And remember that Columbus is a city of only 800,000 and a metro of 1.9 million, so to pull 210,000 folks for pride is pretty damn good plus it gets huge community support. It would probably be bigger, but we get a lot of rain in June, and yep, on pride weekend. And the next weekend is ComFest, which is like another one, but mixed and even drunker if that's possible.
Dear Friend of Stonewall,
Stonewall Columbus Pride Holiday 2012 will be held Friday through Sunday. June 15-17, 2012 and is considered to be one of the largest Gay Pride celebrations of its kind in the Midwest and one of the top 10 in the country. GayCities.com, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community-driven city guide, announced the annual "Best of GayCities" winners and Columbus, Ohio, received a special award as the "Up-and-Coming Gay City of 2011."
This year marks our 31st anniversary of Stonewall Columbus Pride Holiday and we anticipate a bigger and better event than the Greater Columbus LGBT and allied community has ever seen. Attendance at this celebration of diversity and community spirit was outstanding last year with an estimated 210,000 participants. Pride Holiday is a crucial fundraising venture for Stonewall Columbus. Funds raised at the Pride events support Stonewall Columbus and its pursuit of equality, fairness and safety for the entire LGBT community.
The theme of our upcoming Pride Festival is “Allies and Equality” and in 2012 Stonewall Columbus will also celebrate the Bicentennial of Columbus, Ohio by honoring Mayor Michael B. Coleman as our Pride grand marshal and true ally. Mayor Coleman has been our champion and he values the LGBT community. Under his guidance in 2011, the city extended workers’ health benefits to domestic partners. Below is a quote from a June 2011 article of 614 Magazine, “Why is Columbus so Gay?” Mayor Coleman was the first Mayor to attend a Pride Festival and March and this is what he had to say about his experience and our event:
“I view it as an opportunity to market to the rest of the country,” Mayor Coleman said. “This is an asset of our city. The GLBT community is a community that is very creative, a community that brings a lot of opportunity with it. Jobs, economic viability . . . it all adds value to the community in a big way. When I go out recruiting businesses, I say this is one of the reasons why they should relocate their business to Columbus.”
It is our hope that your business will be among our partners in Pride in June 2012 as we host the following Pride events for the community: Run for Pride 5K, the Pride Festival and Parade on June 15 & 16th and the Pride Brunch on Sunday, June 17.
Enclosed you will find sponsorship opportunities listing many ways in which you can support Stonewall Columbus and the 2012 Pride Holiday. If you have additional questions, please visit our website at www.columbuspride.org, contact Executive Director Karla Rothan at (P) 614-930-2261 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org .
We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you in advance for your continued support of Stonewall Columbus and the LGBT community.