Allen Thornell, 38, a member of the Victory Campaign Board and a longtime LGBT leader in Georgia, has died after suffering a stroke, according to a report in the Southern Voice.  The Atlanta resident was the former executive director of Georgia Equality, a statewide LGBT group, and was once a Victory Fund-endorsed candidate for a seat in the Georgia legislature.

Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, expressed the organization’s sadness:  ”Allen wasn’t just a candidate, colleague and supporter of the Victory Fund, he was our friend.  He was a genuine leader–someone who could speak out when it really mattered, but who also understood that working quietly behind the scenes was important to making real change.  We will miss him greatly, and we hope his friends and family are comforted by the fact that Allen lived a profound life almost singularly dedicated to expanding freedom, fairness and equality for others.”