free hit counters
Columbia – Page 33 – QNotes

Why I’m going to the big gay march in Washington

Guest Commentary

by Beth Sherouse, Columbia, S.C. Since movement veteran Cleve Jones announced plans for a national gay rights march on Washington following the passage of California’s Prop. 8 last November, reactions from the LGBT community have been mixed. Supporters of October’s National Equality March are adopting a grassroots lobbying strategy, demanding “Equal protection in all matters …

I’m from Florence, S.C.

A new website, imfromdriftwood.com, allows LGBT community members to write short stories about their hometowns and growing up LGBT. Below is a short story by actor Corey Spears (“Traffic,” “Journey of Jared Price”), who was born in Florence, S.C., and spent time as a child in Columbia and Charlotte. Spears’ story is just one of …

Activist says S.C. Lt. Gov. Bauer is gay

Bauer would replace S.C. Gov. Sanford after an impeachment or resignation

Originally published: Aug. 31, 2009, 4:38 p.m. Updated: Sept. 2, 2009, 8:34 a.m. Washington, D.C.-based activist and blogger Mike Rogers claimed Aug. 31 he had enough evidence to confirm South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is gay. Bauer had been the subject of longstanding rumors, including those passed on by former South Carolina congressional candidate …

Two Carolinas gay pubs merge

New publisher promises growth for Asheville's Stereotypd

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Despite the faltering state of affairs in LGBT media across the country, the publisher of three LGBT-focused publications in the Carolinas says his company is growing. OnQ Network’s Jamie Seabolt and Stereotypd‘s Lin Orndorf and Porscha Yount announced on Aug. 24 the merger of their companies. Stereotypd, an Asheville-based monthly LGBT newspaper, …

White House announces HIV community discussions

Columbia among several cities chosen for events

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Seeking input to fulfill a pledge to develop a national strategy to combat HIV/AIDS, White House officials announced Aug. 20 a series of community discussions on HIV/AIDS to take place in various cities across the country. The first event will take place in Atlanta on Aug. 25 at the 2009 National HIV …

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 …