Friday, March 25, 2011

Taylortini AFFA fundraiser at Fish

Tuesday event will support local nonprofit

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 1:20 PM

The Alliance for Full Acceptance and Fish are hosting Taylortini night, a tribute to Elizabeth Taylor.

The film icon was a strong supporter of the gay community, particularly in the early years of the AIDS epidemic when it was stigmatized and marginalized as a gay disease.

The Alliance for Full Acceptance is a local nonprofit that has been working for more than a decade to support gay and lesbian causes and educating the larger community on LBGT issues.

There will be two "Taylortinis" that were created especially for the night and one dollar from each Taylortini sold will be donated to the Alliance For Full Acceptance. Fish also wants guests to dress as their favorite Elizabeth Taylor character to win dinner for two and other prizes.

The event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fish, 442 King St.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Kate Clinton talks Charleston, yoga, and political divides

Political comedian headlines AFFA fundraiser March 18

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 7:37 AM

When I first tried to reach comedian Kate Clinton, she was in the midst of a yoga session. "I would have preferred talking to you instead of one more down dog," she says. "Who is that old lady knocking things over? That would be me."

Clinton may be clumsy on the yoga mat, but she’s a well-oiled machine onstage, with three decades under her belt offering political jabs and the funny side of LGBT life. She brings her act to Charleston on Fri. March 18 with a benefit for the Alliance for Full Acceptance, a local gay rights non-profit.

Clinton is no stranger to Lowcountry — she was here in January to watch her partner run in the inaugural Charleston Marathon. "We went to all the coffee shops on the route and waved," she says. During her routine she will likely mention some of the spots she visited during her visit, but her bread and butter is critiquing political tomfoolery, as well as looking at LGBT issues like marriage equality and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Clinton was pitched as "that lesbian comic" long before you could find them on daily talk shows. She played a lot of colleges and Unitarian churches in the early years — some even in hard-to-find communities. "There are certain areas where performers wouldn’t go, so you go and you’re golden," she says.

These days, she updates her website constantly, regularly adding video segments. While she may run through roughly 30 pages of material onstage, when it comes to her online video, she writes down three words and just starts talking. "It’s just very freeing," she says. "It makes me spontaneous."

While Clinton’s goal is to get audiences to laugh, she also sees comedy as a way to connect the dots when it comes to all the news we're been inundated with every day. And sometimes her comedic insights can even bridge the political divide. "Even if they disagree, if I can get people to laugh, they let their guard down," Kate says. "Humor can absolutely move the political process along."

The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the American Theatre, 446 King St. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at A special conversation following the show with Kate and her partner, Urvashi Vaid is included for $100.

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Lite

Charleston-based sailors in trouble for sleepy night watching Vampire Diaries

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Goodbye, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Hello, "willful failure to exhibit professional conduct." The Washington Post is reporting today that the Navy is trying to force out a sailor stationed in Charleston because his roommate found him asleep on his bed with another sailor after watching an episode of Vampire Diaries. The two weren't in any compromising position, but the Navy is still pursuing the ouster of Navy Petty Officer Stephen C. Jones for alleged "willful failure to exhibit professional conduct" in his quarters, according to the Post. Jones is contesting the discharge.

An investigative summary of the episode shows that a roommate claims he came in to find Jones and his friend asleep on the bed in their boxer shorts. Jones told investigators he was wearing pajamas, according to the Post. It's not against the rules to fall asleep in the same bed with another sailor, but Thomas Dougan, a spokesman at Charleston's Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, told the paper that "the determination was that two sailors sharing the same rack was unprofessional."

Jones has not disclosed his sexuality and Dougan says the military's policy is not to ask anyone whether or not they're gay. But gay service members are still prohibited from serving openly until the Defense Department is prepared to change the policy.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Kate Clinton performers for AFFA benefit

Political humorist comes to town March 18

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Political comedian Kate Clinton is coming to Charleston on March 18 with a performance benefiting the Alliance for Full Acceptance, a local non-profit that advocates for Lowcountry gays and lesbians and provides education and outreach programs to the larger Charleston community. Tickets are $35. VIP tickets, which include a conversation with Kate and her partner, Urvashi Vaid, are $100. As Clinton will tell you, she was a proud dominant lesbian long before Annette Being got an Oscar nod for the role. For more info, visit AFFA online, call 843-883-0343, or e-mail

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