#DYK that June is Pride Month? 🏳️🌈 Pride Month provides those who identify as LGBTQ+ and their allies the opportunity to protest peacefully + raise awareness about the issues this community is facing. It also commemorates the Stonewall Uprising that happened in 1969.
If you’re looking to educate yourself about LGBTQ+ issues, learning about Stonewallis a good place to start.But there’s a lot more to take in about LGBTQ+ history, discrimination, rights, and theevolution of the cultural acceptance and understanding of LGBTQ+ people.
Whether you identify as LGBTQ+ or not, we’ve put together some resources you can utilize to further support these members of our community + learn more.
Reading lists from Charleston County Public Library CCPL librarians have curated a list of physical+digital books and resources for both adults + young adultsthat aim to provide dialogue, stories + conversations about the LGBTQ+ community and social justice. Click here to place books on hold at your nearest branch or on a digital platform.
Upcoming Events Typically, Charleston Pride hosts a Pride event every year, but thanks to the coronavirus, the 2020 Pride Fall Festival and Parade was added to our long list of cancelled events. However, there are still some chances to celebrate throughout the year. ○ Charleston Pride is hosting several small events throughout 2020. Check out their Instagram for event dates + updates. ○ National HIV Testing Day is June 27. Palmetto Community Care (PCC) has chosen to commemorate this day with a vigorous in-office appointment schedule for both testing and counseling, which began June 22. Click here for more info + appointments. ○ SC’s largest Pride event, Famously Hot South Carolina Pridein Columbia, currently has events scheduled for Oct. 16-17.
Resources in our community ○ We Are Family Charleston’ssupport + services ○ MUSC Health’s list of LGBTQ health care resources ○ Click here to learn about or get involved in Charleston Social Club. ○ MUSC’sAlliance for Equalityorganization for students ○ College of Charleston’sPrism ally organization for students ○ The Citadel ALLIES educational program ○ South Carolina Equality’s list of resources including legal advice, faith communities, mental health resources and more ○ Alliance For Full Acceptance (AFFA)’s list of national, statewide + local resources ○ Click here to learn about or donate to SC Pride. ○ Click here to learn about or here to get involved with South Carolina Black Pride.
This is by no means a comprehensive guide to LGBTQ+ resources in our community. We are still listening + learning and working to facilitate positive conversations about our diverse and vibrant community. Did we miss something? Have questions? Let us know here.
○ On Monday, DHEC announced1,320 new cases of coronavirus and 4 additional deaths in SC. That brings the total number of cases in SC of COVID-19 to 34,546, and the total deaths to 717.
○ Of those new cases, 278 were reported in Charleston County, 41 were in Berkeley County, and 49 werein Dorchester County. No reported deaths occurred in the tri-county area.
○ Following an emergency meeting on Monday, the Town of Mount Pleasantpassed an ordinancerequiring the use of masks in grocery stores, pharmacies + the town’s municipal buildings. The ordinance will go into effect Wed., July 1.
○ In response to an employee at Bees Landing Recreation Center (1580 Ashley Gardens Blvd.) testing positive for COVID-19, the facility will be closed this week to be sanitized. Other pools and summer day camps within the city are not affected by this closure.
○ Last week, Dr. Joan Duvwe, Director of Public Health for the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), shared that South Carolina has become one of the hotspots for COVID-19. Duvwe reiterated the importance of wearingmasks, social distancingefforts, hand washing and staying home when sick. (WCIV)
○ Initial unemployment claims in SC continued to drop last week. According to SCDEW, approx. 17,000 people filed for unemployment between June 14-20, which is a decrease of around 2,200 claims from the previous week. (WLTX)
○ Recently, Palmetto Goodwill+Fetter Healthpartnered to provide free COVID-19 testing to around 400 Lowcountry residents at Palmetto Goodwill’s North Charleston headquarters.
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CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Charleston’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
On the evening of June 26, the Charleston 9 Memorial Park located at 1807 Savannah Hwy. was vandalized. The Charleston Police Department + the Charleston Fire Marshal Division are diligently working to identify anyone involved in this vandalism.
While the damage to the site has been repaired, the Charleston Fire Department has shared its donation page for the Charleston 9 Memorial Park’s newest project coordinated by the Fire and Iron MC Station 28: personalized brick walkways.
Number ○ $12.1 million. The amount of funds the Trump Administration awarded in Farm to School Grants – the most awarded since the grant program’s inception ‒ to 159 grantees. These awards, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will help bring fresh, local foods into schools and foster economic opportunity for America’s farmers over the next school year.
Civic ○ Applications for the South Carolina Safe Home grant program will open within the next week. Safe Home is a program that provides $5,000 to homeowners in eligible counties for new roofs and other home improvements to ensure that the home is hurricane-resistant. Click hereto be notified via email when the program opens. (The Post and Courier)
Celebrate ○Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms announced the lineup for social distance-friendly events on the Fourth of July. The Resort will be holding events from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Check them out here. (Holy City Sinner)
Job ○ Are you a leader + a problem solver? Benefitfocus(100 Benefitfocus Way)is looking for a Resolution Support Manager. This position serves as liaison between the Customer Success Organization and other departments to manage and prevent customer issues. Learn more about responsibilities and how to apply here.
Read ○ Lynn and Cele Seldon, award-winning writers of “100 Things to Do in Charleston Before You Die“, have compiled a list of safe, social distanced activities for the Fourth of July weekend in the newly released second edition of this book. Activities include a meal at Rodney Scott’s BBQ, paddle boarding with Coastal Expeditions, checking out the Morris Island Lighthouse, and more. Find the book here.
Asked ○ With warm evening weather + social distancing in place, we want to hear from you.Do you know of any public spots that are good for stargazing? Send us an email if you are willing to share your favorite spot to view the night sky. 🌌
Edu ○Trident Academy’s Primary Education Intervention program has lowered tuition for kindergarten-second grade in an effort to make early intervention more affordable. With early intervention, lifetime costs to families with children with learning differences may decrease by 66% or more.
WaterCooler ○ Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton — who was released from the team last spring — has been signed by the New England Patriots. The deal is for one year and $7.5 million + incentives. 🏈 (CBS 17)
Home ○If your AC unit is not cooling well (or at all), that’s 1 of 4 early warning signs that it needs service now (vs. having to replace it later). See the 3 other signs here. 🌬️ Ⓟ
Harlestons – local men’s performance apparel company – just released their new American Flag polos for July Fourth. The Ashley Polo is the brand’s classic favorite with an incredibly soft feel – now made to celebrate Independence Day.
Made with 4-way stretch + moisture wicking material, the polos are available in white and navy.
If you order by midnight tonight (Tues., June 30), they’ll guarantee delivery by July 3. Use promo code USA for 10% off + free shipping. Ⓟ