Our Mission

Athens PRIDE exists to promote community, fellowship, and support around lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues in the greater Athens, GA area.  This purpose is furthered through advocacy, outreach, education, communication, and event sponsorship.


a little history on how the Athens, GA PRIDE events began... 

In 1998, the LGBTQ+ community of Athens, GA gathered for a potluck picnic at under the pavilion at Lake Herrick.  Initially hosted by GLOBES, an LGBTQ faculty and staff group at the University of Georgia, the event grew and formed into an independent organization governed by volunteers, Athens PRIDE Committee.  By 2011, members of the committee envisioned expanding the picnic into a larger event.  That year, queer community members from Athens and surrounding areas spread across Lay Park in a festival of unity and pride.  In 2013 Athens PRIDE achieved 501(c) (3) nonprofit status. Now in its 21st year of existence and celebrating its 9th Annual Athens PRIDE Week and Festival, the week includes a series of events providing social opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and straight allies.  The week promotes self-affirmation, increases visibility, and builds community among diverse individuals.

Athens PRIDE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is solely comprised of volunteers; our outreach is entirely funded by generous donations. Throughout the year, we host events and fundraisers to promote support and education outreach to and about the LGBTQ+ community.  


Ongoing events throughout the year

In addition to PRIDE Week, the Athens PRIDE now hosts events throughout the year aimed to promote support and educational outreach for the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. 

We also support the efforts of other organizations aligned with equality and diversity by providing event sponsorship, promotion, and volunteers for their efforts.

Everything we do serves a greater mission to promote community, fellowship, and support around LGBTQ+ issues in the greater Athens area through advocacy, outreach, education, communications, and event sponsorship. 


Athens PRIDE, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization solely comprised of volunteers and our outreach is entirely funded by your generous donations.