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Join SC Equality for one of these free educational forums about LGBT rights and community resources. Snacks provided.

Topics will include:

  • Relationship Recognition and Protection
  • Understanding Non-discrimination Policies in Employment, Housing, and Public Accommodations
  • Transgender Inclusion
  • Hate Crime Prevention
  • Creating Safe Schools for LGBT Youth.
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    Richland Library Southeast -- 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 12th

    Richland Library Northeast -- 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 19th

    The South Carolina Equality Coalition is a statewide, nonprofit, non-partisan coalition of local and state social, religious and political LGBT organizations and allies with a mission to secure civil and human rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender South Carolinians.


    Amazon Says: In its fourth edition, this fully revised and updated survey covers the rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people under present law, specifically in regar more...
    Amazon Says: In its fourth edition, this fully revised and updated survey covers the rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people under present law, specifically in regard to freedom of speech and association, employment, housing, the military, family and parenting, and HIV disease. Utilizing an accessible question-and-answer format and nontechnical language, The Rights of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, and Transgender People provides an overview for understanding both the general themes in legal doctrine and the way in which individuals can begin the process of asserting rights provided by the law.The volume is a useful starting point for people facing discrimination or legal uncertainty and helps readers navigate the turbulent and constantly changing waters of the laws regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. New to this edition are two appendixes that include contact information for national and regional LGBT legal groups, an overview of the legal system to explain some of the terms and concepts that appear throughout the book, and a summary of highlights of the law state by state. less...
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    Amazon Says: The movement for gay and lesbian rights in America is a response to long-held beliefs that have, at times throughout the history of the United States, made homosexuality legal more...
    Amazon Says: The movement for gay and lesbian rights in America is a response to long-held beliefs that have, at times throughout the history of the United States, made homosexuality legally, politically, and socially unacceptable. This collection of primary documents explores those beliefs and their counter-arguments, providing varying viewpoints on the complex issue of gay and lesbian rights. Personal testimonies, laws, opinion pieces, court cases, and other documents, dating from colonial times to the present day, encourage students to challenge their assumptions and strengthen critical thinking skills.The struggle for gay and lesbian rights in the United States is founded on the idea that feelings of love and sexual attraction between persons of the same sex are natural, moral, normal, psychologically healthy, and deserving of full equality in all aspects of society. The documents presented in this unique collection clearly portray the arguments that have been used to refute this idea, and how homosexuals in U.S. society have fought for acceptance as people worthy of equal rights. The struggle is traced chronologically, providing a multifaceted overview of the issues for anyone studying the history and volatility of this movement. less...
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    Amazon Says: This almanac presents a discussion of the issues confronting couples who live together without the legal protections afforded the marital relationship. The importance of estab more...
    Amazon Says: This almanac presents a discussion of the issues confronting couples who live together without the legal protections afforded the marital relationship. The importance of establishing an agreement governing the relationship is discussed, as well as information regarding the items such an agreement should cover. Living Toghether also explores the more recently enacted laws governing domestic partnerships, which some states have begun to recognize, the limitations and restrictions placed on such relationships, and the benefits provided the unmarried couple under the law. An overview of common-law marriage is also presented. The Legal Almanac series serves to educate the general public on a variety of legal issues pertinent to everyday life and to keep readers informed of their rights and remedies under the law. Each volume in the series presents an explanation of a specific legal issue in simple, clearly written text, making the Almanac a concise and perfect desktop reference tool. All volumes provide state-by-state coverage. Selected state statutes are included, as are important case law and legislation, charts and tables for comparison. less...
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    Amazon Says: Everyday Law for Gays and Lesbians and Those Who Care about Them accessibly explains the myriad ways the law applies to and affects lesbian and gay lives. Written both concret more...
    Amazon Says: Everyday Law for Gays and Lesbians and Those Who Care about Them accessibly explains the myriad ways the law applies to and affects lesbian and gay lives. Written both concretely and clearly, each chapter opens with a vivid story about actual experiences of lesbians and gay men and then uses those experiences as a springboard for discussing the law. Using his personal and expert professional experience, Anthony Infanti makes complicated legal issues approachable, including marriage and its alternatives, bias crimes, the military, education, employment, housing, medical and tax planning, and parenting. Going beyond a mere summary of the law, this book provides both legal and nonlegal strategies for coping with and effecting positive change in the law as it affects the lives of lesbians and gay men. The book also contains an appendix with a list of useful resources for lesbians, gay men, and those who care about them.Read an article in the Pittsburgh City Paper that discusses Infanti and Everyday Law for Gays and Lesbians 'http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws less...
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    Amazon Says: In this comprehensive overview of how the American legal system has approached issues pertaining to sexual orientation and how the law has advanced—or hindered—civil right more...
    Amazon Says: In this comprehensive overview of how the American legal system has approached issues pertaining to sexual orientation and how the law has advanced—or hindered—civil rights, author Lee Walzer reveals that while the United States has the world's most developed lesbian and gay community, it lags other countries on equality for sexual minorities.Gay Rights on Trial focuses on four significant cases that have shaped the development of gay rights, including detailed discussion of majority and dissenting decisions and analysis of their legacy and impact. Also included are a chronology; a section of key people, laws, and concepts; a table of cases; key legal documents such as the Defense of Marriage Act and the Vermont Civil Union Act; and an annotated bibliography. less...
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    • SC Equality: Know Your Rights
      The SC Equality Coalition's "Know Your Rights" campaign was created to to help people understand their rights by collecting policy information into one place – a one-stop shop for staying informed: fact sheets, sample legal forms, recommended questions to ask ones’ lawyer, and more.
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