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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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National Prison Strike Calls for End to “Modern-Day Slavery”

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega National Prison Strike Calls for End to “Modern-Day Slavery”

The debate around criminal justice reform has long been limited to the manner by which potential suspects are arrested, charged, convicted and sentenced for their crimes. In mainstream conversations, not much has been said about the treatment of those who are already incarcerated, what kind of wages they earn for the labor they do, what […]

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Community Pride Changes Security Plan for Saturday’s Festival

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Community Pride Changes Security Plan for Saturday’s Festival

The Columbus Community Pride, initially launched to offer an LGBTQ celebration without a police presence, has hit some snags in the search for event security. After originally contracting with black trans-owned Highland Security & Investigations (HSI), Community Pride hosts Black, Queer & Intersectional Columbus (BQIC) discovered that the company has collaborated with ICE and employs […]

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No Police Invited: Community Pride Promises Safe Space for Queer & Trans People of Color

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega No Police Invited: Community Pride Promises Safe Space for Queer & Trans People of Color

Pride 2018 is officially here, and for many (roughly 500,000 people according to last year’s numbers), the usual parade and festival at Bicentennial Park, hosted by Stonewall Columbus, will be the main event. For an estimated 500 others, the Community Pride: Back to Our Roots Festival, run by Black, Queer & Intersectional Columbus (BQIC), will […]

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Black Pride 4 Members Sentenced with Community Service, Probation

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Black Pride 4 Members Sentenced with Community Service, Probation

Members of the Black Pride 4 (BP4), the group of black trans individuals who were arrested after protesting last year’s Pride Parade, were handed their sentences on Monday, March 13. Wriply Bennet, Ashley Braxton, and Kendall Denton were sentenced with fines, community service and probationary periods but received no jail time. Deandre Miles, who has […]

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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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