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. 

Hundreds gathered on Friday for a celebration that has been decades in the making. As community leaders cut the rainbow ribbon at 6605 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland’s Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland officially moved out of its former basement home and welcomed the community into a stunning space where all welcome, supported, and celebrated.

With a special nod to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, The Advocate has released their annual list of the 104 Champions of Pride.  As the editors of the nation’s largest LGBTQ magazine scoured the United States for activists, politicians, influencers, and everyday people, the resulting compendium of heroes features two proud Ohioans: Luster Singleton and AJ Casey. 

With the start of June, Pride is most certainly in the air, and the city of Columbus kicked off the festivities in grand fashion on Monday night as Mayor Andrew Ginther and City Council President Shannon Harden awarded 2019’s Steve Shellabarger Illuminator Award to Andrew Levitt, also known as Nina West.