Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus (BQIC) is a a coalition led by Black queer and trans people working to build a society in which Black LGBTQIA+ people from all backgrounds can thrive. We seek to dismantle systems of oppression such as the prison industrial complex, police brutality, forceful detainment of immigrants, and more through community organizing, education, and creating platforms upon which the most marginalized people can have their voices heard.
BQIC has been one of many organizations working to fight against the #BlackPride4’s charges since they were arrested at the 2017 Stonewall Columbus Pride parade. In response to the state of Stonewall Columbus and its lack of support for people of color within the LGBTQIA+ community, we are hosting Community Pride to provide an alternative Pride for those who have never felt or no longer feel welcomed by Stonewall Columbus’ Pride.
We aren’t doing this on our own; it’s through partnering with other grassroots organizations and working with volunteers that Community Pride 2018 will succeed. To volunteer on your own or as a group, fill out the signup form here.
For updates on BQIC, what we’re up to, and more, follow us on Facebook.