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Black and Pink

Black and Pink is an Omaha nonprofit supporting incarcerated members of the LBGTQ community and those living with HIV/AIDS, groups that can be especially vulnerable behind bars. With its yearly holiday cards campaign, the organization encourages those on the outside to remind folks in prison that they are not alone. Courtney Bierman spoke to Black and Pink members support coordinator Andrea Kszystyniak for more.

A rainbow-patterned communications box is in the foreground with the 62nd and Dodge bus stop canopy behind it
Courtney Bierman

Ahead of Metro Tranit’s ORBT line’s launch on Nov. 18, you might have noticed colorful additions to bus stops along Dodge Street. Metro Transit partnered with Omaha by Design, an urban policy and design nonprofit, to enlist 10 local artists to create designs for the communication boxes at some new ORBT canopies. 

A sign that reads "COMING SOON" with a graphic of a playground stands on a patch of grass
Courtney Bierman

 When Lauren Citro tries to go to a playground with her family, she can run into a problem.

 “When I see all that sand, I'm like, ‘I'm going to have to carry him across,’” she says. “It's not going to go well.”

 Citro is referring to her son Brody. Brody has spina bifida, a birth defect in which the spinal cord doesn’t form properly. He uses mobility aids like sticks and a walker to get around.