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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

#INDIA: University Protests Film About Fired Gay Professor for “Defamation”

A new film, Aligarh, depicting the real-life drama surrounding a professor at Aligarh Muslim University, Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who killed himself in 2009 following his being fired for his sexuality, is being protested by the university which fired him.

If there’s one place you can’t watch the Manoj Bajpai-starrer ‘Aligarh’, it’s Aligarh itself.

Though Hansal Mehta’s controversial project found widespread release in other districts of Uttar Pradesh on Friday, strong opposition from students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and a few organisations has reportedly prevented it from making it to movie halls in the town. There are two reasons for their discomfiture – the name of the movie, and the alleged portrayal of AMU in a negative light.[…]

Registering strong opposition against the movie’s release, town-based organisation Millat Bedari Muhim Committee (MBMC) submitted a memorandum to Union information & broadcasting minister Ravi Shankar Prasad – seeking that the movie’s name be changed.

Making a similar demand, AMU students action committee leaders Shikoh and Fahim Akhtar said they plan to lodge an FIR against Mehta once the convocation was over. “We will not allow anybody to defame Aligarh. He should give some other title to this film,” they said.

According to the two, the movie sends the wrong message about Aligarh – otherwise a centre of education and culture that’s “factually portrayed through the ghazals of Shaharyar in the film Umrao Jaan”.

Former AMU students’ union vice-president Syed Masud-ul-Hasan disapproved of the movie’s very theme. “Films must not be encouraged to portray such relationships. I feel it’s a criminal activity. Films should have a positive message for the youth.”

via Change title of Manoj Bajpai’s Aligarh: AMU students, groups demand | india | Hindustan Times.

Siras’ case made national news in India following his privacy being violated by journalists who forced their way into his dorm room and filmed him having consensual sex with a rickshaw puller. Despite homosexuality being decriminalized throughout India at the time by the Delhi High Court, AMU proceeded to fire Siras from his job the next day. He successfully sued for his reinstatement and returned to his job in April 2010, but was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound a week after his return.

The filmmaker, Hansal Mehta, has come out strongly against the protests:

“It doesn’t seem like an official ban. The mayor (Shakuntala Bharti) has joined the issue with the fringe group (MBMC). Our stand is that the city of Aligarh has, once again, killed professor Siras,” Mehta said.

Terming those decrying the movie as homophobic, he said, “Their worry is that Aligarh, which is famous for knowledge and locks, will be linked only to homosexuality with this movie. There can’t be a statement more homophobic than this.”

Watch the trailer here:

EVENT: Colgay Pride Queer Prom February 9

Via Press Release:

12622236_1206690049359436_6643101192760264126_oWHAT:  COLGAY PRIDE’S FIRST ANNUAL LGBT PROM

WHEN:  FEBRUARY 6th 2016   7 PM to 11 PM

WHERE:  OCCASIONS EVENTS CENTER 1807 VICTORY DRIVE COLUMBUS

COST:  $5 A PERSON

One of the biggest concerns we have heard from our community is “We Never Got the Prom We Wanted” or “I Never Got to Attend the Prom with the Person I love”.  Well, again Colgay Pride answers the call and is making history once again by providing our LGBT Community with the First Annual LGBT Prom which will be held on February 6th from 7 pm to 11 pm at the Occasions Events Center located at 1807 Victory Drive in Columbus.

Colgay Pride knows that Prom is and should be for everyone.  This event will be one of our biggest ventures yet in providing services to our citizens.  This prom will be OPEN to everyone 18 years or older.  So if folks missed that golden moment that so many get to share openly and most importantly with the person they love, now they will finally have their day.

The prom will provide our citizens with a Safe, Elegant and Fun arena that will provide Music, Dancing, Photos, Entertainment, Refreshments and so much more including an LGBT Community Awards Ceremony.  Everyone remembers their prom and we hope you’ll help us make this a Night to Remember forever for so many.  Colgay Pride is working hard every day to meet the needs of our community and we are continuing that mission again in 2016.

