Monday, November 16, 2009

South Carolina Baptists resolve to "avoid" LGBT hate crimes

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 3:32 PM

The South Carolina Baptist Convention called for the federal government to repeal the newly passed hate crimes law that includes expanded protection to gays and lesbians, according to Baptist Press.

Regarding hate crimes legislation, South Carolina Baptists said such legislation "could effectively kill" freedom of speech by "criminalizing any verbal opposition to homosexuals and/or their lifestyle." The resolution calls on Congress to repeal the recently passed legislation and (calls) on Americans "to avoid acts of hatred and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons."

If anyone wants to know why conservative Christians have a tough time selling their morals to the world, this is a prize example.

Avoid? Really? Why not call on Americans to end acts of hatred and violence toward LGBT people? What about calling on Americans to deplore acts of hatred and violence toward LGBT persons? Is it because there is some list of unavoidable acts of hatred and violence the rest of us aren't aware of?

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Southern Voice Closes Up Shop

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Southern Voice newspaper has closed up shop, according to news reports that staff arrived to locked doors this morning, followed by a post on the paper's Facebook page.

With deepest regret, as editor of SoVo, I have to tell you that we arrived at the office to learn that our parent company, Window Media, has shut down. While the 20 years of SoVo have come to an end, our civil rights movement is only beginning. I am personally grateful to all of the staff, and to all of you who have had the courage to share your stories. It has been the honor of my life to help you tell them.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Busy Gay Week: AFFA's Taste of Equality

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 10:45 AM

The local nonprofit Alliance for Full Acceptance will be hosting its second Taste of Equality on Saturday night. The event will be held at the Memminger Auditorium. Tickets are available online or through the AFFA office at 843-883-0343.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Busy Gay Week: AFFA Anniversary Meeting Thursday

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 2:41 PM

The Alliance for Full Acceptance will have its regular bi-monthly meeting at the Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Drive. Folks start to gather at 5:45 p.m. and the presentation starts at 6:15. The guest this month is Donna Red Wing.

From AFFA:

Donna Red Wing has spent most of her life as a grassroots advocate for fairness and equality, who was called on to share her talents with HRC, GLAAD, the Gill Foundation, presidential campaigns and many local and national projects advancing equality.

On Thursday morning, Donna will facilitate a discussion on Same-Gender Marriage & Religious Freedom with area clergy. If you are interested in participating, contact the AFFA office 843-883-0343 or


Monday, November 9, 2009

Busy Gay Week: Young Professionals Meet-Up

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Lots going on this week. First up from the Young Professional Gay-Straight Alliance:

Mellow Mushroom
Wednesday, November 11th
starting at 6 pm
We will be crashing the upstairs bar area at Mellow on King Street. It's a super friendly bar, with super beer, super great service and craaaazy pizzas, so come on out. Period.


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