OFFICIAL 2018 PRIDE GUIDE
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FRIDAY JUNE 15 4-11PM
SATURDAY JUNE 16 11AM-8PM
PRIDE PARADE SATURDAY JUNE 16
FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AND MORE DETAILS, VISIT COLUMBUSPRIDE.ORG/EVENTS
STEP-OFF 10:30AM IN THE SHORT NORTH AT GOODALE & HIGH
SATURDAY, JUNE 2 • PRIDE POKER RUN SUNDAY, JUNE 3 • RIDE FOR PRIDE - BIKE RIDE
FRIDAY JUNE 15
FRIDAY, JUNE 8 • PINK PARTY @ AXIS BITCH BITCH
FRIDAY, JUNE 15 • JAEGER RUN FOR PRIDE 5K • PRIDE FESTIVAL DAY 1 SATURDAY, JUNE 16 • PRIDE PARADE STEP-OFF @ GOODALE & HIGH • PRIDE FESTIVAL DAY 2
STEPHANIE'S STEPHANIE'S CHILD CHILD
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SUNDAY, JUNE 17 • PRIDE BRUNCH @ COLUMBUS ATHENAEUM • CLGSA’s BAT N’ ROUGE
SANDRA SANDRA VALLS VALLS
SHARE YOUR 2018 PRIDE PHOTOS & POSTS WITH US COLUMBUS COLUMBUSPRIDE
NEDRA NEDRA BELLE BELLE
MARTHA MARTHA WASH WASH
TREY TREY PEARSON PEARSON
GET THE GEAR! ENTRANCE DONATION DOG TAGS & WRISTBANDS
ON SALE NOW! FOR THE FULL PRIDE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE PLEASE VISIT:
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A Letter from Stonewall Columbus to the Community
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Stonewall Columbus is happy to welcome you to the 37th annual Pride Festival and Parade!
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Whether this is your 1st, 5th, or 37th Pride, thank you for coming, we are excited youâ€™re here and we wish you a happy and safe Pride weekend.
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This event is a time of celebration of how far our community has come and a time to reflect on how far we have yet to go before all of us can truly THRIVE. Over the past year, Stonewall Columbus (SWC) has continued to explore new ways to better serve our entire LGBTQIA+ friends, family, neighbors and community.
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While our community has come a long way from the days of hiding our true self, we as an organization understand that there is still a lot of work ahead. The Board of Trustees is currently conducting a national search for the next Executive Director, and we hope to have this critical position filled in the next several months. Later this year we will reopen our expanded Columbus LGBTQIA+ Center that will provide over 15,000 square feet. This additional space will allow SWC to provide more programming and allow members of the Central Ohio community access to the Center throughout the year. When visiting the Stonewall Columbus tent, let us know what youâ€™d like to see done, the issues that you face and the ways that SWC can better serve you.
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Every year this festival and parade is put on by a crew of hundreds of dedicated volunteers and staff. For that we thank you. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed and we truly could not put on such an amazing event without you. If you see a volunteer this weekend be sure to thank them for their service.
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Again, we thank you for choosing to spend your weekend with us, we could not be happier that you are here! Happy Pride, Stonewall Columbus Board of Trustees and Staff
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MANIFESTO Weâ€™re here to uplift our LGBTQ community so that ALL of us THRIVE. Stonewall Columbus was founded in 1981. Our goal then was to fight for tolerance, acceptance, and basic human rights for our LGBTQ community. Today, we proudly celebrate Columbus as one of the most LGBTQ friendly cities in the United States. But, we have seen how quickly threats can reemerge in our community. LGBTQ lives are still threatened at home and abroad. There is more work to be done. We will always remember our history as we build our future brick by brick. We will never stop. We will be visible, reminding the world that we are strong, vital members of our community. We will be inclusive, because we know what it means to be left out. We will be connected, linking needs to resources and people to one another. We will stick up for everyone in our community, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity; race, color or national origin; military status; familial status; or disability. And we need your help. Volunteer your time, become a member, get involved. Support Stonewall Columbus and allow Stonewall Columbus to support you. We will no longer accept tolerance. We will no longer settle for acceptance. In the future, we will achieve a central Ohio where ALL of us THRIVE.
