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To Vote is Power…If You Can Do It

How LGBTQ Organizations Have Mobilized the Community

Human rights activist and lecturer Loung Ung once said “Voting is not only our right, it is our power. When we vote, we take back our power to choose, to speak up, and to stand with those who support us and each other.”

Our People: Dr. Jay Hreiz

Veterinarian, Confidant, Adventurer

Pennsylvania native Dr. Jay Hreiz is a practicing veterinarian and owner of Queen City Animal Hospital (QCAH) in Charlotte, N.C. and says he is grateful for the opportunity to provide a warm and welcoming environment with excellent veterinary care to members of the community.

S.C. Couple to Get Day in Court

Carolinas News Notes

A U.S. District Court has denied an effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the state of South Carolina to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of South Carolina and South Carolina Equality on behalf of a married lesbian couple, Eden Rogers and Brandy Welch.

Drag queens go live (from home)

As COVID-19 Closes Bars and Nightclubs, Drag is Finding a New Online Resilience

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” says drag queen Delighted Tobehere. Like many of us, she is waiting to see how the drag world continues to adapt to the challenges the community is facing with the coronavirus and shelter-in-place orders closing bars and nightclubs around the country.

Our People: Dawn Pugh

Realtor, Mommy, Wife

Darlington, S.C. native Dawn Pugh is a local realtor and certified luxury home marketing specialist. After finding her niche in newly-renovated and constructed residential properties, Pugh established the Dawn Pugh Team real-estate brand by joining Victoria Green and Joe O’Meara.

The foliage is blossoming across the Carolinas

Outdoor Gardens Welcome Visitors in Search of Nature’s Colors

Spring has sprung (actually, it’s been doing that for a while, but it has not been official until now). With unseasonably warm weather as early as mid-January and climate changes, the Carolinas have been witnessing peeks of yellow, fuchsia, pink and more, announcing the advent of the equinox.

Small town. Big turnout.

Rock Hill Business Hosts LGBTQ Youth Fundraiser

Upon retiring from her political career as a field director in Washington, Brittany Kelly began making efforts within her own local community. She is an avid LGBTQ advocate and ally and decided to utilize her and her husband’s business as a platform to promote love and acceptance by planning an event that she hoped would do just that.

Joe Biden wins S.C. Democratic primary

Primary Watch: Super Tuesday Showdown between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders

Former Vice President Joe Biden won the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary, making it his first victory of the 2020 campaign, as well as marking the first time for him to win a primary of his three presidential runs, which were 1988, 2008 and the current 2020.

S.C. strikes outdated law

The U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina entered a consent decree that has declared South Carolina’s 1988 discriminatory anti-LGBTQ curriculum law unconstitutional and bars its enforcement.