Columbus Community Pride 2019: Decades of Resistance
Community Pride focuses on three main issues that informs 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; we will instead have a community safety team (trained in first-aid, self-defense, de-escalation, etc.) to keep attendees 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 HERE!
Emergency housing for LGBTQ+ youth in Central Ohio
LGBTQ+ youth are faced with homelessness at alarming rates. We recognize that the landscape of housing for LGBTQ+ youth in Central Ohio is not where it needs to be, so we are seeking to build a program where LGBTQ+ youth who need emergency shelter can be quickly connected with trusted places to stay. This program is in its very early stages, and we are looking to the gather information needed to begin this initiative.