Via Press Release:
YOU ARE HEREBY INVITED TO JOIN US FOR THE FIRST ANNUAL COLGAY PRIDE EQUALITY FOR ALL CANDIDATE FORUM on APRIL 28th at the Columbus Public Library (Auditorium) on Macon Road from 6 pm to 8 pm.
This past year COLGAY Pride helped stopped SB 129 RFRA; Worked Non Stop to oppose and Garner a Veto from Republican Governor Nathan Deal on HB 757; Advocated and celebrated Nation Wide Marriage Equality, Created LGBT, Family & Friends Support Groups, Created Columbus first LGBT Prom, worked to Have June declared Columbus Georgia LGBT Pride Month through Proclamation from Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, hosted and organized Columbus Georgia LGBT Pride Festival and Columbus Equality for All Town Hall meetings and we are only just getting started. We marched with Dothan. We are fighting nonstop to oppose any legislation that is created to discriminate specifically towards our tax paying, hardworking, family building LGBT Citizens as well as others. In just one year Colgay Pride took Columbus Georgia’s HRC Equality Index Score from a 20% to a 40% score. That’s double improvement in just one years’ time. But we know Columbus Georgia can and will do better. The road to TOTAL EQUALITY is long and arduous but we are pushing forward and making real change happen here in Columbus and abroad. However, we are only as strong as the leaders we elect to serve all of Columbus. It’s time for Columbus to Overcome Adversity, Fight to end Discrimination in any form and Say in One Voice We Shall Overcome Inequality. The only way this can be possible is if we elect leaders who show true vision and give a clear and loud message that promotes diversity and service for All.
Colgay Pride appreciates and applauds all our candidates for their courage and perseverance to become a leader of tomorrow for Columbus Georgia. We humbly request your media presence at this Equality for All Candidate Forum. Each candidate for City Council, School Board, Sheriff, Judges and Clerks will be allowed to speak and answer questions. Each Candidate who confirms will be given the questions ahead of time so they can prepare their statement to each question. Colgay Pride is working to show our leaders will work for ALL our citizens and work in solidarity to Strengthen Diversity and Equality in Columbus.
MEDIA WELCOME AND WE HUMBLY REQUEST INTERVIEWS BEFORE EVENT TO PROMOTE IT TO PUBLIC AND ENSURE THEIR MESSAGES ARE HEARD BY OUR CITIZENS. Please feel free to call me 706-580-6239 for more information.
Jeremy Scott Hobbs
COLGAY PRIDE Director
CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS AS OF 04/26/2016
- SYLVIA HUDSON – CLERK MUNICIPAL COURT
- ANN HARDMAN & LINDA PIERCE – CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT
- TEDDY REESE – CITY COUNCIL AT LARGE
- MARQUESE AVERETT – CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4
- WALKER GARRETT & JONATHAN DAVIS – CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 8
- STEVEN SMITH & CYNTHIA MAISANO – JUDGE MUNICIPAL COURT
- JOANN THOMAS BROWN – SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 1
- ATHAVIA SENIOR – SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 3
- NORENE MARVETS & CATHY WILLIAMS – SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 7
- MARK LAJOYE, JOHN DARR & DONNA TOMPKINS – SHERIFF
- BERNARD SPICER CANDIDATE FOR MARSHALL
Candidates Unable to Attend: Robert Wadkins Jr. School Board 5, Vivian Creighton Bishop Clerk Municipal Court, Pat Hugley-Green School Board 3, Todd Robinson & Laurie McRae School Board 5, Greg Countryman Marshall.
Colgay Pride Director Jeremy Hobbs said…
“I personally want to thank all the candidates who have confirmed. It truly shows times are changing for our great city. In order for our city to become a true destination for ALL and be looked at as a great place to live, work, play and raise a family we need better leadership who truly serves all Columbus citizens.
I think this forum shows that the LGBT community and its allies are growing their political sophistication and abilities. The fact that these candidates chose to participate shows a great deal about the strength of our community. It shows that candidates take our community and our issues seriously. Whether they are incumbents or challengers, it is important that we come to talk and allow the GSBA and the LGBT constituents they represent to get answers to the questions that matter most in our never ending quest for True Diversity and live in a city that works nonstop to ensure Equality is for All.”
Join us April 28th (Thursday) Columbus Public Library Macon Road Auditorium from 6 pm to 8 pm