In-Person Pride Month Events Return to Ohio State, Columbus After 2 Years of Virtual Events

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Dust off those rainbow flags, Buckeyes. It’s time to channel that Buckeye spirit into a different kind of pride.

After two years of virtual programming, Columbus Pride Month events will return in-person throughout June.

Pride Month is held annually in June, commemorating the Stonewall Uprising of 1969 – a series of protests by the LBGTQ community in New York City in response to a police raid on a gay bar, according to the Library of Congress. This year, there are several events throughout the month that the Buckeyes can get involved with on and off campus.

The Diversity, intercultural and community engagement program will hold several workshops in June to educate participants about LGBTQ identities, terminology and history, according to the university event page. These workshops include education and history on the LGBTQ community.

These events require registration, and Ohio State students, faculty, and staff can register here.

The The Multicultural Center for Student Life will host a brunch on June 17 at the Ohio Union. This brunch is a social event for LGBTQ Buckeyes and their allies to connect and celebrate their community, according to the event. registration page.

Off-campus events also take place in Columbus throughout June that students can participate in, including Pride steps and walks by Stonewall Columbus — an organization that seeks to raise the profile of the LGBTQ community in the United States — which has been organizing marches since 1981. The organization now welcomes more than 700,000 people to its annual Pride events, according to its website.

This year, Stonewall Columbus kicked off Pride Month with the City Hall Pride Lighting Wednesday downtown, according to a Pride Month calendar on the organization’s website. The group will also host a Columbus Pride Community Festival and Resource Fair June 17 and 18 with more than 200 vendors, two performance stages and a dance floor.

Stonewall Columbus will host its 41st edition Pride March June 18, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Broad and High streets. A group of LGBTQ Buckeyes and allies will participate in the Columbus Pride Parade, and they will be joined by members of the Alumni Band and Alumni Spirit Squad, according to the university’s Pride Month schedule. To be part of the Ohio State group participating in the march, register here

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