Battle won against anti-gay org

COLUMBIA, S.C. — SC Equality announced that after pressure from organizations and individuals supportive of the LGBT community, Clemson University’s head football coach Dabo Swinney withdrew on May 27 from speaking at a fundraiser for the Palmetto Family Council on June 2, known for its stance against same-sex marriage. Taking his place was S.C. Atty. Gen. Alan Wilson.

The coalition shared that State House Minority Leader Rep. Todd Rutherford released a statement on the same day in support of the decision. “This is a sign of the significant progress the state of South Carolina has made with respect to tolerance and equal rights. I hope others follow Coach Swinney’s lead in standing up to groups like the Palmetto Family Council who seek to make discrimination legal and acceptable,” said Rutherford.

SC Equality rallied its base, worked with the university’s LGBT Task Force, reached out to allies at the State House and partnered with South Carolina native and vice president of GLAAD Zeke Stokes.


Tour stops at Palmetto State

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The GLAAD Southern Stories Summer Tour will visit the coastal town on June 15, 5:30 p.m., at The William Aiken House, 456 King St.

The program will center around the state of change as it applies to South Carolina and will feature a mini-documentary, panel discussion and reception. Stories reflect those of LGBT southerners, their allies and advocates.

Today, advances are spreading out across the nation, but the South has been left behind. GLAAD said that southerners live with a culture gap where shifts need to be made to obtain more acceptance and understanding.

The following day, the tour heads to Columbia to share their program with those in the state’s capital at 5:30 p.m. at The Nickelodeon, 1607 Main St.

Each event is free and GLAAD requests an RSVP from those who wish to attend. It can be handled online.

The tour will also visit Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Georgia.


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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.