article placeholder

‘Love Wins’ as Augusta Pride hosts second festival

Augusta Pride parade

Last year, activists in Augusta threw their first-ever Pride celebration, hoping a few dozen people would come. Instead, almost 4,000 flocked to the Augusta Commons for a sweltering day filled with entertainment and empowerment.

The second annual Augusta Pride, set for June 25, hopes to build on that success and reach an even larger audience with the theme “Love Wins.”

“It’s very important for the community, and that is what motivates me,” said Chris Bannochie, Augusta Pride public relations director. “It is time for not just Atlanta to be the only place dealing with these issues. Last year was a huge success — we were wanting to have 100 people, and we had thousands.”

article placeholder

Augusta Pride

Augusta Pride parade

Augusta hosts second annual Pride festival this weekend

article placeholder

HIV-positive Augusta man charged with molesting teen boy

An HIV-positive Augusta assistant band director is behind bars for allegedly coercing a 15-year old in having sex with him.

Travis Omari McCauley, 32, was arrested Wednesday and faces charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child molestation and reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person.

According to the Augusta Chronicle, McCauley was a friend of the family of the 15-year old male. McCauley was also assistant band director of the Central Savannah River Area All-Star Band, which the teen was a member.

Police say that it was McCauley's relationship with the teen's family that brought the two together and not the relationship they had through the band.

article placeholder

Queer Justice League looking to recruit Atlanta activists

Atlanta’s Queer Justice League will host its first-ever open meeting Tuesday night at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer from 7-9 p.m.

The organization is seeking people interested in LGBT activism and will offer ways for participants to become more involved in local and national issues.

The QJL recently met with the staff of U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) after his office admitted a member of the senator’s staff left an anti-gay comment on the gay blog Joe.My.God. The staffer has since been "removed."