Our vision is a central Ohio where ALL of us THRIVE.
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Our mission is to increase visibility, inclusion, and connection for the LGBTQ community.
Our purpose is to uplift our LGBTQ community so ALL of us THRIVE.
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PRIDE EVENTS SATURDAY, JUNE 2nd Check-In @ 10AM $25 registration is per person includes playing poker, cookout at Club Diversity immediately following the run AND a 2018 Pride festival entry wristband. Details will be posted in the Facebook event and the Facebook riding group…so join our group and RSVP to the FB event too! (Pride Poker Run to benefit Stonewall Columbus).
To register, please visit: columbuspride.org/events/pride-poker-run LOCATION Olde Oak • 62 Parsons Ave
SUNDAY, JUNE 3RD Check-In 9:00AM Ride Departs 10:00AM Grab some friends and join us for a fun and scenic ride through the Short North and German Village complete with brunch, drinks and your favorite ice cream! $25 Registration Includes: Bike Ride Entry, Cookie from Bake Me Happy, FREE Brunch at The Pint House, Entry wristband to Columbus Pride 2018.
To register, please visit: columbuspride.org/events/pride-bicycleride LOCATION Paradise Garage • 921 N High St 6 | 2018 PRIDE GUIDE
RUN FOR PRIDE 5K 2018 STONEWALL
Friday, June 15th
Scioto Mile Promenade – Coleman’s Point, Columbus, OH Registration: 6:00pm 5K Run Start Time: 7:00pm RunForPride.org PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT BENEFIT STONEWALL COLUMBUS
Sunday, June 17th Columbus Athenaeum, Columbus OH 11AM-1PM ENTERTAINMENT The Richard Lopez Trio with vocalist Debra Tucker
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TORSO CLOTHING COMPANY CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF PRIDE! One locally owned and operated small business in the Short North has stood the test of time, TORSO Clothing Co, better known as just ‘TORSO’, has been providing the latest in fashion for its patrons and guests in Columbus, OH, for 20 years. The clothing / styles provided by TORSO would often only be seen in places like New York, Boston, Fire Island, P-Town, Chicago, and L.A. – West Hollywood. This summer will mark the 20th anniversary of continuous operation for TORSO, from the same building since its inception in late-May 1998. Having a great location at 772 N. High Street, TORSO sits in the heart of the Short North alongside art galleries, bars, restaurants, and other small, independentlyowned boutiques. Scott Rousku, the owner of TORSO, is no stranger to the area and has spent 30 years working in the Short North. Before opening the store, Scott previously worked at Functional Furnishings for 10 years. Scott’s passion while attending the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, was to pursue a degree in art and fashion. During the 1980’s mall-explosion, Scott was responsible to set-up, open, design, and merchandise over 130 stores for the Décor Corp. This background and visual merchandising experience ensures that each trip into TORSO will always be exciting, new and fresh. Scott’s passion for visual merchandising is also shown by the continually changing store windows. His window designs have won several local awards and one international award. TORSO is unique in the merchandise that it carries. The store is best known for its wall of men’s underwear from around the world; with over 150 styles and designs. TORSO also carries designer brands like Spazio Uomo, Mission Clothing, William Rast, Projek Raw, SuperDry, Timoteo, Andrew Christian, JUNK, Buffalo, and DIESEL. According to Andrew Christian, TORSO is their longest-running (and favorite) vendor! Not only does TORSO provide clothing for men, TORSO also offers a selection of women’s clothing, fashionable jewelry, and other accessories. With DIESEL’s 2017 footprint restructuring, DIESEL will now only be found in 40 retail locations in North America; TORSO is one of the exclusive retail locations. In 2014, TORSO launched its own brand of tee shirts, ranging from tongue-n-cheek graphics / slogans to trending political satire to basic fashion. TORSO also works with local nonprofits and other organizations to help promote an inclusive and bright community throughout Columbus. TORSO works with organizations such as Stonewall Columbus, Equitas Health, Breast Cancer walk, AIDS Walk, Speedo Dash, Young Professionals Against Diabetes, Camp Sunrise, Mid-Ohio Food Drive, BRAVO, HighBall, and NAGAAA. Working with these organizations is part of TORSO’s willingness to give back to the community that has supported us for 20 years. As part of TORSO’s 20th year anniversary, TORSO will be hosting several events throughout Columbus. On social media, we can be found on Instagram and Facebook @TorsoShortNorth
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“We are honored to be a part of the Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade this year. We march to celebrate inclusion, diversity, and building the community in which we hope to live."
