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2020 Athens PRIDE Festival Canceled

The LGBTQ organization Athens PRIDE has canceled its 2020 festival, usually scheduled for September, and is donating the funds earmarked for the festival to local nonprofits instead.

Athens PRIDE is donating $1,000 each to Live Forward, Casa de Amistad, the Athens Area Council on Aging, Athens Mutual Aid Network and Nuci’s Space. Those nonprofits serve HIV-positive individuals, immigrants, seniors, people who need assistance with rent and those with mental health issues, respectively.

“We are deeply saddened by the decision to cancel our festival,” Athens PRIDE board president Amber Strachan said in a news release. “However, we are fortunate to be able to contribute to others in these unprecedented times. We will be donating funds to the organizations on the ground that are addressing the hardships Athens residents are facing as a result of COVID-19.”   

The group is also making pride-themed masks for local hospitals and nursing homes, and urged those who would like to help to reach out to