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PlanetOut spotlights Spartanburg

PlanetOut highlights Gay.com member Thomas, a Spartanburg, S.C. resident, and his thoughts on his local LGBT community. Thomas says Spartanburg is a great place to live because of its close proximity to Atlanta, Charlotte, Columbia and Asheville. He says the community there is small, and laments the lack of LGBT nightlife. He talks a bit …

County gifts $12K to SC Pride

SC Pride receives Richland County Tax Grant

COLUMBIA, S.C. — SC Pride, the annual LGBT Pride festival in South Carolina, has announced its receipt of a more than $12,000 tax grant from the Richland County government. In June, the Richland County Council voted to sponsor SC Pride through an Accommodations Tax (A-Tax) Grant. The organization will receive a one time grant of …

Queerly faithful

MCCs around the Carolinas growing, changing

Since St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) — the first MCC in the Carolinas — set up shop in 1976, the face of LGBT faith institutions has continually grown. Decades later, nine MCC congregations dot the Carolinas map. Each are making in-roads among their surrounding communities and offering places of spiritual refuge for folks looking …

Timeless Pride, Part Two

A two-part history timeline of the LGBT Carolinas

Below is part two of Q-Notes’ exclusive Timeless Pride, covering events from 1987 through 2005. To view part one of the exclusive, with years 1971 through 1986, click here. January 1987 — In an editorial published in Q-Notes, editor Don King makes one of the first public calls for a community center in Charlotte. His …

Grille gives back to Charleston community

From AFFA: Manny’s Neighborhood Grille Gives Back: With a new effort to give back to the community and support local nonprofits, Manny’s in Northbridge will donate back to AFFA 10% of the pre-tax dinner bills from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday July 14. Join with friends for great food and a good time …

Stephen Moller released week early

Convicted of killing gay Sean Kennedy in 2008

GREENVILLE, S.C. The man found guilty of the May 15, 2007, killing of openly gay Sean Kennedy was released from prison a week early. Stephen Andrew Moller was released from his 5-year suspended sentence on July 1. His sentence had already been reduced by two months after receiving a good behavior credit for receiving his …