Chase Glenn

Activist org transitions

COLUMBIA, S.C. — SC Equality’s board of directors has announced that Chase Glenn has joined its team and will chair the TransAction Committee.

Glenn, who lives in Charleston, graduated from Belmont University, as well as having received his Master’s in Counseling from Webster University. He has involvement in both statewide and local LGBT organizations and has served as a volunteer with We Are Family, raised money for Trans* Love Fund, designed the SC Equality license plate and serves as the CEO and vice chair of the Charleston Pride Festival. Glenn is employed at Blackbaud, Inc., where he works directly with several national non-profit organizations.

Glenn replaces Amy Garbati who has moved to Florida to accept a job there

“During all my years with non profits, I have to say she has been one of the most effective board members I have had the pleasure of working with,” Board Chair Jeff Ayers said of Garbati. “Her leadership on our board and as chair of TransAction has been an inspiration to us all. Amy gave hope and a voice to the transgender community that it has not had. Her accomplishments speak for themselves.”


Affirmative biz part of initiative

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Upstate Pride SC has launched a pilot of its Friendly Business Initiative during early March.

Businesses with non-discriminatory, LGBT-friendly practices who choose to participate will welcome all sexes, genders and orientations, organizers shared.

The initiative aims to place a small sticker on storefront windows and doors that indicate businesses that protect the safety of LGBT consumers.

Participating businesses must comply with the initiative’s agreement expectations. Display of campaign stickers, consent to be included in an online directory and treating customers equally are among issues covered.

The sticker marking businesses as a “friend” to the Upstate Pride community is designed to be recognizable to supporters, but innocuous enough to retain customers who are not supporters, Upstate Pride said.

Interested parties should contact Upstate Pride President Keith Keppley at for more information.


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