Columbus, Ohio — NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio cherishes Ohio’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer communities, and Ohio’s diverse communities of color. We are working to build a state where everyone has the right to make their own reproductive health care decisions and determine if, when, and with whom they have children or create a family. Black and transgender individuals are frequently targeted for violence, even by those who have sworn to protect and serve us all: the police. Reproductive freedom, nor reproductive justice, can be achieved unless this changes.
We call for all charges to be dropped for all individuals involved in protest at Columbus Pride.
The protesters were peaceably bringing attention the dangers faced by people of color in our nation. Fourteen trans women of color have been murdered this year, our country should take notice instead of averting our eyes and moving on. Black and transgender communities have been asking for solutions, and we have all failed to bring adequate assistance. This is a wake-up call we cannot ignore.