Pride 2016 Rev. April Blaine & Rev. Susan Smith
Two of my favorite pastors at Pride 2016, Rev. April Blaine and Rev. Susan K. Smith

2016 Columbus, Ohio Pride Festival

Yesterday, a bunch of us from Summit on 16th United Methodist Church, a Reconciling Ministries Network of the United Methodist Church, having more than half the members  in our congregation who identify as LGBTQ, participated in the Columbus, Ohio Pride Festival.  Our “float” in the parade was a Rainbow Bathtub in which we offered photos to be taken later at the booth along with Rainbow Jesus! Our Pride Festival took place one short week after the tragedy in Orlando.  Some folk thought we wouldn’t come out to show our solidarity and our PRIDE.  Instead, we came out in record numbers:  over 600,000 people showed up!