Spirit Day Vigil 2014

The Annual Spirit Day Candlelight Vigil was held in Goodale Park on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

We organize the vigil to show awareness for those LGBTQ people that have taken their lives or have been impacted by bullying.

Get more information about Spirit Day on the GLAAD Website.

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Speakers

Dr. Tamara Davis of the Alcohol, Drug, And Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH)

Cheryl Ward of Columbus Public Schools

Karen Izzi Gallagher

Cory Chan-Frederick, Alwin Chan-Frederick, and Aleta Polley

Musical Performance by Rain Maxwell, Student and Fort Hayes High School

Treatment Works. Recovery Happens.

Looking for a counselor? ADAMH provides the funding for our Free Counselor at the Center, Emily Clark. Click Here for more information.

One of the goals at ADAMH is to provide information to Franklin County citizens about issues like mental illness and substance abuse, in an effort to reduce the stigma or misconceptions associated with behavioral health care issues. It is always great to learn more about mental illness, treatment, and recovery.

Few may know mental illness is a common but treatable, health condition, similar to heart disease and diabetes. Mental illness affects the brain and is best treated by a healthcare professional. Examples include: stress, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.

The approach to treatment for mental illness differs from person to person, with many different types of treatment available. Treatment needs to be individualized to be most effective. Some examples include: counseling, medication, outpatient or in-patient treatment.

Of the many who receive treatment for their mental illness most can and will recover. Recovery means different things to different people. Recovery can mean a person with a mental health or substance abuse problem is living a healthy, productive life, has a job, is raising and caring for a family, lives independently or volunteers in the community.

Contrary to many beliefs, mental illness can happen to anyone. It can be a friend, neighbor, family member, or spouse. The truth is one and four people will be affected by a mental illness or substance abuse issue in their lifetime. For this reason, it is important to know the facts.

With proper treatment, most children and adults can recover and go on to lead healthy, productive lives.

Do not let stigma prevent you from getting the care you or a family member needs. Seek the advice of a healthcare professional. For more information, visit the ADAMH website at www.adamhfranklin.org.

Sincerely,

David Royer
CEO
ADAMH Board of Franklin County

Stonewall Columbus Announces City Funding to help with Capital Improvements

Councilwoman Tyson and Karla Rothan

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Stonewall Columbus is pleased to announce that Columbus city council has extended a grant in the amount of $50,000 for capital improvements at the LGBT community center. For 32 years, Stonewall Columbus has been meeting the needs of the LGBT community through education and advocacy programs. Ordinance 1102-2013, sponsored by Health and Human Services Committee chair Priscilla R. Tyson, will provide $50,000 in Emergency Human Services funding to help Stonewall make needed repairs to their 1160 North High Street facility and the adjacent 4th Street Annex. Repairs include, but are not limited to, restroom upgrades, electric and lighting, emergency exits, gutters and downspouts.

“First, I want to take this opportunity to thank council for this tremendous support. Our partnership with the city has helped to make Stonewall Columbus a leading organization in the region,” said Karla Rothan, Executive Director of Stonewall Columbus.  “Each year 30,000 visitors arrive at the center looking for a safe place to get help. The Center on High is just that place and we could not have touched the lives of so many without the long-term support of our city,” she added.

Stonewall Columbus plans to raise additional dollars to expand the facility, connect the buildings and create second floor accessibility. This will enable Stonewall Columbus to more fully and effectively provide additional programs for the LGBT community, especially older adults, families and youth. “Having the confidence and investment of our city helps us to achieve that goal,” explained Rothan.

Stonewall Columbus serves the Central Ohio LGBT community by providing a community center and offering programming and services that enhance the well-being and visibility of our diverse community through discovery, affirmation and celebration. For more information about Stonewall Columbus visit our website at www.stonewallcolumbus.org.

Dykes on Mics Interview NFL PLayer and Super Ally Kris Kluwe

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Brooke and Lori interview Chris Kluwe – super Ally and punter for the Minnesota Vikings. Chris discusses his very vocal support for marriage equality, his amicus brief to the Supreme Court and the unique position that pro sports figures can play in being role models for gay youth. And what does Kluwe really think of Justice Scalia?

Deadspin: “They Won’t Magically Turn You Into A Lustful Cockmonster”: Chris Kluwe Explains Gay Marriage To The Politician Who Is Offended By An NFL Player Supporting It

Athlete Ally

Chris Kluwe

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2012 Year in Review

Stonewall Columbus 2012 Year in Review

For thirty-one years Stonewall Columbus has been the leading visionary LGBT organization in Central Ohio. We end a very successful 2012 reflecting on the accomplishments of this year. Two programs in particular stand out as highlights for our community. Our Trailblazer and Fusion programs grew exponentially in 2012 and we could not have accomplished this milestone without the help of both The Legacy Fund of the Columbus Foundation and Cardinal Health. As we enter a new and exciting year we are grateful to the thousands of volunteers, donors and members of the center whose generous spirits have enabled us to fulfill our mission and helped us to change the lives of so many in our community. Have a Happy and Safe New Year!

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Trailblazers visit the Air Force Museum in Dayton - Just one of our many Trailblazer Outings