Category Archives: Culture

WATCH: “Rosaline”, a Children’s Lesbian Fairy Tale

What we need today: a heart-warming story about same-sex love, made for kids. Via Daily Dot.

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PETITION OF THE DAY: White House: Have Fetty Wap Perform “Trap Queen” At Nancy Reagan’s Funeral · Change.org

Full text from Change.org petition by “David D.”:

She was married to the money and introduced America to the stove…

Nancy Reagan passed away on March 6th, 2016, leaving an unforgettable legacy as the First Lady of the United States. But beyond being the First Lady, Nancy Reagan holds the important legacy as being the most famous Trap Queen in American history.

While her husband, Ronald Reagan, was linking up with Papi to flood the streets with narcotics, Nancy was on TV telling kids to “Say No To Drugs.” Her infamous “anti-drug” phrase encouraged strict laws on drug possession that led to a school-to-prison pipeline we’re still dealing with now. Blacks and Latinos went to jail in droves for possessing drugs her husband gave them. It was an incredible sleight of hand that would make any wannabe Trap Queen hide in shame for her inability to be as diabolical as Nancy.

So, to commemorate her contribution to the Trap, we’d love to have Fetty Wap perform “Trap Queen” at Nancy’s funeral. To usher her to a better place…where she’s probably cooking pies with her baby.

via Petition · White House: Have Fetty Wap Perform “Trap Queen” At Nancy Reagan’s Funeral · Change.org.

This may or may not have inspired by the commentary of radio host Charlamagne tha God.

See also the criticisms of the Reagans’ reaction to the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s, including her now-infamous ignorance or rejection of the plight of a dying actor, Rock Hudson.

PETITION: Civic & Civil Leaders: Support Equal Rights

uniteslogo2Georgia Unites, the HRC Atlanta-Georgia Equality collaboration which fought Sen. Josh McKoon’s RFRA to a standstill last session, is back, and are asking you to sign a pledge for equal treatment under the law.

Text of the pledge:

We believe that the fair treatment of all human beings is essential to building a better future for a Georgia free of discrimination. As community, civic and civil rights leaders, we support Equal Protection Under the Law for everyone, and oppose obstructing any individual’s civil rights.

We also believe the religious freedoms warranted by the Constitutions of the United States and Georgia make any legislation that allow conditions for discrimination against anyone, based on race, sex, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity, completely unacceptable.

And we believe it is in Georgia’s best interest to retire rhetoric of intolerance that only exacerbates division and furthers exclusion of our neighbors and fellow citizens. Therefore we Pledge not to support legislation which could create conditions for discrimination behind the veil of religion.

Sign the pledge HERE: http://gaunites.org/CivicSupport

(H/T Rob from Georgia Equality)

EVENT March 16: Elton John LIVE at Columbus Civic Center

Elton JohnElton John will be performing LIVE at the Columbus Civic Center on March 16 at 8:00pm.

From Ledger-Enquirer:

Elton John is coming to Columbus for the first time for a concert on March 16 at the Civic Center.

The concert, which is part of a nine-city tour, will feature his iconic hits and classic album tracks from his five-decade career.

It also will feature some tracks from his upcoming album Wonderful Crazy Night.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 20 at Ticketmaster.com, which is the only official online ticket source for the concert. There will be an eight-ticket purchase limit per person to keep scalping down.

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“The simple truth is I want to spend more time with my family and less time touring,” said John, who has a home in Buckhead. “I am all too aware of how precious the time ahead is. My sons are growing up so quickly. Their early years are just flying by and I want to be there with them. This concert will give me a chance to say thank you to my fans here who have been so faithful over the decades. It’s always important for me to bring my music to everyone.”

From Richard Hyatt at Ledger-Enquirer:

Elvis left the building before he performed at the old Municipal Auditorium – a building Bob Hope compared to a parking garage.

Now comes Elton John, and we can only hope he survives long enough to play at the Columbus Civic Center in March.

Tickets went on sale Friday and online buyers were spending obscene amounts of money to see him perform just nine days before his 69th birthday. John will be the biggest name ever to grace a local stage, though we’ve also enjoyed Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Prince and other members of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Get your tickets now at Ticketmaster.com. Not many are left as of this writing.

Masonic Grand Lodge of Georgia Bans Gay Men from Membership

Because of course! Freemasonry in Georgia marches backward!

From Fred Milliken at Freemason Information:

Here we go again in Georgia. Remember Victor Marshall who the Grand Lodge of Georgia tried to expel for being a Non-White? If not refresh your memory with the Freemason Information article My Brother’s Keeper –  Open Racism In Georgia Freemasonry.

Now it’s open war on homosexuals. Where will it all end? Do you think that Georgia can mimic Florida and ban all Pagan religions also?

via Georgia Grand Lodge Issues Ban on Gay Men – Freemason Information.

FULL STATEMENT: CV Pride Center’s Relocation

I wrote this press release on behalf of CV Pride Center to their mailing list, with contributions by CV Pride Center director Joshua Clay-Wheat:

cvprideheaderThank you from CV Pride!

Dear fellow CV Pride Center patrons,
On behalf of the volunteers, board and staff members of CV Pride, we would like to extend our thanks to everyone who came out for the 17th Annual Chattahoochee Valley Pride Festival at our Center on 13th Street. The fact that you came out to support our festival and our center shows that LGBT people and our allies in the Chattahoochee Valley are diverse, vibrant and beautiful in our humanity. Together, we are strong.

We would like to thank the vendors who supported our festival, including Odom’s Authentic German Schnitzel, Georgia Equality, Refuge Church of Jesus Christ, Forgiving Heart Church, MPower Project, and other vendors and organizations present at our event.

The drag performers who entertained the crowd, including the DiArmani drag family and our MC and fellow volunteer Candy O’Hara, as well as the DJs who supported the performances through music, deserve our undying gratitude for making this year’s festival a success.

We would also like to thank all those who came to, and supported, our showing of The New Black, on the Friday night before our Pride Festival, including Rob Woods of Georgia Equality, Patricia Lassiter of Georgia Stonewall Democrats and Paula Adams of Columbus State University. Through this showing, we hope to make more space for racial diversity in the movement for marriage equality and human rights. We intend to participate in more events like this in the future.

Our Next Steps

The coming year will offer new challenges as we broaden our horizons, reorganize our structure, and reach out to new coalitions with community institutions. To be more responsive in our efforts to the community, we are taking a number of measures to save money and build our resources.

As of October 1st, 2015 the CV Pride Community Center located at 1132 13th Street ismoving to a new location. While we have had a stellar run at this location since August 2014, our board agreed to save our reserves and to move the Center out of this address with immediate effect. However, Chattahoochee Valley Pride, Inc. as an organization isNOT going anywhere. We are currently in the process of negotiating a new lease at a new location in the Columbus area and will continue updating our social media and website to reflect the changes.

We have also placed our Center’s events, including Movie Night, on hold while we move. We aim to relocate to an area that is accessible to our patrons and members. We ask that everyone please bear with us and support us during these transitions.

Furthermore, we are also shifting our focus as an organization. As marriage equality is now the law of the land but LGBT people lack civil protections under Georgia and city law, our new location will be a resource center for LGBT and allied people to find resources, meet and empower themselves. Through this, CV Pride Center will be more vigorous in educating the public about why human rights include sexual and gender rights. We will be more vigorous in educating the public about where our political leadership stands, and how to influence our elected officials to protect our humanity under the law. We will both organize events as well as promote the LGBT-relevant events of others. And we will empower our community to set a better example on human rights for our state.

But most importantly, even at our new, more-affordable location, we will always be a safe space for LGBT and allied residents of Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley region, no matter who you are or what background you claim. We will be the safe space that our community needs against homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, racism, misogyny and other intersecting bigotries. And we need your support, the community’s support, to continue being that safe space and advocate.

What You Can Do


If you want to see this center succeed in being open and available, here’s what you can do:

  1. Donate to CV Pride. You can donate money to help keep us open, viable and powerful, join as a member, or even donate goods like those listed on our Online Wishlist.
  2. Encourage your friends and family to join our mailing list.
  3. Volunteer at the center in your spare time. We are in dire need of a grant writer who can help us secure funding.
  4. Spread the word about us on social media. We love feedback from our supporters in the community, including on Facebook and Twitter.

And if you have any suggestions for how we can do better in the community, or if you need help in supporting diversity and progress in your life and community, please contact us.
Through these actions, you can support our region’s first-ever LGBT community center, a shining example of equality, freedom and love in the South. Thank you for your continued support.

Once again, to all those who came to the 2015 CV Pride Festival, thank you so much.

Sincerely,
Chattahoochee Valley Pride, Inc.
cvpride.org