S.C. to offer LGBT specialty plate

Half of plate cost benefits SC Equality

by Matt Comer  Editor  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: January 18, 2012 in News

COLUMBIA, S.C. — SC Equality, a statewide LGBT education and advocacy group, announced on Wednesday that state motor vehicle officials would begin offering a specialty plate themed with SC Equality’s name and logo.

“The license plate was created as a way of allowing residents of South Carolina to publicly display their support of community, culture and policy that encourages and advocates for equal treatment for all South Carolinians, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity,” the group said in an email to supporters.

The plate will be available on Jan. 30 and will cost $25. Half of the cost goes toward SC Equality, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

South Carolina’s LGBT-themed specialty plate joins that of Indiana, which announced a similar product this week. Maryland offered the nation’s first LGBT-themed specialty plate in 2008.

SC Equality will hold to events to celebrate the plate’s creation and usher in their anniversary year, including an event this Friday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., at 701 Whaley St. in Columbia. The second event will be held at Club Blu at Tides on Folly Beach on Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m., in Charleston.