Friday, October 23, 2009

Jim DeMint stands against hate crime legislation

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Remember when Jim DeMint said he'd rather have 30 like-minded Republicans than a large tent majority? Well, he and 28 other like-minded Senate members (including one Democrat) voted against the latest Defense Authorization bill, which included an amendment expanding hate crime protections in regards to gender, sexual orientation, and disability.

No surprises that DeMint rolls out the same arguments that have been refuted by supporters of the hate crimes bill for years, including an attempt to play off the fears of religious persecution and the protection of pedophiles and people in wheelchairs who like to run over feet. Well, that last one was mine.

The most important thing to remember is that legal protection from violence only goes so far to deter hate crimes. An even better tool is a diverse community that stands up against this violence.

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Men of Charleston calendar contest starts tonight

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 8:02 AM

And you thought the hard work was over now that it's too cold to hit the beach. Guess again, fellas.

The 2010 Men of Charleston calendar competition kicks off tonight at Club Pantheon. Sponsored by Chambord Liquor, all proceeds will go to benefit Lowcountry AIDS Services.

Through six weeks of competition (at midnight on Saturdays thru Nov. 28, except Halloween) two winners will be selected for a month in the calendar.

Winners receive a $50 bar tab, a calendar photo shoot, and VIP treatment at the launch party in early January.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Banton meets with gay activists after concert cancelations

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Reggae artists Buju Banton, whose Charleston show was canceled over local LGBT concerns, sat down with gay activists in San Francisco on Monday.

Venues across the country have been dropping Banton's act over anti-gay lyrics in one of his earlier songs, "Boom Bye Bye." In the song, Banton sings about shooting gay men and setting them on fire.

His management has said he doesn't sing the song anymore, but gay activists say he does and they've questioned his sincerity in making amends for the homophobic lyrics.

San Francisco activist Michael Petrelis posted a note on his blog about the meeting with Banton.

According to Buju and his advisers, this was his first meeting ever with gay advocates, and they really want to put an end to the controversy that continues to dog him over violent homo-hating song he sang in his late teens, "Boom Bye Bye."

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Monday, October 12, 2009

FREE Laramie Project: Epilogue Tonight

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 10:04 AM

The free show is at 8 p.m. at the Circular Congregational Church,

PURE Theatre's core group of actors will perform a one-night-only reading of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, the compelling and groundbreaking epilogue to the play, The Laramie Project, which was written in response to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard. The epilogue, which is written by Tectonic Theater Project members Moisés Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris and Stephan Belber, will be performed simultaneously in theatres across the globe on Monday, October 12

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