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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.

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READ: President Obama’s Final LGBT Pride Month Proclamation

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2016

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union.  This journey, led by forward-thinking individuals who have set their sights on reaching for a brighter tomorrow, has never been easy or smooth.  The fight for dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is reflected in the tireless dedication of advocates and allies who strive to forge a more inclusive society.  They have spurred sweeping progress by changing hearts and minds and by demanding equal treatment — under our laws, from our courts, and in our politics.  This month, we recognize all they have done to bring us to this point, and we recommit to bending the arc of our Nation toward justice.

Last year’s landmark Supreme Court decision guaranteeing marriage equality in all 50 States was a historic victory for LGBT Americans, ensuring dignity for same-sex couples and greater equality across State lines.  For every partnership that was not previously recognized under the law and for every American who was denied their basic civil rights, this monumental ruling instilled newfound hope, affirming the belief that we are all more free when we are treated as equals.

LGBT individuals deserve to know their country stands beside them.  That is why my Administration is striving to better understand the needs of LGBT adults and to provide affordable, welcoming, and supportive housing to aging LGBT Americans.  It is also why we oppose subjecting minors to the harmful practice of conversion therapy, and why we are continuing to promote equality and foster safe and supportive learning environments for all students.  We remain committed to addressing health disparities in the LGBT community — gay and bisexual men and transgender women of color are at a particularly high risk for HIV, and we have worked to strengthen our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to reduce new infections, increase access to care, and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV.

Despite the extraordinary progress of the past few years, LGBT Americans still face discrimination simply for being who they are.  I signed an Executive Order in 2014 that prohibits discrimination against Federal employees and contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  I urge the Congress to enact legislation that builds upon the progress we have made, because no one should live in fear of losing their job simply because of who they are or who they love.  And our commitment to combatting discrimination against the LGBT community does not stop at our borders:  Advancing the fair treatment of all people has long been a cornerstone of American diplomacy, and we have made defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT individuals a priority in our engagement across the globe.  In line with America’s commitment to the notion that all people should be treated fairly and with respect, champions of this cause at home and abroad are upholding the simple truth that LGBT rights are human rights.

There remains much work to do to extend the promise of our country to every American, but because of the acts of courage of the millions who came out and spoke out to demand justice and of those who quietly toiled and pushed for progress, our Nation has made great strides in recognizing what these brave individuals long knew to be true in their hearts — that love is love and that no person should be judged by anything but the content of their character.  During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, as Americans wave their flags of pride high and march boldly forward in parades and demonstrations, let us celebrate how far we have come and reaffirm our steadfast belief in the equal dignity of all Americans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2016 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.  I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.

 

BARACK OBAMA

LGBT Movie Night: Astro Boy

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From Candy Ohara:

THIS FRIDAY!!! The Third “Month of AniMAYtion” Feature is…-=ASTRO BOY=-! ***Everyone Is Different…Everyone Wants To Belong*** Join YOUR Friends @ LGBT Movie Night!!! Fridays…at 7PM!

As noted before, LGBT Movie Nights are now held Fridays at 7:00pm at Forgiving Heart Church, 2946 Grant Road. Hopefully, we won’t have a movie-killing glitch like last Friday. Argh!

EVENT April 28: Equality For All Candidate Forum

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Colgay Pride

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. 

Thank You!

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

THURSDAY MARCH 10: LGBT Support Group

From the event page, with formatting:

BUILDING A STRONGER & UNITED LGBT COLUMBUS
THROUGH FELLOWSHIP, FUN, EDUCATION, SUPPORT & DIVERSITY
COLUMBUS GEORGIA LGBT SUPPORT GROUPS
THURSDAY MARCH 10th at 7 PM
COLGAY PRIDE & MPOWER COLUMBUS GEORGIA ARE PROUD TO INTRODUCE TO COLUMBUS GEORGIA
LGBT SUPPORT GROUPS
EACH IDENTITY WILL HAVE ITS OWN UNIQUE GROUP
INDIVIDUAL GROUPS SPECIALIZED FOR YOU

  • LESBIAN GROUP with AARON & PATRICIA
  • GAY GROUP with TITO & GARRETT
  • TRANSGENDER GROUP with MATASHA
  • FAMILY/ALLY GROUP with CECILIA & KRISTINE

