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Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner Interviews President Obama

From Buzzfeed:

President Obama told BuzzFeed News Monday that the GOP is “looking at a Republican nominee” — Donald Trump — “who many of them say isn’t qualified to be president much less appoint someone” to the Supreme Court. And that, he said, means his nominee should get a vote, which Republicans have vowed not to do.

Obama’s comments came during a live interview with BuzzFeed News Legal Editor Chris Geidner from the White House’s Roosevelt Room.

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General Assembly Votes YES on #HB757: How Muscogee’s Delegation Voted

Well, folks. There you have it. The Georgia House has passed the amended version of HB 757 104-65, and the Senate 37-18.

Here’s how Muscogee County’s delegation in the General Assembly voted:

  • Rep. Carolyn Hugley (D-136) voted NO
  • Rep. Calvin Smyre (D-135) voted NO
  • Rep. Debbie Buckner (D-137) voted NO
  • Rep. John Pezold (R-133) voted NO
  • Sen. Ed Harbison (D-15) voted NO
  • Rep. Richard Smith (R-134) voted YES
  • Sen. Josh McKoon (R-29) voted YES

We can at least be glad that the majority of our delegation voted against this bill.

Also, it apparently was not a party-line vote: 10 Republicans in the House and 1 Republican in the Senate voted against the bill, thanks to lobbying from Georgia Republicans for the Future. From Project Q Atlanta:

If there was an upside to the votes on Wednesday, Georgia Republicans for the Future – a coalition that has opposed the “religious freedom” legislation – said it came as 10 House Republicans voted against House Bill 757. The list included Rep. Allen Peake, a Republican from Macon who has a gay brother and has spoken out against legislation that would discriminate against LGBT people.[…]

Other House Republicans that voted against the legislation included Reps. Beth Beskin, Rich Golick, Gerald Greene, Chuck Martin, BJ Pak, John Pezold, Tom Taylor, Joe Wilkinson and Chuck Williams. Rep. Rusty Kidd, an Independent, causes with the GOP and also voted against the bill.

In the Senate, Sen. JaNice VanNess was the only Republican to vote against the bill.

Of note: Most of the Republican NO votes are from the Metro Atlanta area, one with a much-better-organized LGBT community.

  • Rep. Beskin (HD 54 – Atlanta)
  • Rep. Golick (HD 40 – Smyrna)
  • Rep. Martin (HD 49 – Alpharetta)
  • Rep. Pak (HD 108 – Lilburn)
  • Rep. Taylor (HD 79 – Dunwoody)
  • Rep. Wilkinson (HD 52 – Atlanta)
  • Sen. VanNess (SD 43 – Conyers)

Outside of Atlanta metro, the GOP No votes were from isolated pockets of non-Atlanta Georgia: Reps. Pezold (HD 133 – Columbus), Greene (HD 151 – Cuthbert), and Williams (HD 119 – Watkinsville). Rep, Kidd (HD 145), the sole independent in the Assembly, represents Milledgeville and voted NO.

And just to mollify those supporters who say: “Read the bill, you’ll like it!”, here’s the amended version which passed (PDF), which continues to allow discrimination in public accommodations.

Reactions

Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin:

“Governor Deal made clear weeks ago that he wouldn’t sign legislation that allows discrimination–now is the time for him to show Georgia and the nation that he means it. Shockingly, the decision by the legislature today was to make an egregious and discriminatory bill even worse. It’s appalling that anti-equality extremists in the legislature are trying to ignore the will of the people of Georgia, and to empower businesses with the explicit right to discriminate and deny service to LGBT Americans. Corporate leaders in Georgia and across the country have already spoken out against this bill because the First Amendment already protects religious freedom. It’s time for Governor Deal to veto H.B. 757. Anything other than a swift veto is only courting an Indiana-style backlash.”

Lambda Legal southern regional director (and former state representative) Simone Bell:

“We are deeply disappointed that the Georgia House and Senate passed HB 757 and we urge Governor Deal to veto this discriminatory bill. This is still a terrible bill and it is nowhere near a solution. It is equally as divisive and harmful as the bill that is opposed by hundreds of ministers, thousands of employers, and tens of thousands of Georgians.

“We cannot replace a bad bill with another bad bill. And this is a very bad bill. It invites discrimination and encourages lawsuits. It is targeted at the LGBT community but will sweep in others. It purports to excuse anyone from following the law if they claim it burdens their religion.