DAVID BROWN Harmony Project Founder and Creative Director
BUILDING STRONGER, MORE INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES. ARTISTIC PASSION | SOCIAL PURPOSE. Harmony Project connects people across cultural and social divides through experiential arts, education, and volunteer community service. We choose harmony over dissonance, inclusion over divisiveness, and social good over social discord.
MANY PEOPLE | ONE COMMUNITY. Working together, we are building a stronger, more inclusive community with a focus on developing a social infrastructure that unites the community for the common good. By providing access to volunteer opportunities and resources, Harmony Project creates a space where social change is possible and members are empowered to shape a more inclusive world. What began in 2009 with less than 100 voices has grown to more than 1,000 voices engaged each week in programming and volunteer service. Since Harmony’s inception, tens of thousands of hours of volunteer service have been leveraged, sparking a ripple effect of social good throughout Central Ohio and beyond. Unsatisfied with today’s tempo of change, we’re creating the communities in which we want to live.
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OUR COMMUNITY HONOREES Service is at the heart of Harmony Project’s mission. All choir members and program participants must complete a minimum of 8 hours of volunteer service each season.
Harmony Project leverages 16,000 hours of volunteer service each year! Recent service projects include serving meals at emergency shelters, mural installations, neighborhood beautification, playground builds, and more!
This year Stonewall Columbus is excited to honor and celebrate the Harmony Project. In 2009 David Brown founded the Harmony Project. He invited people who loved to sing – regardless if they thought they were good enough. A group of folks came together to create what David Brown says is, “the sound of the community if we all started singing together”. Nine years ago, one hundred people joined and thus the Harmony Project was born. Harmony Project connects people from across cultural and social divides through experiential arts, education, and volunteer work. There is no financial obligation to volunteers. Every Harmony Project arts and education program is offered complimentary. Their concerts, community investors, foundations, public partners, and corporate contributors provide support for their mission, allowing every person who wishes to participate to do so, regardless of their resources. Harmony Project has grown to be a major force for change and for good across a broad spectrum of communities, demonstrating the power of individuals working together to have an impact on the lives of so many.
The reach of Harmony Project and the leadership of David Brown is extensive. From gated communities or behind prison walls, in low-income schools or top-ranked institutions, Harmony Project convenes people from every dimension of diversity. When considering who to honor this year, it was apparent to us that this group, this leadership, and this mission is at the forefront of our community making real change. It was a simple choice: honor those who are making a positive difference in the lives of ALL in our Central Ohio community. Their vision says it all, “Many people. One Community.” Stonewall Columbus is honored to have Harmony Project march with us in the parade and look forward to the amazing work that they will continue to do. We ask that you celebrate with us their many accomplishments and impact they have made on the community already at the 37th Stonewall Columbus Festival and Parade. To learn more about Harmony Project and to get involved, visit HARMONYPROJECT.COM
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DRINK TICKETS $
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GO GREEN! As part of our Go Green initiative, we are working with our sponsors to place recycling containers around the park so that we can stay green while we celebrate the community! Thank you for all that you do to support our Go Green initiative by being responsible and eco-friendly patrons of Pride 2018! SPONSORED BY:
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PARADE MAP Saturday, June 16th Line-up: Around Goodale Park @ 8:30am Parade: Step Off @ 10:30am Line Up Parade Route Step Off Parade Conclusion
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FRIDAY, JUNE 15
LIBERTY DEEP DOWN
MAIN STAGE EMCEE: SANDRA VALLS 5:30 DJ K-WILD 6:30 LIBERTY DEEP DOWN 7:30 BITCH 8:30 NEDRA BELLE with STEPHANIE'S CHILD 9:30 PARKER LOUIS BAND
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THE BLU JANES
MAIN STAGE EMCEE: SANDRA VALLS 1:30 BOBBY D 3:00 TOPHER JAMES & BISCUIT BRIGADE 4:00 THE BLU JANES 5:00 VASCOE DADA 6:00 MARTHA WASH 6:40 HONEY & BLUE BAND RIVER STAGE 12:00 DJ K-WILD 2:00 COLUMBUS WOMEN'S CHORUS 2:25 COLUMBUS GAY MEN'S CHORUS 2:50 CAPITAL PRIDE BAND 3:15 FLAGGOTS OHIO 3:35 TREY PEARSON 5:00 HIT M ENT DRAG STAGE 12:00-7:30 LOCAL & REGIONAL DJs & DRAG PERFORMERS
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DRAG STAGE & VIP PRELIMINARY ROUND @BOSCOE’S (1224 S HIGH ST, COLUMBUS, OH) FEATURING EMCEE HELLIN BEDD! MONDAY, JUNE 11 @ 9PM DAY-OF REGISTRATION OPENS @ 8PM
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hosted by The RUBI GIRLS Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival first Amateur Drag Contest! Join The Rubi Girls at the Drag Stage and cheer on our community’s aspiring drag performers as they compete for the crown. Audience participation and prizes!
