For local salon owner Jim Brofft
, compassion and open lines of communication are key when it comes to addressing differences. That’s why he’s made an offer to Rowan County (Ky.) Clerk Kim Davis, who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses and is now serving time in jail
for contempt of court.
Brofft, who owns Salon Central in Over-the-Rhine, wants to meet Davis to cut, color and style her hair free of charge.
"Maybe after a hour with me in her jail cell, she will see that homosexuals are just like everyone else," Brofft says.
It’s an approach that Brofft says is non-confrontational and fosters shared experiences and openness toward those who are different.
Brofft, an openly gay Cincinnati native, has successfully owned and operated his salon since 2009 and has trained at seminars across the world — Vienna, Prague, London, Montreal, Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago. He is experienced when it comes to hair, but he’s also experienced when it comes to providing clients with a relaxing experience that leaves them feeling refreshed and confident with a look that suits their features and lifestyle, he says.
"I believe in the transformative power of great style," Brofft says. "Kim will look in the mirror after a hair makeover and see not only a more beautiful woman but perhaps one who can open her heart and accept that gay people deserve to love and marry.”
• Visit the Gay & Lesbian Community Care Center
to learn about and access local resources.
• Support the GLBTQ Center by purchasing your ticket to Pride Night 2015
Sept. 11 at Kings Island.
• Make an effort to talk to someone unlike yourself.