From Jeremy Hobbs of Colgay Pride via Press Release:
On behalf of the LGBT Community, You are hereby invited to attend the RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY with Columbus Georgia City Councilor Pops Barnes for Columbus Georgia’s NEW LGBT Night Club – The Velvet Room on August 4th 7 pm. There will be food and fun for all to be had and we look forward to giving our citizens a tour of this new historic achievement for LGBT Columbus.
For the past month, we have worked out all the kinks and decorated our new home away from home for all our LGBT community to feel welcomed as they walk through the door. For the past five years Colgay Pride Director Jeremy Hobbs has been hearing from our community “WE WANT A GAY BAR” and now, thanks to the POWERHOUSE LGBT TEAM PARTNERSHIP of Jeremy Hobbs and Latweet Weldon that dream and wanting is now a reality. A lot of heavy planning went into this location on Midtown Drive. One year ago, we heard of the historic mass shooting that stole 49 individuals from our lives at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando Florida and it just so happens this location formerly the Medallion was also a location involved in a shooting last year from patrons that claimed three lives. What better place to start a NEW CHAPTER in LGBT Entertainment and Safety than learning from the mistakes of others in the past and making changes that will be better for Midtown Columbus and the LGBT Community. The goal was to give our LGBT community something they have yet to experience in Columbus Georgia. THE FULL RED-CARPET EXPERIENCE from entry to the dance floor. We offer our patrons STATE OF THE ART LIGHTING AND SOUND as well as a comfortable atmosphere where anyone can feel at home. And most importantly HIGH-LEVEL SECURITY. We are determined to ensure what took place at this location formerly the Medallion as well as what took place at Pulse Night club in Orlando NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN here in Columbus Georgia. Everyone deserves the right to go out and have fun and return home safely and we make certain of this week after week. In fact, the CPD Sergeant for that area as well as on duty officers have stopped through and told us how much they appreciate the difference in our club and how is has lowered the problem issues for that sector of town. We are making MIDTOWN DRIVE safe again and proud to announce The Velvet Room is now a LGBT Safe Zone for our citizens.
After the ribbon cutting ceremony get ready for the REUNION SHOW OF THE CENTURY starring Columbus Georgia LGBT Icons Latweet Weldon, Zoria Garcia, Matasha Latweet Black and of course Candy Ohara as well as Guest DJ and Former LGBT Night Club Owner Tammy Lamb who will be celebrating her birthday with us. There will be contests and prizes and raffles and of course music that will keep you dancing till we close the doors. The Velvet Room is designed for our LGBT Community but ALL ARE WELCOME. Everyone, any gender or race or sexual preference enjoy a good show and Friday Night the BEST SHOW IN COLUMBUS GEORGIA for 2017 will take place. So grab your best dance shoes and some friends and come on out to the once dream and now reality….Velvet Room LGBT Night Club.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT JEREMY HOBBS 706-580-6239
WE REQUEST MEDIA COVERAGE FROM ALL NEWS SOURCES and ALL MEDIA OUTLETS ARE AUTHORIZED TO USE VISUALS FOR MEDIA AND NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION. INTERVIEWS ARE WELCOME. PLEASE HAVE CAMERA CREWS ON LOCATION BY 6:45 PM TO CONDUCT INTERVIEWS. POPS BARNES HAS ANOTHER ENGAGEMENT 7:30 PM
Enjoy the Show!
The Velvet Room is located at 1818 Midtown Drive, Columbus Georgia.
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.
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 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
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
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