LGBT leader and activist Allen Thornell will be remembered during a memorial service on Thursday.
Thornell, 38, died Monday after complications from a stroke he suffered a day earlier. His death has prompted an emotional outpouring of tributes and remembrances in media outlets and on his Facebook page. Friends also organized a Facebook group for Thornell called Allen Thornell is My Hero!
The service is set for 2:30 p.m. at gay-friendly Saint Mark United Methodist Church at 781 Peachtree Street in Midtown. Early Tuesday, details about the service indicated a 3 p.m. start.
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.
In response to the tributes on Thornell’s Facebook page, friends posted a status update to the page Monday afternoon:
We would like to express how incredibly appreciative and touched we are by the outpouring of love that have you have shown Allen. To know he touched so many people’s lives during his brief stay with us is a measure of comfort in the face of this loss. Please know how much he cared for all of you. He was an extraordinary son, brother, partner and friend. We will miss him terribly.