COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Hundreds met at Mayme Moore Park for an alternative Pride celebration. Organizers say Columbus Community Pride is about bringing the celebration back to its roots.
After the arrest of four people known as the “Black Pride Four” at last year’s parade, this year a new Pride tradition was born.
Helen Stewart, who helped organize the Columbus Community Pride: Back To Our Roots festival, says this event’s mission is to be inclusive for all.
“We did not feel welcome there, we did not feel safe, and we wanted to make sure we focused on providing a safe space for us,” Stewart said.
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy has been fighting for black trans women for more than 40 years. She says this festival is a start.
“Look around you. What it means is people getting together creating their own sense of family and not the one government and society chooses to give us,” she said.
She says everyone deserves respect, especially transgender people of color who she says have suffered the most.