15 Refugees Lead Columbus, Ohio Pride Parade

| June 18, 2017

Refugees from LGBTQ persecution led the Pride Parade Saturday, June 17 in Columbus, Ohio. Thousands of marchers and visitors cheered on the 15 refugees as the parade travelled along the city’s North High Street to Downtown and continued to the Scioto Riverfront.

“We’re all humans, and we all deserve to be happy on this earth,” one of the refugees, David, told the Columbus Dispatch. David, who did not want his last name used, fled Uganda in fear in 2014 after the Ugandan government passed a law making same-sex relations punishable by life in prison.

Stonewall Columbus director Karla Rothan said the festival was on track to draw more than 500,000 people, topping 2016?s record number, which would make Columbus Pride the largest such event in the Midwest.

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