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 Riots. 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 Riots are 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 gathered to march 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 events.

Check back later for Pride 2023 events!

Stonewall Columbus Pride March and Festival

Every year, Stonewall Columbus hosts the Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival. With over 200 nonprofit and corporate vendors, 2 performance stages, a community wellness area, a DJ/dancing pad and a plethora of community resources–there is something at the festival for everyone!

Check back later for info on Stonewall Columbus Pride 2023!

Ohio Pride Events

For a full list of Pride celebrations in Ohio, check out Buckeye Flame's 2022 LGBTQ+ Ohio Pride Guide.

Saturday, September 17

Pride in GC - March in the Arts in the Alley Parade
Step-off at 10 a.m.
Grove City, Ohio

March with Pride in GC in the Grove City Arts in the Alley Parade! We will line up along Southwest Blvd, show our Pride colors, and help promote our Pride Weekend events in the fall. More info on their website.

Thursday, September 22 - Sunday, September 25

Columbus Melanin Pride
Columbus, Ohio (various times and locations)

A 3-day event created by and for LGBTQ+ people who are Black and POC. Organizers say it’s a Pride celebration that “amplifies Black/POC LGBTQ+ and puts our Melanin Magic on display.” More info on their website.

Friday, September 30

Pride in GC Weekend – The Block Party!
5 - 11 p.m.
Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123

Friday night of Pride in Grove City is a block party on Broadway! More info on their website.

Saturday, October 1

Pride in GC Weekend – The Passport
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123

All Saturday, participating businesses and organizations will have activities, discounts, events and more in both family and adult categories! You get to choose your own adventure! More info on their website.

Newark Pride Festival
Noon to 6 p.m.
Canal Market District (36 E. Canal Street, Newark, Ohio)

Please join the Newark Ohio Pride Coalition, their community partners, and folks from across Licking and adjacent counties for the 5th Annual Newark Ohio Pride Festival! This family-friendly pride festival will feature live music and performances, guest speakers, local artists and vendors, community resources, local food, beer garden, dance party, and much more! More info on their website.

Saturday, October 8

Columbus Community Pride Festival
Noon - 8 p.m.
Mayme Moore Park (835 Mt Vernon Ave, Columbus, OH 43203)

Columbus Community Pride is an annual LGBTQIA+ Pride celebration that truly centers QTIPOC, fights state-sanctioned violence, and takes no corporate sponsorship. Community Pride is by and for the most marginalized in the LGBTQIA+ community. There will also There will be Community Pride events throughout the month of June, and after Pride Month, events will resume in September & October right before the festival! Keep up with all of their events by visiting their website as well as following them on Instagram and Facebook.