EVENT: Columbus Georgia Family Justice Project Public Discussion 2/7/2017

Via Press Release from Georgia Equality:

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:

Columbus Georgia Family Justice Project Public Discussion

Join the Georgia Family Justice Project Community Discussion at 6:00pm on Wednesday, June 7th at the Columbus Public Library Auditorium, 3000 Macon Road, in Columbus. This communication discussion is aimed to raise public awareness of the need for broader, more inclusive definitions of ‘family’ in public and workplace policies.

Only 20% of today’s families identify as a “nuclear” family; mom, dad and two kids. Our families are multi-generational, blended, multi-lingual, have LGBTQ parents, and other non-traditional forms of family. However, the legal definition of ‘families’ found in public policy from adoption to hospital visitation, and workplace leave do not include many of us.

The Columbus discussions is the first of a series of statewide community dialogues to raise awareness through family stories and conversations for the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Additionally the “Typical Georgia Families” photography exhibit highlighting the diversity of Georgia’s families will be on display for this event.

So join us for the Georgia Family Justice Project Community Discussion at the Columbus Public Library Auditorium at 6:00pm on Wednesday, June 7th. Lite fare and refreshments will be provided.

To RSVP go to www.georgiaequality.org.

PRESS RELEASE: Colgay Pride Reacts to Republican President’s anti-Trans Move

COLGAY PRIDE CALLS TRUMP’S REVOCATION OF OBAMA POLICY FOR TRANSGENDER PERSONS RESTROOM A MAJOR SETBACK TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY
PRESS RELEASE

Colgay Pride of Columbus Georgia and it’s Director today is calling the revocation order from President Trump regarding former President Obama’s Transgender bathroom policy for students a Major Setback for the LGBT Community.

Director Hobbs said “I knew this was going to be a hot topic when it was put into action last year by the Obama administration, but we had moved on and forward from that time and people were finally getting the feel of what was meant to happen with the inclusion of Unisex Restrooms and so forth. All we ask is for our students to go and learn and go to the bathroom without incident or fear from bullying and harassment of other students who are being taught by religious leaders and parents to demonize people who are different from them.”

Hobbs went on to say “All we have to do it look at the fine example of Target Stores here in Columbus and around our country. They took a hot topic like this and endured a lot of religious nut jobs running through their stores screaming and yelling out bible verses they chose to follow or use as a tool to hate and spread hate all due to ignorance, but when all was said and done it was more so about accommodating all its customers and by doing so they are working to provide those Family/Unisex bathrooms. All Transgender people want to do is GO TO THE BATHROOM AND USE IT AND LEAVE.” Hobbs said “It takes sick minds to think up something bizarre that Transgender citizens are sick and perverted, when in fact its more heterosexuals who molest children and do perverted acts in bathrooms. All we have to do is look to the Republican party at Former ANTI-LGBT Senator Larry Craig who was caught trying solicit sex in a men’s bathroom. It has always been my experience the ones who cry foul the loudest when it comes to LGBT equality are the ones who are hiding something about their own selves and because they hate themselves so much for feeling those feelings they lash out against everyone else that has the courage to be who they are.”

Hobbs will grant interviews regarding the policy. Just call or text Jeremy Hobbs at 706-580-6239

SEE MORE:
President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday revoked landmark guidance issued to public schools in defense of transgender student rights, reversing course on a signature initiative of former Democratic President Barack Obama.
Obama instructed public schools in May 2016 to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their chosen gender identity, threatening to withhold federal funding if they should force transgender children to use bathrooms against their will.
The Trump administration action withdrew that guidance while the Justice and Education departments continue to study the legal issues involved.
Reversing the Obama guidelines stands to inflame passions in the latest conflict in America between believers in traditional values and social progressives, and is likely to prompt more of the street protests that followed Trump’s Nov. 8 election.
A couple hundred people gathered in front of the White House to protest the Trump action, waving rainbow flags and chanting: “No hate, no fear, trans students are welcome here.” The rainbow flag is the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Jeremy Hobbs
Director Colgay Pride Columbus Georgia

