The Debra Smith Wellness Center

Columbus Georgia One Stop Shop full Circle HIV Care & Prevention

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04/26/2022

THE COLGAY PRIDE SHOW @ 3 PM

THE COLGAY PRIDE SHOW ON ZOOM

TODAY'S GUEST....
3 PM
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS III: CANDIDATE FOR CITY COUNCIL #5
3:20 PM
ZEPH BAKER: CANDIDATE FOR STATE HOUSE LEGISLATOR

Weekly Hour with Colgay Pride Executive Director Jeremy Hobbs and guests talking about Current Events, What's Happening, Events and most importantly your voice to hear and see from you what it is you want to see more of here in Columbus Georgia that will build Diversity and Unity in our community. The Show that's ALL ABOUT You the People and Keeping YOU informed.
LIVE ON FACEBOOK COLGAY PRIDE OF COLUMBUS GEORGIA & SPECIAL GROUPS So watch it Live and Join in or Watch Later in Your Spare Time
SO YOU CAN JOIN IN:
Topic: THE COLGAY PRIDE SHOW
EVERY TUESDAY AT 3 PM

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04/20/2022

Wednesday Letters and Hump Day Reminders

Executive Director and Colgay Pride Show Host Jeremy Scott Hobbs reads letters, comments from emails and more. Everything you need to get your Hump Day Started in the right direction....wherever it may go.

04/12/2022

COLGAY PRIDE IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR FRIENDS AT GEORGIA EQUALITY HAVE DONE IT AGAIN. FOR THE 8TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, GEORGIA EQUALITY IS A PROUD SPONSOR OF THE 2022 COLUMBUS GEORGIA LGBTQ+ PRIDE FESTIVAL WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE ON JUNE 4TH.
We are truly humbled and honored to call Georgia Equality our Partner for the past eight years and even before that with our work with HIV/AIDS. If there is any agency out there that has been a tireless advocate for LGBTQ+ Citizens, its allies, and those affected by HIV/AIDS it's one organization....Georgia Equality. Jeff Graham the executive director and one of the 55 most influential men in Atlanta has literally given Georgia Equality and our citizens his full support and works hard for us everyday to ensure that Georgia legislature doesn't try to slip in Anti-LGBTQ bills unnoticed. He calls upon every city in Georgia to stand up and fight when its called for and has worked with Colgay Pride for almost a decade and has helped us become an effective agency and watchdog for injustice and inequality. Georgia Equality through its leadership has ensured that Atlanta Georgia receives a 100 score on their Municipal Equality Index Score for the HRC. We are proud of our partnership and so happy and humbled that Ga Equality continued to sponsor our Columbus Georgia Pride event.
THANK YOU GEORGIA EQUALITY FOR 8 YEARS OF PARTNERSHIP AND SPONSORING OF THE COLUMBUS GEORGIA LGBTQ+ PRIDE FESTIVAL.
YES THERE IS STILL TIME TO BECOME A SPONSOR IF YOU SO CHOOSE... If you/your business would like to become a sponsor of Pride 2022 Text 706-580-6239 or Email [email protected] "I WANT To SPONSOR PRIDE" and we will get you all setup. Non-Profits and Local Businesses get a 50% Discount. So hit us up today!

