THE 5th ANNUAL 2 DAY COLUMBUS GEORGIA LGBT PRIDE FESTIVAL 2018
Hosted By Colgay Pride & Uptown Columbus
JUNE 1st 2018 8 PM MR & MISS COLUMBUS GA PRIDE PAGEANT
JUNE 2nd 2018 11 am to 10 pm PRIDE FESTIVAL
UPTOWN BROADWAY STAGE COLUMBUS GEORGIA
11 pm AFTER PARTY
YOU ARE HEREBY INVITED TO THE COLUMBUS GEORGIA LGBT COLGAY PRIDE 2018 FESTIVAL
Mark your calendars now. If you would like to speak, sponsor, perform, or volunteer contact jeremy today at [email protected] Subject Line: Colgay 2018
2018 PRIDE THEME: HATE WILL NOT WIN
The theme of this year's Pride is Powerful.
HATE WILL NOT WIN!
With the continued uprising in Hate Crimes and new laws focussing on diminishing LGBT Citizens rights along with the growing Alt-Right mentality America is seeing. With gun violence and school shootings and more murders We must stand tall this year against VIOLENCE and BLOODSHED not just the LGBT Community but for ALL!
Flags will be available this year. Also...we want your design. Who out there can design a T Shirt to this years theme? Hate Will Not Win. Entries must be in by April 21.
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Every June for the past 5 years in Columbus Georgia, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and allies come together for a month-long celebration of love, diversity, acceptance and unashamed self-pride.
We also meet to talk about the challenges ahead. Every year we see hateful pieces of legislation try to be passed around our country and around the world that simply work to discriminate against and hinder the pursuit of happiness of its LGBT citizens.
Here in Columbus Georgia, an organization who worked tirelessly to build, promote and sustain equality let their own prejudices get in the way of keeping that mission moving forward, that being the Columbus Georgia NAACP. Former President Tonza Sheree Thomas fought hard to keep the mission moving forward with the inclusion of LGBT citizens and her continued support of the Columbus Georgia LGBT Pride Festival. But as we still see today HATE IS ALIVE in Columbus Georgia. Tonza was wrongfully and falsely accused of mismanaging funds which she was later exonerated for and then was told her and another NAACP tireless advocate for LGBT rights Nichole Red Tanner was trying to turn the organization GAY. It still amazes me today the lengths people will go to Keep Hate Alive and continue to divide. Good people who worked for ALL PEOPLE'S NEEDS were discarded, shunned and publicly humiliated for doing nothing more than Working for Equality for All.
This along with other variables like Georgia SB 375 the Anti LGBT legislation KEEP FAITH IN ADOPTION FOSTER CARE Act which simply means you can be turned away from providing children with loving homes if you are LGBT. But after working together and rallying and calling/writing our legislators the bill died on the house floor. Prior other pieces of legislation have tried to be passed as well like the 2015 SB 129 in 2016 HB 757 both Anti LGBT Religious Freedoms bills. Both bills didn’t make it into law because we did not falter and stood together and rallied under the Georgia Dome and on the steps of the Columbus Government Center. But top industry leaders around the world knew our impassioned pleas wouldn’t be enough and therefore united with us threatening Georgia with billions in revenue loss if the legislation was signed into law. All too often we see “close calls” that literally keep equality alive. Some challenges we overcome and some we just cannot win today because HATE REMAINS ALIVE. What saddens me and people all around the world is how many people still applaud, rally and support hate and those who preach it and bring it to the table.
