AIDS Athens - serves to address the needs of individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS through supportive services and to prevent the spread of the disease through education and outreach.
Athens Casuals - A community social group for men.
Athens Pride - A collaborative effort of many non-profit efforts to celebrate the diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community of Athens, GA.
Boybutante Ball - This annual ball and stage show is northeast Georgia’s largest fundraiser for AIDS support services.
GLOBES - The Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual Employees & Supporters is a diverse organization of faculty, staff, graduate students and administrators, whose mission is to advocate for, develop, and nurture UGA’s LGBTQ communities.
Lambda Alliance - Established to meet the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally students, faculty, and staff at UGA.
PFLAG Athens - Promotes the well being of Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans people, their families and friends.
Under The Rainbow - Group led by Ricky Roberts.
You don’t have to wait for special events to enjoy a weekend of LGBT community, and you don’t have to stay in Atlanta to find it. Georgia is home to a variety of LGBT campgrounds, whether you prefer the North Georgia mountains or the forests of South Georgia.
Fox Mountain Camp & Artist Retreat
350 Black Ankle Way, Cherry Log, GA 30522
Fox Mountain is a private, 18-acre “women-focused” campground located near the Toccoa River with women-only and mixed-gender camping areas. Women campers are allowed one male guest.
Some camping gear is available for rent; other amenities include a music stage, showers and flush toilets. Every third weekend, the campground hosts a female musician in concert.
268 Catfish Lane, Collins, GA 30421
An hour from Savannah or two hours from Macon, Roy’s Hideaway features six lakes, cabins, wi-fi, a saltwater pool, a café, laundry, showers and restrooms. Tent camping and longterm RV hook-ups also available.
Upcoming events include the Memorial Day Glamorous & Trashy Weekend with Kristina Foxx.
In The Woods Campground
142 Casey Court, Canon, GA 30520
In the Woods is a gay, members-only, clothing-optional campground that is mostly men, although women are welcome. Amenities include a clubhouse, pool, hot tub, tent camping, cabins, RV sites, a bunkhouse with private rooms and the Bearacks “shared living experience.”
50 Highway 230, Unadilla, GA 31091
Oz Campground sits on 150 acres located just 8 miles off Interstate 75. Amenities include a 4,000-square foot bar and dance club, pool, hot tub, general store, wi-fi at the pool, cabins, RV sites and tent camping. Guests must be 18 and members. Clothing is optional in many areas.
Special events are scheduled for men and women. Upcoming events include Memorial Day Homecoming Weekend, Wide World of Sports (June 7-9), and Oz MusicFest (June 14-17), featuring lesbian duo Halcyon.
2311 Pulliam Mill Road, Dewy Rose, GA 30634
River’s Edge is a private, adults-only, clothing-optional campground focused on men, although women are welcome. Amenities include a pool, workout room, clubhouse, shower facilities, tent campsites, RV sites, and cabins of various sizes.
Upcoming events include Bear Mayhem (May 10-12).
830 Swiftwaters Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533
For more than 30 years, Swiftwaters has offered camping for women who enjoy rustic camaraderie on the Etowah River. Amenities include a meadow, outhouses, shower, plus two cabins and a bed-and-breakfast room available for women who prefer not to camp in tents.
The Hunting Club
210 Rabbit Run, Ailey, GA 30410
Located seven miles from Vidalia, Ga., The Hunting Club is billed as a “private GLBT gated community” for RVs and tent camping. The site features an 11-acre fishing pond with kayaks and paddle boating, clubhouse, indoor and outdoor showers, plus a small pool.
Metropolitan Community Churches
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The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of MCC, to read Bible at inaugural service
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson is the moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), which has ministries in over 40 countries. Dr. Wilson was part of the first LGBT delegation to meet with a sitting president in 1979. She is currently a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – White House staff announced that the Interfaith Prayer Service at the National Cathedral, to be held Tuesday morning, 22 January, will include the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, moderator and international leader of the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), a denomination founded 45 years ago as a church open to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Dr. Wilson was installed at the National Cathedral as MCC’s global Moderator in 2005 during an MCC service hosted by the Cathedral. This month, the National Cathedral staff announced they will begin performing marriages for same-gender couples. Dr. Wilson recently celebrated her 35th anniversary with her wife.
Dr. Wilson said, “It is profoundly meaningful to read the Bible during President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s second inaugural interfaith service. As I read, I will remember the hands laid on me seven years ago in this very cathedral by faith leaders who called me to serve all of God’s beautifully diverse children, including LGBT people. President Obama prayerfully and respectfully stood up for LGBT equality during his campaign, and I am proud to stand with him.”
The prayer service dates back to President George Washington. Today, participation by religious leaders from many traditions mark this service.
In a December 18th press release, the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Cathedral, said, “The Inaugural Prayer Service is an historic observance that Washington National Cathedral is honored to host once again for President Barack Obama. The Cathedral has come to be known as a spiritual home for the nation, and as part of living into that calling, it is our prayer that the service will embody the hopes and vision of our nation, and that God’s purpose might shine forth with new clarity in our lives.”