04/12/2022

BECOME A SPONSOR OF COLUMBUS GEORGIA LGBTQ+ PRIDE
Colgay Pride is celebrating its 9th Year of the Columbus Georgia LGBTQ+ Pride Festival on June 4th. Each year businesses and individuals sponsor this great event and show their community they stand with the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate an event that has helped bring so many out into the open and start living their lives as themselves. We stand together against hate, oppression, discrimination and ignorance. Businesses have even chosen to take a step further and place our WE SERVE ALL ESTABLISHMENT sticker on their doors letting everyone know that enters their business it's a safe space and Y'all Means ALL. Even with tremendous evolving of mankind to love one another more than ever before...Hate still leers its ugly face every day. In Texas they want to jail transgender individual and even jail the parents that support them. In Florida they passed a law making it illegal to say GAY in the classroom. There are still many that want us to disappear and don't want it to be spoken as if the gay will just go away. We haven't seen actions like this since Adolph Hi**er. Our own city had the opportunity to pass a NDO (Non-Discrimination Ordinance) just like 13 other cities in Georgia have done already that would protect EVERYONE including LGBTQ+ from harassment and discrimination with Employment, Public Accommodations and Housing but even here in Columbus we had those who refused to even put it up for a vote. So, Our NDO just sits there for the second year in a row without even a vote. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! WE NEED YOUR LOVE! WE NEED YOU TO SHOW YOU STAND WITH US ONE AND ALL. By becoming a Sponsor/Vendor of Pride you'll do just that. You and/or your business logo will be on every Official Columbus Pride 2022 T Shirt (see below), Receive a Digital Sponsorship Image (see below) on our page and for your website or wherever you wish to display it, you will receive a We Serve All Sticker for your business doorway with photos commemorating the moment (see below), you will get space at the festival to set up and tell people about your business and meet our community and you'll get to take the stage and tell people all about your business. We even have local business and nonprofit rates of 50% off.
Show your love and Show you stand with ALL people and Show your business supports the LGBTQ community and become a sponsor today.
Email [email protected] Subj: Sponsorship or Text 706-580-6239 I WANT TO SPONSOR along with Your name, Your company and we will get the information to you immediately.
Thank you to everyone who is or has been a Sponsor of the Columbus Georgia LGBTQ+ Pride Festival. Become a Sponsor TODAY!

04/05/2022

DIVERSITY SATURDAYS ARE BACK APRIL 02

GREETINGS ONE AND ALL.
THIS TUESDAY DON'T MISS THE COLGAY PRIDE SHOW ...
Our First Guest will be Sia Etemadi Candidate for City Council District 7, We will hear about his platform and how wants to work to improve the 7th District and bring prosperity back to this area, help to lower crime in his district and improve communications and relations with his constituents.
Our Second Guest will be Ada Thomas Director of Connections from New Horizons. She will be telling us all about that program and who it benefits and how to get involved.
Don't Miss it at 3 PM here on COLGAY PRIDE OF COLUMBUS GEORGIA or join in the conversation by logging in to
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03/25/2022

COLGAY PRIDE IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE A NEW FIRST TIME SPONSOR FOR THE COLUMBUS GEORGIA LGBTQ+ PRIDE FESTIVAL.
MEET COLGACARE MEDICAL located 1601 12th St, Suite 3
Columbus, GA 31906 Email: [email protected]
Thank you so much for your sponsorship and I know the people of Columbus are ready to hear about their NON-JUDGEMENTAL CARE PROVIDING PrEP and Gender affirming care.
FINALLY A LOCAL GENDER AFFIRMING CARE OFFICE IN COLUMBUS GEORGIA. WE ARE SO EXCITED.
Again THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP. TOGETHER WE CAN HELP CHANGE LIVES FOR THE BETTER,
ABOUT COLGAYCARE:
ColGACare is an insurance-free, membership-based, Direct Primary Care (DPC) and Acute Care practice with big dreams of staying small. We believe that breaking ties with commercial insurance companies and Medicare is the first step in restoring the doctor-patient relationship.

Office Visits at ColGACare are by appointment only. Although we can often see you same/next day for your acute care needs,
we are not a "walk-in" clinic.

Dedicated ColGACare phone hours are 8am-6pm business days (beginning this Spring), but Dr. G will often answer/respond outside of these hours as well.

The ColGACare phone is set to "Do Not Disturb" from 9pm-6am daily (because sleep hygiene is important!), but texts and voicemails received overnight will still be seen early next day.
Please don't hesitate to call or text with questions or concerns.
706.365.0365 or visit their website

03/22/2022

LGBTQ+ ZOOM SUPPORT GROUPS EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT

03/22/2022

LGBTQ+ ZOOM SUPPORT GROUPS EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT

Every Tuesday you are invited to Colgay Pride's LGBTQ+ & Allies Support Group which covers a variety of issues that we all have had to deal with from time to time. Issues like Acceptance, Disclosure, Happiness, Misery, Family Violence, Hate, Love, Transgender Transformation, HIV/AIDS, Bullying, Discrimination and so much more. This support group is open EVERYONE of EVERY AGE. So come and log in and feel the power of love and support every week from the comfort of your own home. Meetings begin at 7:30 Every Tuesday

