by Ken Schneck, Editor
The organizers of Cincinnati Pride announced today that the celebration originally rescheduled for June and then moved to October 3 would now be canceled altogether. With COVID-19 continuing to disrupt all manner of public events, Pride celebrations across Ohio have either been moved to car parades, virtual events, or canceled altogether.
Cincinnati’s event was one of the last events still on the books, with organizers scrambling to find some way that the event could still be held without compromising the health and safety of attendees. Ultimately, it was determined that it was not in the best interests of the community “to have such a large event that places tens of thousands of attendees at such high risk for spreading this potentially deadly virus.”
In the public statement, Festival and Parade Chairperson Benjamin Morano affirmed the commitment to the 2021 festivities as well as the place of Pride in every day life:
We will begin work on our 2021 festivities in a few months, continuing to adjust to the new normal we face. We welcome anyone who is wanting to help in the planning process. And remember, Pride is more than just a festival or a parade. It is more than just one day per year. Pride is a constant state of mind, one that we should all be able to embrace every day.
- Read a book about Pride to learn more about our LGBTQ+ historical roots.
- Wear a mask.
Ken Schneck is the Editor of The Buckeye Flame. He is the author of Seriously, What Am I Doing Here? The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew (2017), LGBTQ Cleveland (2018), LGBTQ Columbus (2019), and LGBTQ Cincinnati (2020). In his spare time, he is a professor of education at Baldwin Wallace University. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.