The 2015 Pride Issue 

Drag Icons, A Gay Rights History-Maker, and Same-Sex Wedding Expo

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Jonathan Boncek

Who would have thought marriage equality would come to South Carolina before it went nationwide? There's plenty of change to celebrate during this year's Charleston Pride Festival — and plenty of change yet to come. Our Pride Issue includes a story about a same-sex wedding expo, an interview with Supreme Court marriage-equality plaintiff Jim Obergefell, and (why not?) a chat with two of South Carolina's most illustrious drag queens. Read on.

New campaign highlights lack of legal protection for LGBT couples
New campaign highlights lack of legal protection for LGBT couples ‘There is more to equality than marriage’

While same-sex couples throughout the country can now legally marry, a new campaign by the Alliance for Full Acceptance is raising awareness of the discrimination that many gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender newlyweds face. This month AFFA revealed four new billboard ads on I-26 westbound that tell the story of a newly married lesbian woman through her social media posts. — Dustin Waters


Charleston Pride hosts its first ever same-sex wedding expo
Charleston Pride hosts its first ever same-sex wedding expo Say Yes

In many ways, Ashton Glasser and Jessica Ormston's May wedding at Runnymede Plantation was a quintessential Lowcountry event. The ceremony took place under a live oak draped in Spanish moss, a string trio provided the music, and the couple rode in a horse-drawn carriage. — Paul Bowers


Q&A with drag icon Patti O'Furniture and Pride Empress Justine Van de Blair
Q&A with drag icon Patti O'Furniture and Pride Empress Justine Van de Blair Girl Talk

If you go to enough drag shows in South Carolina, you're going to cross paths with Patti O'Furniture — and you won't forget the encounter. Imposingly tall and unapologetically bawdy, she's been a crowd favorite since 1998. — Paul Bowers


Supreme Court history maker and Pride grand marshal says, 'We have more to do'
Supreme Court history maker and Pride grand marshal says, 'We have more to do' No Victory Lap

The cramped inside compartment of a just-landed charter jet on the tarmac of a Maryland airport — one groom too weak to sit or stand and straining to form the required words — made for an unlikely setting for the beginning of what is now one of the most famous marriages in the world. — Jeremy Borden


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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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