Athens and the LGBTQ Community
Athens has a long history as one of the most lgbtq-friendly towns in Georgia. In the 2004 state vote on the anti-gay marriage amendment, for instance, 48 percent of Clarke County voters rejected the amendment, a far higher percentage than any other county in the state, even those in metro Atlanta. GLOBES invites representatives and candidates to meet with the gay community at its annual fall reception, and many attend. See the front of Friends and Family for a letter of support from Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson and Chamber of Commerce President Doc Eldridge.
Athens is located in Northeast Georgia, about 70 miles from Atlanta (see map). The population, according to the 2000 U.S. Census, is 100,266. Voters approved joining the county and city governments in 1990, forming the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County. Clarke County is the smallest county in Georgia in land area but is the fourteenth most populous. For more information about Athens-Clarke County, consult these links:
- Wikipedia’s entry on Athens
- Georgia Department of Community Affairs Snapshot, where you can select a county and download information
- Flagpole, a locally owned alternative weekly publication
- Online Athens, the web site of the Athens Banner-Herald, the daily newspaper here
- The Red and Black, the independent student newspaper of UGA
- WUGA, the local public radio station, a unit of UGA
- The University of Georgia non-discrimination/anti-harassment policy (including sexual orientation)
- UGA Campus Climate 2002 Report
- The Boybutante AIDS Foundation, Inc.
- Athens Pride
Atlanta Resources Atlanta is approximately 70 miles from Athens and has one of the largest gay communities in the country. Here are links to some Atlanta LGBTQ groups:
- Atlanta Pride
- In the Life Atlanta: “Formed in 1996 to serve the needs of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transsexual people of African descent within the Metro Atlanta community.”
- Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce: “We are dedicated to the development and growth of businesses that support the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.”
- PFLAG Atlanta: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
- Zami: “Atlanta’s premiere organization for lesbians of African descent.”
- Fourth Tuesday: “Fourth Tuesday is a large, diverse, non-profit organization serving lesbians, bi females, and transgendered females in Atlanta and the surrounding areas.”
State of Georgia Resources:
- Georgia Equality :To advance fairness, safety and opportunity for Georgia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied communities.
- Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia: “A professional association of attorneys, judges, law students and other legal workers who support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered peopel and who oppose discrimination based upon sexual orientation.”
Georgia Voice: “Georgia’s leading LGBT newspaper.”
- Human Rights Campaign: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the United States’ largest LGBT advocacy group and lobbying organization
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:The Task Force creates change by building LGBT political power from the ground up.
- American Institute of Bisexuality:The American Institute of Bisexuality encourages, supports and assists research and education about bisexuality
- Transgender Law and Policy Institute:The Transgender Law and Policy Institute is dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society