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|Athens signs on for Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights marches|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|April 18, 2012 09:49|
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.
Attendees are being asked to wear a purple shirt and signs with pro-LGBT slogans.
After the march, participants are invited to the second annual Big Gay Cookout at Lay Park.
The marches are the brainchild of Joe Knudson, an author based in Oklahoma City. Knudson said in a phone interview that the idea for a worldwide event came to him about a year ago when he created a Facebook campaign to draw attention to the struggle for LGBT equality.
“Our biggest goal is to make the governments around the world, and all of society, aware of our struggle, aware of the lack of rights for our community.
“There’s not a whole lot that government or society can do if they’re ignorant of what’s going on,” Knudson told GA Voice in a phone interview.
Top photo: Downtown Athens during Athens Pride 2011 (file)
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