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.
The Alliance for Full Acceptance and Fish are hosting Taylortini night, a tribute to Elizabeth Taylor.
The film icon was a strong supporter of the gay community, particularly in the early years of the AIDS epidemic when it was stigmatized and marginalized as a gay disease.
The Alliance for Full Acceptance is a local nonprofit that has been working for more than a decade to support gay and lesbian causes and educating the larger community on LBGT issues.
There will be two "Taylortinis" that were created especially for the night and one dollar from each Taylortini sold will be donated to the Alliance For Full Acceptance. Fish also wants guests to dress as their favorite Elizabeth Taylor character to win dinner for two and other prizes.
The event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fish, 442 King St.
When I first tried to reach comedian Kate Clinton, she was in the midst of a yoga session. "I would have preferred talking to you instead of one more down dog," she says. "Who is that old lady knocking things over? That would be me."
Clinton may be clumsy on the yoga mat, but she’s a well-oiled machine onstage, with three decades under her belt offering political jabs and the funny side of LGBT life. She brings her act to Charleston on Fri. March 18 with a benefit for the Alliance for Full Acceptance, a local gay rights non-profit.
Clinton is no stranger to Lowcountry — she was here in January to watch her partner run in the inaugural Charleston Marathon. "We went to all the coffee shops on the route and waved," she says. During her routine she will likely mention some of the spots she visited during her visit, but her bread and butter is critiquing political tomfoolery, as well as looking at LGBT issues like marriage equality and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Clinton was pitched as "that lesbian comic" long before you could find them on daily talk shows. She played a lot of colleges and Unitarian churches in the early years — some even in hard-to-find communities. "There are certain areas where performers wouldn’t go, so you go and you’re golden," she says.
These days, she updates her website constantly, regularly adding video segments. While she may run through roughly 30 pages of material onstage, when it comes to her online video, she writes down three words and just starts talking. "It’s just very freeing," she says. "It makes me spontaneous."
While Clinton’s goal is to get audiences to laugh, she also sees comedy as a way to connect the dots when it comes to all the news we're been inundated with every day. And sometimes her comedic insights can even bridge the political divide. "Even if they disagree, if I can get people to laugh, they let their guard down," Kate says. "Humor can absolutely move the political process along."
The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the American Theatre, 446 King St. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at affa-sc.org. A special conversation following the show with Kate and her partner, Urvashi Vaid is included for $100.
Goodbye, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Hello, "willful failure to exhibit professional conduct." The Washington Post is reporting today that the Navy is trying to force out a sailor stationed in Charleston because his roommate found him asleep on his bed with another sailor after watching an episode of Vampire Diaries. The two weren't in any compromising position, but the Navy is still pursuing the ouster of Navy Petty Officer Stephen C. Jones for alleged "willful failure to exhibit professional conduct" in his quarters, according to the Post. Jones is contesting the discharge.
An investigative summary of the episode shows that a roommate claims he came in to find Jones and his friend asleep on the bed in their boxer shorts. Jones told investigators he was wearing pajamas, according to the Post. It's not against the rules to fall asleep in the same bed with another sailor, but Thomas Dougan, a spokesman at Charleston's Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, told the paper that "the determination was that two sailors sharing the same rack was unprofessional."
Jones has not disclosed his sexuality and Dougan says the military's policy is not to ask anyone whether or not they're gay. But gay service members are still prohibited from serving openly until the Defense Department is prepared to change the policy.