The Pride Issue 

2017 Charleston Pride Week

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Jonathan Boncek

As we go to press five days ahead of schedule in anticipation of a hurricane, part of me just wants to make this editor's letter:

Dear Irma, Fuck off. Sincerely, Kinsey

But that's not fair to this week's feature story on Charleston Pride. This year, the LGBTQ organization is celebrating with not just the usual parade fanfare, but some top comedians and speakers from the community. And we need to hear their voices now more than ever. While incremental progress toward acceptance has been made, discrimination continues to fester, most obviously and incredibly, in our nation's highest office. When President Trump issued his recent ban on transgender individuals in the U.S. military, he actually said, "I think I'm doing the military a great favor." If you believe that's the biggest crock of bullshit you've ever heard, then consider supporting Charleston Pride. As Thomas Jefferson said, "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." —Kinsey Gidick

LGBTLOL host Shawna Jarrett says local comedy scene welcomes everyone
LGBTLOL host Shawna Jarrett says local comedy scene welcomes everyone Come one, come y'all

You may recognize Shawna Jarrett from the Charleston comedy scene. The humor writer, essayist, and cartoonist is prolific, and very busy. — Mary Scott Hardaway


Sarah McBride brings a call for unity and activism to Charleston Pride Festival
Sarah McBride brings a call for unity and activism to Charleston Pride Festival Strength and Numbers

Appearing on the website of American University's student paper, The Eagle, in the early hours of May 1, 2012, was a profound op-ed that became a revelation. — Dustin Waters


Looking beyond the binary and embracing gender nonconformity
Looking beyond the binary and embracing gender nonconformity Somewhere in the Middle and Outside of it All

Growing up on a small farm on Johns Island, Leigh Friar had a quiet childhood. One of five kids in a religious family, Friar was active in the church at a young age and had what can be described as a very Southern upbringing. — Dustin Waters


Flowertown Underground grapples with the Matthew Shepard story in <i>The Laramie Project</i>
Flowertown Underground grapples with the Matthew Shepard story in The Laramie Project Important to Hear, Hard to Say

On October 7, 1998, 21-year old Matthew Shepard was abducted, tortured, beaten, and left to die, tied to a fence outside of Laramie, Wyo. Five days later, Shepard died in a hospital in Fort Collins, Colo. — Mary Scott Hardaway


Sampson McCormick, one of the first openly gay black comics in the country, headlines Charleston Pride's LGBTLOL
Sampson McCormick, one of the first openly gay black comics in the country, headlines Charleston Pride's LGBTLOL Cautiously Optimistic

An a 2012 stand-up routine at the D.C. Arts Center, Sampson McCormick encouraged his audience to re-elect Obama for another term. "If the wrong person gets in the White House, we gonna be fucked." — Mary Scott Hardaway


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