LGBTQ Pride Month
June is LGBTQ Pride Month!
Every year, festivals and marches occur all across the world in celebration of the LGBTQ community and our collective liberation. LGBTQ Pride Month is recognized in June to commemorate the Stonewall Inn Uprising. In the early hours of June 28, 1969, police raided a gay bar in New York City called Stonewall Inn and began making arrests. This night, the patrons of Stonewall fought back, resisting arrest and beginning a riot that would continue for the next 6 days. While this was not the first instance of the LGBTQ community fighting back against mistreatment, the Stonewall riots received more mainstream attention than similar protests. The Stonewall Uprising is seen as a tipping point in the LGBTQ rights movement. One year later in 1970, LGBTQ activists organized a march to commemorate the riots. As Stonewall Inn was located on Christopher Street, the event was called the Christopher Street Liberation Day March. LGBTQ folks marched from Stonewall Inn to Central Park, where they then staged a “gay-in” by occupying the park. The Christopher Street Liberation Day March became an annual occurrence and the idea spread, eventually evolving into the Pride events we celebrate today.
In celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month, the Center for Belonging and Social Change partners with colleges and departments across campus for a series of events.
Alumni and Friends Pride Reception
June 15, 2023
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Longaberger Alumni House (2200 Olentangy River Road)
Kick off your Pride festivities with a reception to reconnect with familiar faces and meet new members of our Proud Buckeye community! At this event, hosted by The Ohio State University Alumni Association, you can connect with leaders of the Scarlet and Gay Alumni Society and pick up a Buckeye Pride T-shirt. Cost: $5 (includes one drink ticket, heavy appetizers, Buckeye Pride t-shirt). Please RSVP.
June 16, 2023
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Blackwell Inn, Ballroom
On June 16, Ohio State will host it's second annual Pride Brunch! Join us as we celebrate our Buckeye Pride with community members and allies from all across Ohio State! please sign up at go.osu.edu/osupridebrunch or scan the QR code on this page.
Stonewall Columbus Pride March and Festival
Every June, Stonewall Columbus hosts the Columbus Pride March and Festival. For 2023, the Columbus Pride March is June 17 at Goodale Park. Each year, a contingent of Buckeyes come together to march in the Columbus Pride March. Those who march with Ohio State receive a Buckeye Pride t-shirt.
If you would like to march with Ohio State, please sign up at go.osu.edu/pridemarch or scan the QR code on this page.
Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival & Resource Fair (Day 1)
June 16, 2023
4-10 p.m. at Goodale Park
June 17, 2023
Step Off at 10:30 a.m.
The parade route starts at the intersection of Broad St. & High St., and travels down High St to Goodale Park.
Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival & Resource Fair (Day 2)
June 17, 2023
11 a.m. - 8 p.m. at Goodale Park
Safe Zone Workshop
Open Safe Zone Workshop (Virtual)
June 26, 2023
2 - 4:30 p.m.
Safe Zone aims to create a more welcoming and safe campus for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities. This 2.5-hour workshop is recommended for faculty, staff and students. Through this workshop, participants will (1) gain a greater understanding of LGBTQ identities and the systems of oppression that affect the community, (2) learn tools for incorporating LGBTQ-inclusive practices into their daily lives, and (3) strengthen their skills in recognizing and interrupting anti-LGBTQ bias. Those who attend the entire workshop (2.5 hours) will receive a rainbow sticker to display. Please register to attend.
In addition to the Stonewall Columbus Pride March and Festival, localities across Central Ohio are hosting their own celebrations! For a list of Ohio Pride events, The Buckeye Flame created the 2023 LGBTQ+ Ohio Pride Guide.
Planning these events is a collaborative effort from dedicated folks across the University. The Center for Belonging and Social Change would like to thank our partners in these endeavors -- The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Ohio State's LGBTQIA+ & Allies ERG, Scarlet and Gay Alumni Society, College of Social Work, College of Engineering, Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine, Counseling and Consultation Service, Student Athlete Support Services Office, Office for Disability Services at Ohio State Marion, LGBTQIA+ & Allies ERG at Ohio State Newark, TBDBITL Alumni Club, and the Department of Transportation and Traffic Management. We couldn't do it without them!