LEADERSHIP LOUNGE VIP Are you a PRIDE VIP? Why not consider becoming a PRIDE VIP this year? This Exclusive VIP area is located inside Cultural Arts Center and boasts a fabulous fresh air patio. VIP’s can take a break from the crowds to enjoy a full bar, food, air conditioning and restroom facilities. The lounge is open Saturday from 12-6pm. You also get 2 free tickets to the Pride Brunch honoring Harmony Project on Sunday, June 17th. A one-time payment of $600 gets you in! columbuspride.org/donate/join-pride-circle or call 614-299-7764.
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TRAILBLAZERS TENT for LGBT ADULTS 50+ Friday 4:00-8:00PM Saturday 11:00AM-6:00PM Join Stonewall Columbus’ Central Ohio Group for LGBT Adults 50+ in a tent with plenty of seating right in the middle of the action near the Main Stage in Bicentennial Park! This tent boasts plenty of shade and seating so you can enjoy the Festival and keep cool! Join the Stonewall Trailblazers for fun and informative activities.
stonewallcolumbus.org/trailblazers The Stonewall Columbus Trailblazer Program is made possible by a generous grant from the Legacy Fund of The Columbus Foundation.
Growing Up with Pride
Saturday: 12:00-4:00PM • Mocktail Station • Dress Up Photos • Crafts
• Family Picnic Area • Jenis Ice Cream • and MORE!!!
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RIDE & RELAX!
Feeling a little overwhelmed by all the fun? Then stop by one of our relaxation stations. Have a seat in the shade and enjoy some people-watching as you catch your breath. Hang out as long as youâ€™d like! Tables and chairs are available to enjoy all of the great festival food. SPONSORED BY:
ON SALE NOW! We request a $5 donation for each day that you attend. You can purchase dog tags at a variety of businesses here in Columbus, at the Stonewall Columbus tent inside the festival, online at columbuspride.org/store or from one of our FABULOUS $5 for Pride team members at the parade! A limited number of dog tags and wristbands are available. Stonewall memberships are also available at the Stonewall tent. Stop by and learn all about the benefits of becoming a member. LOOKING FOR THE OFFICIAL COLUMBUS PRIDE APPAREL? You can find Official Pride apparel online or exclusively at the Traxler Custom Printing tent, conveniently located next to the Stonewall Tent!
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VENDORS & FESTIVAL FUN! Donâ€™t miss this unique and welcoming marketplace! Get out there and buy some fantastic products from LGBTQ-friendly companies and organizations!
Shop hundreds of vendors and sponsors that support the LGBTQ community & give back!
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BE SAFE, BE NEIGHBORLY TAG YOUR BAG
We are asking festival attendees to externally TAG YOUR BAG in an effort to lessen the number of lost or unattended belongings and to keep the Festival safe. Bag identification tags will be available at the Stonewall Tent. Make sure the tag is visible on the outside of your bag. These tags will help ensure that if you forget your bag, it will be returned safely and swiftly to you. If you see an unattended bag, please notify the closest volunteer or security officer.
