Columbus Community Pride 2018: Back to Our Roots
Established in 2018, Columbus Community Pride was a series of five educational and social events, all culminating in a day-long festival. We created Columbus Community Pride in direct response to the police violence that occurred at the mainstream Stonewall Columbus Pride in June 2017. Community Pride focused on three main issues that informed all aspects of the events.
1. We center queer, trans, and intersex people of color (QTIPOC) and other marginalized communities.
By focusing on intersectionality by default, we bring to the forefront those who are often forgotten by one-dimensional movements. Community Pride puts the needs and wants of QTIPOC at the forefront in order to celebrate the lives of and provide services for QTIPOC in Central Ohio.
2. We condemn all aspects of state-sanctioned violence, including but not limited to police brutality, the prison industrial complex, job insecurity, food insecurity, unfair working conditions, and sexual assault.
Institutional forces such as those mentioned above have wreaked havoc on our communities both locally and nationally. We will not stand idly by while our siblings are harmed by the state. We will not collaborate with the Columbus Division of Police for Community Pride, and we will hire Black-owned private security to keep our community safe from institutional forces.
3. We support grassroots social justice work and community advocacy over money-hungry corporations.
We have found time and time again that if we want change, it must come from the community, not organizations with corporate money and power. We will not take any corporate sponsorship for Community Pride; we solely take donations.
Find out more about Community Pride on the website!