Stonewall Columbus Media Contact:
Kathy Crowe – Sr. Coordinator
Communications & Creative Services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Purpose. Passion. Power.”
Purpose. – The 1969 Stonewall Uprisings represent the foundations of LGBTQ+ Pride, the purpose of our protests…protests against police brutality…protests against the injustices enacted on a people: the LGBTQ+ community. The Christopher Street Liberation march occurred June 28, 1970 in New York City and the Christopher Street West Parade in Los Angeles reminded us that several days in June of 1969 did not end our fight but determined our purpose.
Passion. – We must remember that our recognition of Pride was not always seen as celebratory; for a long time, our celebration of our Pride, our protest song, was seen as a radical assault on cis-heteronormative values and did not include marginalized intersectional identities. But as we have come to know better we strive to do better…to find more ways to be inclusive. The evolution of our fight means that we must work to include the most of us as we push for equity, equality, and liberation for the intersectional identities among us–our people are our passion.
Power. – The LGBTQ+ community spans race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, ancestry, national origin, and different abilities. Over a period of fifty-four years our community has banded together to fight against some of the most challenging situations of many of our lifetimes. We have survived sodomy laws; battled the HIV/AIDS epidemic; challenged antiquated notions of marriage; fought for protections under Title VII; held corporations accountable to invest in our causes not singularly during Pride month–and in the face of bigotry we persist. Our persistence is our power.
Stonewall Columbus, an independent 501(c)(3)nonprofit, is one of the oldest LGBTQ+ community organizations in the country–founded in 1981. Today Stonewall Columbus’ mission is to “increase visibility, inclusion, and connection for the LGBTQ+ community”. Stonewall represents more than 10,000 LGBTQ+ and allied community members in the Central Ohio region. Stonewall provides an array of evolving programs and resources to the LGBTQ+ and allied communities supported by community donations, corporate partnerships, and grants. Annual Stonewall Columbus PRIDE events and march are produced by Stonewall Columbus. Stonewall’s physical home is the Stonewall Columbus Community Center on High–a community center for all. Stonewall envisions a community where we all THRIVE.
Mission: increase visibility, inclusion, and connection for the LGBTQ+ community.
Values: History. Visibility. Inclusion. Connection. Accountability.