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After Speaking Out Against Stonewall, LGBT Activists Host Their Own Meeting

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Members of the group Black, Queer & Intersectional Columbus commandeered a Stonwall Columbus meeting July 17.

The group that protested a Stonewall Columbus community meeting last week is hosting its own response meeting Monday night.

The group Black Queer and Intersectional Columbus is hosting the “BlackPride4-led Community Conservation.”

The "blackpride4" name came out of a protest at last month’s Pride Parade, where four people were arrested for blocking the parade route. Police say one protesters tried to disarm an officer, while protesters have disputed that claim.

The Monday meeting follows last Monday’s Stonewall protest where about 200 protesters stormed into a community meeting, took the microphone and held court for more than an hour. They were protesting what they call Stonewall’s lack of response to concerns about violence against LGBT people of color.

Dkeama Alexis says the meeting will focus on creating a system of support for LGBT people who feel ignored by Stonewall.

“People can address questions to us and we can answer them. And that can be related to Stonewall, related to how we're going to move forward in terms of abolishing like police brutality,” Alexis says.

The meeting will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and University Center, and begins at 6 p.m.

Adora Namigadde was a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. She joined WOSU News in February 2017. A Michigan native, she graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in French.