Allen Thornell to be feted at Mary’s event

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Friends of Allen Thornell are joining with the staff of Mary’s in East Atlanta to host a celebration for the LGBT activist and political insider who died Aug. 3.

Thornell frequented the East Atlanta gay bar, so organizers thought hosting “Celebrate Allen Thornell’s Life” there will provided a fitting tribute. They are pitching the Aug. 29 event, which is open to the public, as a fun night to celebrate Thornell with friends, music and drinks.

Thornell, openly gay and HIV positive, lived with his partner, Chad Prosser, in East Atlanta and served as policy communication director for CARE, a humanitarian organization that combats global poverty based in Atlanta. Over 14 years in Atlanta, he worked with several LGBT groups, including serving as board chair for Georgia Equality.

His death prompted an outpouring of tribute and remembrances that continued through a memorial service on Aug. 6 that attracted about 600 people to St. Mark United Methodist Church in Midtown. The crowd included friends, family, colleagues and a host of elected officials and members of the city’s LGBT leadership.

View the full event listing for the Aug. 29 event.

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