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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.