Pride 2018

Community Pride 2018:
Back To Our Roots

June 2nd – June 16th, 2018

2018 Community Pride logo by Sean Bailey. A black and white graphic line drawing, a black fist rises up out of the ground connected to many roots in front of a city skyline.
2018 Logo by Sean Bailey.

With celebratory and educational events ranging from dance parties and documentary showings to invited speakers and art shows, Columbus Community Pride will highlight the vibrant lives of queer, trans, and intersex people of color (QTIPOC) and communities at other intersections of oppression. Community Pride will culminate in the Columbus Community Pride Festival, which will include performance and visual artists, arts & crafts, a community resource fair, and more. We are raising money so that every Community Pride event, including the Festival, will be FREE to attend.

We are committed to bringing Pride back to its radical roots, highlighting movement leaders such as Marsha P. Johnson, QTIPOC history, and the legacy of protest instead of bending to corporate and state interests. Our Pride will not be for police and will be free from the capitalistic influence of corporate sponsorships. Rather, it will be a grassroots effort in support of the seeds of Pride: a community-based coalition which furthers the safety and liberty of the most marginalized in our communities. Pride started as a riot. Let’s uproot the weeds of white supremacy, corporate interest, and collaboration with state-sanctioned violence and return Pride to its original radical legacy. In order to grow the promise of liberation for QTIPOC in Central Ohio and beyond, we must create space outside of white, cis, ableist corporate Prides. It all starts at the roots.

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2018 Events

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)

Columbus State Community College, Delaware Hall (499 Grove St), 6-9pm, all ages
Come out for a community screening of 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.

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!

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.

Mayme Moor 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, POC-owned food trucks, interactive workshops, outdoor activities for children (and the young at heart), and much more! You really won’t wanna miss this.

Festival Performers & Artists

ft. MCs Monae and Devon & House DJs A-Prez & Mega Genesis
11:15 AM A-Prez
12:20 PM Welcome from Miss Major Griffin-Gracy & Community Pride organizers
12:55 PM Kamoh
1:20 PM JAS
1:40 PM James Major Burns and Trevail Maurice
2:00 PM L HOOD
2:15 PM Marvin The Robot
3:15 PM The Royal Renegades
4:40 PM TTUM
5:10 PM Vanessa & Too Much
5:25 PM Kali Dreamer

Festival Photos

  • A person with a bright yellow shirt, pink hair, and enormous sunglasses looks at the camera.
  • A person with medium-length locs and a chest tattoo looks into the camera.
  • A person with a shaved head, dark lipstick, and a Hello Kitty necklace smiles gently at the camera.
  • A person with a shaved head, glasses, and a Hello Kitty leather collar looks into the camera.
  • Two people walk arm-in-arm, grinning, wearing flowery dresses.