“This bill encourages government officials to use religion to treat LGBT people, and others, unfairly and to ignore anti-discrimination policies. Freedom of religion does not give any of us the right to discriminate against others. The bill is a toxic recipe for increasing disputes, discord and discrimination across the state. It would allow taxpayer-funded faith-based organizations (like soup kitchens, homeless shelters, etc.) to deny services to LGBT people or others, and to fire and otherwise discriminate against LGB people. It could apply to universities, colleges, schools, businesses and organizations – big and small — that are tangentially-related to, or affiliated with, a church. Most egregiously, this bill could override Non-Discrimination Ordinances in a host of ways.

“Lambda Legal urges the Governor to veto this bill before it causes damage and legal havoc between neighbors, landlord and tenant, employee and employer, and customer and company.

“Do not be fooled — nothing in this bill protects LGBT people from discrimination. It is a shameful and blatant attempt to roll back equality for LGBT people and their families.”

Freedom For All Americans executive director Matt McTighe:

“Governor Deal spoke from the heart just a few weeks ago when he stated his unequivocal opposition to legislation that does exactly what HB 757 portends to do. Nothing in the License to Discriminate legislation has changed for the better since Governor Deal made his original remarks – in fact, the bill is worse. Governor Deal must veto this dangerous legislation. Georgia’s economy and brand are both at stake. This is alarmingly similar to the course of events we saw play out in Indiana, right before religious exemptions legislation in the state cost millions in lost revenue.”

From Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Ada Hatzios:

“We recognize this is a very challenging issue and that there was meaningful effort to address the balance between deeply held views and the interests and rights of others.  We appreciate the efforts made to find common ground by the House and Senate. However, we are opposed to HB 757. This legislation is in conflict with the values of diversity and inclusion that Georgians hold dear and could erode Georgia’s hard-earned status as the No. 1 state for business — and would harm our ability to create and keep jobs that Georgia families depend upon. The bill does not protect local non-discrimination ordinances, which could impact the state’s ability to recruit major revenue-driving sporting events like the Super Bowl, the Final Four and the College Football Championship; it also jeopardizes our convention and tourism businesses. We agree with Governor Deal that allowing discrimination isn’t a proper reflection of who we are and echo his call for unity and inclusion. We deeply appreciate the Governor’s deliberation on this very important issue, and respectfully ask him to maintain this view while considering this legislation.”

From Georgia Equality President Jeff Graham:

“Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen an unprecedented chorus of unexpected allies come together to speak out against HB 757, the License to Discriminate. Conservatives, legal experts, people of faith, businesses and more than 75,000 Georgians expressed their strong opposition to legislation which threatens our state’s economy and reputation, and which very clearly singles out LGBT people and others for harm. It’s shameful that lawmakers in the House ignored this feedback and, rather than taking steps to mitigate any potential fallout, actually made a bad bill worse.

“Make no mistake about it – this is legislation that singles out LGBT Georgians, single mothers, religious minorities and so many others for discrimination. This bill will have immediate and severe consequences for our state.

“Governor Deal spoke in very eloquent terms about his opposition to HB 757 earlier this month, and I hope the governor understands that this amended legislation is worse than the previous version he spoke out about. The HB 757 which passed the House tonight will undoubtedly harm our economy and our state’s reputation. Governor Deal should hold true to his earlier opposition and veto this harmful, discriminatory bill.”

From Colgay Pride President Jeremy Hobbs:

“This is a call to action to everyone to call the Governor and tell him to honor his promise to veto House Bill 757. In his first public comments since the contentious new religious liberty bill swept through the Legislature, Gov. Nathan Deal said he was “pleasantly surprised” lawmakers hashed out a compromise but emphasized that he faces a hard decision ahead whether to sign it. Just two weeks ago, Governor Deal made statements strongly opposing “any” religious exemptions bill that would promote discrimination in the state of Georgia.  We must stand together and Hold Governor Nathan Deal to his word. This bill is bad for business and it’s bad for Georgians all around.

I still cannot believe that in 2016 we are setting forth a legalized Religious Crusades to destroy the foundation of which this country was built.  A country that would founded and built upon and fought for to defend the founding principles of Separation of Church and State.  Why are we trying to say this has anything to do with religion because in my faith, Jesus NEVER turned anyone away?  The only thing these bills foundations are built upon is hatred and division.  Religion does not preach hate or division but instead teaches love thy neighbor and promotes non-judgmental unity.

There is a really tough decision ahead for our Governor.  A decision that could cost Georgia Billions if he does not VETO it.  Tell the Governor to do his job and protect the rights of ALL Georgians. Veto HB 757.”

From Georgia Republicans for the Future spokesperson Allen Fox:

On Wednesday 10 House Republican lawmakers broke rank with leadership in voting down a dangerous proposal that would give broad license to discriminate and erase local power.

Together, these legislators represent the new face of the Republican Party. Together, they honor the limited government tradition of the Republican Party.

