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Susan

Susan

I think there’s something special about Columbus because I have a lot of connections here, locally, in the community, in the disability field — and it is kind of the hub for Ohio, being the capital city. And it’s centrally located. And we love what we do. I wish the airport had a little more access. I wish I could get somewhere without going somewhere else to get there.

“We don’t really feel any kind of “difference” here. There’s not discrimination.”
It’s a very accepting city. I’m gay, so it’s a great place to live. We don’t really feel any kind of “difference” here. There’s not discrimination. All the political figures in the community are, at least as we speak, very supportive. Columbus was one of the first to pass domestic partnership benefits. That’s a huge thing for me. And that’s evolved over time. It wasn’t that way day one. I think it’s a lot more progressive than a lot of Midwest cities. I mean, it’s not Indianapolis for goodness sake.

I love the city in the summer. From the Arts festival all the way thru until now, the Independents' Day festival. I try to come every year. There’s so many opportunities to do things in the summer. I mean that’s when everything comes alive in the city. There’s outdoor music. I just went to the Topiary Garden for the first time in my life last week. We’re all over the city. We go downtown all the time. The Short North always makes me feel like a real city. You know what I mean?
Sardi Castillo

Sardi Castillo

Eleni Papaleonardos

Eleni Papaleonardos