AFFA’s Next Ten Pledge

South Carolina News Notes

‘Next Ten Pledge’
CHARLESTON — The Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) is challenging community members and AFFA supporters to help them raise $10,000 by Sept. 30.

The organization has operated in the Charleston area for 10 years. In that time, the group has garnered more than 1,600 members, created an award-winning TV, radio, print and billboard media campaign, become a resource to legislators, the media and other community organizations and built strong coalitions with other civic and religious groups.

You can donate online at www.affa-sc.org/affa/fund_drive.htm.

Anti-gay company sights Charleston
MYRTLE BEACH — A construction company known to espouse public anti-LGBT views is thinking of developing property in Charleston. Some community leaders are upset with the company’s expansion, as reported by The Charleston City Paper on Aug. 13.

There is some speculation that Burroughs & Chapin, the more than 100-year-old company that operates the popular Broadway at the Beach pavilion in Myrtle Beach, might be moving operations.

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“We’re looking to expand our real estate and development pursuits outside Myrtle Beach,” Terry Horack, the company’s executive vice president, told Charleston’s Post and Courier. “And certainly Charleston is an attractive market to us.”

Tony Snell, a former president of SC Pride and current board member for the Harriet Hancock Community Center in Columbia told The City Paper, “I don’t see Charleston as the kind of place that would welcome this sort of company with a clear history of discrimination.”

The company’s history of anti-gay actions range from attempting to prevent the 1998 Myrtle Beach Pride activities in businesses occupying space at Broadway at the Beach and publicly speaking against LGBT equality.

At the time, the company ran advertisements in the Myrtle Beach newspaper decrying the Pride activities: “Our company abides by the laws governing fair and equal treatment of all individuals. However, as a private company, we have not been, nor do we intend to be, forced or intimidated into supporting organized activities that we believe endanger the historic values of our nation and the cornerstone truths on which they are based.”

“They have nothing to be proud about. It symbolized something so much more for our community,” Snell told The City Paper. He added that the community was glad it no longer shared the word with what he called a “bigoted company.”

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Parents’ Day on Rainbow Radio
COLUMBIA — The executive director of a national LGBT parents and family advocacy and support organization was a featured guest on South Carolina’s Rainbow Radio’s 145th show.

Family Equality Council Executive Director Jennifer Chrisler joined Rainbow Radio hosts Bruce Converse and the Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge by phone to discuss the issues affecting LGBT parents and their children, in honor of National Parents’ Day on July 27.

Chrisler said her organization started 30 years ago as a “way for gay fathers coming out of heterosexual relationships to connect” with other men in similar life stages. The organization now works to “ensure the full equality of LGBT parents and their children.”

“It was an amazing word-of-mouth network that started the organization,” Chrisler said. “It really stemmed from gay fathers who were really diligent in trying to find ways to maintain their relationships with their children.”

Headquartered in Boston, the Council now partners with several national organizations including the Equality Federation, Institute for Welcoming Resources, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

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