South Carolina's annual Pride celebration turns 20 this year with the standard parade along with special guests. 

2009 Pride Calendar

Fri. Sept. 11
Takeover Columbia: Pride Edition
5:05 p.m.
Location TBA
Why not take the gay bar with you? It's invasion of the hot body snatchers. And we love it.

Sat. Sept. 12
WXRY Parade Down Main Street
Finlay Park
Meet at 11 a.m. on the Laurel Street side of Finlay Park.
Celebrity Grand Marshal Ongina from RuPaul's Drag Race on LOGO leads the sea of rainbow flags down Main Street. Listen to live commentary on WXRY99.3FM or online at

Pride Celebration
Noon-6 p.m.
Finlay Park
We most definitely are not alone now. Before the mall walkers, Tiffany was giving us a reason to shake it in the food court. If the high-tops still fit, throw them on and relive the '80s. Former American Idol contestant-turned-Broadway belter Frenchie Davis will also be performing. Along with more Ongina. To purchase tickets to the On Q Carolina VIP Tent, visit $25 in advance, $30 at the gate.

2009 S.C. Gay and Lesbian Business Guild Expo
Noon-6 p.m.
Finlay Park
Get to know your GLBT and gay-friendly businesses. They support you. You support them. And we all support Cher.

Sun. Sept. 13
Pride Sunday Service
9 a.m. (contemporary service)
11:15 a.m. (traditional service)
Reformation Lutheran Church
1118 Union St.
Pray that TV camera at the rally didn't add 10 pounds.

Rainbow Candlelight Worship Service
11 a.m.
Garden of Grace United Church of Christ
1020 Atlas Road
(803) 695–9664
God, get us through the next 364 days until Pride 2010.

Pride Picnic
12:30 p.m.
Earlewood Park
Potluck Picnic
Make something or, you know, pick up some Boar's Head. Whatever works.

Business Guild Sunset Boat Cruise
Departure at 6:45 p.m.
Lake Murray Marina, Ballentine
$35/members, $40/non-members
Another party already? They don't call it a gay time for nothing. The sunset cruise will include drinks and food.

Upcoming Events
It's not all about this one week in September. There's still plenty more going on in Charleston this fall.

Wed. Sept. 9
Saint of 9/11
7:30 p.m.
$2 members, $5 non-members
Déjå Vu II
4628 Spruill Ave., North Charleston
A documentary about New York City Fire Department Chaplain Mychal Judge, one of the iconic fatalities at the World Trade center on 9/11. Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen, the film chronicles Judge's life, his work, and the fact that he just happened to be gay.

Wed. Sept. 23
Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Hi-Def Event
7 p.m.
Regal Azalea Square Stadium 16
215 Azalea Square Blvd., Summerville
• (843) 821-1554
Who says you need a new pair of shoes? Those ruby heels you fell in love with so long ago get new hi-def soles in this anniversary celebration.

Sat. Sept. 26
Indigo Girls
7:15 p.m.
$30 in advance, $35 at the gate
Family Circle Cup Veranda Stage
161 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island
(843) 856-7900
The lesbian folk rock duo that was out before it was cool returns to Charleston — one of their regular stops before they got famous.

Sun. Oct. 18
Kathy Griffin
8 p.m.
North Charleston Performing Arts Center
5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charelston
(843) 529-5000
The hilarious star of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List finally makes a stop in Charleston to dish the dirt on Ryan Seacrest, Oprah Winfrey, and her foul-mouthed mama.

Sat. Dec. 5
Shopping With Friends
(843) 747-2273
It's okay to window shop on Black Friday, but save your Christmas shopping for Dec. 5. Last year, more than 115 Charleston stores participated, donating 10 percent of the day's sales to help local AIDS victims.

Every Saturday
Saturday Night Special
Black Cat Tours
10 p.m.
188 Meeting St., Downtown
Billed as "Charleston's only 69-minute tour," this one is for adults only. It's a walk through Charleston's history, including the peninsula's gay past and "Charleston's most outrageous story — the Transvestite Socialite."

The Gay Issue 2009


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