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City Council Joins Stonewall Columbus To Celebrate Pride Festival

The Columbus City Council is joining Stonewall Columbus to celebrate Pride Festival 2015 the week of June 15-21.   The annual event, now in its 34th year, is one of the premier gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and allied (GLBTQA) events in the nation and showcases Columbus’ open, smart, and diverse community.  The theme for 2015 is Pride:  Be the Change and features parade grand marshal Jim Obergefell, an Ohioan who is among those leading the fight for marriage equality in America.

“The City of Columbus has a strong record of inclusion and protecting the rights of all of our citizens,” said Council President Andrew J. Ginther.   “While other communities and states are turning back the clock on equality, we are promoting inclusion.  We have created a domestic partnership registry and offer domestic partner benefits to city employees.  And our voters overwhelming approved a change in our charter, Columbus’ constitution, to protect residents from discrimination.”

At Monday night’s City Council meeting, Council President Ginther is sponsoring a resolution to recognize Stonewall’s decades of advocacy on behalf of the GLBTQA community.   Council will also consider legislation to help Stonewall leverage private contributions so the group can reach their goal of installing 150 banners promoting the Pride Festival that will be displayed around the downtown and Short North.   Then at dusk, Councilmember Shannon G. Hardin will host a ceremony that will transform City Hall lights into the various colors of the rainbow.  That ceremony includes the unveiling of a street sign at the corner of Front and Broad Streets to celebrate Pride Week.

“One of the reasons why Columbus is such a special place is our ability to make people of all ages, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, feel welcome and engaged in making our neighborhoods better places for all of us to live and work,” said Councilmember Hardin.  “Columbus is a city where everyone has a voice.   Everyone’s life is valued and our differences make us stronger.”

Stonewall Columbus, the organizers of the Pride Festival, have a long list of events during Pride Week, with the centerpiece being the annual Pride Parade, held June 20 beginning at 11 a.m. in downtown Columbus.

“The City of Columbus has always provided tremendous support to the GLBTQA community,” said Karla Rothan, Executive Director of Stonewall Columbus.  “Pride Week has become one of the most important weekends of the year in Columbus because it unites our city as one loving, caring, and most important, inclusive community.”

Click here for more information on Pride Week festivities.