Y'all saw the mayor? When is he going to just come out of the closet anyway?
How do we know for sure that that's the real Erin Perkins?
Let's assume that it is for a moment:
I love you, Erin. I will miss you greatly. The Scene won't be the same. I trust your opinion about Melissa, and am more than willing to give her a fair chance. Please put in a good word with her for me so that I might be able to be a part of The Scene.
Good luck with your new venture, Erin. I still really want to take you to a romantic breakfast/lunch/dinner at the Folly Road Huddle House™.
"an apt replacement."
She has met expectations, I'll give you that.
Srsly tho - good luck with your new gig.
Sorry Pronghorn, I've moved on to a new publication. Please be nice to Melissa - it's a tough job reporting all of Charleston's events (no matter what you guys say). I believe you'll find her an apt replacement.
Is she really gone?*
Erin's departure was publicized in print only. I can only imagine why. ;)
Do you run The Scene now, Melissa? Has Erin retired from it?
Would it be possible for me to get your fax number?
My first reaction was similar to yours, Ben and Ken, and that's even my boyfriend of over 5 years in the cover photo in what he dubbed "Rainbow Fairy." However, Stephanie is on point here, this is an article from the Scene section, where they cover parties and nightlife. Certainly Adam's and my relationship is a lot more than dressing up silly and having fun at parties. We go through the daily life joys and struggles that ANY couple goes through. Is that reflected here in this Scene article? No. Should it be? No. I read last week's articles regarding LGBT weddings in SC and the profile on the female same love couple, and it was all well done. I have also seen very nice coverage of the people that are part of the realness of the LGBT community here in Charleston over the years in Charleston City Paper. So yes, Ben and Ken, you are right to realize that this article profiled the party side of Pride, but it was meant to, by a paper that does stand behind us, our community and our equal rights. And how can't you smile wide from ear to ear when you look at that picture of Adam.... And I count us both lucky and privileged that we have been able to live a very open life together in Charleston over these past five years. Progress has been amazing here and across the country, yet there certainly is a long way to go, and I do feel that the City Paper does "have our backs." Sometimes we do have to celebrate and party, and just like everything else, we do it all out, fabulously and better than anyone else!
Thanks for your thoughtful response, Ben, but please be aware that this column covers parties and local nightlife. We felt like the Gay Pride events deserved our complete attention last weekend. Melissa's coverage of the parties and gatherings is respectful and celebratory. Unless you don't like drag queens, I don't see how you can read anything else into it.
The City Paper has been a staunch supporter of the LGBT community and the issues it faces. We have extensively covered AFFA, local activists, the Gay Pride events, gay marriage, and hate crimes, including the tragic death of Sean Kennedy.
Here's just a taste, based on a search of gay pride on our site.
And last week's issue was dedicated to gay couples who want to get married in Charleston, and the gay-friendly businesses that will help them plan their celebrations. For that package, we featured a very normal, non-stereotypical lesbian couple on the cover.
Melissa, I feel that this article is a misrepresentation of what a Pride festival is. Sure there are the party aspects of the festival, but what about the efforts of the many local organizations who aren't promoting the "party?" This article is written with slant and promotes a stereotype of the homosexual community. A stereotype that neither my husband, nor I fit into. As a matter of fact, several of the people we know and love do not fit into that stereotype. When you promote a stereotype, that isn't necessarily a true representation of a population, you are committing an act of bullying. This act of bullying is not welcomed, is unprofessional and irresponsible reporting. What I would like to see is an accompanying article that actually talks about the cultural and political progress that has been made. An article that promotes education and acceptance. An article that recognizes the many community organizations who are actively 'Charting a course for change'. An article that features a more diverse look into the gay community and its members. An article that represents a people who take pride in who they are... not for what kind of party they can throw.
I know Erin Perkins. And you, Melissa Tunstall, are no Erin Perkins.
Thanks for the article, Melissa, but I'm not sure how your headline regarding "progress" was reflected in the article? At the very end, you mentioned that the weekend we summed up by "alcohol and drag queens and kings". I did not see any mention of the progress that we have made in the article. Perhaps just a little bit more about how organizations like AFFA, SC Equality, enlightenMEN, etc. actually do things in the community that help to break down the barriers we have to actually attaining equality in our society would have been awesome.
Yes, stereotypes of gay culture exist because there is truth to them (i.e. the bar running out of booze, and the shirtless men) and it is part of who we are, but this is such a small part of the gay community. It just so happens that it is perhaps the most visible- especially in the party-type atmospheres that were created during Charleston Pride.
What you may have missed is that we are indeed celebrating all the victories that have been won over the past year (and there are many, some even have local implications such as the Folly Beach anti-discrimination law that was passed last year). When talking about Gay Pride, we know there will be a fabulous party because us gays know how to party, but the reason for the party is more important. Sure, the descriptions of the "melting" drag queen, and the introduction of "Lady Poodle" heralding success of the weekend are fun, but please understand that they are actually promoting stereotypes at the same time, and can be demeaning when not truly stated in context of the greater reason for the party.
Now I'm not trying to "rain on YOUR parade" and tell you that your article is homophobic (hardly the case), but in the vein of compassion, understanding, and actually making a difference in society, it's important to understand that the WAY that gays are referred to in all forms of media actually creates the larger conversation that happens on a global scale. Detractors could read this article and come away with the same negative opinion they may have already had regarding any public display of homosexuality, but what could have happened is a little bit of schooling about WHY we want to be out and proud on our special day, not just that we DO it. This has the opportunity to create a new idea about what Gay Pride means to everyone, and furthers the larger conversation towards real dialog instead of the same old story that has been told for several decades now.
Pride is serious business for us, and it is because of the work of organizations that promote equality every day that we can HAVE this party in the street. THAT is the real story, and I would love to see more coverage that works harder on lifting us up and pointing out how important our inclusion in society is, rather than pandering to our status-quo stereotype images. We all need to be reminded of what the real story is, gay and straight, and the more often we hear it and see it, the more society as a whole will believe it, and the better off we all will be.
Hello, Melissa. Welcome to The Scene.
I suppose if I spent the weekend with drag queens and kings, I'd be in need of much alcohol as well.
Yuppies. God love 'em.
I didn't realize that this was part of The Scene.
Matastrophe and Sam Spence,
I know I neglected to mention this in my fax, but it should go without saying that Ms. Perkins is invited to my "Prayer of the Rollerboys" party this weekend, so could one of y'all please bring her? Thanks.
Thanks as well for your prompt and considerate R.S.V.P.s.
Still waiting to hear back on the Fargo party.
Looks like a good party.
I am pretty sure that I don't quite understand why my Barton Fink parties aren't this successful.
Powered by Foundation
© Copyright 2013,
Charleston City Paper