There’s a lot of opportunities out there to volunteer, to protest, to advocate, and raise hell for reproductive justice, especially here in Ohio, but it can be tiring, if not straight overwhelming.
What if you just want to hang out with some like-minded pro-choice people and have a good time? Well, have you heard about Reproductive Health Happy Hours?
Repro Health Happy Hour is a monthly networking event for people working on sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice, and issues of gender and sexuality, and all pro-choice individuals looking for fun and progressive drinking buddies.
The event was founded in New York City in 2004 and has now spread to more than 32 cities worldwide. Ohio has two Repro Health Happy Hours, one in Columbus and Cleveland.
Each month, organizers pick a local pro-choice friendly bar and take donations at the door. The proceeds from the door go to a pro-choice cause, including NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, Planned Parenthood, Women Have Options / Ohio, Founder’s Women’s Health Center, CHOICES, and others.
When I first moved to Ohio, I was somewhat at a loss of how to meet friends “as an adult.” It’s much harder to meet people when you’re not on campus, constantly shoved into spaces with strangers. After attending the FOCO Pro-Choice Advocacy Day in 2015, I was introduced to an organizer of the Repro Health Happy Hours in Columbus and was absolutely thrilled.
Here was a way for me to meet people in a new city who shared my values. I got to learn new places, drink, and support those values to boot! It’s amazing how many people in my life who mean the absolute world to me I originally met at Repro Health Happy Hours.
While RHHH are a great place to meet people, they’re also a great place to see people and sustain friendships. Sometimes life gets busy and it’s nice to have a monthly self-care event where you can just hang out with the people in the trenches with you week-to-week. It’s also a fantastic event to find out about volunteer events when you’re ready to return to the real world! 😉
We’d love to see you there!
Interested in starting a Repro Health Happy Hour in your city? We’d love to help! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.