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Community Advocacy

The Debra Smith Wellness Center serves as the most prominent advocate for the LGBT community in the Chattahoochee Valley. We aim to improve the quality of life for all people in this region, whether through leadership in the community, cultural competency for those who want to support our community, media representation, and our work with other organizations and agencies. 


The Debra Smith Wellness Center and its projects, including Colgay Pride, is a good resource for interview sources, fact-checking and information regarding the LGBTQ+ community in Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley. If a staffmember is unavailable as a good spokesperson on an LGBTQ-related topic, we will try our best to find an appropriate contact for your news story. DSWC can speak to breaking news and trending topics which involve the LGBTQ+ community. 

For media inquiries, contact Jeremy Hobbs or Harry Underwood. 

Take Action

Columbus Non-Discrimination Ordinance — The Columbus GA City Council has taken up a non-discrimination ordinance which would protect a wide variety of personal traits, including sexual orientation and gender identity, when it comes to housing, employment, and public goods and accommodations in the Columbus-Muscogee County area. If passed, it would provide these legal protections which are afforded in at least 11 other Georgia cities.

Here’s a link with contact information for the City Council. Let them know you support this ordinance!

Your Right to Vote

DSWC strongly supports all LGBTQ+ people being able to use their civil rights, including the right to vote. Our friends at Georgia Equality have created a Transgender Voter ID toolkit to help transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) citizens exercise their right to vote: