Typically, Columbia hosts a Pride event in June, but thanks to the coronavirus, the third annual Outfest with SC Pride was added to our long list of cancelled events. But there is a chance to celebrate in October. The state’s largest Pride event, Famously Hot South Carolina Pride, currently has events scheduled for Oct. 16-17.
Although events may be limited this year, another great way to celebrate this month, whether you identify as LGBTQ+ or not, is to educate ourselves and become allies.
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, in part, 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 the evolution of the cultural acceptance and understanding of LGBTQ+ people.
Quoteworthy “Allyship is one of those needs whose effects bleed over into other facets of life for an LGBTQIA+ individual. Being an ally does not have a strict list of personal responsibilities nor is the experience the same for everyone.”
Actions for being an ally ○ Think about what you’ve been taught about the LGBTQIA+ community and how that affects reactions + interactions with people and content ○ Consider if what you’ve been taught is based on unconscious biases, education or personal experiences with theLGBTQIA+ ○ Realize that the first step toward allyship is understanding your personal thoughts and attitudes ○ Work toward understanding and accepting others (Source: Harriet Hancock LGBT Center)
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○ Beginning today, City of Columbiawill distribute masks to high risk and vulnerable citizens at several locations. Two masks a person or five per family will be available + distributions will run through July 10. (WIS)
○ Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp.has donated a new Opentrons robotic liquid handler to UofSC to help the university process more COVID-19 tests as the campus prepares to reopen to students this fall. (CRBR)
○ Columbia Animal Serviceshas created a free food pantry for those who are struggling to provide food to their pets. Those who are needing pet food can contact the shelter + those who would like to support the pantry can drop off donations outside the shelter, located at 127 Humane Lane, or in the food donations box inside. (WLTX)
○ The Fireflies July Fourth movie and fireworks event that was announced last week has been cancelled due to increasing coronavirus cases. Those who purchased tickets will be contacted via email this week.
○ Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens is requiring all guests over the age of 10 to wear face masks, due to the mask ordinance within the city of Columbia. Visitors are expected to wear masks indoors + outdoors when six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.
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If you took a stroll down Main Street this weekend, you might have noticed some new art. The piece, titled Magnolia on Main and painted by @mariadefeliceart, is located in front of the green space at Market on Main.
We’re loving the giant flower vibes and all of the new art additions that have recently hit our city.
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NowOpen ○ Bang Back (741 Saluda Ave.), a new restaurant and pinball lounge, launched in the old Delaney’s location in Five Points earlier this month with a “surprise opening”. The restaurant has 16 pinball machines (with another 4 coming soon) + a menu featuring shrimp tacos, low country egg rolls and much more. Bang Back will also offer pinball classes for kids 14 and under every Saturday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (Cola Daily)
Politics ○ The SC Attorney General Alan Wilsonruled that the Heritage Act – which prevents flags or memorials of historical figures or war from being removed from public property in the state without a two thirds majority vote from legislature – is constitutional. However, Wilson did issue the opinion that a supermajority isn’t necessary to override the act. While the opinion of the Attorney General cannot act as law, it can provide guidance for organizations that are considering removing monuments. (The State)
Development ○ On Friday, City Center Partnership announced the Southeastern Esthetics Institute will open a 27,000-square-foot campus on Main Street in 2021. The school is partnering with Sherer Architects to revitalize the Tapps Building + bring back the original art deco design. (Free Times)
TryThis ○ Want to give yourself a little present? 🎁 The Fireflies have you covered with their new Mystery Boxes: filled with merchandise + giveaways (with a $60+ retail value) and *potentially* an autographed baseball. Order here.✨Ⓟ
Biz ○ Last week, the SC General Assembly renewed the Angel Investor Act, which offers large tax credits to start-up investors of qualified businesses, for five years. (CRBR)
CommercialDigs ○ Historic office space alert. 🚨 700 + 701 Gervais St. are both available for lease and located near 100+ restaurants, entertainment venues, art galleries + retail shops. See full listings here + here. Ⓟ
FeaturedJob ○AmeriCorps Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC), a direct service program of United Way of the Midlands, is seeking School Liaisons to help enroll pre-kindergarten to 2nd grade students in one-to-one reading engagement sessions, educate parents about the importance of reading at home, increase home libraries through book distribution, and promote literacy through general outreach and community engagement. Learn more about the opportunity and how to apply here. Ⓟ
Progress photo of St Ann’s Alley construction | Photo via St Ann’s Alley on Facebook
DYK? 34 new homes are being built in the River District of West Columbia (a pretty hot spot right now).
St Ann’s Alley is bounded by Center, Spring, Herman + Augusta Streets, convenient to river access, State St. + the Vista. Drawing design inspiration from the existing architecture of the area, the community gets its name from St. Ann’s Rescue Mission, a home for boys located in the area during the late 1800s. Ⓟ