The permit said 100 Ku Klux Klan members in hoods would be standing outside the gates of Augusta State University between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 23 to protest the faculty’s alleged embrace of LGBT issues. Instead, one dozen bedraggled-looking men in fatigues marched onto the lawn, shouted for about a half hour and left, leaving over 200 counter-protesters wondering what all the fuss had been about.
The Queer Justice League along with members of Proud Ally and GETEqual are planning to travel to Augusta on Saturday to hold a peaceful counter protest to the Ku Klux Klan.
The KKK is protesting Augusta State University after the university stated graduate level counseling student Jennifer Keeton, a devout Christian, needed to change her anti-gay beliefs in order to graduate.
An Augusta State University graduate student is suing the university over allegations that school officials are requiring her to go through a remediation program after she claimed homosexuality is a behavioral choice.
Some 41 years ago this weekend, a ragtag group of gay street youth, drag queens, dykes and transgender people fought back against a police raid at New York City’s Stonewall Inn.
The 1969 uprising is widely viewed as launching the modern gay rights movement, igniting a more radical approach than the fledgling “homophile” movement that was already quietly underway.
By the next June, cities began hosting rallies and celebrations to mark the anniversary of Stonewall, creating the Gay Pride events that continue to this day.
Grammy winner Thelma Houston closed out the stage for Augusta Pride on June 19, but there was one more inspiring moment awaiting the hundreds who withstood the withering heat to be there for the festival’s finale.
As Augusta Pride organizers took the microphone to thank attendees and celebrate the success of the city’s first-ever gay Pride, a faint rainbow arched across the sky.
“That was like a sign from God,” Augusta Pride President Isaac Kelly said.
Augusta celebrates its first LGBT Pride festival
Benefit for Augusta Pride tonight featuring music about marriage equality