Local Log Cabin Republicans are hosting a reception for Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger.
A longtime Republican operative turned gay rights advocate, Karger spoke with us last fall about being the first openly gay presidential candidate.
"I'm a realist — I'm probably not going to win," he says. But he points to Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the New York Democrat who was the first major-party African-American candidate 36 years before President Barack Obama. "She didn't win, but she paved the way for others."
An opportunity to share the stage with other GOP hopefuls would be an accomplishment, whether or not Karger makes it to November. He says his campaign has developed a strategy to reach those platforms.
"I've been aggressive and a fighter my whole political life, and I'll do that with this campaign," he says.
The reception is from 7-8:15 p.m. Friday at Fish Restaurant, 442 King St.
The 2011 Charleston Pride Festival will return to Park Circle and North Charleston's Riverfront Park with three days of events, capped off by a Pride parade, rally, and after-party on May 14.
Across the country, Pride rallies are held in support of the gay and lesbian community. Last year's inaugural local event attracted more than 4,000 people.
For 2011, local drag favorite Brooke Collins will be the grand marshal for the Park Circle parade. The rally at Riverfront Park will include musical performances and speakers, including Warren Redman-Gress of the local nonprofit Alliance for Full Acceptance and Elke Kennedy, who became an advocate for hate crimes legislation after losing her son in a well-publicized hate crime in Greenville in 2007.
This year's festival will also include an art walk on Thurs. May 12 at Park Circle restaurants and bars, as well as film screenings at the Olde Village Picture House. There will be a Pride drag pageant at the American Theater in downtown Charleston on Fri. May 13. Pride will host an after-party at 10 Storehouse Row on Sat. May 14.
"We want the entire community to embrace this event, come together to celebrate Pride, and to support one another," says Rob King, entertainment director for the festival.
For more info, visit charlestonpridefestival.org. And keep checking back here for regular updates on musical performers, speakers, and more heading up to the event.
Takeover Charleston, the popular roaming happy hour event, is turning one.
California Dreaming is hosting the anniversary with a waterfront party from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19. Lots of prizes and T-shirts and live entertainment by A Fragile Tomorrow.
For more information, check out the event on Facebook.
Lots to update you on this week in the gay community.
First, Charleston Pride is back with three days of events leading up to the May 14 pride parade, rally, and after party.
The latest Pride fundraiser will be Prom Night at DejaVu II on Friday, April 22. The theme (because every prom needs a theme) is Hollywood icons. Host is Charleston Pride Empress Celina Drake, with music by DJ Romeo.
Admission is $10 for everyone 21 and over and $15 for those 18-20. Prizes, drag performers, and a crowning for prom king and queen.
For more information, check out the Prom Night facebook page.