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Stonewall Releases Video Calling for Unity in LGBTQ Community

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Stonewall Releases Video Calling for Unity in LGBTQ Community

Stonewall Columbus (SWC) is “on a path forward,” says Executive Director AJ Casey in a video released by the organization on Monday, Feb. 4.  The four minute video, posted on SWC’s Facebook page, seemed aimed at addressing the arrests of four black queer and trans individuals — the BlackPride4 — during Stonewall’s pride parade 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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Pride Aerial and Pole Show

  Pride Aerial and Pole Show

Join us for a weekend celebration of pride! Every year we attend and perform in Columbus Pride Parade but this we’ve decided to take our support in our LGBTQ community to the next level and make a weekend celebration. Saturday the 16th we’ll have a showcase to celebrate our diversity and 2 incredible headliners, Brandon […]

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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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Stonewall Columbus Director Announces Retirement

Walker Evans Walker Evans Stonewall Columbus Director Announces Retirement

After 11 years in the position, Karla Rothan announced yesterday afternoon that she would be retiring from service as the Executive Director of Stonewall Columbus. The announcement comes on the heels of the February 12 guilty sentencing of members of the Black Pride 4 — Wriply Bennet, Kendall Denton, Ashley Braxton and Deandre Miles — […]

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