Despite three years of downright mean-spirited pieces of legislation since Marriage Equality became law of the land, graciously and narrowly provided by our Supreme Court, we continue to Rock On and Keep Equality Alive. If history has taught us anything, it is this...HATE WILL NOT WIN. It may flourish from time to time but the good and love and strive for unity in the hearts of our people will continue to grow and rally against those that continue to divide. We didn't set out to divide our nation, but we will stand up and we will push back, and we will fight anyone who works to disable and dismantle our liberties or our rights. Because of hate and ignorance, we were subtracted from the human equation altogether because they felt they were better and far more superior. Our world history is full of suppression. Hate Did Not Win Then and I continue to hold that faith within my heart that we too shall overcome oppression and hate. It will take time, but we shall succeed, and WE WILL WIN the War on Hate. As long as there are souls who continue to march, fight, rally and support one another in our Goal for a Better World United we shall continue to stomp out bigotry, hatred, and even ignorance in any form and that is exactly what our organization through building partnerships has done for the past 5 years in Columbus Georgia. We do far more greater things when we come together and work together as one. Colgay Pride believes in a United Effort because no one person can do it alone and over the past five years we have built bridges by working to build a more diverse and dynamic community with countless organizations like The Columbus Georgia City Government, Georgia Equality, Muscogee Democratic Committee, CV Pride, The NAACP, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), New Horizons Mental Health, District Clinical Services, AIDS OASIS, The Southern Anti-Racism Network (SARN) and Wiregrass Alabama. In 2018 we took it forward to another level with our OUTREACH For ALL and begun work with Indivisible Columbus, New Life Second Chance Outreach, and the Georgia ACLU. Colgay Pride for the past five years has made Mental Wellness part of our mission by providing LGBT support groups and in 2018 began linkage to care with our partnership with Elliot and Associates who provide Mental Wellness Services to our LGBT Community for little or no fee. Since the creation of Colgay Pride one of its primary founding goals was providing better outreach, testing, prevention education and linkage to care for our community regarding HIV and AIDS and we take a lot of pride in announcing our greatest new partnership in 2018 with the Debra Smith Wellness Center (formerly the Better Way Foundation) and CAN Community Health who will now provide a one stop shop for HIV Care in Columbus coming this fall. A Full Circle (Mind, Body, and Spirit) Health Care Center for people living with HIV.
Every day for the past five years Colgay Pride has worked hard to meet the challenges we face here at home and abroad. Together we have achieved much and acknowledge we will have setbacks in life, but as long we keep moving forward, keep working together and never give up no matter what the day may bring, in the end We Shall Prevail Over Hate. We do far more greater things when we work to unite instead of divide. Never Give Up the Fight and In All Things, Be True to You!
Hate Will Not Win is the Theme of this year’s Columbus Georgia 2018 LGBT Pride Festival which will take place June 2nd 11 am to 11 pm Broadway Columbus (Between 11th and 12th Block of Broad). The Official T Shirt was designed and created by our very own local artist the talented Braelen Hill and will be available at this years Pride. This year will be our biggest ever with our Pre Pride Show the Mr and Miss Columbus Pride Competition on June 1st Friday night starts at 8pm. On the 2nd We will kick off the program around 11 am with the presentation of the Columbus Georgia LGBT Pride Month Proclamation and feature Speakers this year that include Mayor Elect Skip Henderson, City Councilor Mimi Woodson, Sheriff Donna Tompkins, Ventrine Parham, Jeremy Hobbs, Tonza Sheree Thomas, Valerie Haskins, Matasha Black, Cecelia Rood and many others. We will showcase our community and the people who serve all and hear from each of them including Forgiving Heart Church, New Covenant Church of Columbus, All Saints Presbyterian, New Life Second Chance Outreach, Georgia Equality, Georgia ACLU, CAN Community Health, The Debra Smith Wellness Center, Avita Pharmacy and many others. We will honor the people who have worked hard for equality and their lifetime works as an LGBT Advocate and Mentor. Our LGBT LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Recipients are Stella Drocko (Entertainment and Mentoring) Jeremy Scott Hobbs (LGBT and HIV Advocacy, Creation of Colgay Pride and The Columbus Georgia Broadway LGBT Pride Festival) Dan Jones (Education 30 year Service & Retired Teacher Muscogee County) and our Pioneer of the Year Award goes to Ventrine Parham for LGBT Advocacy and Community Activsim. We will provide entertainment and music from DJ Tammy Lamb, local artist Jeremiah Alexander and feature Grammy nominated artist Phylle Carter. We encourage anyone that wants to speak out or tell our community why PRIDE is important to them and share their stories together in the It’s OUR Pride Segment. At 4 Pm we will march for equality for all with our LGBT PRIDE PARADE. We will also feature our Second Night Show which will be an array of artists and performers who give their time and talent in the name of LGBT Pride to entertain our community and lift each other up with love and diversity.
Whether you are Gay or Straight we invite everyone to come and enjoy The Columbus Georgia 5th Annual LGBT PRIDE FESTIVAL on Broadway. Let’s enjoy the power of diversity and love together as we celebrate Equality for All.