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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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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

Jun 14, 2018
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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.

New Study Highlights Issues Facing LGBTQ Youth

Jun 7, 2018

As LGBTQ awareness month gets under way this June, advocates are working to bring light to issues affecting LGBTQ youth. The Human Rights Campaign today released a study in conjunction with the University of Connecticut showing that over 12,000 LGBTQ youth participants -- more than 600 of them from Ohio -- face high levels of stress, bullying, exclusion, sexual harassment and assault. 

A charter school focused on LGBTQ students will be opening in Lakewood this fall.

Officials at Albert Einstein Academies of Ohio say they design their schools around the needs of the students who enroll. Recently, they’ve noticed an increase in the need for resources among LGBTQ students at their existing campuses in Westlake and Strongsville. Superintendent Bruce Thomas says the new high school will offer wrap-around services for students in Lakewood.

Coming Out Later in Life

Sep 22, 2017
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Coming out is a difficult experience for anyone who has to do it, but it can be especially challenging for those who have been in the closet for decades. Many LGBTQ individuals feel pressure to adhere to established gender roles and experience difficulty letting go of a familiar lifestyle, especially when they've kept their sexual identity secret for so long.

This hour we talk with two authors who have written about living in the closet and coming out later in life.


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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.

Gay Men's Choruses and LGBTQ Pride

Jun 15, 2017
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The world's first openly gay men's chorus performed for the first time in 1978 at an impromptu candlelight vigil to honor Harvey Milk, the gay San Francisco councilmember who had been assassinated. Since then, gay and lesbian choruses spread throughout America as the LGBTQ community faced oppression, discrimination and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Coming up, the history of the gay men’s chorus and its relationship with LGBTQ Pride.

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