I WAS FORTUNATE to be front and center at the Pink Party. The incomparable Nina West was our hostess and one of the lead organizers of the event held on June 14 at Axis Nightclub. Special guest star Latrice Royale from RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 4) dropped everything and flew in from Hollywood, FL to donate her time for the cause. Sharing that she considers Columbus a second home, Latrice stated, “I had to be here!”
Axis was packed to the brim and performers from all over the city joined forces to put on an amazing and inspirational show. The event united the LGBTQ community and clearly demonstrated that something good can come from something so bad. Christopher Kratavil, one of the men attacked, bravely gave an uplifting speech at the end of the show stating, “I am very blessed to have a lot of wonderful friends!”
Of course, pink was the signature color for the event. And just as Shelby knew that “blush” and “bashful” were two very distinct shades of pink, I saw dozens of hues from the pink spectrum worn that night. And the crowd was just as diverse as their respective shirt colors. It was inspiring to see our entire LGBTQA community come together to create such a special event for such a good cause.