COLUMBIA, S.C. — SC Equality, a statewide LGBT education and advocacy group, announced on Jan. 18 that state motor vehicle officials have begun 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. reported that SE Equallity Board Chair Dean Pierce said, “South Carolina is now a national leader in securing a pro-equality license plate. We wish LGBT equality supporters in every state could take advantage the public advocacy opportunity our great state has provided to South Carolina Equality.”

The plate costs $25, plus normal renewal and registration fees. Half of the cost goes toward SC Equality, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

SC Equality will hold events to celebrate the plate’s creation and usher in their anniversary year. It held plate launch parties in January in Columbia, Charleston and Greenville.

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— contributed by former editor Matt Comer

Matt Comer

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