The Stonewall Columbus Staff and Board of Trustees acknowledges the passing of B. “Wahru” Cleveland—a Stonewall Columbus Trailblazers member, a committed donor to the Stonewall Columbus organization at various levels for over 10 years, and a valued community advisor to several Stonewall Columbus executive leaders. Over the years Wahru offered drum workshops at the Stonewall Columbus Community Center and on more than one occasion Wahru graced The Center to drum a welcoming rhythm to those who would venture into the space—notably in 2019 during Stonewall’s “Grand Re-opening” and in 2022 during the first art show at the Stonewall Center post COVID-19 closure.
Wahru was often the only Black Lesbian in spaces fighting for her intersectional representation in various social/identity movements and organizations—Wahru’s presence made space for other Black Lesbian and Queer leaders to be present. “During my short tenure with Stonewall, Wahru and I had brief but poignant interactions—each where she was guiding us to do the right thing; with ideas that ensured those with the most need in our community were being centered, cared for” said Densil Porteous, Stonewall Columbus Executive Director.
Thankful for your generosity, humbled by her grace, and inspired by their wisdom.