Pride is celebrated annually in June as a tribute to those involved in the Stonewall Riots. This year marks 40 years of Pride celebrations in Columbus. In 1981, the first Columbus Pride march had just around 200 people, and now the celebration welcomes around 800,000 revelers annually.
Unfortunately, such a large gathering can't take place in person this year, though there will still be an incredible virtual livestream celebration on June 19, so be sure to tune in! Throughout the rest of the month, join Stonewall Columbus in taking Pride from a Moment to a Movement with one of the below events and fundraising opportunities.
Don't forget to show us how you're celebrating on social media using #OutinCbus an #StonewallPRIDE365.
2021 Community Pride Events
The Community Meal is a challenge to raise funds to support the distribution of hot meal vouchers to LGBTQIA+ community members experiencing food insecurities. Buy one hot meal for a community member and your $15 donation will equal one hot meal voucher for a local Columbus eatery. Order here.
Pub Crawl for Pride
Take a picture next to a Stonewall Pride Bud Light beer special sign at select locations around town, then upload your image to social media, tagging the location and using the hashtags #StonewallPride and #StonewallPride365. Each post counts as an entry to win special Bud Light prizes. Find participating locations here.
District West Pride Fest
June 12 | 5 p.m.
Join Virginia West as she hosts this year's largest outdoor Pride celebration along with Krystal Something Something with the District West Showcast, as well as special guests form RuPaul's Drag Race - Penny Tration, Delta Work, India Ferrah, Mayhem Miller, Morgan McMichaels and Columbus' own Nina West! Get tickets here.
The event will then be followed by a PRIDE throwback dance party. Details here.
Rainbow Love Sip-N-Stroll Worthington
June 13 | 12-6 p.m.
This Sunday Funday event is a kid-friendly pride celebration taking place in Old Worthington. In addition to live music and family-friendly activities, Soy Queen will be on site for story time along with representatives from GLSEN, Kaleidoscope, and Equitas. Check out the full schedule of activities here.
Upper Arlington LGBTQ Pride
June 13 | 1-6 p.m.
Join Rainbow UA at Northwest Park to celebrate the city's first ever LGBTQ Pride event! RSVP here.
Tea Dance [Around Town]
June 13 | 4-7 p.m.
Tea dances gained popularity in the 1950s and 60s as places to be out and proud when the LGBTQ+ community was still living largely in secret. Though living in secrecy is no longer necessary, tea dances remain popular in gay spaces across the country. This year, a number of establishments around Columbus, including BrewDog, District West, Slammers, Seventh Son, Union/Axis and TownHall, among others, will host tea dances to honor decades of Pride. Learn more and get the full list of locations here.
Pour with Pride
June 14 | 4:30-11 p.m.
Join your favorite local bartenders at Buckeye Bourbon House for a pop-up event to promote LGBTQ+ inclusivity in the food and beverage industry. All even proceeds will be donated to Mozaic, a wellness program and community space for transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary people. Educational resources will also be available for industry professionals. Get your tickets here!
Gahanna Pride March
June 24 | 7 p.m.
Meet at Friendship Park for a community march through the streets of Gahanna to show your Pride! RSVP here.
PRIDE Go The Social Distance Virtual 5K and 25-mile Bike Ride
Commit to a virtual 5k run/walk for 25-mile bike ride anytime the last week of June and your entire $35 registration fee supports the Diversity Chamber of Central Ohio. Learn more here.
The Franklinton Arts District is hosting a local community Pride celebration centered on the arts and local businesses while raising funds for Central Ohio LGBTQIA+ organizations. From COSI to Land-Grant to The Vanderelli Room, businesses across the district will be hosting events for the whole family throughout the day. Check out the full schedule here.
Show Your Pride!
Get ready for this year's celebrations by purchasing a Pride shirt from a local Columbus vendor. Proceeds from each of these shirts helps support a local LGBTQIA organization.
Land-Grant Brewing ($30)
Proceeds benefit Kaleidoscope Youth Center, a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ youth, and the Family Pride Network, which works to connect and support children, families and prospective parents in the LGBTQIA+ community.
Only in Cbus ($28)
Proceeds benefit Stonewall Columbus, which aims to increase visibility, inclusion and connection for the LGBTQ+ community so we see a community where all of us thrive.
Threes Above High ($20)
All proceeds donated to Harper's Corner, which builds awareness of equity and inclusion through age-appropriate books, and Kaleidoscope Youth Center.
Proceeds benefit Stonewall Columbus, which works to uplift the LGBTQ+ community in Ohio's capital, and Black, Out & Proud, whose purpose is to provide a space for and by Black LGBTQ+ individuals that advocates, educates and inspires.