COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Pride Movement (SCGLPM) invites you to come together on Saturday, Sept. 22, for the 16th Annual South Carolina Pride Festival.
Openly gay twin brothers Jacob and Joshua Miller, stars of the LOGO reality series ‘Nemesis Rising’ and both parts of the recording duo Nemesis, will take to the Pride stage to perform their Billboard Dance hit, ‘Number One in Heaven.’
The march and festival are part of a week of activities and events built around the theme, “Equal Rights Are Human Rights.” A highlight of this year’s event will be the performance of Nemesis, the openly gay twins and hot singing duo starring in the LOGO Network’s hit series, “Nemesis Rising.”
Central events this year include the annual march and parade in downtown Columbia, followed by a festival in Finlay Park, as well as a state-of-the-state town hall meeting, a community picnic and the annual Ms. and Mr. SC Pride pageant. Among other events are the SC Gay and Lesbian Business Guild’s annual boat cruise and a Hancock Center workshop focused on preserving the state’s gay and lesbian history.
Organizers say this year’s theme, “Equal Rights Are Human Rights” calls attention to the need for equal rights for all South Carolinians. They also want to emphasize the human dimension of the LGBT struggle for equality.
“We are real people with real families, real struggles, real stories. Let’s show South Carolina that we’re still here and proud,” says Michael VanDiver, president of SCGLPM, which organizes the annual event.
“South Carolina voters may not have voted with us this past November,” he adds, “but we are still here in every corner of this great state. This is our chance to stand tall and proud as we celebrate our community and seek equality.”
In addition to Nemesis, the festival will feature performances by Mary’s Little Sister, Robin & Leigh, Pride Idol Angela DeBruhl and many other entertainers. Additional guests in the park will include the Human Rights Campaign’s Betsy Pursell, S.C. hate crimes activist Elke Kennedy, Columbia mayor Bob Coble, gay Army vet and youth activist Jonathan Jackson and spoken word artist AJ Taylor.
Among the sponsors for this year’s events are Carolina Purple Pages, Columbia City Paper, Food Lion, the Human Rights Campaign, ID Lubricants, PT’s Cabaret, and Q-Notes. Turn to page 6 for details on who’s onstage at Pride this year.
— For more information and updates on this year’s festivities, visit the SC Pride website at www.SCPride.org or call 803-771-7713.