COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Thousands of people will travel to Columbus to celebrate Pride Week beginning Friday. Stonewall Columbus runs the three-day celebration of the LGBTQ community with Saturday’s parade as the big draw.
Lana Moore, a third generation firefighter with Columbus Division of Fire, came out as transgender in 2008. She will lead the parade as the grand marshal. Read her bio here.
“I had been involved in the community for a long time, but closeted,” said Moore. “I finally reached a tipping point in my life.”
Now retired, Lana works hard championing LGBTQ issues and causes. She sits on the national board of GLAAD and works with BRAVO here in Columbus.
Lana said she learned of the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando after waking Sunday morning while she checked her email and social media accounts.
“I just couldn’t believe it. I was like, here we go. Here’s another one. And when I found out it was an LGBTQ nightclub, that made me sad,” said Moore.
Since the shooting, thousands of people here in Columbus have paid tribute to the 49 victims. Several vigils were held Sunday: one at the headquarters of Stonewall Columbus located at 1160 North High Street; another, sponsored by BRAVO, was held Sunday night at Goodale Park.
Lana was not surprised by the community response. She said the parade and Pride Week must go on because canceling the event gives power to those who hate.
“They win if we become afraid and act of that fear.”
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