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Ohio University’s mascot Rufus to celebrate diversity at Columbus PRIDE


Rufus will travel to Columbus on Saturday to participate in the city’s 35th PRIDE Celebration. Parade step-off begins at 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of S. Front Street and W. Broad Street in downtown Columbus.

Rufus will join Ohio University alumni and friends to show support for their local LGBTQ community. delfin bautista, director of the University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center, said Rufus will represent the University’s commitment to diversity.

“Ohio University a place that celebrates people of all genders, orientations, and expressions of identity. We are proud to support our siblings in Columbus as they celebrate PRIDE in Columbus and its impact on the community as it has transformed since it first began 1981,” said bautista.

In wake of the tragedy in Orlando, top safety is in place for the annual event, which is expected to draw nearly 400,000 attendees. The Columbus Police Department, Columbus Fire Department and other law enforcement and safety officials have dedicated increased presence related to security and safety surrounding the PRIDE events.

Ohio University was selected as one of the 100 Best LGBT Friendly Colleges and Universities by The Advocates’ College Guide for LGBT Students (last published in 2006). Ohio University’s selection was based on its positive environment, programs and services, and LGBT student coalitions.