Dora Santana is a black Brazilian trans woman warrior, scholar, activist, artist, story teller of experiences embodied in language and flesh. She holds a Master’s degree in African and African Diaspora Studies by the University of Texas at Austin where she is currently finishing her PhD. Her most recent work has just been published in the Transgender Studies Quarterly – TSQ – The Issue of Blackness under the title “Transitionings and Returnings: Experiments with the Poetics of Transatlantic Water,” where she emphasizes the healing role of ancestral energies in the African Diaspora as an important embodied knowledge that guides black trans people in our path of resistance and transitioning across imposed limits of gender, geographies and the secular.

Dora has been an artist-in-residence at allgo; the keynote speaker for the Black Trans Advocacy Conference; is one of the Founders of the Brazilian Forum of Black Trans People and has been featured in the Daily Texan Newspaper and worked as an instructor on issues of race, gender, sexuality, class and nationality.

Connecting with communities that assure the survival and thriving especially of trans people of color in situations of vulnerability by creating possibilities of dismantling intersecting oppressive systems such as anti-blackness, transphobia, classism, ableism and xenophobia is what moves her. For more information on her work, visit

Major! Film Screening & Panel

When: Tuesday, June 5 at 6 PM – 9 PM
Where: Columbus State Community College550 E Spring St, Columbus, Ohio 43215; Delaware Hall, Room 121.

Co-presented by Columbus Black International Film Festival:

Come out for a community screening of the the award-winning documentary MAJOR!, which chronicles the life-long activism of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. The film will be followed by a panel discussion, featuring SPECIAL GUEST Miss Major herself, who will join the conversation via Skype.

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy has been fighting for the rights of Black trans women for over 40 years. A formerly incarcerated veteran of the Stonewall riots––part of Pride’s radical legacy–– Miss Major continues her work today as part of the Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP).

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to learn from an extraordinary activist, community leader, and elder! All ages are welcome at this event, and families are encouraged. Food will be provided before the screening begins, so arrive early!

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy // Special guest
Sarah Mamo // International Socialist Organization
Darius Stubbs // ACLU of Ohio TransAction Committee
Sai Isoke // OSU Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies

The JUMP OFF! Kickoff Party

Join us for the Kickoff!

When: Saturday, June 2 at 10 PM – 2 AM
Where: The Summit (2210 summit street)

It’s summertime, we chillin in the sun (finally), and Community Pride is bout to JUMP OFF with four QTIPOC DJs from Columbus and Cleveland: adab, fana, a.s.l.princess, and noided.v

Bring your best L👀KS and get it JUMPIN to club, techno, disco beats and more. Instead of buying into sponsored parties or crowded, expensive bars, let’s start Pride right––alongside our own community!

Unfortunately, you must be 18 or older to attend this event. Check our calendar at the end of the description for all ages events!

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أدب (adab) // heaven is in you, in training (CLE) adab
adab co-founded the Heaven is You party in Cleveland, and now they’re coming to BRING IT in cbus. Spinning electro and minimal tracks, adab seeks to unabashedly open up new perspectives and dialogues for both themselves and others.

فناء (fana) // disco paradiso (CLE) fanafellahin
Are y’all ready to drop it during fana’s multiversal, multimedia live project featuring evocative sound collages + italo loops from the depths? Ya better be, because it’s COMING.

a.s.l.princess // blvck ice (CBUS) a.s.l.princess/
Y’all K N O W that our princess brings the party. With her perfect mix of throwback jams and club beats, she’ll make us bounce into June.

noided.v // blvck ice (CBUS) xydeion/
Returning for her SECOND LIVE SHOW EVER, bb noided is ready to hit us with her fiercest roundhouse kick. She wasn’t playin during her first set in March, and she’s bringing the fire right back to blast us into Community Pride.

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♥ This event is part of a series of celebrations called Columbus Community Pride. Stonewall Columbus’ Pride isn’t safe for LGBTQIA+ people of color, so we created Columbus Community Pride to bring Pride back to its radical roots and support ALL people. Learn more at columbuscommunitypride.organd follow each event on our Google calendar at and the full Columbus Community Pride 2018: Back to Our Roots FB event

🌈🌈Community Pride is a safer space, we will not tolerate racism, transphobia, homophobia or any other form of hate or discrimination.🌈🌈

LGBTQties Burlesque & Variety Show

When: Thursday, May 31 at 8 PM – 10:30 PM
Where:  Awol Bar49 Parsons Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Pride month is coming up, and you know two things: you wanna start celebrating early, and you wanna support marginalized folks in the community. You’ve found the right event.


LGBTQties Burlesque & Variety Show showcases local LGBTQ+ entertainers of color, from sexy burlesque numbers to gender-bending drag and much, much more. Our show is meant to not only entertain you and get you ready for the month of June, but to bring queer and trans artists of color to the center.

With special guest performances by
Delhi Marquette

And appearances by
Santana Romero
Neoma Day Echo
Jasmine Rosario
Special K
Ravae Chainsaw
Ace Stamos

Doors 8pm
Show 8:45
$5-10 suggested donation


All proceeds will benefit Columbus Community Pride 2018: Back to Our Roots, Central Ohio’s community-based Pride that focuses on the WHOLE LGBTQ+ community.

Schedule of Events Announced!

Join us for any or all events! All events are FREE to attend

General FB event: Check out the General FB event here.

Sat, June 2: THE JUMP OFF!! Kickoff Party

FB event: Check out the FB event here.

Location & Time: The Summit (2210 Summit St), 10pm-2am, 18+

Let’s get Community Pride jumpin with Black, brown, & queer DJs playing tracks from club to techno to disco and more with a.s.l.princess & noided.v from Cbus and fana & adab from Cleveland! (This is our only 18+ event)

Tues, June 5: MAJOR! Film Screening & Panel

FB event: Check out the FB event here.

Location & Time: Columbus State Community College–Delaware Hall, 6pm-9pm, all ages

Come out for a community screening of the the award-winning documentary MAJOR!, which chronicles the life-long activism of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. The film will be followed by a panel discussion, featuring SPECIAL GUEST Miss Major herself via Skype.

Thurs, June 7: Black, Brown, & ONYX zine release & cookout

FB event: Check out the FB event here.

Location & Time: 934 Gallery (934 Cleveland Ave), 6-9pm, all ages

Featuring visual and written art from queer and trans people of color in Ohio, ONYX is about and created in honor of taking pride in ourselves. Come for free copies of ONYX along with an outdoor family cookout and open mic!

Monday, June 11: Marsha P. Johnson Day

FB event: Check out the FB event here.

Location & Time: Vanderelli Room (218 McDowell St), 6-8pm, all ages

Know her name but not her legacy? Don’t know Marsha P. at all? Come learn about and celebrate one of the major leaders in the fight for trans liberation with a community art collage, a timeline of Marsha P.’s life, flower crown crafting, and a group discussion on how we can continue her legacy. Food provided.

Saturday, June 16: Community Pride Festival

FB event: Check out the FB event here.

Location & Time: Mayme Moore Park (240 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd), 11am-7pm, all ages

Join us for a day of celebration, creativity, and joy. There will be performances and visual art by queer and trans artists of color, a community resource fair, outdoor activities for children (and the young at heart), POC-owned food trucks, and much more! You really won’t wanna miss this.