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Two African American state representatives recently raised concerns they have been stopped unnecessarily by security at Columbus' Capitol Square. Rep. Emilia Sykes, one of the elected officials, said that she observed her White counterparts being allowed to pass, while she was not. 

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With Columbus Pride weekend in full swing, a "big LGBTQ dance party" might seem like an ordinary sight. But the party that took over Gay Street on Friday had one specific guest in mind: Vice President Mike Pence.

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Organizers expect up to 500,000 people to come to Columbus this weekend for the 37th annual Columbus Pride Festival and Parade, one of the largest such events in the Midwest.

The festival portion of Pride starts Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. at Bicentennial and Genoa Parks in downtown Columbus. It resumes Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Vice President Mike Pence is set to visit Columbus on Friday, June 15, to tout the new federal tax reform plan. He’ll be met outside the Columbus Renaissance hotel with what protesters are calling the “Big LGBTQ Dance Party.”

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Stonewall Columbus is hosting its 37th year of the Columbus Pride Pride Festival and Parade in celebration of the LGBTQ community. Ahead of the festival's kick-off on Friday, Columbus Police are ramping up security measures.

Pride 2018: Minorities Within the LGBTQ Community

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Columbus will have two Pride celebrations this weekend. This comes a year after a group of activists staged a protest at Stonewall's Pride Parade. They formed a human chain across the parade route to bring awareness to violence and the lack of inclusion of LGBTQ communities of color.

Four activists were arrested, and three were charged with misdemeanors. In the fallout, Stonewall's program coordinator resigned in protest and the executive director retired. 

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

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About 200 protesters stormed into a Stonewall Columbus community meeting on Monday night, taking the microphone and holding court for more than an hour. They were protesting what they call Stonewall’s lack of response to concerns about violence against LGBT people of color.

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The ACLU of Ohio is standing up for a Columbus City School employee who posted hateful comments against LGBTQ people and the city’s Pride Festival.

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Nearly 100 protestors gathered on Monday morning outside on the Franklin County Court, demanding that charges be dropped against four protestors from Saturday's parade.

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Police are investigating a Facebook message supporting violence against gays and expressing hope that an LGBTQ festival in Ohio's capital "turns out like the Boston Marathon" that was bombed several years ago.