Topic: COLGAY PRIDE TUESDAY LGBTQ+ SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS

Every week on Tue, until Apr 26, 2022

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03/22/2022

DIVERSITY SATURDAYS ARE BACK APRIL 02

https://www.facebook.com/events/4593664854076527/
dIVERSITY SATURDAYS @ UPTOWN
By COLGAY PRIDE
Education, Entertainment, Awareness, Advocacy, Conversations, Empowerment, Love, Joy, Diversity, Community, & Pride
On the First Saturday of April, May, September, October & December we will come together and build our community stronger with the coexistence of LGBTQ & Our Friends & Allies. Working towards a Common Goal of Unity for a Stronger and Bigger Community.
Noon to 12:30 KICKOFF with Speakers, Music, Prayer, National Anthem, Community Leaders and Much Much More
12:30 pm to 130 pm DRAG QUEEN STORY TIME with Dariance Noxema Lupita Jackson
2 pm to 4 pm SPECIAL ACTIVITIES with Kids
7 pm to 10 pm LGBTQ & ALLIES BLOCK PARTY AND DRAG SHOW See less

12/01/2021

Whenever we celebrate World AIDS Day I often wonder how many of us who are not directly impacted pause and note the key messages we hope to convey - such as:

1. Global equity in HIV prevention and treatment
2. The need for effective HIV vaccines
3. Continued research to discover new and safe anti-HIV drugs - to be ahead of a mutating virus
4. The importance to understand the long-term health consequences of HIV drugs
5. To appreciate the impact of HIV in the elderly and other vulnerable groups - long-term impact of people living with HIV
6. The importance of education, and the acknowledgment that we need a combined approach to successfully fight HIV. We cannot only focus on behavioral changes, nor can we solely rely on biomedical interventions.
7. To purposefully engage scientists, doctors, pharmaceutical industries, government and community organizations/NGOs, and social influencers.

Why is it necessary that we continue to work so hard to defeat HIV?

Well ....

THESE ARE SOME OF THE SAME ISSUES WE FACE TO SUCCESSFULLY FIGHT COVID-19.

Now that we have a better understanding of the work and commitment required to fight a virus, please come on board so that one day we can eliminate HIV.

11/30/2021

GIVE TUESDAY IS HERE FOR COLGAY PRIDE GIVE GIVE GIVE

https://www.facebook.com/donate/586869895730441/
Go to this link and PLEASE GIVE. Right now FB is matching Dollar for Dollar until they reach $2 Million and after that they will match 10% of your donation up to $6 Million. PLEASE GIVE TODAY! Lets make the most out of your donations.

Support The Debra Smith Wellness Center by shopping at AmazonSmile. 10/07/2021

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Colgay Pride of the Debra Smith Wellness Center Inc would truly appreciate your kindness by selecting our agency as your AmazonSmile benefactor. Just click on the link below and sign up as easy as 1 2 3.
We've even included a wish list on there if you want to help us but don't want to send money.
So click on the link below today and choose does the Debra Smith Wellnesse Center Inc how's your charity with your AmazonSmile account. Everything you spend on AmazonSmile from that point forward with approved products, .5% will be donated to our organization. Become a charitable donor today and help us continue forth doing work we love so dearly.
Thank you!

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Photos from Colgay PRIDE of Columbus Georgia's post 09/21/2021

We are only 112 Likes Away from 5000 Likes on FB
We already have over 5000 Followers!
First Off Thank you so much for following us and liking us on FB.
You are the reason we do it all. Thank you for being there for us and checking in with us daily and most importantly inviting your friends to like Colgay Pride of Columbus Georgia FB Page. You would still be surprised how many people out there in our area have never even heard of us yet and didn't know we had an annual pride festival on Broadway. Every year I am amazed at how many people tell us they didn't even know we existed.
SO, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD AND TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW THAT LOVES DIVERSITY AND LOVES EQUALITY FOR ALL AND MORE IMPORTANTLY ENJOYS HAVING A GOOD TIME AND TELL THEM TO LIKE US TODAY. Your voice and your invites and your shares get people to notice us and know we are here for them too.
So please invite your friends, share our posts and events and spread the word so everyone in Columbus Georgia knows we are here. LETS GET 5000 LIKES BEFORE OCTOBER 1st. I KNOW WE CAN DO IT.
THANKS YOU FOR FOLLOWING AND LIKING US!

