The celebration of Pride began in 1970, one year following the famous Stonewall Riots that took place in Greenwich Village in New York City. NYC then hosted the first ever Pride celebration.The celebration lasted approximately a week. Celebrations ended with a march that included 150 individuals. That same year, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco joined in the Pride celebrations.Columbus Pride started in 1981 with roughly 200 people participating in the march.

Columbus Pride now includes Stonewall Pride and Community Pride events. Columbus is celebrating Pride June 9 – 16th, 2019 with a variety of activities taking place throughout the city. Cities throughout the United States and the world now celebrate Pride in a variety of ways.

At Huck House, Pride is an opportunity for us to show that we are a safe place for all. Gender identity, sexual orientation, race, economic status, etc. does not matter, one is safe and always welcome at Huck House. This year, we asked staff to identify why everyone is welcome at Huck House.

HOPE

Family Support Program 

“People deserve to know and feel accepted”

DAVID

Transitional Living Program

“Everyone needs support”

LINDSEY

Transitional Living Program 

“Shared positive emotions and to build community”

SARA

Crisis Program 

“Your identity is never a burden”

YONATAN

Crisis Program

“Because.”

Leslie

Family Support Program

“Everyone should know what safety feels like”

Erin

Family Support Program

“Everyone deserves a nonjudgmental ear to listen”

Dalia & Teresa

Crisis Program

“Diversity Matters”

Tiffany

Administration

“Diversity is our strength”

Jonathan

Youth Outreach Program

“The greatest gift of all is love”

Jasmine

Youth Outreach Program

“Love is Love”

Taurrah

Crisis Program

“We want everyone to have a safe place”

Erica

Family Support Program

“Everyone deserves a safe place”

Daniel

Crisis Program

“Everyone deserves to be heard”

Jaida

Family Support Program

“Everyone deserves unconditional support”

Tyia

Transitional Living Program

Everyone needs family, support, love, understanding, & community

Kyra

Youth Outreach Program

“Who are we to say someone is not”

Susan

Administration

“Everyone is important”

Our Resources

Holland, B. (2017, June 09). How Activists Plotted the First Gay Pride Parades.
Retrieved from https://www.history.com/news/how-activists-plotted-the-firstgay-pride-parades

Kaufman, M., & Kaufman, M. (2018, June 14). A look back at the history of the Columbus pride parade. Retrieved from https://www.dispatch.com/news/20180614/look-back-at-history-of-columbuspride-parade

Blog Article by Erica Schnitz, FSP Program Manager
Blog Graphics by Leslie Scott, Professional Development Coordinator

2019 Pride Information

Stonewall PRIDE Information:
https://columbuspride.org/festival/

Community PRIDE Information:
https://columbuscommunitypride.org/