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Stonewall Columbus has partnered with the Columbus Fire Department and the Columbus Police Department to make this the safest Pride ever!
TAG YOUR TOT
In an effort to keep our children safe, tags will be available to parents to indicate emergency contacts. Please note all emergency contacts and meeting spots on identification tags. Identification tags will be available at the Stonewall Tent. Make sure the tag is secured around your child’s wrist or placed in a visible location on their clothing. These labels will help ensure the swift return of your child should you become separated.
PRIDE SAFETY TIPS PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW THE SAFETY TIPS BELOW: • LISTEN TO POLICE AND PRIDE SECURITY. THEY ARE THERE TO KEEP YOU SAFE • PACE YOURSELF • STAY HYDRATED • DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DRINK UNATTENDED • LEAVE YOUR PETS AT HOME • KEEP THE PARKS CLEAN • USE THE TRASH AND RECYCLING RECEPTACLES • PARK LEGALLY • BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS AT ALL TIMES • TAG YOUR BAG WITH YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION (Bag Tags available at the Stonewall Tent) • TAG YOUR CHILD WITH AN EMERGENCY CONTACT WRISTBAND (Wristbands available at the Stonewall Tent) • QUICKLY VACATE THE PARKS WHEN THE FESTIVAL CLOSES • OUTSIDE ALCOHOL AND COOLERS ARE NOT PERMITTED • BE RESPECTFUL
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THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR PRIDE 2018! CENTRAL OHIO BUSINESS & RESOURCE DIRECTORY FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY
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NEW VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
GIANT LEMONADE CUP
PIT Crew (Pride in Training)
PIT Crew (Pride in Training)
First Columbus Pride: 2012
Years Volunteering: 1
Q: Why do you come back year after year? A: Pride is THE most organized festival that we have ever been a part of. We are always honored just to be invited back. We know we can count on the same treatment year after year and we felt like part of the family when we pull in for set up. The people that organize it, as well as those that attend, are just amazing.
Q: Why did you decide to join the Pride team? A: I decided to join Pride this year because I wanted to embrace a different fabric of people within a positive movement.
Q: What is your favorite Columbus Pride memory? A: Our first year we didn’t plan properly for the enormous crowd with enough start change. The bank wasn’t open for long since it was a Saturday so every time we had a few $20’s I would run as fast as I could to the bank on the corner. I would always get distracted watching the parade so that when I finally returned with the smaller bills, the workers were PANICKED!! It was just impossible not to stop and enjoy the parade!! Now, after 7 years we always have enough start change but I still sneak away and watch the parade!
A message to hour Spotlight Vendor: One of my first memories working with vendors was working with The Giant Lemonade Cup folks. The owners, Tod and Theresa Dronsfield, show up every year so incredibly happy to see everyone. It honestly feels like your favorite aunt and uncle from out of town have just pulled in your drive way. There are two events that make us feel the start of Pride in our hearts: the arrival of golf carts, and the giant lemonade cup being hauled into vendor check in. We absolutely love having you and we thank you so deeply for being such amazing allies. -Sabrina, Pride Coordinator
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Q: What was your first Pride experience like? A: I’m from Greenwich Village in New York City, the heart of Stonewall history. My first pride was amazing. I was 17 years old, still figuring out my true identity. It felt like millions of people in the city the weekend. Food, drinks, music and opportunity. Q: What hopes do you have for Pride in the future? A: My hope for future Prides is having separate events for our LGBTQ community members and then we all collectively come together and rock out!!!
A message to Tripp; It’s not everyday that someone walks into a room full of strangers and immediately wants to dig in. That’s exactly what Tripp did. From the moment I met Tripp I knew that he was here to stay. Tripp has approached planning Pride with a level of excitement that is so incredibly refreshing. His energy and enthusiasm for the event, for the people in the event and for the future of the event is unlike anything I’ve seen before. You are truly one of a kind Tripp, and we are so incredibly fortunate to have you. -Sabrina, Pride Coordinator
RETURNING VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
Pride Committee Festival Layout Chair First Columbus Pride: 2008 Years Volunteering: 6 Q: What brings you back as a PRIDE volunteer? A: This is my 6th year at Pride. I was a general volunteer for 2 years. 4 years ago, I decided to join the PIT Crew and what an experience that has been! I keep coming back because of the GREAT people I work with. The Layout team is AMAZING in so many ways. We are all so dedicated to our work with Pride and have a TON of fun doing it. Plus, it's so immensely rewarding to see hundreds of thousands of people enjoying all our hard work. It's my way of giving back to our community and saying thanks to all those who have struggled before us to get us to the point in society where we are today. THANK YOU!
