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Back to Our Roots: Building a Community Pride

November 12, 2017 2:00 pm @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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On Sunday, November 12th, Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus (BQIC) will hold a townhall to discuss a community pride to take place in June 2018.

Corporate pride parades and festivals as they stand are unable to represent the most marginalized people in the LGBTQIA+ community. In response to the arrests of four Black queer and trans people at Stonewall Columbus’ 2017 Pride parade, we invite the community of Columbus and Greater Ohio to join us in putting together a true community pride that explicitly focuses on the needs and wishes of LGBTQIA+ people of color and condemns police brutality on our communities.

On June 17, 2017, a small group of Black LGBTQIA+ individuals and their allies interrupted the Stonewall Columbus Pride parade; these individuals intended to silently occupy the street for seven minutes to draw attention to police brutality (local and national) in addition to the injustices faced by LGBTQIA+ people of color. Within two minutes, Columbus Police Department officers kicked and pushed protesters, shoved them with their bikes, pepper sprayed them, and more. Amid this police violence, four people–now known as the #BlackPride4–were arrested and charged with offenses ranging from misdemeanor resisting arrest to felony aggravated robbery.

Since the Pride arrests, BQIC has been fighting to get the #BlackPride4’s charges dropped and building with others for a movement against police brutality; this intersectional movement is ultimately working towards the liberation of all Black queer and trans people, which will in turn mean the liberation of all people and all communities, in Columbus and beyond.

Now more than ever, Columbus is in need of a Pride that truly represents the community and centers those who have been left behind by the corporatization of pride: queer and trans people of color. We seek to return Pride to its roots and honor it with its original revolutionary spirit.

**We call on Black and brown, trans and gender non-conforming, poor, disabled, immigrant and refugee folks, and those of any marginalized identities to build this community pride with us. We also call on grassroots organizations that stand in solidarity with Black queer and trans liberation and against police brutality to help us build this.** We have laid the groundwork, but a community pride needs everyone’s voices to truly be a community pride. Any and everyone from the Columbus and Greater Ohio areas are welcome to join with us. Given that police brutality affects all marginalized communities, we must build together to fight against it.

This is a chance for Columbus and Greater Ohio to stand up and say our voices will no longer be silenced. Please come with ideas, thoughts, questions, friends, and/or organization partners.

Additionally, fill out this survey to tell us what you want out of Pride and/or how your organization can help: https://goo.gl/forms/dDZPgl7h4LOAZ8Nr2


What: Townhall to organize a grassroots community pride
Who: Everyone!

Date: Sunday, November 12
Time: 2-4:30pm
Location: Broad Street United Methodist Church, 501 E Broad St


Contact us via email at [email protected]om with any accommodations, questions, or concerns.


November 12, 2017 2:00 pm
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Broad Street United Methodist Church
501 E Broad St
Columbus,43215United States
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