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Pride Parade 2014
August 9th     8 am
Downtown Charleston
"'We are Charleston "
 
 
UUs supporting our LGBT Community!
 
Please meet at Wragg Mall (20 Anne Street at Elizabeth Street) at 8:00 am where you will be checked in.  We need you to be there on time to make sure there are no hiccups.  Look for our UU Banner, and we will have a float for people who cannot walk!
 
At Wragg Mall they will inform us when it is our turn to enter the parade heading west On Anne Street towards King Street. They are encouraging everyone to watch along King Street so plan accordingly. On King Street, the parade will head south until Broad Street. where we make a right and disband at Colonial Lake. There will be shuttles available to take you to the Rally, which starts at 11 am ot Brittlebank Park -more  information come. Shuttles will also take you back the the Charleston Visitor Center.  Note there is a free trolley which CARTA operates between Brittlebank Park and the Charleston Visitor Center (Route 213 Lockwood/Calhoun).  Any issues call me on my cell - 843-813-2168, Richard Hayes, coordinator.
 
 

Beginning/End of Parade and Rally:

 

  • Start of Parade/Staging Area: Wragg Mall (20 Ann Street, Charleston, SC 29403)
  • End of Parade: Just beyond Colonial Lake, at the curve in the road where Broad Street turns into Lockwood Blvd (GPS Coordinates: 32.775178,-79.94512)
  • Pride Rally (11:00am-4:00pm): Brittlebank Park (0 Lockwood Blvd, Charleston, SC 29403)
 

Parade Timeline: 

 

  • Parade Line-Up: All groups are asked to report to the parade staging area at 7:30am and check in with one of the Pride Staff in the bright green shirts. 
  • Walking Groups can have one representative check in at 7:30am and the rest of the group must arrive by 8:15am. 
  • Vehicles and Vehicles with Floats must check in  and line up at 7:30am.  Participants who are riding on floats and in vehicles must arrive by 8:15am.
  • Parade starts promptly at 9:00am
  • The time that your group arrives at the end of the parade will depend on your place in the lineup.

Even if it RAINS, we MARCH!

 

Welcoming Congregation Activities
2014-2015

Our Welcoming Congregation activities are well integrated with our Church Life.  All Church Members watch to ensure that we continue to welcome our LGBTQQI brothers and sisters in the church, and concentrate on supporting community activities through strong community organizations like Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) and SCEquality (South Carolina Equality Coalition is a statewide non-partisan coalition of local and state social, religious and political GLBT organizations and allies with a mission to secure civil and human rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender South Carolinians). The highlights include: Increasing number of LGBTQQI members, LGBT discussion in the curriculum of the Our Whole Life (OWL) teen religious education program, the Demonstration in March 2013 for Marriage Equality with 500 Charlestonians on the steps of the Custom House, the Church will be marching and riding on a float in the 5th Annual Charleston Gay Pride Parade on August 9, 2014.

 

Our congregation is a Welcoming Congregation for gay, lesbian, bisexualand transgender (GLBT) people. This congregation became a Welcoming Congregation in 2007 after a multi-year period of study and reflection by congregation Members.

We fulfill our role as a Welcoming Congregation by offering GLBT persons a religious home free of discrimination. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, you are welcome in our faith community.

Unitarian Universalist congregations, especially the Unitarian Church in Charleston, extend a warm welcome to bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender (BGLT) people and their families. We are a caring, open-minded faith community that encourages you to seek your own spiritual path.

We believe that our first Principle, respecting “the inherent worth and dignity of every person,” applies equally to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities/ gender expressions. Unitarian Universalism has intentionally reached out to BGLT people and their families. Our Welcoming Congregations have completed a program to enhance their welcome of all people.

Unitarian Universalism is one of the few religions that ordains openly bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people. Our BGLT clergy (who are permitted to partner or marry) participate fully in our faith community as pastors in some of our largest congregations.

We work to promote acceptance, inclusion, understanding, and equity for bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender persons of all colors, races, and ethnicities, both within the UUA and in society at large. We are committed to protecting the civil and legal rights of BGLT people and families across the country. Unitarian Universalists have been at the forefront of the same-sex marriage debates, advocating for the right for each person to marry the partner of his or her choiceOur congregations are places where people gather to nurture their spirits and put their faith into action by helping to make our communities—and the world—a better place.

Learn more on the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) website.

 

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Senate Committee to consider benefits for Gay Federal Employees

Senate committee to consider benefits bill
Legislation would grant benefits to gay federal employees

By CHRIS JOHNSON, Washington Blade | Sep 4, 12:57 PM

The U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Sept. 24 on the Domestic Partner Benefits and Obligations Act.

The legislation would grant the partners of gay federal employees the same benefits that are available to the spouses of straight counterparts.

The committee, which is chaired by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), has yet to finalize its list of witnesses, according to Seamus Hughes, a committee spokesperson.

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