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Opinion: Stonewall’s “100 Days of Listening” is an Empty Gesture

BQIC BQIC Opinion: Stonewall’s “100 Days of Listening” is an Empty Gesture

It has almost been two years of negligent behavior and relative silence from Stonewall Columbus (SWC) since Columbus police officers used excessive force against queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) at the 2017 Stonewall Pride Parade. Stonewall’s silence is in response to QTPOC asking, since the incident, to ensure that we would not endure […]

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New Stonewall Executive Director AJ Casey Hopes to Mend a Broken Community

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega New Stonewall Executive Director AJ Casey Hopes to Mend a Broken Community

AJ Casey is inheriting a bit of a mess. Come January, she’ll take over Stonewall Columbus as the organization’s newest executive director, succeeding Karla Rothan. Rothan was the Person In Charge for Pride 2017, during which four black trans individuals were arrested after a peaceful protest, and after which the local LGBTQ+ community was left […]

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Activists Show Up for Court in Solidarity with the BlackPride4

Katherine Forbes Katherine Forbes Activists Show Up for Court in Solidarity with the BlackPride4

Members of the activist community joined together in front of the Franklin County Municipal Courthouse in support of the BlackPride4. This demonstration was organized by Black, Queer, and Intersectional Columbus (BQIC), and led by founding members, Dkeama Alexis and Ariana Steele. The arrests of the Black Pride 4 — Wriply Bennet, Kendall Denton, Ashley Braxton […]

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BlackPride4 Moves Forward after Community Dialogue: “We Must Disrupt”

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega BlackPride4 Moves Forward after Community Dialogue: “We Must Disrupt”

The conversation isn’t about Stonewall Columbus (SWC) anymore. The BlackPride4 (BP4) and their supporters made that clear at their community dialogue on Monday night. It came a week after SWC attempted a discussion of their own, meant to address racism and transphobia in the LGBTQ+ community as well as their delayed response to the arrests […]

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BlackPride4 Take Over Stonewall Community Conversation, Reject Organization Leadership

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega BlackPride4 Take Over Stonewall Community Conversation, Reject Organization Leadership

Editor’s note: This article was updated to include a more accurate estimate of the number of protesters present, as well as additional input from Stonewall Board Member Joshua Snyder-Hill. When Stonewall Columbus planned their community dialogue, it didn’t include a BlackPride4 hijack. They didn’t expect 100 protesters to filter in and disrupt it. And they […]

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Protest, Arrests at Pride Parade Highlight Racism, Transphobia in LGBTQ Community

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Protest, Arrests at Pride Parade Highlight Racism, Transphobia in LGBTQ Community

As the LGBTQ liberation movement continues to celebrate progress, black and brown members within the community are left behind. Trans women of color are assaulted and murdered at more than four times the rate of cis women in this country. There have been 14 murders this year to date. Simultaneously, stories and updates on police […]

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Four Arrested During Protest at PRIDE Parade

Walker Evans Walker Evans Four Arrested During Protest at PRIDE Parade

Protestors at the annual PRIDE Parade and Festival are not an uncommon sight, and are typically present to showcase anti-LGBTQ sentiment. But one group today took to the street to protest for different reasons, and the event resulted in police intervention and the arrest of four protestors. According to a post published on the International […]

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