Georgia Republicans for the Future commends these legislators for demonstrating uncommon courage in the political arena by standing on the side of individual and economic freedom.

And for the sake of our growing Republican Party and Georgia’s distinction as the “Best Place in the Nation to Do Business,” we urge Governor Deal to uphold his commitment to veto any bill that discriminates.

From Georgia Democrats spokesperson Michael Smith:

“Republican lawmakers should be ashamed of this small-minded piece of legislation. If this bill is signed into law, today will be looked back upon as one of our state’s most disgraceful moments in modern history. Georgia has been down the road of discrimination before, and it did not end well.

“The business community has been consistently clear with their aversion of this legislation. If the GOP’s goal was to draft an economic stimulus for attorneys, then mission accomplished. The resulting litigation from this move will clog our courts, paralyze our economy, and drain our business community dry. HB 757 is a short-sighted move by Republicans that will have consequences for years to come.

“Discrimination and exclusion are not Georgia values, and history has shown that hope and progress always win.”

BREAKING: Gov. Deal Makes About-Face, Denounces Republican Bill #HB757

Nathan_Deal,_official_110th_Congress_photoGov. Nathan Deal may have just put the kibosh on Sen. Greg Kirk’s HB 757 in a historic denunciation of the bill. From the AJC:

Standing in the lobby of a government building after a ribbon-cutting ceremony, he laid out a lengthy condemnation of the measure from a Biblical perspective, first noting that he is a Southern Baptist who took religion courses at Mercer University.

“What the New Testament teaches us is that Jesus reached out to those who were considered the outcasts, the ones that did not conform to the religious societies’ view of the world. We do not have a belief in my way of looking at religion that says we have to discriminate against anybody. If you were to apply those standards to the teaching of Jesus, I don’t think they fit.”

He then turned to a passage from the Gospel of John that showed Jesus reaching out to an outcast.

“What that says is we have a belief in forgiveness and that we do not have to discriminate unduly against anyone on the basis of our own religious beliefs. We are not jeopardized, in my opinion, by those who believe differently from us. We are not, in my opinion, put in jeopardy by virtue of those who might hold different beliefs or who may not even agree with what our Supreme Court said the law of the land is on the issue of same-sex marriage. I do not feel threatened by the fact that people who might choose same-sex marriages pursue that route.”

Significantly, Deal stated that he would veto any bill that “allows discrimination in our state in order to protect people of faith,” and asked those of similar mildly heterosexist views on marriage as himself and his wife of 50 years to slow their roll:

“I hope that we can all just take a deep breath, recognize that the world is changing around us, and recognize that it is important that we protect fundamental religious beliefs,” he said. “But we don’t have to discriminate against other people in order to do that. And that’s the compromise that I’m looking for.”

Deal has said that the bill is not on his agenda for this session.

State House Speaker David Ralston’s office responded to Deal’s statement with the following statement:

“Speaker Ralston appreciates and shares Governor Deal’s sincere commitment to protecting religious liberties while ensuring that Georgia continues to welcome everyone with genuine southern hospitality. Productive conversations continue with the Governor’s staff as well as other members of House leadership regarding HB 757 and the Speaker is confident that we can find a way to move forward together.”

NOTE: Georgia is one of five states (all Southern) which does not have ANY public accommodations protections statewide. Georgia’s Supreme Court decriminalized consensual same-sex relations in 1998’s Powell v. Georgia, twelve years after SCOTUS upheld Georgia’s ban in Bowers v. Hardwick and five years before SCOTUS struck down all remaining bans nationwide in Lawrence v. Texas. Marriage equality became legal in Georgia in 2015 through Obergefell v. Hodges. There exist no statewide protections in employment or housing for sexual orientation or gender identity for Georgians.

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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HAPPENING NOW: Macon Rally Against #HB757

A rally is taking place today fro 12pm to 6pm at Macon City Hall against HB 757, the anti-LGBT religious privilege bill passed by the State Senate. From the event page:

Please invite your friends! Let’s get as many people involved as we can, this WILL make headlines if there is enough of us!
♥ Let’s show that love and solidarty triumphs over fear and separation ♥

FAQs
Q: Do we need, or are we encouraged, to bring anything?
A: Bottled water, snacks, rainbow flags, signs, hand drums, rainbow snacks, flag signs, hand snacks, bottled signs, bottled rainbow flag drums, acoustic guitar, megaphone, social justice, leftover holiday candy, tons of friends, and lots of love are always helpful! Solidarity by the bucketful.

Q: Is there a “Best Time” to show up?
A: We’ve made the event last this long so that we can have diffeent peak times, allowing those with busy schedules time to arrive, even multiple times throughout the day. Check the schedule below… we are looking toward expecting peak times of 2pm and 5pm.

