SC Equality, the Palmetto State’s LGBT advocacy group, will meet in Aiken, S.C., tonight with U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles, FBI officials and local law enforcement.

From the group:

On Wednesday, SC Equality joins US Attorney, Bill Nettles, FBI and local law enforcement for a free and open to the public forum entitled, “Understanding the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act”. Held in Aiken, SC, this event is the third in state-wide tour with Mr. Nettles. Previous forums have strengthened the relationship between law enforcement and the LGBT community and we expect the same result in Aiken. Please share this event with your friends and family in the Aiken/Augusta area. Wednesday, April 20th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at USC Aiken, SAC Mezzanine, 471 University Parkway.

The event is likely to draw a crowd. Four years ago, the Upstate bore witness to an anti-gay hate crime that left student Sean Kennedy dead. On April 9, a 19-year-old gay man was assaulted in a mob attack in Rock Hill. That attack has prompted renewed calls for state-level hate crimes legislation.

Click here for a map and directions to the event.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.