  • PROM KING AND QUEEN WILL BE NAMED AT EVENT
  • PERFORMANCES BY MATASHA AND FRIENDS
  • LGBT AWARDS FOR THE LADY LATWEET AND PATRICIA LASSITER
  • PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEVIN QUINN
  • REFRESHMENTS
  • FUN

If you have further questions or would like to set up an interview, please do not hesitate to contact me at 706-580-6239.

Jeremy S Hobbs  –  President/Director   COLGAY PRIDE (CVBWF INC.)

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Jeremy Scott Hobbs

COLGAY PRIDE Director

4411 Rosemont Drive

Columbus Georgia 31904

(706) 580-6239

www.betterwayfoundation.com/colgay-pride

https://www.facebook.com/COLGAYPRIDE

Same-sex spouse benefits coming July 13 for Ga. University System

University_system_georgia_logoThis should be awesome for employees at CSU. From AJC:

Employees of the University System of Georgia will be able to enroll same-sex spouses in benefit plans beginning July 13, according to an update posted Tuesday on the system’s website.

The policy updates follow the Supreme Court’s decision last month legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Georgia had been one of 13 states banning same-sex marriage prior to the ruling.

The effective coverage date will be backdated to June 26 — the date of the court ruling — or July 1 for same-sex marriages that occurred June 26 or earlier. Employees will have until Sept. 1 to register the change and provide necessary documentation.

via Ga. University System begins offering same-sex benefits July 13 | www.ajc.com.

PRESS RELEASE: Fundraising for AIDS Candlelight Vigil

11134297_863923863651514_764234664_nFrom CVBWF’s Jeremy Hobbs on the upcoming AIDS Candlelight Vigil:

TODAY WE ARE REQUESTING OUR FRIENDS HELP US ENSURE OUR AIDS CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL IS A SUCCESS BY ENSURING WE HAVE THE MONEY TO RENT THE FACILITY. Over the past two weeks several people have promised to help us but not one has actually donated. Please DONATE today to ensure the we have the funds to rent the facility for the AIDS Candlelight Memorial which will be held on May 17th.
Just Click the link below and make your secured TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation to CVBWF INC. TODAY.
WE have to raise $160 for Rental of Facility and Another $150 for Flowers, Sound and other expenses. Each Person that donates $50 or more will be named as an Official Sponsor of the 32nd Annual AIDS Candlelight Memorial.
Help us ensure we make this years budget. Times are hard for ASO’s nationwide but we can continue to bring forth great events like this one with the help of special people like you.
DONATE TODAY TO CVBWF INC.
Thanks
http://www.betterwayfoundation.com/donate-today

Here’s the press release for the AIDS Candlelight Vigil.

via TODAY WE ARE REQUESTING OUR FRIENDS HELP US… – Jeremy Scott Hobbs.

EVENT: CSU 2015 Diversity Conference – April 10th

Mark your calendars! CSU’s 4th Annual Diversity Conference is coming April 10th to the CSU campus. Via press release:

Join Columbus State University April 10th from 9am-4pm for its annual Diversity Conference located at the CSU Cunningham Center (3100 Gentian Blvd, Columbus GA 31907). This year’s program will promote engaging discussions covering a multitude of topics concerning diversity and inclusion such as food accessibility, disability, education and the school to prison pipeline, Islam, diversity training initiatives, immigration issues and more. Participants include; CNN Digital Reporter, Mariano Castillo, Mayor Teresa [Tomlinson], Georgia Equality, Circles of Columbus, Susan Cooper from the Urban League of Columbus, CSU African-American Male Initiative, Christina Varghese of AFLAC and Theresa el-Amin of PSSARN, among many more. To register online and view full program, please access link below or call 706.507.8685. Tickets will be available at the door.

H/t to Paula M. Adams, Associate Professor of Library Science at CSU Libraries. diversity-save-the-date