Let’s Chat

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RSVP at: http://www.facebook.com/events/158902234827228

Common Ground invites you to join the conversation about Easter and what it means to you. How did it hurt or help you from the LGBTQ perspective? What do you practice or embrace now? What do you hope to achieve in their personal growth/journey?

On the lighter side of that conversation … Did your mom/dad make you wear a hideous Easter dress when you clearly wanted combat boots and blue jeans? Did your mom/dad make you wear a crisp starched button up suit and tie when you clearly felt better in concert t shirts and “Jesus sandals”? What uncomfortable funny moments do you remember from growing up and what do you do now?

What really is your favorite color of Peep? Do they taste different or is you mind playing a trick??? PEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Common Ground Vday Meetup

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Please join us on Feb 12th to meet new people and share best/worst Valentine’s Day stories!

Common Ground events are safe spaces for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans community.

ACC Library: 2025 Baxter Street
7-8pm, Feb 12, 2018
Free, All ages welcome

Board Member Recruitment Drop In Days

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The Common Ground LGBT Community Center needs board members to help get the center established.

If you have skills in non-profit management, fundraising, grant writing, event planning, website development, communications and social media, etc. please drop by our Board Member Recruitment Days to learn more about Common Ground:

Wednesday, January 10th, 6-7pm
Thursday, January 11th, 6-7pm

If you are interested in serving as a Board member, please review the Board Member Responsibilities and complete the Application.

Board Member Responsibilities are listed here:

Board Member application:

If you have questions, please email e.rickyroberts@gmail.com

Board Members Needed

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The Common Ground LGBT Community Center needs board members!

The center is already a recognized 501c3 organization but it currently does not have its own building.  With community support we will get there.

Please join us for a meeting on Saturday, November 4 at 11:30am at Dondero’s Kitchen: 590 N Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30601: http://donderoskitchen.com/


LGBT Book Club- June

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Our second book is Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction edited by S. Andrea Allen & Lauren Cherelle

A necessary and relevant addition to the Black LGBTQ literary canon, which oftentimes overlooks Black lesbian writing, Lez Talk is a collection of short stories that embraces the fullness of Black lesbian experiences. The contributors operate under the assumption that “lesbian” is not a dirty word, and have written stories that amplify the diversity of Black lesbian lives.

At once provocative, emotional, adventurous, and celebratory, Lez Talk crosses a range of fictional genres, including romance, speculative, and humor. The writers explore new subjects and aspects of their experiences, and affirm their gifts as writers and lesbian women.

The book is available at AVID Bookshop in Athens, GA: http://www.avidbookshop.com/welcome

See the flyer for location and time. Even if you only had time to read a couple of the short stories, you should still join us!


Pulse Orlando Commemoration- Athens, GA

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On June 12, 2016 in Orlando, FL, the LGBT night club called Pulse became the scene of the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in modern U.S. history. That night, 49 of our sisters and brothers were killed and 53 others were injured.

On June 12, 2017 at 12pm, we will gather at the UGA Chapel bell to honor the 49 innocent victims by ringing the bell 49 times. Before each ring we will ask the crowd to speak each name.
Details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1884462301769286

On June 13, 2017 we invite you to CenterSpace at the Athens Clarke County Public Library. Please come share your thoughts about the tragedy and your hope for the future. CenterSpace is a safe space for respectful community conversations. https://www.facebook.com/events/1504310359641789

We will never forget!

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Juan Chavez Martinez, 25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 years old
Christopher “Drew” Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
KJ Morris, 37 years old
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
Luis Daniel Lestat Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Common Ground Game Night- May 23

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The Common Ground LGBT Community Center is hosting a game night on May 23 at 6:30pm.

If you have a fun card game or board game, please bring it along to share.

Straight allies are welcome to attend

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1774443752867815/CG-Game night-may23

LGBT+ Book Club- April 25

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Our first book is going to be Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin!

Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully.

Whether this is your first introduction to transgender issues or if you’re ready to discuss the importance of #ownvoices and if this book qualifies, join us on April 25 at Avid Bookshop!

Straight Allies welcome to attend

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/676033489265612/



CenterSpace LGBT Support Group- April 11

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The Common Ground LGBT Community Center will facilitate *CenterSpace on the 2nd Tuesday of April.

LGBT people are marginalized in our society due to hate and discrimination. CenterSpace creates a safe space where LGBT people can hang out, support each other and have their stories prioritized and centered.

If you have a fun card game or board game to share, please bring it along.

Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans individuals who are 18+ are invited to attend.

April 11- Lay Park

RSVP at  https://www.facebook.com/events/1230191227094261/centerspacef

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We are hosting a meetup for members of the lesbian, gay, bi, trans and straight ally community. Please come out and catch up with old friends and make some new ones.

Common Ground will be having events on 2nd & 4th Tuesdays
Stay tuned!