June is Pride month. We celebrate in honor of a brave group of people who, in June of 1969, decided they were tired of the police harassment and persecution of LGBTQ+ Americans. These brave people stood up to police brutality, indifference, and widespread hate in what is now famously known as the Stonewall uprising. It served as the tipping point for the LGBTG+ communities’ fight against discrimination. Pride Month is not about parades and festivals, it is about acknowledging that every individual has the right to be embraced and accepted. The LGBTQ+ community and their allies continue to fight against discrimination, injustice, and hate. We stand in solidarity with all members of our community as they embrace who they are and celebrate that fact.
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”—Audre Lorde
The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is uncompromising in our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We invite our OSU CVM community to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments that members of the LGBTQ+ community have achieved and their impact in the world.
Pride events during the month of June:
Stonewall Columbus PRIDE 2021 (Columbus)
Where: Virtual / Varies
Info: Stonewall Columbus PRIDE will include a combination of in-person and virtual events throughout the month of June, with the intention of “decreasing large in-person moments, but encouraging responsible socially distant moments of togetherness.” Festivities include a virtual pride march (broadcast on NBC4 on June 19!), dances, a bike parade, 5K, community meal, and other community hosted events. Details can be found on the Stonewall Columbus website. https://columbuspride.org/
Columbus Melanin Pride
When: Friday, June 25 – Sunday, June 27
Where: Various Locations
Info: From the event description, “This Pride is catered to the Black/POC LGBTQ+ that get sprinkled in when we deserve so much more than just inclusion!” Events include a candy-themed glow party, a white-attired brunch, and a picnic-style celebration of all things Melanin. More info and tickets available on their website. https://www.taurefrance.com/melaninpride
Black, Out and Proud Pride Art and Fashion Show: Heroes Among Us
When: Saturday, January 26
Where: COSI – North Courtyard
Info: "Heroes among us” is a showcase of work by local Black and LGBTQIA+ artists and designers who take creative risks, celebrate the culture and honor the Black aesthetic. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pride-art-and-fashion-show-heroes-among-us-tickets-157243464435?aff=ebdssbeac&fbclid=IwAR3Zd6rmm6gZ9u8MMho97kEPJEO7bwMijN6Su7OsAyizkYOEBxDl5eqjLf0
For additional events: https://thebuckeyeflame.com/2021/05/17/2021-ohio-pride-guide/