=========!*Cosmic Itenerary of Events*!========

12p Welcoming ceremony, initial gathering, and solidarity meetup
1p March to the Bibb County Courthouse, where a Cold Reading will expose the separatist nature of the bill as intended
2p We return to City Hall where we have a public discussion on how we can continue to move this and other issues forward
2.5 Break for food and drinks, this time to be also used to network!
3p Parting and ReWelcoming Ceremony/Youth Appreciation Meetup
4p Next Generation March to the Bibb County Courthouse

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http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/22/politics/georgia-religious-freedom-bill/

“Georgia Senate passes religious freedom bill!”

A few days ago, the Georgia Senate passed House Bill 757, a bill which gives businesses and government-funded organizations the right to deny services to individuals based on sexual orientation in the name of religious freedom. The bill also forces the government to protect the continued award of public funds regardless of, well, pretty much anything what-so-ever done against an individual who even construes that marriage could be more than between a man and a woman.

Not only is this an egregious attack on the rights of the individual citizen , it also dissuades businesses from setting up shop in Georgia due to an anxiety regarding a persistently discriminatory antiquated view of morality that continues to infect many in the state. In fact, WE HAVE ALREADY HAD A BUSINESS LEAVE before the State Senate even got their chance to pass the bill!
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As Georgians in support of individual freedom, we lend our voices to those in opposition to this bill and demand that our representatives do away with this and any bill whose language denies the right of any individual to participate in government and private industry for religious reasons.

Religion is already protected under the first amendment; it does not provide exemptions to providing services or products for religious reasons. This is absurd discrimination that does not belong in 2016. That is why we will use the same amendment to demand that our government not impose more shackles on the actions of the individual.

Lend us your time and your voice on February 25 in front of City Hall, where we will protest and raise our voices in opposition to the bill and for the rights of our brothers and sisters in our community for which we stand in solidarity.

Big thanks to Liv Kledzik-Williams for her insight:
“[Whether you are] attending or not, everyone PLEASE take five minutes to call Gov. Deal’s office and tell his staffer you oppose this bill and why; post on social media and be sure to hashtag #NathanDeal along with anyone else who can aid in this (anything published that tags them WILL be pulled and noted by their staffers), and/or submit letters to the editor of your local paper. Public pressure, attention, and scrutiny are crucial, and grassroots/constituent driven efforts can make a huge difference because they will show we care about this.
*CALL Nathan Deal’s Atlanta office. Phone: 404-656-1776
*Submit LTE, word limit 250. (shorter the better)
http://www.macon.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/submit-letter/

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Please write to, call, e-mail, tweet, tag, and otherwise contact your representatives and Governor Nathan Deal and implore them to deny the passage of this discrimination bill, and join us on Thursday to spread the word

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)

PRESS RELEASE: “Columbus Unites For Equality” Leadership Meeting

Columbus Unites for EqualityPRESS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jeremy Hobbs  706.580.6239

 

COLUMBUS UNITES FOR EQUALITY LEADERSHIP MEETING

 

WHAT:     COLUMBUS UNITES FOR EQUALITY LEADERSHIP MEETING

WHEN:    FRIDAY, JANUARY 15th 2016 7 pm to 9 pm

WHERE:  COLGAY PRIDE HQ
4411 ROSEMONT DRIVE * Columbus, Ga 31904
On January 15th, 2016 from 7 pm to 9 pm Colgay Pride will bring our LGBT Community Leaders to the table for a ROUND TABLE Disucssion on how we can all work together united in our efforts to ensure EQUALITY IS FOR ALL in Columbus Georgia. This meeting is open to EVERYONE who fights for Equality and wants to see REAL TANGIBLE RESULTS Happen in Columbus Georgia. Attending will be COLGAY PRIDE of Columbus, Georgia Equality and Former CV PRIDE members. It’s time to sit down at the table and regroup and DOUBLE OUR EFFORTS to ensure we work together and ensure Columbus continues its LGBT Alliance.

The topics of the discussion will include UNITED EFFORTS TO DEFEAT 2016 RFRA; COLGAY PRIDE 2016; EFFORTS TO UNIFY OUR CITY AND LGBT MEMBERS FOR A COMMON CAUSE OF EQUALITY.

The event is open to the public. For more information contact Jeremy Hobbs at 706.580.6239.

Media Coverage Welcome.

EACH RECIPIENT HAS RECEIVED PSA FLYER FOR ADVERTISEMENTS FOR THEIR LOCAL MEDIA CHANNEL TO USE.   COLGAY PRIDE LOGO IS ALLOWED TO BE USED AS WELL.

 

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

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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