In what will be Ohio’s last Pride of 2022, Columbus Community Pride will host their 5th annual Pride Festival on October 8, 2022 in Mayme Moore Park from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This Black, Indigenous, Queer and Trans-led annual slate of offerings has featured a series of community events — karaoke night, a Queer speed dating event, a Queer youth art and garden beautification space, and a Queer burlesque show — all leading up to Saturday’s Community Pride Festival.
This year’s theme: The Future is Queer.
“This year’s Community Pride Festival focuses on and centers the future of queer and trans people of color in Central Ohio,” said Charlie Stewart (they/them), Columbus Community Pride co- founder and lead organizer. “Black queer and trans people have experienced an immense amount of trauma because of state-sanctioned violence, the systems that uplift white supremacy, and racist LGBTQIA+ organizations that center and prioritize whiteness. While we allow time for repairing harm and healing, we honor and celebrate our community and our ancestors by creating safe spaces for our most vulnerable to be our unapologetic selves. Our joy and our love is the future because the future is queer.”
The Community Pride festival celebration will include events and performances all day, such as spoken word and poetry, music and dance, burlesque and drag, all of which will highlight Black, Trans, and Indigenous culture and tradition. The artist lineup features Don’ttalktome, BdotJeff, King Monsieur, Aloe Vera, Manifest Envy, Flavored Flow, ACPA Dance Company, and more.
“Pride was born out of resistance to state violence. We have the rights we do today because of poor, Black and Brown trans sex workers who stood up for their lives and liberation,” said Dion Mensah (they/she), lead organizer with Columbus Community Pride. “Community Pride is designed to be in alignment with the radical roots of pride and directly challenges the whitewashed, mainstream corporatized celebrations.”
There will also be initiatives and community-led workshops on trauma-informed relationships, safe sex, kink/BDSM workshops, and STD/STI testing.
- The Columbus Community Pride Festival will be held on Saturday, October 8 at noon in Mayme Moore Park (867 Mt. Vernon Ave). Learn more by visiting their Facebook event page.