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August marks the beginning of a new school year. New pencils. New lessons. New teachers. But, for countless of us educators, the start of the school year represents another deeply personal journey: deciding whether to come out of the closet.
On August 24, thousands of LGBTQ+ Ohioans will flock to Akron to partake in the city’s third annual Equality March, followed by the fun-filled festival replete with local talent, food trucks, exhibitions, and an overwhelming representation of pride.
When the Cleveland Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) debuted 34 years ago, the landscape for LGBTQ+ rights was markedly different. The group still sticks to its primary mission to provide support via group meetings, host educational activities at Northeast Ohio employers and universities, and promote advocacy by sponsoring special events and presenting awards.
When the Ohio Lesbian Festival (OLF) opted to boldly use the word ‘lesbian’ in its title, organizers and participants stood at the forefront of shaping a society free from oppression. Now an incredible 30 years later, OLF’s diverse assortment of performances, activities, and educational workshops continue to allow women to express themselves freely and grow without fear of being ostracized, not just within the festival grounds but in every area of their lives.
Popular culture usually portrays the pool party as a light-hearted, carefree experience. However, it can be anything but for individuals who attend, only to find themselves judged based on their appearance.
When it comes to understanding and educating the masses on queer representation in comic books, there are few that can hold a candle to Valentino Luca Zullo.
Prizm News / July 8, 2019 / By Ilona Westfall Karim Ali, corporate attorney and Partner in Charge of Diversity and Inclusion at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP How one Columbus lawyer is on a mission to diversify leadership Law firms aren’t usually known for their diversity. But Karim Ali, a corporate attorney and Partner in...
Prizm News / June 18, 2019 / By Ken Schneck Organizer Charlie H. A Stewart and Dkéama Alexis welcome attendees to the second annual Community Pride.Photos by Ken Falk Scenes from the 2nd Annual Columbus Community Pride Inclusivity, safety, and empowerment stood at the heart of the 2nd Annual Columbus Community Pride, which has hosted myriad events...
Prizm News / June 18, 2019 / By Staley Munroe Participants in the 2019 Trans Pride March form hearts with their hands as a sign of unity at the Ohio Statehouse.Photo by Staley Munroe The inaugural Trans Pride March was held in Columbus last weekend As Felicia DeRosa of TransOhio asked the over 1000 individuals to...
Adding another feather to his amazing 2019 cap, Andrew Levitt is announced as the well-deserved recipient of the 2019 Steven Shellabarger Illuminator Award for his outstanding activism in the Columbus community and nationwide.