To all of our friends and guests --
Tara still remembers how it felt when SC passed a constitutional amendment banning her from marriage in 2006. She remembers when, in 2008, the first Upstate Pride March had more protestors than participants. She remembers when, in 2012, LGBT+ couples were denied marriage licenses as part of the "We Do" Campaign. The amount of vitriol and violence perpetuated against our community has been matched by bravery and persistence for years.
Finally, after years of struggle, this little corner of the new south is finally embracing a new future for LGBT+ people. 864Pride and PrideLink, two organizations that would have been unfathomable 10 years ago, have come together to create the first LGBT Support Center. They need to raise $25,000 to get started.
Tara never thought she would get married in her beloved hometown surrounded by friends and family. However, her dream for the Upstate has been for more than marriage equality. She doesn't want any youth to feel as isolated and fearful as she did growing up. She doesn't want any young adult to experience rejection by their peers, college, church, or family - but if they do - she wants them to know where they can find help and a loving community. She asks the friends and family of her upcoming wedding to please consider making a donation to this campaign in honor of all the people who have struggled to end isolation and fear in the Upstate.
The LGBT community in the Upstate will no longer accept trauma as a normal experience for ourselves and our youth. Please join the #tartyparty21 campaign to bring healing to our community and celebrate the love that has sustained our hearts and souls.