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 Student Life Multicultural Center is partnering with colleges and departments across campus for two events:

  1. Pride Brunch: Friday, June 17, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Ohio Union, Cartoon Room

  2. Pride March: Saturday, June 18, time TBD. This year marks the return of Columbus' Pride Festival and March. A contingent of LGBTQ Buckeyes and allies will march in the parade, and we will be joined by Brutus, TBDBITL Alumni Band, and Alumni Spirit Squad! Step-off for the parade is 10:30 a.m., so participants will need to arrive early to line up on the corner of High Street and Broad Street. The exact time participants will need to arrive is TBA and more details will be shared once the event is closer. There will be transportation from the Ohio Union to the line-up location, though participants are welcome to travel to the location independently.

To join us for these events, please scan the QR code on this page or register online.

These Pride events were organized in partnership with: College of Engineering, College of Medicine/Wexner Medical Center, College of Social Work, College of Veterinary Alumni Society, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Transportation and Traffic Management, Office for Disability Services at Ohio State Marion, Pride Veterinary Medical Community Student Chapter, Scarlet and Gay Alumni Society, Student Athlete Support Services Office, TBDBITL Alumni Club, The Ohio State University Alumni Association, and Undergraduate Admissions.

Stonewall Columbus Pride March and Festival

Stonewall Columbus Pride Community Festival and Resource Fair
Friday, June 17
4 - 10 p.m.
Goodale Park (120 W. Goodale St, Columbus, OH 43215)

Stonewall Columbus looks forward to welcoming a variety of communities to 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 will be something at the festival for everyone! Learn more by visiting the Stonewall Columbus website.

Stonewall Columbus Pride March and Community Festival
Saturday, June 18
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Goodale Park (120 W. Goodale St, Columbus, OH 43215)

The annual Pride March will step-off at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Broad Street and High Street, and travel north on High St. toward Goodale Park. Following the parade, enjoy the Columbus Pride Community Festival at Goodale Park. Learn more by visiting the Stonewall Columbus website.

Ohio Pride Events

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

Saturday, June 4

Delaware Ohio Pride Festival 2022
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Boardman Arts Park (154 W. William St, Delaware, OH 43015)

More than 40 vendors will be on hand at the free, family-friendly festival. Entertainment includes two drag shows and performances by Levi Brown, the Lucky Penny Sisters and Isis Yasmeen. A children’s area will have crafts, games, story times, face painting, two appearances by Nate the Magician and the YMCA’s gaga pit. Food trucks will provide a variety of refreshments. Parking is available in the Ohio Wesleyan University parking lot across William Street, off of Liberty Street. Mo re info on More info is online.

Sunday, June 5

Rainbow Love: Worthington Pride
Noon - 6 p.m.
Worthington Village Green (951 High Street, Worthington, Ohio, 43085)

Lots of great booths highlighting LGBTQ+ organizations, hands-on activities and crafts, food and local shopping specials, live music from Columbus Pride Band and a Drag Queen story time with Soy Queen. More info on the Facebook event page.

Upper Arlington Pride 2022
1 - 5 p.m.
The Mallway at Old Arlington (1953 S. Mallway Drive, Upper Arlington, Ohio)

Upper Arlington’s second-ever Pride is on for 2022. Bigger and brighter right on the Mallway, this family friendly, outdoor, rain or shine event will celebrate our LGBTQ+ community and allies featuring food trucks, live music and entertainment, games and educational organizations. More info is on the Facebook event page.

Saturday, June 11

Westerville PRIDE
9 a.m. – noon
Westerville City Hall Green (21 S. State St, Westerville, OH 43081)

Celebrate Westerville’s 2nd annual PRIDE event at City Hall Green in conjunction with the Westerville Farmers Market. Bring the little ones for PRIDE story time, participate in community art and enjoy performances from the Westerville HS theater students. More info on their Facebook event page.

Central Ohio Reconciling Ministries PRIDE Festival
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Bethel International UMC (1220 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio)

Bethel International UMC is hosting their 2nd Central Ohio Reconciling Ministries PRIDE Festival. Pride Month is a time to break down barriers of judgment and exclusion, and celebrate Christ’s inclusive love of all people. Bring a blanket or chair for music and food on the lawn. The festival will go on rain or shine, so come prepared to have fun in any weather. More info on their Facebook event page.

Hilliard Pride
Noon - 3 p.m.
Station Park (4021 Main Street, Hilliard, Ohio)

Live music, activities, booths, family fun and more. Music headliner is The Shaun Booker Dammit Band. Tons of family-friendly activities for everyone. More info on their Instagram page.

Marysville Pride Fest
4 - 9 p.m.
Memorial Health Pavilion (E. 6th St, Marysville, OH)

A Family-Friendly gathering to support our LGBTQ+ kids and residents and to make a stand against discrimination and bullying in Marysville. More info on their Facebook events page.

Sunday, June 12

Dublin Pride Walk
8:30 p.m.
Riverside Crossing Park (6635 Riverside Drive, Dublin, OH)

Gather at 8:30 p.m. for a brief Pride program to be followed by Dublin’s annual Pride Walk across the Dublin Link Bridge. More info on their Facebook event page.