Gay Issue 2014

2014 Pride Issue

Now entering its fifth year, the Charleston Pride Festival is so much more than a glitter-festooned parade through downtown streets. It’s still that (and it’s still a lot of fun), but it has also become an important week for education and outreach, from a documentary screening to a Takeover Charleston event that shows strength in numbers. Keep reading to see how Pride puts the rainbow in Rainbow Row.

Transgender CofC student Ansley Pope on inclusion, coming out, and 'top surgery'
Transgender CofC student Ansley Pope on inclusion, coming out, and 'top surgery' The Invisible Community

Ansley Pope is a lot of things. He's a rising junior, a women's and gender studies major, and an orientation intern who greets incoming freshmen at the College of Charleston. But Pope also identifies as a transgender man. — Ashley Sprouse


Since 2010, the Pride Festival has gotten bigger, more visible, and more welcome
Since 2010, the Pride Festival has gotten bigger, more visible, and more welcome Pride Turns Five

In the years since the first Charleston Pride Festival took place in 2010, the event has gone from a single-day celebration in Park Circle to a full-fledged week of events centered around a parade in downtown Charleston. — Paul Bowers


Non-profit Palmetto Project helps LGBT people get healthcare coverage
Non-profit Palmetto Project helps LGBT people get healthcare coverage Palmetto Pride Project

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) — better known as Obamacare — has been controversial on both sides of the political spectrum.. — Ashley Sprouse


A map of Charleston's gay history
A map of Charleston's gay history Forget-Me-Nots

For a town obsessed with its own history, Charleston has been slow to acknowledge its gay past. That's why Harlan Greene, a librarian at the College of Charleston, created an interactive map this spring titled "The Real Rainbow Row: Charleston's Queer History." — Paul Bowers


RiverDogs to rock old-school Rainbows jerseys in honor of Pride Fest
RiverDogs to rock old-school Rainbows jerseys in honor of Pride Fest Remember when our baseball team’s name actually made sense?

To kick off the 2014 Charleston Pride Festival, the RiverDogs will don throwback Rainbows jerseys this Saturday night and give the first-pitch honors to local drag queen Patti O’Furniture. — Paul Bowers


Meet Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore next Wednesday
Meet Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore next Wednesday The lesbian cop who made national headlines for her firing and re-hiring will speak at an AFFA meeting

Crystal Moore, the lesbian police chief of Latta, S.C., who made national headlines this spring after the mayor fired her and the town hired her back, will speak at the Aug. 6 meeting of the Alliance For Full Acceptance (AFFA). The meeting is free to attend and open to the public, and it will begin at 5:45 p.m. at the Charleston Marriott (170 Lockwood Blvd.). — Paul Bowers


Park Circle Film Society shows its Pride with 11 LGBT shorts
Park Circle Film Society shows its Pride with 11 LGBT shorts We've got a ticket to pride

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Charleston Pride Fest, celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex individuals. And the Park Circle Film Society is getting involved once again with Pride Film Night, a screening of 11 LGBT short films on Aug. 5. at 7 p.m. Each film highlights LGBT-related issues and raises awareness about the challenges members of those communities face. — Michaela Michienzi


Upcoming Beer Events
  • Sean's Last Wish Foundation

    First Saturday of every month, 2 p.m.

    The mission of Sean's Last Wish is to empower the community through educational diversity programs, nonviolent conflict resolution, and community involvement.



  • Rainbow Radio: The Real Gay Agenda

    Sundays, 10 p.m.

    The first weekly GLBT radio program in S.C., Rainbow Radio can be found online, discussing topics like clean elections, preserving gay and lesbian history, and religion.



  • Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

    First Monday of every month, 7-9 p.m.

    National nonprofit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the U.S. Meets first Monday monthly from 6:30-8 p.m. Circular Congregational Church Annex, 150 Calhoun St.



  • Alliance For Full Acceptance

    Second Tuesday of every month

    AFFA is committed to the full social justice and civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans. They offer two programs that meet regularly: a parenting group and ADORASO, an outreach program to the religious community. They also offer workshops on topics like spirituality, sexual and gender orientation, and coming out. Meets second Thursday of every month.



  • S.C. Gay and Lesbian Business Guild

    Second Thursday of every month, 6 p.m.

    Supports the needs of South Carolina's gay- and lesbian-owned and -friendly businesses.



  • Kidspace

    Second Friday of every month

    We Are Family, in partnership with the Department of Pediatric Endocrinology at the Medical University of South Carolina, has launched the SafeSpace support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning, asexual, intersex, and straight ally youth between the ages of 11 and 15. The group meets every second Friday night to hang out, have pizza, and talk about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness at 29 Leinbach Drive.



  • Charleston enlightenMEN

    Ongoing

    A gay and bisexual men's social group working toward connection, support, inspiration, and love that hosts potlucks, yoga classes, and more weekly and monthly events.



  • Young Professional Gay Straight Alliance of Charleston

    Ongoing

    The goal of the organization is to unite the younger GLBTQ community of Charleston and straight allies by facilitating informal social gatherings.



  • Charleston Social Club

    Ongoing

    The Charleston Social Club is a nonprofit activities organization for lesbians and all women who are accepting of lesbians. We welcome women of all races, ages, ethnic heritage, religious and spiritual beliefs, and physical abilities.



  • Citadel GALA

    Ongoing

    Citadel Gay and Lesbian Alliance's mission is to open up a line of communication and support for the GLBT Citadel community. Members include Citadel grads, cadets, faculty, staff, and straight allies.



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