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AEP Ohio drops out of Columbus Pride festival events

Columbus Pride March in 2016.
Stonewall Columbus Pride festival and march

AEP Ohio has decided not to participate in the Columbus Pride events this weekend as an organized group.

In an emailed statement the company said, "AEP continues to be a proud supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and PRIDE events across our service territory. Many AEP employees are participating in the Columbus PRIDE celebration this weekend, but the decision was made not to participate as an organized AEP group to ensure that nothing distracts from the positive nature of the event. We also are mindful of the safety of our employees following threatening social media posts related to the outages earlier this week."

The company has come under fire this week from frustrated customers after power outages that occurred following a severe storm.

Debbie Holmes began her career in broadcasting in Columbus after graduating from The Ohio State University. She left the Buckeye state to pursue a career in television news and worked as a reporter and anchor in Moline, Illinois and Memphis, Tennessee.