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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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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.

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The group that protested a Stonewall Columbus community meeting last week is hosting its own response meeting Monday night.

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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.

Protest at The Columbus Pride Festival

Jun 27, 2017
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A black LGBT organization held a protest at this year’s Columbus Pride Festival leading to the arrest of four protesters. The protesters were raising awareness for the violence that black and brown queer and trans people suffer.

 

Coming up, we are discussing the protest at the Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival and diversity in the LGBT community. 

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Columbus hosts one of the largest Gay Pride Parades in the country, with nearly a half million people attending every year. But starting this June, parade planners say participants will have to prove their commitment to protecting LGBTQ rights before they're allowed to march.

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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.

 

Custody battles between same-sex partners raise important and complex questions about existing laws, parental rights and what courts have jurisdiction in deciding these cases, with attorney David Langdon (representing a biological mother who is challenging the parental rights of her ex-partner), Lamba Legal senior staff attorney Christopher Clark and Stonewall Columbus executive director Karla Rothan.