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Columbus Pride Submissions: Empowering Queer Youth

Columbus Pride Submissions: Empowering Queer Youth

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The LGBTQ+ community is strong, powerful, seen and heard here in Columbus. And 614 wanted to take the month of PRIDE and give the cover section over to our loud and proud LGBTQ+ Columbus crowd with their unedited copy, poems, art, photos, stories, and more about their experience here in the capital city. From love to heartbreak and everything in between, you get to hear directly from the people who make up this vibrant group about how they view the world and their place in it. Start flipping the pages to check out what the folks living happily and PRIDE-fully here in Central Ohio have to say. Happy PRIDE month, Columbus!


A photography journey into self love and acceptance

Photos and words by Mx. Vincent-Natasha Gay (they/they)
Genderfluid Model and Photographer
IG: @mx.gay_photography

In today’s world, labels seem to define us. From our race to our sexuality; they fit us into a box for others to “understand” us. Rather than living by our labels, this project illustrates that these queer youth are empowered to live as their queer selves, and as the kids that they are. Being queer means being unique and proud, and these kids truly embody that! They strive to better the world, through their own self-acceptance and love for who they are. At such a young age, this generation is expanding the narrative to accept and love everyone for what makes them unique. 

Melanie Torres – Lesbian (she/they)
Luna Johnson – Nonbinary pansexual (they/them)
Logan Johnson – Gay (he/him/they)
Sophia Reynolds – Bisexual (she/her)
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