New LGBT community center opens in Columbus

  Door prizes were given away at Saturday's grand opening. (photo courtesy CV Pride) Chattahoochee Valley Pride hosted the grand opening of Columbus' first LGBT community center Saturday, with organ...
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Gay Columbus, Ga., City Council candidate, HIV activist pushes local leaders to get tested

Jeremy Hobbs

Jeremy Hobbs, an openly gay HIV activist, is pushing for local elected officials and community leaders in Columbus, Ga. to join him on getting testing on National HIV Testing Day later this month.

Hobbs, 37, is also running for a seat on the Columbus City Council against incumbent Red McDaniels.

“In 2007, I started giving a voice back to people who are [HIV] positive,” Hobbs told GA Voice in phone interview. “So many people want to live in the shadows or not talk about anything. We're trying to face the stigma here locally.”

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Gay public sex gives bigots ammo to use against us

Re: “Lesbians having sex in Columbus State library are arrested” (April 8, 2011)

"A library is likely the emptiest place anyone could go to get it on short of a hotel room."

"Why is this the type of story that always comes out of Columbus? How many stories of LGBT interest will WRBL actually run that don’t reinforce negative stereotypes held by many in my conservative hometown?"