Gay Issue Slideshow 

  • "If you say "queer," people don't often know what it means because it is different, so there's some agency in it. People can't just label you. For me, it's like a home."

    Gracie Aghapour - Queer

  • "Unlike the other letters, identifying as an ally is a choice. One that more people should make."

    Susan Cohen - Ally

  • "Gay people want to get married. Intersex people want a box to check on their driver's license. These are very separate things."

    Kneena - Intersex

  • "I feel like the revolution of the day, this generation's revolution, is a revolution of gender identity and what it means to be a human and not just man and woman."

    Melissa Moore - Lesbian

  • "We are proud of the fact that we are strong and successful and loving, caring people who contribute to society in spite of the adversity that we have to overcome because of the fact that we're a member of a minority group."

    Rob Lewis - Gay

  • "As I spend more time with people, as they get to know me better, the more that label fades into the background and becomes just one more part of all the things that define me. Because I'm not just the transgender guy."

    Sabian Mignone - Transgender

For this year's Gay Issue, which coincides with the third annual Charleston Pride Festival (July 12-15), we decided to let the members of Charleston's LGBTQQIAA community speak for themselves. If you're not sure of the definitions behind some of the letters in this lengthy acronym — which you may be familiar with in both shorter and longer forms — here's the rundown: L is for lesbian, G is for gay, B is for bisexual, T is for transgender, Q is for queer, the second Q is for questioning, I is for intersex, A is for asexual, and the second A is for (straight) ally. We reached out to various leaders in Charleston's LGBTQQIAA community for suggestions on who to profile, and we got a diverse group of people, from a transgender high school student to the current president of Charleston Pride. Everyone had a different story to tell about identity and about living as an LGBTQQIAA person in Charleston. We also have a list of local and statewide LGBTQQIAA resources and the program for this year's Pride. Enjoy.

A test of the slideshow for the 2012 gay issue.
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