Q: What does PRIDE mean to you? A: Pride is an important way for the LGBTQ community to celebrate all the freedoms they’ve earned, those who have fought for those freedoms before us, a way celebrate with friends and can make new ones. It also serves as a reminder of where the LGBTQ community has come from and how far we still need to go. It is important for us to remember our history, for those that don’t are doomed to repeat it. More than that, it is a way for us to come together as a community and celebrate all that we have in common as well as all our differences that make our community so AMAZING!
A message to Jon; ‘This is someone’s first Pride’ – this is the mindset in which I go into every Pride. Everyone remembers their first Pride. The people, the floats, the flags, the feeling that this is the one place where it’s okay to be who I am. This was a mindset instilled in me by the folks before me and it is something that our Pride Committee knows very well. Jon puts his sole into Pride, he makes the festival what it is, he is the glue that holds everything together and because of him someone is coming to their first festival and feeling as though they belong. There aren’t many aspects of our lives where we can say that we are irreplaceable, but in Pride, Jon you are so irreplaceable. Stonewall thanks you, our community thanks you and I thank you. -Sabrina, Pride Coordinator
VOLUNTEER Every year, volunteers help to make PRIDE the best weekend in Columbus! Take a couple hours out of celebrating this weekend and give back to the community by picking up a volunteer shift. Shifts are just a few hours, and your time goes a long way in making PRIDE so spectacular. Sign up at columbuspride.org/volunteer and help us make a difference this PRIDE weekend. We can't do it without the help of our hard-working volunteers!
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ABOUT STONEWALL HISTORY Stonewall Columbus was created out of the need for a full-time gay advocacy organization in Central Ohio. For 37 years, Stonewall Columbus has grown in order to meet the needs of both the LGBTQ and the greater Columbus community on our issues of advocacy, education, and community building.
CENTER ON HIGH
Stonewall Columbus serves the community year round, not just on Pride weekend! We provide a community center that offers programming and services to enhance the well-being of our diverse community.
The Center on High is located in the heart of the Short North Arts District and is the first community center in Central Ohio. After extensive renovations, Stonewall will reopen in 2018 and will continue to host classes, art exhibits, community events and meetings, counseling, and more. We can't wait to show you our new space!
WE'RE HERE FOR YOU! Stonewall Columbus continually expands programming for community members seeking a variety of services and activities. In addition to ongoing support groups, we also offer services to connect others in a safe and comfortable environment.
THE CENTRAL OHIO LGBTQ COMMUNITY CENTER LEARN | HELP | DISCOVER | JOIN | SHARE | THRIVE Our vision is a central Ohio where ALL of us THRIVE. Our mission is to increase visibility, inclusion, and connection for the LGBTQ community. Our purpose is to uplift our LGBTQ community so ALL of us THRIVE.