Now YOU have a place to come and talk about life, relationships, work, school, family and more.
HELP OTHERS…LEARN FROM OTHERS…SHARE WITH OTHERS
WE ARE FAMILY
OUR LGBT SUPPORT GROUP SCHEDULE IS:
THURSDAY, MARCH 10th at 7 PM

BUILDING A STRONGER & UNITED LGBT COLUMBUS
THROUGH FELLOWSHIP, FUN, EDUCATION, SUPPORT & DIVERSITY

ALL SUPPORT GROUPS WILL BE LOCATED AT:
4411 ROSEMONT DRIVE COLUMBUS GEORGIA 31904
FOR MORE INFORMATION: CALL 706-580-6239

EVENT: “Netflix and Chill” Night Out in Atlanta

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Come join us for our first event of the year!!!

The Atlanta LGBT Film and Music Festival Presents:
“Netflix and Chill” Night Out

We will be screening 2 LGBT films from our 2016 Festival Programming.

  • Wedlocked, Directed by Puppett, a short film that highlights gay marriage equality and yes that also means divorce.
  • Swirl, Directed by Lance Mcdaniel, a short film about acceptance among high school youth as told through dance.

@ Urban Cannibals
368 5th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Monday, March 7th, 2016
Doors open at 7:00pm, Showings start at 8:00pm
Event is FREE for ALL ALFF members, please RSVP
Arrive ON TIME! There is street parking. Uber, Lyft, or carpooling is suggested if you know you will be late.

via The Atlanta LGBT Film .

PHOTOS: Macon Rally Against #HB757

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Photo by Jessica Whitley.

A rally protesting against HB 757 was held from 12pm to 6pm in downtown Macon on Thursday, February 25, 2016. It started at the Macon-Bibb Government Center (formerly known as City Hall), and later moved to the Macon-Bibb County Courthouse. It was organized by local activist Dustyn Archer, with the help of Georgia Equality/Georgia Unites Against Discrimination. Various organizations represented at the rally, including Georgia Equality, GLBAL, the Gay-Straight Alliance of Wesleyan College, and the Middle Georgia State University Gay-Straight Alliance (MGA-GSA). Nearly 200 people RSVP’ed to come to the event.

Local media varied in its coverage of the event. 13 WMAZ ran a story on it which included protesters at the event and a Catholic clerical supporter of the bill, and so did 41 NBC WMGT and the Telegraph. Meanwhile, according to Archer, 41 NBC got it wrong on the scope of the bill:

If anyone saw the story on the protest from WMGT (originally mistakenly said WGXA), they made it seem like the bill’s purpose is to make it so that pastors aren’t legally required to provide marriages to gay couples. The ORIGINAL bill was three basic points, of which the Pastor Protection Act was the main deal. THIS IS NO LONGER THE CASE.

Essentially, the bill, as amended by the senate, tacked on what amounts to a whole new bill that eliminates the government’s ability to prosecute or punish organizations, both public and private, that discriminate… It directly protects discriminatory businesses that discriminate by denying goods and services AND protects any speech conducted by these organizations as long as it’s based on the idea that marriage is between a man and a woman (meaning that hate speech is protected). Another big kicker is that the government must continue providing grants and other public funding in spite of any discriminatory language or practice. If these businesses wish to deny rights or discriminate in the name of religion, then they should not receive public funding support of any sort, as they are not in support many of those who pay their taxes, which is where public funding comes from.

If this were just about pastors not having to marry gay couples, there wouldn’t be businesses leaving the state, there wouldn’t be thousands of people against this bill — this is NO LONGER about religious freedom. This is about state-sanctioned fear and hate being laid down as the law of the land; this is about tying the government’s hands behind its back and blindfolding it against the criminal actions of those who wish to perpetuate hate.

Our Civil Rights are still under assault. Let us never forget that we must continue to fight for the rights of every man, woman, and child from the fears of a few zealots in the name of religion. If your religion brings the people of this world into discord and battle with one another, your religion belongs in the dark ages. The Jesus I knew wills for love to trump hate.

No Hate in Our State! Solidarity to all of you.

Of course, you can also send a letter opposing HB 757 to the Governor by Friday at midnight. Much thanks to Jessica Whitley from MGA GSA, Candace Neller-Harper and James GF Stair for allowing me to post the photos here with credit.

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