Allen Thornell memorial service today at 2:30

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imageLGBT activist and leader Allen Thornell will be remembered during a memorial service today.

The event — set for 2:30 p.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church at 781 Peachtree Street in Midtown — is expected to draw scores of friends, family and colleagues who were touched by Thornell’s activism in LGBT and other progressive causes.

His death on Monday prompted an emotional outpouring of tributes and remembrances in media outlets, on his Facebook page, and on a group page called Allen Thornell is My Hero!

The 90-minute service will include several speakers, including close friend Glen Paul Freedman, Cathy Woolard, who worked with Thornell at CARE and for LGBT causes, members of Thornell’s family and possibly Chad Prosser, Thornell’s partner. Rabbi Josh Lesser of Congregation Bet Haverim will officiate.

A reception will follow the service. Thornell will be buried in a family plot in Salt Lake City.

Organizers of the service offered suggestions on where to park for the service: Free parking is available in the gravel lot behind St. Mark’s at 768 Juniper St., the parking garage at the 805 Peachtree condominium complex and in the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer parking lot at the corner of Juniper and 4th streets. There are also several pay-to-park lots near the church.

Thornell’s family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to CARE, Georgia Equality and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

Thornell’s death has received extensive coverage in the media, including:

Allen Thornell, 38, gay activist who enjoyed ‘all levels of politics’ (AJC)
Allen Thornell, Presente! 1970-2009 (Atlanta Progressive News)
Thoughts on passing of Atlanta LGBT rights leader Allen Thornell (Creative Loafing)
Memorial service for gay leader Allen Thornell set for Thursday (SoVo)
Atlanta activist Allen Thornell dies at 38 (Advocate)
Local rights advocate Allen Thornell dies (WABE)
Community mourns loss of Allen Thornell (Project Q Atlanta)

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