Prizm News / June 12, 2019 / By Ken Schneck

Luster Singleton
Photography by Emma Parker

The Advocate names two Ohioans to their list of Champions of Pride

By Ken Schneck

With a special nod to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, The Advocate has released their annual list of the 104 Champions of Pride.  As the editors of the nation’s largest LGBTQ magazine scoured the United States for activists, politicians, influencers, and everyday people, the resulting compendium of heroes features two proud Ohioans: Luster Singleton and AJ Casey. 

In 2018, Singleton was part of the team that opened Mozaic, an effort born out of a need to create safer spaces for transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary youth and young adults of color throughout the Columbus area. With a mission of having no new diagnoses of HIV among the population they serve, Mozaic exists as both a community space as well as a wellness program. Singleton’s other incredible contributions include co-founding the acclaimed drag king troupe H.I.S. KINGS and IDKE, and coordinating the Pride Family and Teen Area at the Pride Festival for well over a decade.

Executive Director AJ Casey speaks at the 2019 Illumination Ceremony at City Hall
Photo by Staley Munroe
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Casey took the reins as the Executive Director of Stonewall Columbus in November of 2018 during both an exciting and fraught time for community center. With 25 years of nonprofit management and fundraising, Casey has put her intentions front and center to heal some of the disconnect that currently exists between the organization and the community, particularly with communities of color. Her leadership also comes at a key time of expansion as Stonewall recently unveiled their newly renovated (and vastly enlarged) 15,000 sq. ft. space. 

Prizm salutes both the efforts of the honorees above as well as the countless heroes who are working daily to raise up the voices of the LGBTQ+ community throughout Ohio.   

Staley Jophiel Munroe
Staley Munroe is the creative director of Prizm. A Columbus native, Staley's career spans from NY to LA, working as a photographer, art director, and coordinator within the creative/fashion industries. Limited Brands, Hollywood film sets, New York Fashion Week, and several magazines have trusted her instincts for impactful visualization. As a proud, resilient transgender woman, Staley vigorously fights for equality and is a frequent speaker with the intent to increase awareness and understanding of transgender life.