S.C. Pride is this weekend in Columbia. To commemorate the annual event, the group received city approval to hang rainbow banners on light posts downtown.
Apparently, this is tantamount to war, according to the Palmetto Family Council.
"This is about much more than a piece of cloth on a lamp pole.
The flag raised today is symbolic of the city's ongoing and aggressive financial and institutional support of militant homosexual advocacy.
Taxpayers need look no farther than this year's headliner, Pandora Boxx (or last year's RuPaul) to see how their tax dollars and the city's good name are being invested.
The City of Columbia is not neutral in this matter. It continues to take a side in the culture wars, which we believe is not appropriate for any government."
We really haven't heard much from the Policy Council since their failed effort to put six feet between a man and his stripper.
We're working on a larger story about LGBT hot spots and the current anatomy of a "gay" club. Ask anyone and they'll probably respond "Pantheon" or "Patrick's." But the Gay-Straight Young Professionals and other social groups are taking the gay bar wherever they go. And they're not alone.
So, tell us what makes a gay bar a gay bar. Feel free to offer some personal anecdotes about your favorite hangout. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alliance for Full Acceptance is hosting a book launch party for OUT Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio. The book is a collection of the best stories from South Carolina's LGBT radio program. It includes former congressional candidate, and AFFA founder, Linda Ketner, as well as local activist Melissa Moore.
Both will be on hand to talk about the book and sign copies at the party, at 6:30 p.m. on Wed. Aug. 11 at Fish Restaurant, 442 King St. The book will also be available for purchase ($14.95).