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STONEWALL & PRIDE TEAMS STONEWALL COLUMBUS BOARD OF TRUSTEES ROBERT PODLOGAR President
SUPARNA BHASKARAN Vice President
JOSHUA SNYDER-HILL Treasurer
TAN NGUYEN Secretary
JEFFREY CARTER AJ CASEY BRIAN COLE JAY COLEMAN ROGER DUDLEY JEN HOUSE CAROL MANLEY GABRIEL MASTIN ANDREW MOSS ROD MYERS GERRY RODRIGUEZ BILL RUFFNER BRIDEN SCHUEREN LUCILLE TOTH
STONEWALL COLUMBUS STAFF DEB STEELE
Interim Executive Director
2018 PRIDE COMMITTEE MEA ANDERSON MATTHEW DeCARLO-BOYD KEVIN BRAMMER STEVE BRAZIL SARA COLTON ALLEN DeCARLO-BOYD JANINE DUNMYRE LAUREN DUPUIS ASHLEY GEORGE MATT GRIMM RICK HARRISON JON HOUZE KELLY JAEGER ROBERT E. JONES SHARON KELLUM JEFF MAURER TRACI McCLAIN MARK MILLER NICK PICOLO CHAD PRITCHARD SCOTT SCHOPPER LINDA SCHULER ADAM SCHWAB SUZIE SIMPSON JOHN SOWERS JOHN THACKER KAREN THOMAS
PRIDE IN TRAINING (P.I.T.) CREW TRIPP BARNWELL KIRSTEN CARROLL SCOTT CLAY BRENDA CRUMLEY-GORMAN
NICK EICHLER NOEL GREEN DOMINICI IMONDI BOB KAUFFMAN MIKE KRALL ROB McDOUGAL MITCH PETERS BRUCE REEDY MELANIE SCHOPPER LAUREN SHULL ARIANNA STELLING JEFFREY TILLEY WHITLEY TRUSLER JOSHUA WINSTON BRIAN ZUBER
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PROMOTE YOUR PRIDE IT'S NOT TOO EARLY TO PLAN YOUR SPONSORSHIP FOR PRIDE 2019! Talk to us about adding your business or organization to the growing list of sponsors of this huge annual event. We offer sponsorship opportunities at a variety of levels to meet the needs of small, medium and large companies and organizations. Highlight your business at this tremendous cultural event and let the LGBTQ+ community know you support and welcome them.
GET NOTICED AT PRIDE! We offer advertising opportunities that allow businesses to secure highly visible signage with premium placement locations throughout the festival! The Rich Street Bridge Banner sign is a 20’ x 10’ full color banner placed on the Rich Street Bridge over the Scioto River. This is so exclusive that only Stonewall Columbus Pride has done it before! The Bridge Banner gets noticed! YOUR BUSINESS HERE!
The Festival Pole Sign is an illuminated 3’ x 6’ full color rigid vertical sign. Showcase your business or organization throughout the festival with this affordable option!
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THE GIFT OF PRIDE THE AMAZING GENEROSITY OF OUR MANY SUPPORTERS ENABLES US TO BRING YOU PRIDE 2018!
PRIDE CIRCLE STONEWALL COLUMBUS
PRIDE CIRCLE The Pride Circle fund and Pride Donation fund are used to help Stonewall Columbus produce the Pride Festival and Parade. Money raised for Pride goes directly to the significant cost of producing this yearly cultural event.
BANNER PROJECT The Banner Project raises funds to hang Pride banners that line the streets of Columbus to promote the annual Pride celebration and to enhance the visibility of our LGBTQ+ community.
Stonewall Columbus sincerely thanks all of you for your steadfast and generous support of Pride 2018. Enjoy this event which YOU made possible! Jim Arter Chris Wooten & Karen Ball Carolyn Bell & Sandra Witherspoon Mindy Billingham April Blanton Kimberly & Douglas Borror Bret Bowers Robert Carson Nick Conn Jo desMarets Chris Ebert & Jane Black J.P. Faulkner Francis & Cathy Gebauer Jeff Griss & Jack Gold Thomas Grote & Rick Neal Jenny & Corrinne Harmon Bill Hedrick Beth Hillyer & Wendy Wolfe Dr. James Hodnett & Dr. Joe E Heimlich Tony Howard Tim Huffman & Martin Dean Clyde Huffman & James Moore Billy Hysell Connie Ingram & April Blanton John Kerr & Doug Knutson Lyman Leathers
George Lenhart Mile Maly & Greg Esponoza Maly Phil Martin Jennifer Mason Dale Masel & Roberto McClin Margaret McMahon Joe Miccio Mark L Miller Jim Moore & Clyde Huffman Brad Myers & Steve Rowlands Rodney Myers Shaun Patterson & Troy Craze Terry Penrod Edward Phillips & Michael Bonnate Pickerington North High School - Gender Identity and Sexuality Alliance (GISA) Matt Romanoff & Dr Karen Miner-Romanoff Lyle Saylor Anonymous Nancy Snow & Rickie Grunden Wyatt Tanner David Thomas Robert C. Tomastik Mick Bennett & Michael Weiss Leslie Williams
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The official Pride Guide for the 37th Annual Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival and Parade.