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Owner of Rock Hill gay club fatally shoots man

The Hide-A-Way, a successful gay club for three decades, was the scene of a violent incident in the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 15. One man died in the hospital of a gunshot wound, shot by the bar’s owner.

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South Carolina: OutLoud reading scheduled

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Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Spartanburg, along with HubCity Press, will hold an “OutLoud: The Best of Rainbow Radio” reading on March 3 at The Showroom, 149 South Daniel Morgan Ave., at 7 p.m.

SC Lutherans will stay

South Carolina News Notes

SC Lutherans will stay ORANGEBURG — Despite moves by neighboring North Carolina Lutherans to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), some Palmetto State Lutherans have decided to make “reform from within.” In October, 400 North Carolina Lutherans met in Salisbury and took a step toward schism, voting to form a splinter conservative group, …

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FYI: State hate crimes laws still needed

On Oct. 28, President Barack Obama signed the much-awaited federal hate crimes legislation expanding protection to victims on the basis of sexual orientation and gender-identity. While the legal advancement is good news, LGBT citizens might not be as protected as they think. Columbia’s Free Times reported Nov. 4 that state-level hate crimes legislation are still …

Diocese distances itself from Episcopal Church

Convention delegates approve four of five resolutions

Meeting in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. on Oct. 23, 300 delegates from parishes in the Diocese of South Carolina voted to distance themselves from the national Episcopal Church. The diocese, which includes all of Eastern and Coastal South Carolina, has been opposed to the national church’s movement to include LGBT people in the full life of …

Two decades and counting

SC Pride revels in 20th anniversary

When Palmetto Staters take to the streets in downtown Columbia on Sept. 12, they’ll be marching in the legacy left by countless icons and leaders preceding them in the two decades since the SC Pride Movement’s birth. In 1989, PFLAG mom Harriett Hancock initiated the planning stages for what we now know as the SC …

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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 …

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 …

Charlestonians honored

Insurance agent, politician are AFFA members

Two Charleston residents were recently honored in the “40 Under 40” compiled by Charleston Regional Business Journal. Colleen Condon, a Charleston County Council member and attorney, and Philip Bradley, who owns real estate and insurance agencies, were named among 40 young leaders and businesspeople. Both are members and supporters of the Alliance for Full Acceptance, …

10th media campaign launched

‘Gay rights are civil rights’ AFFA says

The Charleston, S.C.-based group Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) has begun its 10th year of media messaging. The group plans on using a variety of media outlets and mediums to highlight its straightforward declaration: “Gay Rights are Civil Rights.” The group is challenging South Carolinians to “recognize the LGBT movement as an intrinsic part of …