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Celebrating Gay Pride throughout Georgia

“Athens Shows Its PRIDE”In it's fourth year, Athens PRIDE is returning with a 7-day festival, running from September 8th-14th, celebrating the LGBTQ community in Athens and surrounding areas.This year's...
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AIDS Memorial Quilt heads to Athens

A portion of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in the “Classic City” from Feb. 18-20 as part of a commemoration for AIDS Athens’ 25th year of providing HIV / AIDS services.

The three day event will be held at the city's Classic Center and will begin with an opening ceremony Feb. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. Many of the sections on display will have significance to the Athens area.

The quilt is maintained by The Names Project and was first conceived in the mid-1980s by San Francisco gay rights activist Cleve Jones as a way to memorialize a growing number lost to AIDS. Since its inception, more than 40,000 panels have been added to the memorial.

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Boybutante Bingo to raise funds for Athens orgs

Boybutante Bingo

Athens fundraising drag troupe Boybutante AIDS Foundation, Inc. will host a fall bingo night Thursday to raise money for HIV/AIDS causes in northeast Georgia.

The Melting Point will play host and local personality Miss Thing will call the balls with Ms Sophia Lo’Rent. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the games kicking off at 7:30.

Donated prizes from The Last Resort, City Salon and others will be given away to winners.

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New PFLAG chapter hosts inaugural meeting tonight in Athens

PFLAG

Athens is again the home of a local Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) chapter and will host its first meeting tonight at the Aloha Counseling Center in Oakview Square Office Park.

Tonight's meeting is scheduled from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

“The meeting is open to everyone. We want to especially make sure people know they have a resource for supporting their loved ones who are LGBTQ,” the group wrote on its newly created Facebook page.

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Athens signs on for Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights marches

Downtown Athens

Gay rights activists in Athens are signing on to participate in this weekend's Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights marches, joining dozens of cities from across the country -- and world -- in an effort to raise awareness of ongoing LGBT issues.

The march is being organized by Athens Pride and GLOBES, the University of Georgia LGBT faculty organization, Our Hope MCC, Amnesty International at UGA, Lambda Alliance and sapph.fire.

Organizers hope to kick off the march from Lay Park to the famed UGA arch at noon. Speakers for the event include Athens Mayor Nancy Denson, Athens Pride chair Mike Chadwick and congressional candidate Tim Riley.

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Athens Pride announces Pride picnic

Athens Pride and the University of Georgia's LGBT faculty/staff organization, GLOBES, recently announced the 14th annual Athens Pride Picnic and Potluck will be held Saturday, May 1.

The picnic will be held at Lake Herrick Pavilion in the UGA Intramural Fields near the Ramsey Student Center from 1-4 p.m.

According to organizers, the picnic celebrates the university’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning staff, faculty, and students and allies.

The public is invited. Organizers ask that participants bring a potluck dish (no glassware) to the festivities.