Columbus Community Pride Festival

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Megan Bursey noticed something different about Columbus when she visited her girlfriend last December.

“There were just pride flags everywhere and 'Make America Gay Again’ flags," Bursey says. "I was looking for a bicycle and all the bike stores had flags everywhere and it was really nice to see that. People were very openly gay, which was very comforting, too.”

Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus will be holding an alternative Columbus Community Pride Festival
Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus

Sitting at a crowded dining room table inside a South Side duplex, Ariana Steele sounds focused but tired.

With just a few days to go until the first Columbus Community Pride Festival, it’s understandable why.