It is with great excitement that I write to you about a subject that is very dear to me, Stonewall Columbus Pride. I began volunteering for Stonewall Columbus when I moved to this city in 1994. In 1998 my life partner, Linda Schuler, and I were asked to join the Pride Committee as the chairs of the parade. That year, the march and festival combined had approximately 15,000 people in attendance. It is hard to believe that it was 16 years ago that we began working on the team that produces this amazing event. Now in 2014, Stonewall will most likely host 300,000 people and touch the lives of countless others who believe in and hope for fairness and equality for all.
This year’s Pride theme is “Created Equal.” The logo is the rainbow flag torn apart in the outline of our state symbolizing that we are far from treated equally in Ohio, and it is time for change. We will honor actor and social justice activist, George Takei as our Grand Marshal. He will participate in the parade, address the crowd from the stage at the festival and receive his award at the Pride Brunch on Sunday, June 22 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Columbus Athenaeum.
I want to encourage all of you to come out, bring your families, volunteer, have fun and raise money for a good cause. Stonewall Columbus serves the Central Ohio LGBT community by providing a community center and offering programming and services that enhance the well-being and visibility of our diverse community through discovery, affirmation and celebration. Dollars raised at the annual Pride Celebration go right back in to the community center to support individuals and families all year long.
Happy Pride, Columbus!