Street in the Short North to be renamed after Nina West

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Hull Alley at High Street will be renamed after drag queen Nina West ahead of this weekend’s Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival.

The street will be known as The Nina West Way beginning Tuesday, June 11.

Nina West, portrayed by Andrew Levitt, recently finished sixth on the 11th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and won the title of Miss Congeniality.

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Fans working with Stonewall Columbus and the Short North Alliance, initiated the street renaming, according to a press release.

A crowdfunding campaign on social media paid for the $800 fee to install the sign and additional proceeds from the campaign were donated to The Nina West Fund at The Columbus Foundation.

"Nina West is not only a pillar in the Short North Community, but a leader for equality and kindness," said Betsy Pandora, Executive Director of the Short North Alliance. "To those of us who have known her kindness for years, it is a joy to watch the nation discover it through her recent success. We join many in our community to celebrate her success and showcase her message with the renaming of Hull Alley as The Nina West West Way."

West, who is the Grand Marshall of this year's Columbus Pride Parade on Saturday morning, will also be honored at the annual Pride Brunch, on Sunday.

“Nina embodies what Pride stands for,” said AJ Casey, Executive Director of Stonewall Columbus. "Through showing unbelievable kindness and leadership, Nina has shown Columbus what it means to uplift others. Her visibility has only grown, and will continue to grow, but we are so glad that we get to keep a little piece of Nina West’s kindness in our neighborhood. Go Big. Be Kind. Go West.”

An official unveiling will take place on Friday at 3 p.m. as the pride festival begins.