09/17/2021

COLGAY PRIDE CRITICAL HARDWARE UPGRADE INITIATIVE

Colgay Pride recently experienced a computer/hardware failure. Our current systems are 7 years old. This couldn't have come at a worse time for our agency. Repair costs are far too expensive. We were advised we should upgrade our current systems with new software and computer operating systems.
Everything you see digital for Colgay Pride is now at risk of being lost forever. We must raise $1300 to replace and upgrade our existing software and operating systems. We humbly need your help now more than ever in our history. Most people don't realize that everything with Colgay Pride and DSWC or CVBWF Inc all started on a computer. We have only had one upgrade in the past 13 years of operation. Here is the facts....Almost 70% of everything we do is digital. Without our digital department, Colgay Pride would cease to exist. Events would go unpublished and unknown; Pride would not reach all the people we need to ensure a great success. Our block parties would be forgotten and our advocacy and education would all be finished.
We hate asking for money every time we need something....BUT THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION YOU COULD EVER MAKE...towards the future of Colgay Pride and our image and our message and quite literally PRIDE OF COLUMBUS GEORGIA. We have operated Colgay Pride through solely individual and corporate donations for the past 13 years of operation. We recently applied for a grant for a upgrade but was turned down because they felt the money could be used better in Atlanta. Columbus nonprofits ALWAYS lose out to Atlanta because that is where the desired population is for their funding. But we are not in Atlanta and neither are you. We aren't going to stop working for you here in Columbus Georgia where we know our experience and hard work are desired, appreciated and desperately needed. Also it must be stated that we would not be here if it weren't for you and your generosity and strong compassion and support of our mission and our works.
I've included information about COLGAY PRIDE which is through our parent agency CVBWF CAC Columbus AIDS Coalition now known as The Debra Smith Wellness Center. CVBWF Inc/Debra Smith Wellness Center Mission Statements: To Help Provide and Pave a Better Way of Life for Those Who Are Affected and Infected with HIV and AIDS. To Increase Community and Client Awareness Through Quality Education, Support, and Training. To Promote Testing and Status Knowledge. Updated 05/01/2019 version: Our mission is to provide HIV/AIDS education and prevention services, eliminate stigma, and enhance the health and wellbeing of everyone impacted by HIV. Mission Statement for COLGAY PRIDE: Our Mission is Fighting for Equality, Diversity & Ending Discrimination of any kind while Uniting Our Community in Solidarity.
First off, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING....For 13 years of great friendships, partnerships and memories. If it wasn't for you....we would NOT be here. SO, please help us continue our work and keep on making those dreams come true for so many out there. If not, it will just be a memory. So thanks for memories. But if your not ready for us to go...then please help us keep making those memories together. DONATE TODAY and remember every donation is tax deductible. We're only asking for the bare minimum for what we need. We are not going all out on this quest to continue our work. We only need the bare necessities to keep on rolling. Thank you for everything and all that is still to come. We do it all together.
Facebook pays all the processing fees for you, so 100% of your donation goes directly to the nonprofit. And if you decide to give, you can choose who can see that you donated or donate privately.

CLICK LINK BELOW TO DONATE TODAY & THANK YOU!

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Videos (show all)

THE COLGAY PRIDE SHOW @ 3 PM
Wednesday Letters and Hump Day Reminders
DIVERSITY SATURDAYS ARE BACK APRIL 02
LGBTQ+ ZOOM SUPPORT GROUPS EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT
DIVERSITY SATURDAYS ARE BACK APRIL 02
GIVE TUESDAY IS HERE FOR COLGAY PRIDE GIVE GIVE GIVE
COLGAY PRIDE CRITICAL HARDWARE UPGRADE INITIATIVE
Updates with Colgay Pride
LGBTQ AMAZING COLUMBUS WEEKEND

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1717 42nd Street
Columbus, GA
31904

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