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.”

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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.

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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Columbus’ 35th Pride Festival and Parade kicks off this evening, and participants are excited to celebrate the LGBT community. This year, though, the festival will be tinted by the impact of Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando.

 

Some Pride participants hope this weekend will be an opportunity for LGBT people to support each other after the shooting and remember the challenges that have faced the community.

 

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The Columbus police chief says security will be beefed up for this weekend's Pride Festival, which is one of the largest in the Midwest.