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.

Luster is a trailblazer and leader who accepts she, him, and they/their/them pronouns. More specifically, Luster is a trans-masculine activist destined to give us new insight and awareness into why “Trans Lives Matter.”

Nina West didn’t win either of the challenges on Thursday night’s episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” but she certainly won a lot of hearts. 

Andrew Levitt, the 39-year-old Columbus resident who’s competing on Season 11 of the VH1 reality show, told a traumatic story about an incident during his college days at Denison University that he said informs his activism to this day.