Be social and get Out! in the Carolinas

Wow! Over 70 Carolina-based social events in August…and counting.

Our Facebook event calendar for August 2017 includes pride-related programs, sports events, youth meetings, fundraisers, arts and music performances.

When we created the State & Regional event calendar, the vast number of annual Pride Festivals and major events held in the Carolinas surprised even us.

However, the big surprise arrived a few months later with the addition of the Facebook Event calendar.

We have found and shared dozens of LGBTQ social events in North and South Carolina.  Even more were shared with us by you, via email and Facebook.

Facebook Social Event Promotions are Free

Facebook event pages are an excellent, free tool for promoting a variety of programs.  We encourage LGBTQ organizations to use them regularly.  The more you create, the better we and your supporters can share them.  Be sure to create a fully descriptive title to identify the event, its purpose, and/or sponsor.


Thank you for your support thus far.  Your efforts, in concert with our volunteer staff, are helping spread the word.

We look forward to promoting your LGBTQ social events.

Get Out! Be Social…


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South Carolina Pride “Light It Up!” 2017 events announced

The Famously Hot South Carolina Pride committee has announced, via their Facebook Page, that the 2017 Festival will be held in October.  In addition, a nighttime parade has been added for the preceding day.

October 20, 2017

Join us for the area’s first-ever NIGHT TIME PARADE!

A first for SC Pride, we are LIGHTING UP MAIN STREET to show our true, brilliant colors!

No one’s done anything like this! Come join us FRIDAY NIGHT!

Save the Date! More info coming soon!

October 21, 2017

Save the date for our 28th annual SC Pride Festival!

Once again we are flooding Main Street with LGBT Pride.

Join us for amazing entertainment, important messages and speeches, a ton of vendors and booths, and more more more. Last year, we saw 55,000 people. This year, we want to show the world how we LIGHT IT UP!




Gay & Lesbian, LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQIA?

lgbt rainbow flagIn the old days, life was much simpler in so many ways.  I know that because I’m old(er).

In the 1980’s my friends and I referred to ourselves as gay or lesbian or queer, & members of the greater Gay Community. (We were also called other things, but that is a topic for another post.) At that time, labels were not nearly as important as the challenges we faced in the real world.   Fast forward to 2016 and things are not so simple anymore.

Organizations like The Associated Press (AP), Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Human Rights Campaign (HRC) all have their own recommendations of descriptive terms for our gay and lesbian community.

Now we are identified by acronyms like LGBT, LGBTQ, and even LGBTQIA, just to name a few.  If history is any indication, we can expect more labels in the future.

Some gay and lesbian organizations were legally formed using the term LGBT in their names, before the other acronyms even came into existence.  These organizations will be listed in our pages by their legal or DBA names, which may include “LGBT”.

In most other general circumstances, we will use the acronym LGBTQ for our community.  This seems to be the preferred label for the time being by all the experts in journalism and media.

REGARDLESS of how you self-identify, or how you are identified in the media, we welcome you to our website.  It is hoped that the information contained within will be of benefit to you during your travels and daily lives.

The Editor
Out! Carolina