SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Organizers of a local Pride festival in the Upstate of South Carolina have been denied their request for an official proclamation from county leaders.

Last year, Upstate Pride met with resistance from members of the Spartanburg City Council when they requested and received an official proclamation from Mayor Junie White. The mayor, who later received an award for his outspokenness in favor of the proclamation, has agreed to issue another welcome to this year’s festival. White will proclaim June 4, 2011, as “GLTBIQ Pride Day.” Spartanburg County Council Chair Jeff Horton, a Republican, has refused a similar request.

“Mr. Horton answered via email with one single word, ‘No,'” Phyllis Wyatt, Upstate Pride president, said in a release. “This one word email response to a respectfully written request from a voting county citizen, with no salutation or added information was disappointing, yet not surprising. We remind Mr. Horton that within his district there reside members of SC’s LGBT community and that supporting his LGBT constituents is fair and balanced constituent representation. Upstate Pride hopes to see change at the county and state level for Equality for all our citizens regardless of their sexual orientation or gender presentation.”

Upstate Pride will take place June, 4, 2011, at Barnet Park, 248 E. Saint John St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

info: upstatepridesc.org

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.