Friday, October 23

Pride Celebrations Canceled in Columbus and Dayton

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by Ken Schneck, Editor

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt society, two more in-person Ohio Pride celebrations have now been canceled to protect the health and safety of the LGBTQ+ community.

Today, the Greater Dayton LGBT Center released the following statement:

It is with heavy hearts that the Greater Dayton LGBT Center Board of Directors has decided to cancel in-person LGBTQIA+ Pride for Dayton this year. We originally postponed the events for Pride weekend from June to August hoping the local effects of the COVID pandemic would have been minimized by that time. Unfortunately, it is painfully obvious that we are not able to hold large gatherings and parades such as Pride without risking the health and wellbeing of our community. Although it is never easy to make a decision such as this, we decided that your health is the most important thing this year.

Of course, we can’t just skip recognition of Pride during 2020 so we will be shifting our August 22 celebration from in-person to online. We are still putting plans together, but we will be holding a televised and Facebook Live event from 1pm to 3pm. The celebration will be similar to our Pride Stage Show featuring local speakers and entertainment. Please stay tuned for more information and plan to join us online August 22nd!

On Thursday, Stonewall Columbus announced that the June Pride gathering that had been postponed until October 3, would now not take place.

Instead, a “virtual Pride Parade video” would be released in coordination with an initiative to move Pride “from a moment back to a movement.” Interim Executive Director Densil R. Porteous said in the release that “more virtual announcements” would be forthcoming.

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