If you think Sandusky is all rollercoasters and ferries, you are missing out on one of the biggest features of this 25,000 person city: Pride! On Saturday, June 22, well over a thousand people gathered for the Sandusky Pride Festival.

Inclusivity, safety, and empowerment stood at the heart of the 2nd Annual Columbus Community Pride, which has hosted myriad events over the past few weeks. The celebration was created in 2018 to center queer and trans people of color in the Pride narrative. 

“Pride has not always been the most welcoming and inclusive towards the trans and non-binary community, especially for [people of color],” says Briden Cole Schueren, one of the organizers of the event. “With creating a grassroots feeling march, it brings back what Pride is all about: the inclusion of ALL the LGBTQIA letters.”

Inspired to come out of the closet following the 1978 assassination of his idol, Supervisor Harvey Milk, Jerry Mallicoat has been fighting for full LGBTQ+ rights in Ohio for decades.

Last weekend, over 50 Dayton volunteers and Equitas Health staff whipped out their fans, packed on the glitter, and celebrated PRIDE with a flourish! Their #HealthWorthy themed float created a fabulous scene, throwing out hundreds of rainbow beach balls and backpacks to 5000+ Dayton spectators.