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South Carolina DMV Refused To Photograph Teen For His Driver’s License In Makeup

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The DMV in Anderson, South Carolina, forced a 16-year-old boy to take off his makeup in order to get his driver’s license picture taken because “he needs to look like a male,” according to an official. Chase Culpepper is gender non-conforming and wears makeup and stereotypically female clothing everyday. But on March 3, the DMV refused to photograph Chase because he looked like he was “wearing a disguise,” according to Chase’s mom, Teresa Culpepper.  ”He’s male, he needs to look like a male,” said spokesperson Beth Parks. Keep reading »

South Carolina Advances Abortion Ban After 20 Weeks

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  • A subcommittee in South Carolina’s state Senate has advanced a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill provides exceptions for pregnancies resulting from incest, rape and fetal abnormalities. The 20-week limit is based on the medically unproven claim that fetuses feel pain after 20 weeks. [CBS, RH Reality Check]
  • Secretary of State John Kerry has offered Nigeria aid, which it has accepted, to search for the 200+ kidnapped schoolgirls who were taken from their boarding school by a radical Islamist group. The teenagers have reportedly been sold into sex slavery by members of Boko Haram, who oppose education for girls. [MSNBC] Keep reading »

“Fun Home,” Gay-Themed Play Based On Alison Bechdel Memoir, Performs In South Carolina & Miraculously No One Was Converted To Homosexuality

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Back in February, some jerk politicians in South Carolina threatened cut the College of Charleston’s budget because they didn’t like the books that freshman were assigned to read for 2013 orientation. Those books were Out Loud: The Best Of Rainbow Radio, which tells the story of South Carolina’s first LGBT radio show, a Fun Home, a graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel. Legislators advanced bills that would cut funds in the amount that was spent on implementing the orientation’s reading campaigns.

This week, the off-Broadway cast of “Fun Home,” a new show based on Bechdel’s (amazing) 2006 memoir about being the lesbian daughter of a closeted gay father, performed to sold out audiences at the school’s Memminger Auditorium. “Fun Home” the play was recently named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Miraculously, no one who attended the performances has suddenly become came. It’s still early yet, though. Keep reading »

South Carolina Advances Anti-Abortion Bill

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  • A South Carolina state Senate panel has advanced a bill that justifies a pregnant woman using force against anyone who tries to harm her “unborn child.” Abortion rights supports rightly point out bills like this are a sneaky attempt to criminalize abortion by making a fetus legally recognized as person. (The panel postponed on a separate bill which would actually grant fetuses personhood.) [CBS Local]
  • Here’s what’s wrong and what’s right with the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus Save Act), which dictates how colleges must report sexual violence crimes. [Feministing] Keep reading »

RIP Society: South Carolina Wants To Pull Funding From Colleges For Teaching “Gay” Books

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South Carolina legislators are trying to “punish” two colleges in the state for assigning books they don’t approve of. The College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate incorporated “books on homosexuality” as required reading as part of their new student orientation. The books in question are Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir Fun Home, about the lesbian author’s father and his struggle with homosexuality, and Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio, which tells the story of South Carolina’s first LGBT radio show.

To exact revenge on the institutions, state House legislators have “tentatively approved” a bill to cut $52,000 from the College of Charleston and $17,142 from USC Upstate. The amount of funds being cut are meant to be similar to the amount spent on implementing the reading campaigns. Republican Representative Garry Smith of Simpsonville says he set the cuts into motion after the schools refused to offer alternative reading for students. Keep reading »

Police In South Carolina Criticized For Warning College Of Charleston Students About Sexual Assaults Because They Mentioned Drinking

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Police in Charleston, South Carolina, were right to warn students on Tuesday after two sexual assaults were reported near the campus.

But were they right to include in the warning the fact that the victims had both been drinking and to include statistics about alcohol and sexual assault?  Keep reading »

Analouisa Valencia: The Miss South Carolina Pageant’s First Lesbian Beauty Queen

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Beauty pageants usually get the sideeye from The Frisky for their perpetuation of tired old beauty standards, so we are delighted to hear about Analouisa Valencia of South Carolina. Valencia, a 19-year-old singer who has been competing in pageants for over a decade, is African-American, Latina and a lesbian — and she’s gunning for the Miss South Carolina crown! She’s been out since 9th grade and in a relationship for the past three years with the same woman. If she wins Miss South Carolina, she hopes to make it all the way to Miss America. Not surprisingly, she isn’t looking for world peace but “equality for everyone.” LOVE. [Madame Noire, Huffington Post]

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Dear Garrett Michael Hoover,

I like a man who knows what he wants — and it’s clear from this Horry County mugshot that you like to boink. Well, guess what? I like to boink, too. Maybe we could boink together, just as soon as you get out of jail for disorderly conduct. In the meantime, I’ll just be here, with the words “Waiting 4 Garrett” written on my arm.

See you soon,

Julie

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Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Prevention Funding Vetoed, Called “Distraction” By SC Gov. Nikki Haley

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South Carolina’s Republican Governor Nikki Haley — who is buds with Mitt Romney! — vetoed $453,680 last week for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention through the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence And Assault. According to the Charleston City Paper, Haley’s explanation was that the funds would “distract” the Department of Health and Environmental Control, presumably from more important issues. (Because apparently the effects of physical and/or sexual violence are not health issues?) Haley wrote:

“Each of these lines attempts to serve a portion of our population for which we extend our sympathy and encouragement, but nevertheless, it is only a small portion of South Carolina’s chronically ill or abused. Overall, these special add-on lines distract from the agency’s broader mission of protecting South Carolina’s public health.”

Mind you, Gov. Haley is the same women who told the ladies of “The View,” while speaking about her opposition to health care reform, that “Women don’t care about contraception.” Yeah, she said that. We don’t care about being raped or beaten either, Governor!

The economy is in the shitter. Other stuff got cut, too. Teachers’ salaries took a hit; $500,000 for “marketing and branding at the Department of Agriculture” may have to wait. I get it.  But this is real people’s lives that are being affected right now. And reventative services prevent bad, costly stuff from coming down the road later. Keep reading »

“Women Don’t Care About Contraception,” SC Governor Nikki Haley Claims

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If you thought it was just dude politicians who were tone deaf on women, think again: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley visited “The View” today and declared, “Women don’t care about contraception.”

Oh jeez Louise. Keep reading »

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