Zach Reau has been organizing in Columbus' queer community for over a decade. He helped start Queer Behavior, a grassroots organization that plans and promotes community-building events to bridge the segregated neighborhoods and communities of Columbus. In addition, he likes to help others plan events that keep Columbus interesting, the latest of which is the monthly BEEFQUAKE dance party at AWOL. This week, Reau will host the March 15 re-launch of the monthly sketch comedy show Monday Night Live, which has moved from its former home at Wild Goose Creative to Mikey's Late Night Slice Downtown.

Zach Reau has been organizing in Columbus' queer community for over a decade. He helped start Queer Behavior, a grassroots organization that plans and promotes community-building events to bridge the segregated neighborhoods and communities of Columbus. In addition, he likes to help others plan events that keep Columbus interesting, the latest of which is the monthly BEEFQUAKE dance party at AWOL. This week, Reau will host the March 15 re-launch of the monthly sketch comedy show Monday Night Live, which has moved from its former home at Wild Goose Creative to Mikey's Late Night Slice Downtown.

The Scioto Greenways Project

I live in West Franklinton, and having this incredible amenity within walking distance brings me so much pride for my neighborhood and my city. It's amazing to stroll the Scioto and encounter so many diverse people enjoying the riverfront, especially when I consider how gross and abandoned it was 10 years ago.

PrEP - the pill to prevent HIV

Yep, you read that right. We now have a once-daily pill that's 99% effective at preventing HIV. As a gay man, HIV has been an ever-present menace, claiming friends and chosen family all my adult life. We are still in the midst of an epidemic; 1 out of 6 men who have sex with men are expected to contract HIV if current trends persist (1 out of 2 for black men!). But we have a new, exciting tool that could end HIV as we know it. We need to talk about sex and the ways we can enjoy it safely.

Yes We Can Columbus

This small but mighty coalition of community activists, social workers and teachers is changing the entrenched party politics of our city. By running competitive lefty candidates for the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee, the group aims to wrestle some power away from the current Democratic Party elites. Columbus is an emerging city - it's great to have fresh faces, new ideas and lots of dialogue about what that means, and who it should benefit.

The Jon Stewart diaspora

During this long, painful presidential campaign, I am so thankful to have full, cathartic, episodes of shows hosted by Larry Wilmore, Samantha Bee, John Oliver and Trevor Noah. If one of them isn't enough, I can always watch another. Their presence reminds me that sanity, wit, reason, and humor are still alive in our country, despite the racist, xenophobic rhetoric we hear from those seeking power.

DIY Events

There used to be a saying that "Columbus sucks because you suck." I'm not sure we need it anymore, thanks in large part to so many people making great things happen. Through Queer Behavior I host my fair share of DIY events, like Tea Time, our queer storytelling event. But Columbus has such a thriving DIY culture, like comedy shows (I'm hosting MNL in March!), live music houses, pop-up art galleries, courageous conversations and racial justice meet-ups. Every time I go to a rad DIY event I see people building community and empowering others to do the same, bringing our city one step forward.