All things being normal, Columbus' LGBTQ community would be gearing up right now for a 700,000-person celebration of Pride in the city. However, while this year's Pride parade is postponed until October 3, there are still celebrations and events happening in June. Here's a rundown:
City Hall Virtual Illumination
Monday, June 15: Start the week at 8:30 p.m. with a virtual illumination of City Hall in honor of Pride week.
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Tuesday, June 16: Celebrate Pride with Experience Columbus for our Trivia Tuesday, hosted by Columbus' own drag superstar Virginia West.
Pride March to Commemorate Juneteenth
Friday, June 19: Join Black, Out & Proud on Juneteenth at 6 p.m. for a march to honor the African American community's fight for freedom and help lift up Black voices calling for justice, equality, equity and liberation for all Black people. The march will start at CPD headquarters and end at MPACC.
Saturday, June 20: Stonewall Columbus will host a pop-up market for black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs in Columbus. They will also be holding space for community organizations to share resources along with space for #BlackVoices programming to include discussions led by our black LGBTQ+ community.
Pride at 400 Square
Saturday, June 20: The area around 400 West Rich will feature a mini socially distanced Pride festival with a live DJ, entertainers and outdoor movie. Reservations are required and a portion of the proceeds for the evening will be donated to Mozaic and Family Pride Network of Central Ohio. Get all the details on what to expect here.
LGBTQ+ Unity March
Sunday, June 21: Stonewall Columbus and Kingfinity are hosting the LGBTQ+ Unity March on Columbus For Black Lives, starting at the Ohio Statehouse at 12 p.m. and proceeding north along High Street to Stonewall Columbus, where there will be resources about various community organizations along with free mental health and stress reduction services on-site.
Other ways to show Pride
Stonewall Columbus is selling "Heart of Pride" magnets and window clings, with proceeds benefiting Black Out & Proud.
The Candle Lab (locations in the Short North, Grandview and Worthington) created a series of Pride candles. 100% of the proceeds from the Nina West Collaborative candles and $4 from every Rainbow candle are donated to The Nina West Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax deductible organization based out of the The Columbus Foundation and serving LGBTQIA people and their allies.
Homage has created a t-shirt, Heart of Pride, and net proceeds from sales benefit Stonewall Columbus.
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Show us how you're celebrating on social media using #outincbus and find out out how you can safely celebrate Columbus' other great annual festivals and events here.