Monday, February 25, 2008

Washington Times Recognizes Gay Marriage?!

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 5:51 PM

Well, the recognize the existence of gay marriage — and that's a start.

The conservative paper also has changed its style to use gay instead of homosexual unless you're referring to it clinically or to sexual activity.

Progress indeed.

Hate Crime Monument Story Notes S.C.'s Kennedy Death

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 4:45 PM

A Florida man is hitting the road with a traveling memorial recognizing victims of hate crimes.

A lesser-known woman supporting the memorial is Elke Kennedy, whose son Sean, 20, (pictured) in May 2007 took a fatal punch to the face in Greenville, S.C.

''I get up each day knowing that this is what I need to do for the rest of my life,'' said Kennedy, 46, of South Carolina, now an activist lobbying for a national hate-crimes law.

''I did not want any mother to have to go through this again,'' she said.

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Savannah Police Chief in Midst of LAPD Discrimination Suit

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Savannah Police Chief Michael Berkow, a former deputy chief in Los Angeles, is at the center of a lesbian's suit against the department.

"I told Deputy Chief Berkow that I had experienced discrimination at Wilshire and that I could provide names," Feldmeier states in court papers. "I was crying as I sat in his office and described the work environment at Wilshire."

Berkow appeared uninterested, according to Feldmeier."He said that sexual orientation discrimination isn't an issue in today's LAPD," Feldmeier states.

Still, Berkow promised to investigate, according to Feldmeier, but did not keep his promise."I believe that LAPD sat on my complaints of discrimination and harassment and failed to conduct a reasonable, thorough investigation," she states.

Berkow, now the chief of police in Savannah, Ga., is the subject of an internal LAPD probe alleging he traded sex with other female officers in exchange for personal favors and promotions.

Friday, February 22, 2008

AFFA Haps In the Coming Weeks

Posted by D. A. Smith on Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 9:54 AM

A few reminders from the friendly folks at the Alliance For Full Acceptance:

Congratulations to the Students at Trident Tech who have established a Gay-Straight Alliance. Change happens!

AFFA March 13 Meeting

"How to come out to your doctor--and why you should!" will be on Thursday March 13th at the Charleston Renaissance Hotel, 68 Wentworth Street in Charleston. (New day--Thursday.)

Get ready for a great panel of health professionals ready to answer your questions.

We begin at 5:45 with an open bar and hors d'oeuvres at 5:45 PM.

AFFA Events

March 7 & 8 - AFFA Board and Leadership Strategic Planning session for 2008/2009.

Thursday March 13 AFFA Meeting: Medical Professionals Panel--"How to come out to your Doctor--and why you should"

Monday March 17: AFFA presentation at Charleston School of Law. This is St. Patrick's Day

Friday March 28: Jen Foster (Texas native, award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist writes from the heart and performs from the soul) at The Chart, 1078 E. Montague Ave. Unit D North Charleston SC 29405. Show time is 8 pm. Tickets $10 at the door supports AFFA!

Sunday April 6 AFFA Oyster Roast at Bowen's Island 4-7 pm. Tickets $25.

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Chart Offers A New Stop in North Chuck

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 1:58 PM

The Chart is a new bar in North Charleston. Here's the description from their MySpace:

The Chart, located at 1078 E. Montegue Ave in Park Circle, across the street from Evo and behind Park Circle Coffee n' More! The Chart will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 4pm to 1am (or longer). Serving both a tapas menu as well as a traditional "bar menu," we hope to add to the growing community of Park Circle. We are not downtown, but will capture both community and style with our ambiance and menu! All are encouraged and "family" is always welcome! Directions: from 526 take North Rhett. Right onto North Rhett from ramp (towards the circle). Take the 2nd E Montegue. You will pass N.Charleston High School on your right and will come up on Evo (on the right) and Park Circle Coffee n' More (on the left). Take a left at Chateau and The Chart is on the left. For more information give us a call at 843-225-9949.

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