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With the country on course to expand the rights of transgender Americans, college student Wren Vetens introduced herself as a woman for the first time in January 2016, at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society. After being raised as a boy and grappling with her gender identity for years, she says it felt liberating to be referred to as "she."

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The House passed the hotly debated “Pastor Protection” Act today. Democratic lawmakers argued that the bill would create a way for businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people. The bill now goes on to the Senate.

Over 110,000 people are expected to attend Cincinnati's 45th annual Pride Parade and festival this Saturday, June 23. The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. followed by a festival at Sawyer Point at noon. 

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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
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.

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.

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