The Portland Mercury asks a good question this week, "Prop. 8 is Behind Us. What's Ahead?"
Locally, I would say that we're at a disadvantage in South Carolina because, in a lot of ways, we're still forced to play defense and the practicality of getting pro-gay legislation through the Statehouse is sort of laughable.
What we can do is stay organized and stay pissed off. Folks can also donate time, energy, and money to causes like the Alliance for Full Acceptance, which has been advocating for and education on gay issues for more than 10 years now.
'Notha From AFFA:
STIX 'n Stonz
Proceeds to benefit Reel Grits LGBT Film Festival
September 27 from 6-9 pm
(bidding closes at 8 pm)
At Urban Outfitters
371 King Street - Charlesto
"In The Life" is a monthly television show aired on PBS stations across the country-but not in SC-that documents the full range of the LGBT experience and the issues that impact our lives and our communities through stories on politics and public policy, personal and community health, religion and spirituality, and more.
AFFA has arranged with InTheLifeTV for advance copies of the show to air here in a project co-sponsored by AFFA and INTERWEAVE, the GLBT outreach of the Unitarian Church at Gage Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Sundays, Sept 14, Oct 5, and Nov 2. Light refreshments. Admission is free.
You would think, IN THIS DAY AND AGE, that bullshit of this sort was confined to the dustbin of history:
Woman forced from federal building for wearing lesbian t-shirt
(ASSOCIATED PRESS: LOS ANGELES) A woman wearing a T-shirt promoting lesbianism said she was forced the leave a federal building Monday by a security guard who didn't approve of her attire.
Lapriss Gilbert said she was picking up a Social Security card for her son when the guard was offended by her "lesbian.com" shirt and threatened her with arrest.
She was eventually allowed inside after her mother called police, according to a Los Angeles Daily News story.
The guard, whose name was not immediately available, works for Paragon Security, which contracts with the Department of Homeland Security.
Lori Haley, a spokeswoman within the Homeland Security Department, said the guard's actions were inappropriate and unacceptable.
"We have notified his company, Paragon, of our position in the matter," Haley said.
A message left with Paragon Security was not immediately returned Monday night.
Gilbert said the guard cited a document, the Rules and Regulations Governing Conduct on Federal Property, as proof he had jurisdiction over her clothing. The document does not address what type of clothing is allowed in federal buildings.
Gilbert called the guard's actions "shocking."
"As an African-American and a lesbian, I haven't been through one day without facing some sort of discrimination," Gilbert said.
Her mother called police after Gilbert was kicked out, but another security guard escorted her to the front of the Social Security line before officers arrived, the Daily News reported.
According to a police report, a witness described Gilbert as "peaceful and quiet" before the guard told her to leave.
From the AFFA newsletter:
On Monday August 11th Charleston's LGBT community lost a great friend in Kenny Grizzard after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
As Charlie Smith wrote, "Kenny's name was synonymous with life in Charleston's gay community for over 25 years. His was the first face many in our community met in their "coming out". Whether it was at Dudley's, The Arcade or at Pantheon, Kenny was always happy to meet a new friend. He didn't just remember what you drank; he remembered what made you happy. Sometimes that was a funny story about something that had happened years ago and sometimes it was just the mention of a special friendship with someone who was long gone. Kenny knew us all and brought us all together in good times and bad."
A memorial service will be held this Saturday at 5:00PM at the Circular Congregational Church on Meeting Street. Following the service, a pot-luck from 7-9PM will be held at the Black Cart (above Joe Pasta)-54 John Street.
I can only add that there's a shared devastation among all of my friends. Kenny was so special.