AS I HAVE WRITTEN BEFORE, every now and then I like to use this platform to highlight various people and organizations and this month I will highlight Columbus Urban Pride.
Columbus Urban Pride was founded in 2012 by a small group of local community leaders. These leaders came together in an effort to organize culturally competent social and educational events for LGBTQ people of color during Columbus Pride in June.
Unlike other cities, such as Atlanta, Chicago and Washington D.C., Columbus did not have a Pride specific to LGBTQ people of color until the creation of Columbus Urban Pride. Before that there wasn’t anything that celebrated the LGBTQ community of color nor were there any LGBTQ community of color specific educational and informative events. This group of leaders saw that as a problem and decided to change it.
People may question why there needs to be separate pride. For me it’s simple: LGBTQ people of color face challenges that are unique to them. Not only are we dealing with homophobia, but we are also dealing with race issues and discrimination due to race. We are disproportionately affected when it comes HIV, poverty, education and more. It’s imperative that there are events that speak to the LGBTQ community of color.
Another goal of C.U.P. is to become a 501(c)(3) in an effort to stick with the new mission statement, which is to provide
a safe space for the celebration of racial diversity while empowering, building community and providing resources within the LGBTQ communities in Greater Columbus. In an effort to reach this goal C.U.P. will be hosting our first fundraiser event. The Columbus Urban Pride Variety Benefit Show will feature drag queens, drag kings, dancers, spoken word artists and more. The fundraiser will be held at Axis Night Club on April 10th from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets can be purchased by going to ColumbusUrbanPride.org/events.
For more information about Columbus Urban Pride and how to become involved email ColumbusUrbanPride@gmail.com or visit the website ColumbusUrbanPride.org.