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Melissa Moore of the SCEC wants you to update your travel plans

Due to an oversight on the part of the City of Greenville, the Venue for Seven Straight Nights in Greenville has changed. Please see the following message for details:

7 Straight Nights for Equal Rights

ALERT: CHANGE OF VENUE!

Where: Piazza Bergamo (new location), Corner of Coffee and Main Street, Downtown Greenville

For Immediate Release

October 8, 2007

Contact: Susan Craine 864-320-0602

Elke Kennedy 864-884-2125

STRAIGHT LEADERS URGE EQUALITY FOR LGBT AMERICANS IN GREENVILLE SOUTH CAROLINA THIS MONDAY, OCTOBER 8TH

Greenville, SC -- Atticus Circle, Soulforce, and Faith In America join forces with local and state organizations in a grassroots effort to raise awareness around the need for equal rights for LGBT Americans. 30 events in 22 states will take place the week of October 7-13.

Atticus Circle is a national organization dedicated to achieving equality for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation. Soulforce advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and works for freedom from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance.

Greenville’s event is sponsored by Faith In America, Sean’s Last Wish, South Carolina Equality Coalition, ACLU-SC, South Carolina Progressive Network, Upstate United, Greenville Technical College Lambda Gay-Straight Alliance, and Metropolitan Community Church of the Upstate.

“Seven Straight Nights will be the first event of its kind in Greenville. I witnessed the discrimination first hand while working on last year’s amendment campaign,” said Susan Craine, mother of three and Co-Founder of UpstateUnited.

Featured speakers for the Greenville event will include Reverend Bennie Colclogh of Trinity AME Church, Elke Kennedy of Sean's Last Wish, Jimmy Creech of Faith In America, and Scott Young of SCEC and Upstate United. Participants will light over 1000 candles representing the rights, benefits, and protections denied to LGBT people without the right to marry. Student groups from participating universities will read the names of victims of hate crimes and suicide. The vigil will continue throughout the night until Greenville City Hall opens where Greenville officials will be presented with a proposal on protecting and providing equal rights to its LGBT citizens. “Fear of change and being different plagues the weakest of humanity. I support GLBT issues because I believe in the worth and human dignity of all people,” said Roger Finch, South Carolina Progressive Network

"MCC believes that straight allies are vital to the GLBT community. They give voice and affirmation to the GLBT community by speaking to persons who might otherwise not hear our voice." Donna Stroud MCC of the Upstate.

Where: Piazza Bergamo (new location), Corner of Coffee and Main Street, Downtown Greenville

When: Monday, October 8, 7007

What: Rally and Overnight Vigil

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