of Directors and senior management team
  • The CSO's Multicultural Awareness Council recently celebrated its 30th anniversary

20/21 Artists and Composers

This season's programs reflect the 100+ year (r)evolution of the LGBTQ+ community in the arts and the broader community—from the 19th Century, when Tchaikovsky had to hide his true self from the public, to the 21st Century where artists like CSO Creative Partner Matthias Pintscher, vocalist Darius de Haas, vocalist Holland Andrews, and Thomas Lauderdale, founder and bandleader of Pink Martini, are able to live their lives out and proud. Join us to revel in the amazing artistry and reflect on the complicated history of the LGBTQ+ members of our world.


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