Palmetto State holds Pride

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Pride held a week-long slate of events leading up to their Sept. 3 march and festival in the state’s capital.

An opening ceremony was held at the Harriet Hancock Community Center on Aug. 28. The next day bowlers took to the lanes at AMF at Parkland Plaza. On Aug. 30, a lecture and screening of the Santiago Echeverry film “The Legend of Leigh Bowery” was held at the Columbia Museum of Art. Hot, Spicy & Full of Pride! event sponsored by South Carolina Black Pride got folks past Hump Day. A pre-Pride party was held at PTs 1109 on Sept. 2 with “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season three winner Alexis Mateo entertaining on stage. At the same time a ladies pre-party was held at The L Word with Kristy Lee, a singer-songwriter, belting out tunes.

The main festivities began at noon with the Pride Parade on Sept. 3 which ended at the festival site at Finlay Park. Mateo, Lee, along with Martha Wash and Amber, kept attendees entertained. Wiping brows and getting a second wind, festival goers attended a block party featuring Amber at PTs 1109.

Highlight for the festival was Richland County Councilman Seth Rose being awarded the SC Pride Courage and Leadership Award. “Rose was recognized for his work in proposing and helping to pass ordinances that include a person’s sexual orientation in the county’s anti-discrimination policies,” The State reported.

Care group highlights success

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Catawba Care, an HIV/AIDS service provider which handles casework in York, Chester and Lancaster Counties, has a lot to be proud of these days.

First off, they have settled into their new home at 500 Lakeshore Pkwy., having paid off the mortgage, as well as celebrated their successful annual fundraiser, Dazzle and Denim.

Back on March 29, they were recognized with the 2011 Erin Hardwick Excellence in Non-Profit Management Award at the South Carolina Association of Non-Profit Organizations. They received this for the category of non-profits with budgets over $500,000.

The organization offers free and confidential HIV testing Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at their offices. Peer training is also available, The next date is Oct. 7. Email for more details.

For more information, call 803-909-6363 or visit


Lainey Millen

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