Community Alert - We are Stronger Than Hate

Community Alert - We are Stronger Than Hate

Community Alert - We are Stronger Than Hate


BRAVO is issuing the following alert for the safety of the LGBTQI
Communities of Central Ohio

February 28, 2017 

We Are Stronger Than Hate

The Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) would like to encourage the LGBTQI community to be extra aware of their surroundings over the first week of March.

Whenever there is a large influx of people visiting our city for various events, as is the case when any large event comes to the Greater Columbus Convention Center, there is also an increased possibility of violence. It remains important that we not associate violence with any one event; however, it has been reported multiple times by media and law enforcement that there seems to be an increase in human trafficking and associated violence during the Arnold Classic, which is one of the largest events in the Midwest. There will be a lot of new faces in the crowd, especially in the downtown and Short North areas. The vast majority of people are here to have a good time in our great city and enjoy the hospitality Columbus has to offer; nonetheless, there may be people looking to do harm as well.

This is a time to be extra vigilant. We need to be aware of our surroundings and watch out for each other. If possible, go out with friends and be accountable to each other. Make sure someone knows where you are going, and with whom. Avoid walking alone, especially in alleys or dark, less populated areas. If you feel uncomfortable, listen to your instincts. If you do see something, say something. BRAVO is here to help. It is never your fault if someone chooses to cause harm.

We are still mourning the loss of Joey LaBute from last year. On March 4th, 2016 Joey LaBute went missing from a Short North bar. On March 29th, his body was recovered from the Scioto River. His murder remains an unsolved active homicide investigation. If you have any information regarding the disappearance or homicide of Joey, please contact the Columbus Division of Police at (614) 645-TIPS (8477) or BRAVO at (614) 294-7867.

Don't Take It… Report It! has been a mantra for all 20 years BRAVO has been working to provide life-saving and affirming services to LGBTQI survivors of violence across the state of Ohio. We can provide advocacy and crisis support services when needed and wanted for individuals, groups, families, and communities. We also keep track of such incidents so we can continue to provide services and response when needs arise. These reports help BRAVO and help our collective communities.

Please connect with BRAVO via or signup for our email updates on our website for updates and any information regarding community response.

If you or anyone you know have experienced violence, contact BRAVO - we can help!
614-294-7867 or 866-86-BRAVO.

All reports to BRAVO are confidential and may be made anonymously. All BRAVO services are free.


Don’t Take It… Report It!

BRAVO works to eliminate violence perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification, domestic violence and sexual assault through prevention, education, advocacy, violence documentation and survivor services, both within and on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities.

BRAVO is a proud founding member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP)



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