Friday, December 19, 2008

Myrtle Beach Principal Pulls Student Paper Over Gay Marriage Support

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 2:44 PM

A Myrtle Beach principal has pulled a student newspaper (independently financed by advertising) because of an editorial supporting gay marriage.

The principal of the academy near Carolina Forest, Ronnie Burgess, said that he was concerned that the editorial, which was printed on the front page with a picture of two male students holding hands, would be disruptive to the school.

"I had some concerns about the content of the article and how it might impact students here and what the community concerns might be when the article was distributed," Burgess said. "At the academy we encourage diversity, we don't look to silence student voices, we hope to facilitate their expression."

AFFA has collected the contact information for those looking to let their voices heard on the issue.

Principal: Mr. Ronnie Burgess 843-903-8460

Horry County Schools Cindy Elsberry, Superintendent 843-488-6717

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Olivia Newton-John In North Charleston March 7

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 10:45 AM


Olivia Newton-John, gay icon for her days in Grease, that trippy "Phyiscal" video, and her recent turn as a lesbian barroom singer in Sordid Lives, will be at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on March 7.

Tickets go on sale Friday morning and are available at the Coliseum Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Publix grocery stores), charge by phone (843) 554-6060 or online at


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

I'm Going to Work Tomorrow

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 11:42 AM

The mainstream press was all over "Day Without Gays" this morning, but political scandals will likely eclipse the story in the rest of the news cycle.

My partner suggested a few weeks ago that we take off Dec. 10, but I'm pretty sure I'm coming to work. The reason is that my coworkers, the people who know me and know my husband, aren't the ones who could use a lesson about what it's like not to have me around the office.

It's about as fruitless (pun intended) as marching at the gay bar for the gay pride parade — it's the people who don't see us everyday who need the educating.

Any thoughts?


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Footage from Charleston's Join the Impact Rally

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 12:56 PM

The event Nov. 15 was a huge success. It was terrific to see all of the people come out and support equality. The war isn't over, but there is power in numbers. Fight on.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Milk Comes to Charleston Dec. 19

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 1:26 PM

Remember that horribly long wait Brokeback Mountain as it slowly made its way from New York and San Francisco to the rest of the country? Months later (well, it felt like months) it finally made it to our little city. Well the wait will only be two weeks for Milk. The Gus Van Sant biopic about the 1970s gay-rights icon hits the Terrace on Dec. 19, likely making it to the other theaters in the area around the first of the year.

The relevance to the rallying cry against the latest round homophobic legislation has been often reported — because it's spot on.

It hit theaters in very limited release last Friday and was number 10 at the box office nationally, even though it was only showing in 36 theaters. By comparison, High Scool Musical 3 was at 13 last week and was seen at 1,385 theaters.

The Washington Blade has a collection of reviews — they're all good and they're from actual critics (not those weird, third-world media outlets that liked Rush Hour 3).

J. Hoberman at the Village Voice writes, "When 'The Times of Harvey Milk' won its Oscar for best documentary, presenter Kathleen Turner described it as 'a film about American values in conflict.' This time, the Academy won't have to be as discreet."

Personally, I'm not looking for an Oscar for this one. I was disappointed enough over Brokeback's loss.

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