2018 Grand Strand PRIDE Gala program booklet

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Greetings from Grand Strand PRIDE Grand Strand PRIDE and Coastal Business Guild are proud to present the 4th annual Grand Strand PRIDE Business Expo and Gala. We have evolved from our meager beginnings as First Friday Happy Hour in October 2006 to the largest advocacy group for LGBTQ issues along the Grand Strand. A lot of members of the LGBTQ community thought that once we achieved marriage equality that all other issues would just fall into place but that has simply not been the case. 2018 has been a year of surprises. In June 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States issued the Masterpiece Cakeshop vs Colorado Civil Rights Commission Decision. Masterpiece Cakeshop won a very narrow ruling in a 7-2 decision but the ruling did not give businesses a constitutional right to discriminate. In fact, the decision recognized how important it is for state and local governments to have laws that prevent discrimination including LGBTQ people. Our nation decided more than 50 years ago that when a business decides to open its doors to the public that business should be OPEN TO ALL and the Supreme Court continued to protect that principle.

We were moved by Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy as they competed in the 2018 winter Olympics as openly gay athletes which is a far cry from the atmosphere when our Keynote Speaker Greg Louganis competed as a closeted gay in the 1980s. We applaud Adam and Gus for their willingness to advance the LGBTQ community with increased visibility and commend Greg for completing his journey to being completely OUT as well as a spirited champion of LGBTQ rights. Now it is your turn to DIVE INTO PRIDE. We encourage you to take the challenge literally and get involved. Get involved in a cause that matters to you. Volunteer for an organization that is doing work you believe in, run for an elected office, take a seat on a committee at the city, county or state level. Vote at every election – local issues are as important as state and national issues. Get to know your elected officials and what they stand for so you can vote intelligently. And finally, be kind to one another and love everyone you encounter because that is most important. We love everyone of you,

Steve & Terry August 25, 2018


Saturday, August 25, 2018 3 pm

Coastal Business Guild Expo and Happy Hour

6 pm

Grand Strand PRIDE Gala Ballroom Doors Open

Welcome remarks Terry Livingston, Co-Founder


Dinner Spotlight Entertainment Grand Strand PRIDE Dancers

Keynote Address Greg Louganis

Four-time Olympic diving champion, gay rights activist and HIV awareness advocate. Autobiography “Breaking the Surface ” spent five weeks at number one on the New York Times bestseller list.

Introductions Acknowledgements Sponsors Expo Door Prize winners

Musical Entertainment for Your

Dancing Pleasure - The Extraordinaires Based out of the Charlotte area, this band has a “pure live” sound like no other that is sure to get you out of your seats and on the dance floor.

CoastalBusinessGuild.com Accountants – Certified Public *Gamble & Livingston CPAs, LLC

Air Conditioning and Heating Services LHT Cooling, Heating & Refrigeration Inc. Artists Posaics: Art by Laura Van Arsdale William H. Miller Studios & Fine Art Attorneys *Grand Strand Law Group Banks Bank of America *Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union *TD Bank United Community Bank Church / Spiritual Center Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church St. Anne's Episcopal Church Unity Christ Church of Myrtle Beach Disc Jockeys and Wedding Officiants *DJ Butch Barnes Your First Step Entertainment Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Financial Advisors Merrill Lynch - Vereen DiMaria Group Waddell & Reed - Werner-Brooks Team Food and Beverage Better Brands, Inc. Martin's Restaurant Mr. Fish Restaurant & Seafood Market Pawleys Island Bakery Tito’s Handmade Vodka

* Founding member

Hotels and Vacations Rentals Holiday Inn Oceanfront Surfside Beach Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Insurance Safe Haven Insurance Group, LLC Interior Design / Remodeling Eric Richards—ERHOME LLC LGBT Organizations *CLAWS Democratic LGBT Committee *Grand Strand PRIDE Harriet Hancock LGBT Center *South Carolina Equality

Night Clubs *Pulse Ultra Club Pharmacies *Avita Pharmacy Photographers Carl Kerridge Photography Physicians and Medical *Careteam Plus *Little River Medical Center Regency SouthernCare Hospice Shoreline Behavioral Health Services *Strand Infectious Disease Printing and Graphic Design Services Minuteman Press Radio & Television Stations Dick Broadcasting Company - Myrtle Beach iHeart Media - Myrtle Beach WMBF News Real Estate *Hoffman Group - Tim Harvey *Kirk Nobles – RE/MAX Southern Shores Real Estate Management / Property Management All County Southern Shores Property Management Atlantic Real Estate Management Retail

Badd Kitty

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