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Video: Pride, Criminal Justice, and How they Connect

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Video: Pride, Criminal Justice, and How they Connect

Though the festivities have come to an end, Pride month is still in full swing. To commemorate, CU invited Black Queer and Intersectional Collective (BQIC) co-founder Dkèama Alexis to discuss issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ community, black communities and communities at the intersection. Learn the story of CeCe McDonald, the violence that queer and trans women […]

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Photos: Snapshots of Community Pride in Its Second Year

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Photos: Snapshots of Community Pride in Its Second Year

Grassroots LGBTQ pride festival Columbus Community Pride celebrated its second year on June 15 at Mayme Moore Park in King-Lincoln Bronzeville, as an alternative to the pride festival Downtown put on by Stonewall Columbus. The theme of the festival, “Decades of Resilience” was apparent throughout, as well as the main purpose for the festival — […]

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Decades of Resistance: Community Pride Ditches Police, Rainbow Capitalism

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Decades of Resistance: Community Pride Ditches Police, Rainbow Capitalism

Columbus Community Pride, a grassroots pride festival, is back for its second year, themed “Decades of Resistance.” Fifty years since the Stonewall riots, this year intends to serve as a reminder of the injustices, struggles, wins and losses that have formed the movement for LGBTQ rights today. “I think that that point in time in […]

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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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