COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation hosted its first COLGAY pride event in Uptown Columbus Saturday afternoon.
COLGAY pride is geared to educate and empower the LGBT community in the Valley. The event also held sessions to encourage people to get tested for HIV to help lower infection rates in our area.
"We want to do something a little bit more for LGBT community…there have been other community activities that have went on for the past several years but we wanted to do something with the advocacy, something like pride building techniques and stuff like that," said Jeremy Hobbs, founder of the CVBWF. "They are going to be hearing from people that are transgender, lesbians, gays, everybody out here. It's about the voices in our community, finally their voices are gonna be heard."
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson also signed a proclamation declaring June to be LGBT pride month in Columbus.
According to a Centers for Disease Control study, gay men account for two percent of the population in the United States, but account for about 72 percent of all HIV infection rates in our country.
The study also states that one in five people are unaware of their HIV status.