“Thank you for lending your voice, taking action to fight injustice and standing up for equality for all.”
Jeremy Scott Hobbs
COLGAY PRIDE Director
4411 Rosemont Drive
Columbus Georgia 31904
(706) 580-6239

Gay U.S. ambassador to Dominican Republic to resign on Jan. 20

It is common for ambassadors to resign their posts upon a new president’s inauguration, but it’s still sad to see Wally Brewster leave office for new adventures. Big up to Ambassador Brewster!

Gay U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James “Wally” Brewster on Wednesday announced he will resign once President-elect Trump takes office.

“At midday on Jan 20, 2017, I will submit my resignation as U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic and Bob and I will leave in search of new adventures,” said Brewster in a statement the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic posted to its Twitter page. “Our spirits will remain with you forever.”

Source: Gay U.S. ambassador to Dominican Republic to resign on Jan. 20

Madonna spent Thanksgiving with kids at a LGBT homeless youth centre

Madonna is an MVP for LGBT youth.

The queen of pop, and our hearts, has proven her worth once again as she spent Thanksgiving with homeless children living in an LGBT youth centre.

The Ali Forney Centre in New York City provides a home for LGBT youth and gives them the tools necessary to live independently.

In an adorable group selfie, Madonna explained that she opted to spend the holidays with the kids because “everyone deserves to be loved and everyone deserves a home.”

Source: Madonna spent Thanksgiving with kids at a LGBT homeless youth centre · PinkNews

ALBANY, NY: Three Wounded, One Killed, As Gunman Opens Fire In Gay Bar

Tragedy in Albany, NY. From NewNowNext:

Three people have been wounded, and one killed, after shots were fired early Thursday morning at the Rocks, a popular gay bar in Albany, New York.

Police were alerted to shots fired at about 2am and are reportedly still on the scene.

One man died as a result of his injuries, while three other victims, one male and two females, were taken to Albany Med with non-life threatening injuries.

Source: Three Wounded, One Killed, As Gunman Opens Fire In Albany Gay Bar | NewNowNext

TEXAS: Four U.S. lesbians, wrongly accused of child abuse, have been exonerated

A deplorable scandal in Texas, wronging four women.

Four lesbian women, who were wrongly accused of child abuse, have been exonerated this week after serving nearly two decades in prison.

Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh and Anna Vasquez, later named the ‘San Antonio Four’, who were 19 and 20 at the time of their arrest in 1994, were accused of sexually abusing Elizabeth’s nieces’ and ‘satanic rituals’.

“These four women have unquestionably established that they are innocent of these charges,” Texan judge David Newell wrote. “Those defendants have won the right to proclaim to the citizens of Texas that they did not commit a crime. That they are innocent. That they deserve to be exonerated.”

This outcome will allow the four women, who are now in their 40s, to clear their names and take them off the sex offenders list. It will also allow them to seek up to $80,00 USD in compensation for each year they were imprisoned – 17 years ($1,360,000 USD) for Elizabeth and 13 ($1,040,000 USD) for Cassandra, Kristie and Anna.

Source: Four U.S. lesbians, wrongly accused of child abuse, have been exonerated · PinkNews

Elton John not playing at Trump’s inauguration

I mean, really? Who thought this was gonna happen?!

From The Hill:

“Elton will not be performing at Trump’s inauguration,” the rep told the New York Post. Anthony Scaramucci, a vice chair of the presidential inaugural committee, claimed Tuesday that John would play on the National Mall for the inauguration in January.

John endorsed Hillary Clinton over Trump during the 2016 race, however, and headlined fundraisers for the Democratic presidential nominee as recently as last month.

Source: Elton John not playing at Trump’s inauguration: rep | TheHill

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