Cleveland: Visitors Bureau Hopes to Attract Gay Tourists

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland tourism officials hope to bring gay visitors to the city by designing a travel guide that features gay-owned businesses, along with art, cultural and shopping attractions.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland has asked the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland for help with content, design and distribution.

The guide should be finished this year.

It already has one opponent. Chris Long, president of Ohio's Christian Alliance, says Cleveland's visitors bureau should concentrate more on attracting families.

But bureau spokeswoman Samantha Fryberger says she believes the city should quote -- "welcome everyone with open arms."