Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Meanwhile, down here - South Carolina Black Pride

Forgive me for this short post.

I know there is a lot going on in California and with Obama very close to getting the Democratic nomination, but I thought I would talk a little bit about what's going on in South Carolina.

We are three weeks away from the third annual South Carolina Black Pride and things are beginning to hop.

I am secretary of the group (although I prefer the title Prime Minister of Information - eat your heart out, Stokely Carmichael), so tonight, I get to send out over 1500 emails to various individuals.

Big fun.

But I'm looking forward to it for one reason.

A week ago, I was told an interesting story. A certain political official was talking to a group of South Carolina black pastors and she made a point to ask about lgbts of color.

From what I understand, these pastors pulled an Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and said that there are no lgbts of color in South Carolina.

Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little.

They said they didn't know where she could find any.

Of course if they were truthful, these pastors would have invited the political official to their churches and pointed at the usher board, the deacon board, the choir, and in some cases, themselves.

But the fact that these pastors claimed not to know any lgbts of color is a perfect reason to have a South Carolina Black Pride.

We have had two South Carolina Black Prides and over 1,500 folks attended. I have a feeling that we are going to have double that number this year.

And I'm looking forward to it and the repercussions thereof.

There is an intentional wall of silence when it comes to the visibility and needs of lgbts South Carolinians of color.

It's time for that wall to come down.